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2009 hummer h3t Reviews and News

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You'll never hear auto writers complain that a Lotus Elise can't ford a two-foot-deep creek or climb a 60-percent grade, so why persist in deriding the lackluster on-pavement performance of off-road-focused SUVs and trucks? Probably because, image aside, most of these rough riders never meet anything more challenging than a heavy rainstorm or a gravel driveway. That includes General Motors' megamacho Hummers. Nonetheless, just as Lotus always conducts its press launches at racetracks, Hummer chose the rocky trails of Moab, Utah, for the first drive of its new four-door pickup, the H3T.
The T, as the gang from Hummer refers to the truck, is basically an H3 SUV with a 22-inch longer wheelbase and a five-foot pickup bed behind the rear seats. The result is a pretty big truck; it's only eleven inches shorter than a Chevrolet Avalanche. Engine choices for the H3T are the same as for the H3 SUV, so, sadly, the pickup's extra 150 pounds make the H3T even slower. A lethargic and long-geared four-speed automatic neuters both the 242-hp five-cylinder and the 300-hp V-8. You can get a five-speed manual with the smaller engine, although, in the SUV at least, very few buyers choose it.
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But Hummer product director Ross Hendrix filled us in on a little secret. The much-unloved in-line five-cylinder will (finally) be going away. A direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 from the new Chevrolet Traverse crossover will take its place. More important, this new V-6 and the V-8 both will get a six-speed automatic. E85 fuel capability also is in the cards. While this is all good news, we'll have to wait until the 2010 model year for the change.
Hummer is also seriously looking at diesel power for the H3 and the H3T. Markets outside of America will soon get an Italian-sourced, 2.8-liter turbo-diesel, but that engine can't easily meet U.S. emissions standards. GM has a new V-6 diesel that will find its way into both the Cadillac CTS and the next Saab 9-5 in Europe, and Hummer is looking at using this engine in the States. We like this idea, provided diesel prices come down from the stratosphere (at this writing, diesel fuel in Michigan costs nearly $1 per gallon more than regular unleaded).
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But back to Moab and the H3T. As we pulled out of the hotel parking lot onto the paved road for a brief route to the trails, we were quickly reminded why Hummer chose to take us off-road for the majority of our drive. The H3T may ride better than its SUV sibling due to its longer wheelbase, but the dead steering, archaic transmission, and secondary chassis vibrations clearly show that there are better options if you're looking for on-road drivability.
Luckily for Hummer, the pickup shined once we reached the Sand Flats Recreation Area near Moab, where we ran the Hell's Revenge 4x4 Trail, a 6.5-mile route that is both challenging and full of gorgeous scenery. Our truck featured the optional off-road adventure package. Included are 33-inch tires, different shocks, a revised low-range transfer case, and the secret weapon for rock crawling: locking front and rear differentials. No sheer rock face, deep hole, or collection of boulders could stop the H3T. Well done, Hummer, for making a truck that doesn't just look the part.
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Unfortunately for Hummer, not many people commute daily on a road called Hell's Revenge. Plus, with growing concerns about fuel economy, it's high time for GM's most rugged brand to reassess how it will move ahead into the future. One Hummer engineer shared his interesting idea for greener paths - use technology from the upcoming Chevy Volt to build a hybrid Hummer, since the torque of an electric motor paired with a small diesel engine could make for an even more impressive off-roader. But for now, prospective H3T buyers who want a rock-crawling, mud-slinging pickup but who intend to spend most of their time on pavement would do well to wait for the new V-6 and the more modern six-speed automatic.
Despite a new group’s plans to host a “Save Hummer” conference in Chicago later this month, reports have surfaced that General Motors has informed dealers it is preparing to shutter its Hummer brand indefinitely.
Even after emerging from bankruptcy as a new entity, Chrysler is still struggling to effectively manage its production facilities, while GM announces more plant closings.
If there's one thing to notice about pickup trucks, it's the incredible level of customization that so many owners dial in. My personal truck (a 1985 Toyota) is modified within an inch of its life for better performance off-road. My father just bought a 2008 GMC Sierra and he's already planning a bedliner, tonneau cover, and other accessories to personalize his new vehicle.
With production of the 2009 Hummer H3T pickup starting this week, workers at GM's plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, have another product to build.

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2009 HUMMER H3T Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.7L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
239 hp @ 5800rpm
241 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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