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2006 HUMMER H3 SUV SUV - Overview

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Overview

What's New
All-new for the 2006 model year, the H3 represents the first midsize HUMMER to hit the market. Considerably smaller and less expensive than its H1 and H2 siblings, the H3 is intended to swing open the doors of HUMMER ownership to a much broader audience. It bears the same design cues and hard-core off-road capabilities that have made HUMMER one of the most distinctive vehicles on- and off-road. It is also the first HUMMER to offer a choice of transmissions-either a 5-speed manual or an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic. The only power presently offered is a Vortec 3500 in-line five-cylinder engine.

Overview
The rollout of the H3 into the still-popular midsize SUV market will undoubtedly appeal to consumers who have shied away from HUMMER ownership because they viewed HUMMER's full-size models as impractical. Size-wise, the scaled-down H3 is 16.9 inches shorter in length, 6 inches shorter in height, and 6.5 inches narrower than the H2. It's about the length of a midsize family sedan, which will allow it to maneuver nimbly in and out of traffic and tight parking slips. It's also less expensive. The base H3 goes out the door for approximately $24,000 less than a standard H2. Little wonder that HUMMER expects the H3 to be its best seller.

Fuel-conscious drivers will appreciate the H3's in-line five-cylinder Vortec 3500 engine. HUMMER touts the 220-hp, dual-overhead-cam, variable-valve-timing engine to be capable of netting up to 20 mpg on the highway-a big improvement over previous HUMMERs. There are no engine options, however, which may leave enthusiasts clamoring for more power.

Maintaining HUMMER's tradition for producing serious off-road vehicles, the H3 is designed to ford 24 inches of water at 5 mph (16 inches at 20 mph) and climb 16-inch vertical steps. It has 9.1 inches of ground clearance, and boasts an approach angle of 40 degrees and maximum departure angle of 37 degrees to keep it from getting hung up on rugged terrain. Its electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system is augmented with traction control, underbody shielding, StabiliTrak stability control (with the automatic transmission), and an optional locking differential.

The Competition
The HUMMER H3 enters the fray of one of the most competitive segments in existence-Midsize Utility. Models here offer better fuel economy than their full-size counterparts and more room and payload capability than their compact siblings. With no less than 18 models (and counting) vying for a competitive edge, the H3 will undeniably have its work cut out for it.

Despite not hitting dealerships until the second quarter, the H3 still garnered an impressive 33,140 sales over the balance of the 2005 calendar year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales ReportSM-far outnumbering all other HUMMER models. Segment leaders are the Jeep Grand Cherokee (213,584 units sold in calendar year 2005) and Ford Explorer (203,483). Models with sales in the 100,000 to 200,000 range are the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (regular-length only), Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Toyota 4Runner.

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