Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Hummer H3, Part 3

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Why you should buy this car: You already have an H1 and an H2 and want to complete the set. You want a car that "feels safe." You're genuinely interested in off-roading. You want an SUV that actually looks like a truck instead of some warmed-over tall wagon.

Why you shouldn't buy this car: It's slow as molasses, fuel economy is terrible, and your left-leaning neighbors might scream "no blood for oil!" when you drive by.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: Yes
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: Yes
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: Yes
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: No

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Also Consider:
· Nissan Xterra
· Toyota FJ Cruiser
· Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Hummer
· Model tested: H3
· Model year: 2006
· Base Price: $28,935
· Price as Tested: $35,550
· Engine type: 3.5-liter DOHC 20-valve inline five
· Horsepower: 220 hp @ 5600 rpm
· Torque: 225 ft.-lbs. @ 2800 rpm
· Redline: 6300 rpm
· Transmission: 4-speed automatic
· Curb Weight: 4700 lbs
· LxWxH: 186.7 x 74.7 x 74.5 in
· Wheelbase: 111.9 in
· Tires: LT285/75R16 Bridgestone Dueler A/T
· Drive type: all-wheel-drive
· 0 - 60 mph: 9.7 sec. (manual trans.)
· 1/4-mile: 17.3 sec. @ 81 mph (manual trans.)
· Fuel economy city/highway: 16 / 19
· NHTSA crash test rating: Front: 5/4 (driver/passenger); Side: 5/5 (front/rear); Rollover: 3

[by Mike Austin]

Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Hummer H3, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]

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Navalb
Al Navarro

As I noted on the first part of this review, "Why?"

Defintely the answer to a question that nobody asked. The H-1s were pretty cool, but everything else is poseuriffic. Which, like non-functional wings and scoops, I am resolutely against.

I don't care that the H2 can actually off-road. So can a clapped out 3 speed Toyota Land Cruiser. Hell, even if a relative owned one I'd give him/her the finger and spit on it. Then get my grandmotherly looking mom to throw her doggie bag on the hood.