Hummer H3 Overview
Though GM’s military-grade Hummer brand had a short life, it produced three distinct models, including the smallest SUV of them all, the Hummer H3. The H3 is based on the same platform that underpinned GM’s midsize pickup trucks at the time, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Upon its debut, the Hummer H3 was powered by a 3.5-liter five-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while options included a four-speed automatic transmission and a locking rear differential.
Key features of the H3 include its 9.1-inch ground clearance, 32-inch tires and standard four-wheel drive. All 2006 models offered one trim and were equipped with skid plates, dual-zone air conditioning, full power accessories and cruise control. Options included leather upholstery, satellite radio, a DVD navigation system and heated front seats. This model has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
Beginning in 2007, Hummer upgraded the engine, offering a new five-cylinder that displaces 3.7 liters. The upgrade resulted in an increase in performance output with this model now making 242 horsepower.
Also new for 2007 was an H3X trim level that brought in chrome accents, unique exterior color choices and embroidered headrests. The previously available stability control system became standard.
Starting in 2008, Hummer introduced an H3 Alpha model powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine. Sourced from GM’s large pickup trucks and SUVs, the V8 is rated at 300 horsepower, and this model has a 6,000-pound towing capacity. Other changes of note included the addition of standard side curtain air bags and an available rearview camera.
For 2009, Hummer introduced a new variant: the H3T. The H3T maintains the five-passenger cabin of the H3 and adds a 5-foot truck bed with built-in storage boxes. Upgrades across the model line included adding standard Bluetooth connectivity and hill-start assist. Hummer also updated the rearview camera system and made a front-locking differential available.
Very few changes were made in 2010, the last year for the Hummer H3 and H3T. The V8 became flex-fuel capable and the H3X was reclassified as the Appearance package.
Competing SUVs include the Toyota 4Runner and FJ Cruiser, as well as the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder and Xterra.