The 2009 Hummer H3 is deceptively small for this family of vehicles. While the H3 joins the mid-size category which includes the Infiniti FX, its power and capabilities are anything but tiny. The MSRP is surprisingly affordable as well. With a wealth of standard features and even more available options, most consumers will be pleased with the overall package. However, some might be put off by the poor fuel economy. Nevertheless, with five varying trims to choose from, buyers really get to put their stamp on this five-passenger SUV. The 2009 Hummer H3 is a carryover from the prior model year.
Under the hood, buyers can opt for either a capable 239 horsepower 3.7L I5 or a generous 300 horsepower 5.3L V8. The base H3 gets a standard five-speed manual transmission, but consumers can upgrade to a four-speed automatic with overdrive if desired. The highest trim, the H3X, gets just a four-speed automatic. While the bigger members of the Hummer family are equipped with flex-fuel engines, the H3 does not get the green treatment. Instead, the gas mileage is estimated at 14 city MPG and 18 highway MPG for the I5 and 13 city MPG and 16 highway MPG for the V8. This could certainly be a deal-breaker for those hoping to make less of an impact on the environment.
The interior is where the Hummer's trademark bigness comes into play on the H3. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, power adjustable driver's seat, power windows and locks, two auxiliary power outlets, and a three-month trial subscription to XM Satellite Radio. Bluetooth allows drivers to make and take calls completely handsfree, while the power outlets will quickly recharge any adaptable devices. Optional features include a Navigation Radio, six-disc in-dash CD changer, and leather upholstery, among others.
Safety plays a key role in the 2009 H3's design as well. Standard on the model is the renowned OnStar system, remote keyless entry, and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar provides services like airbag deployment notifications, remote door unlock, and handsfree calling services (although, the handsfree calling is redundant with Bluetooth included). Remote door unlock allows drivers to contact an OnStar representative if they are locked out of the vehicle, and the representative will send a signal to the model that automatically unlocks the doors.
On the whole, the 2009 Hummer H3 is both powerful and practical. Buyers looking for convenience will find that the H3 is among the best on the market. However, those that expect fuel efficiency in a mid-size SUV will certainly want to look elsewhere. Priced at around $33,390, the H3 is one of the most affordable vehicles in the Hummer lineup, but it seems a bit like the price is more for the status than the standard features.