HUMMER has expanded the H3 line for 2007 with the introduction of a new factory-customizable model called the H3.X Other changes include a more powerful Vortec 3.7-liter engine, standard stability control system on all models, a new chrome wheel for 33-inch tires, and fresh exterior colors.
Under GM tutelage HUMMER civilized the military HUMVEE back in 2002 when it introduced the full-size H2 SUV with its heavy-duty Chevy Suburban 2500 chassis and creature-comfort interior. Then came the smaller, more affordable midsize H3. And now, HUMMER has introduced the new H3.X This new addition features leather seats with embroidered H3 logos on the headrests, a 6-disc CD changer with a Monsoon sound system, a unique spare tire cover, and a chrome appearance package. It can be personalized with two exclusive colors and three different leather interiors.
The H3 shares the same suspension and engine as GM's midsize pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and rides on a similar platform, though there are significant differences. Compared to the HUMMER H2, the 5-passenger H3 is 16.9 inches shorter in length, 6 inches shorter in height, and 6.5 inches narrower in width, which makes it easier to maneuver. As before, it has a 3.7-liter 5-cylinder engine, but now offers 242 hp-22 more than the 2006 model. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, though customers can opt for a 4-speed automatic if preferred. All-wheel drive with low-range gearing is standard, but a special Adventure Off-Road Suspension Package with ultra-low transfer-case gearing and a locking rear axle is available. All H3 models are equipped with ABS brakes and traction/anti-skid control. Curtain side air bags with rollover deployment are optional.
Like all HUMMERS, the H3 is designed for off-road use. Manufacturer specs show it capable of fording 16 inches of water at 20 mph (24 inches at 5 mph), climbing 16-inch vertical obstacles, and traversing through deep sand. The H3 comes with an enhanced warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of 5 years or 100,000 miles.
The HUMMER H3 competes in the Midsize Utility segment, which consists of 16 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda Pilot (152,154 units sold), Jeep Grand Cherokee (139,148), and Ford Explorer (131,759). The HUMMER H3 sold 54,052 units in 2006, an increase of 63.1 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Utility segment include the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Commander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Dodge Durango. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Chrysler Aspen.
|Base||5 speed manual||$29,405||242-hp / 3.7L 5-cyl||15/20|
|H3X||5 speed manual||$37,545||242-hp / 3.7L 5-cyl||15/20|