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Hummer Reviews

Inspired by the 998 Humvee, the Hummer brand was born in 1992 when AM General first released a civilian version of its light armored military vehicle. Featuring the same structure and most of the mechanical components of the combat version, the original Hummer turned heads and gained famous fans like Arnold Schwarzenegger thanks to its larger-than-life size and extreme off-road capability. Acquired by General Motors in 1999, the Hummer lineup expanded to include the more refined H2 and the much smaller H3; however, as gas prices rose and the economy plummeted towards the end of the last decade, so did the demand for fuel-thirsty SUVs. After a deal to sell the ailing brand to China-based heavy machinery manufacturer Tengzhong fell through, GM finally retired the Hummer badge in April 2010.

DECEMBER 2008

Hummer H3T Alpha
Drawing on the H3’s structure and styling, this rugged mid-size pickup features a five-passenger crew cab with a separate five-foot-long bed. Though heavy, the H3T Alpha is a dynamo off-road, packing a 5.3-liter V8 engine and full-time four-wheel drive.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 Hummer H3T Alpha at the beach

NOVEMBER

Hummer H3x

Hummer H3x
Whether it's in the neighborhood or miles from civilization, this SUV is capable of handling uneven ground and steep inclines. Smaller and less expensive than its H2 counterpart, the H3x is a much more reasonable option for the everyday driver.

JUNE

Hummer H2 SUT
Whether you think the Hummer is a mega-cool monolith of machismo or an evil Exxon Valdez on wheels, it's hard to say the H2 SUT doesn't get attention. This version has a pick-up bed and an Avalanche-style pass through into the passenger compartment to accommodate longer items.



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(Updated: 01/04/12 NW)


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