Posted on: Jul 30, 2010
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2009 Hummer H3 Overview

The 2009 Hummer H3, like the other Hummers on the road, boasts great off-road capabilities, but only mediocre highway performance and comfort. The H3 has a Tonka-truck buff appearance that naturally draws you to it, but its poor fuel economy, significant lack of utility and unrefined nature make it difficult to recommend. For 2009, the H3 received new standard features and additions to its optional Off-Road Adventure package.

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The H3 is still available in three trims: the base mode, the H3x, or the performance-minded Alpha; and new for 2009 is the new pickup model, the H3T. The 2009 H3 is tough and is equipped with a 3.7-liter 242 horsepower V6 engine that most feel is fine for off-road driving but less so for breezing down paved roads. For more power, the Alpha trim's 5.3-liter V8, which delivers 300 horsepower, is recommended. The EPA rating for the H3 base engine achieves 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, while the V8 engine achieves 13 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.
The exterior of the H3 wouldn't be described as sleek and stylish, but there's no question that its squared-off military looks are part of its appeal. Inside, the cabin of the 2009 H3 is surprisingly good in quality for a Hummer. As it is with the H2, the interior space is terribly cramped and lacking. The H3 claims that it has seating for five in two rows, but in practice this seems doubtful. However, there are plenty of new standard interior features, including cruise control, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry with panic button.
Upgrading to the Alpha trim will give you leather appointed interior, heated front seats, and a seven speaker Monsoon audio system.


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