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2009 Hummer H3T Alpha Review

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A three-quarter view of a white and black 2009 Hummer H3T Alpha on the beach

In short: A hardy five-passenger, full-time four-wheel drive pickup.

ontinuing to draw on the H3’s structure and styling, this rugged, fun-to-drive mid-size pickup features a five-passenger crew cab with a separate five-foot-long bed, which Hummer claims is spacious enough to carry two dirt bikes or a snowmobile. While the H3T Alpha may seem sluggish because of its 5,069-pound-bulk, the vehicle is a dynamo off-road with its powerful 5.3-liter V8 engine, ground-gripping full-time four-wheel drive and protective underbody shielding. Don’t worry though—along with its tough demeanor, this truck has its softer side. Inside its cabin, passengers can enjoy standard features such as Bluetooth wireless capability, an in-dash six-CD player, a good radio, fold-flat rear seats and OnStar. Unfortunately, the cabin itself doesn't provide much headroom and the back seating is cramped. Among the model’s options, which were included in our tester, are leather furnishings, a huge power sunroof and a rearview camera system.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; six-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty; five-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $36,015 / As tested: $44,745

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

Engine: 5.3-liter V8
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 320 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed electronically controlled automatic

Curb weight: 5,069 lbs
Wheelbase: 134.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 212.7/85.1/72.1 in
Turning circle: 43.8 ft
Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS
Suspension: independent SLA torsion bar in front; multi-leaf spring in rear

Traction: traction control system; StabiliTrak electronic stability control

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 13 mpg
EPA Highway: 16 mpg

Smog Index:

dual-stage frontal airbags with passenger sensing system; head curtain side airbags in front and rear; daytime running lights; OnStar; tire pressure monitoring system

fun to drive; utility; four-wheel drive
Dislikes: fuel economy; needs a slider window in back; cramped cabin space

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 H3T with a slanted bed cover and a ski and snowboard rack

Customizable Rig
Since it is intended for people with active lifestyles, Hummer offers dozens of ways to help personalize the H3T. Factory options and official aftermarket products include utility-minded accessories such as a slanted bed cover, bed extender, bike chock, storage boxes, and ski and snowboard rack.

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