Hummer H2 SUT
Bold look and go-anywhere ability. Comfortable ride. Roomy seats.
Collapsible Midgate for large truck bed.
Loose steering. Gets only 10 miles per gallon. Not great for daily
commuting; more of a once in a while fun car. Needs more flush and flowing
interior. Truck bed with tonneau cover is not useful for large items. We
liked the H2 standard version better.
New for 2005 the already huge
Hummer H2 chops off its back end to offer a truck bed in what is called the
H2 SUT (Sport Utility Truck). "The H2 SUT proves that you can have it all
and then get even more - the unparalleled capabilities of an H2 and the
added versatility of the SUT," said Michael C. DiGiovanni, HUMMER general
manager. "The H2 SUT is functional, versatile and almost endlessly
What is so versatile and
useful about this SUT you ask? Well, the divider between the cargo area and
the passenger compartment can be folded down to create a long truck bed with
room for large as well as tall items. Lowering the powered Midgate window
and then folding the Midgate and rear seat creates a 4x6 pickup bed. As you
can see in the pictures to the left, the floor is covered in hard plastic
and that extends into the cabin when the divider is folded down. Hummer
claims that this gives the H2 much more versatility, competing with other
four-door pick up trucks.
Looking at the hummer from
afar does make you say "Oh God". This H2 SUT is a fun toy in a country
where you are cool and macho if you drive a big pickup truck. It is not a
superb cruiser for commuting but more like a Ferrari sports car, take it
around town for fun and you'll love it, drive it daily and you'll pay big
The ruggedness of every
Hummer starts off with a fully welded ladder-type frame. A standard front
torsion bar and five-link coil spring rear suspension with air height
adjustment in our model ensures ride comfort and off road capability.
Underbody protection includes large thick skid plates; a shield for the fuel
tank; chassis-bolted rocker panel protectors; a protective shield for the on
board air compressor; and mud flares that run all around the wheels. Large
tow loops are built into the front bumper as well as the rear bumper. Both
bumpers have holes for accommodating an electric winch. The H2 SUT is also
capable of driving through streams 20 inches deep and climbing 16-inch steps
and rocks. With its short overhangs, you can climb and descend at amazing
H2's power is derived from
the standard Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 that generates 325 horsepower (242 kw) at
5200 rpm and 365 lb.-ft. of torque (495 Nm) at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated
to a heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L65-E four-speed automatic overdrive
transmission. The H2 also features a standard, powertrain-integrated
Borg-Warner two-speed electrically controlled full-time 4WD system. It's
capable of further reducing H2's gear ratios by 2.64:1 when necessary, for
highly controlled obstacle climbing. Inside simple switches all you to
change from low to high gears in its four wheel drive system.
Driving the Hummer H2 SUT is
very much like driving a full-blown truck. The engine grinds and growls
like a beast, complementing the H2's looks. The drivetrain is much more
truck-like than SUV-like. It is a rough and tough engine that always feels
like it is working. From a dead start, the H2's engine pulls quite well.
At high speeds, the engine requires a kick down of the gas pedal to really
take off. The ride quality is soft and luxurious, with big rig feel from
the steering wheel. There is minimal wind noise and not much on the side of
road noise. We did find a bit too much bounce in the suspension on bumpy
roads, and we hope that this can be fixed with a full air suspension in
future models. You will also be driving a whole lot to the gas station,
pulling over 8,000 pounds of weight takes a lot of power and this H2 got
only about 10.5 miles per gallon on our tests. We were constantly watching
the gas meter drop as we drove fearing our next $80 fill up.
The interior of the H2 is
equally as large as the exterior. Seats have large cushions with full power
adjustments in all directions. Getting up into the H2 is also not very
difficult, with large door openings and big grab handles. Styling has not
changed much from previous iterations however. Things are choppy and loads
of plastic is used everywhere. It does look like a typical product from GM,
nothing special or new. We would like to see a more modern interior with
more use of aluminum or other luxurious materials.
The view from sitting up high
in the H2 is great nonetheless. You can miss curbs and a few small cars
beside you but overall you are on top of most other vehicles on the road.
The front windshield and large glass panels all around make for an open
feeling inside this tank like interior. Two buttons allow you to open or
close all side windows instantly. It was also nice to have the rear
mid-gate window open while driving for noise free air. The super large
sunroof makes you feel like you are driving in an open top Jeep. Our grey
colored leather interior was luxurious with eight way power drivers and
passenger seat adjustments. Seat heaters are also exceptional on the H2.
Front seat heaters can be controlled for individual backrest or seat bottom
heating. They work very well and make the seats quite hot. The H2 also
features automatic headlights, however wanted more power from the beams, so
we would suggest changing to Xenon headlamps.
Stereo controls are simple
and easy to use although they look and feel dated. The HVAC system warmed
up the interior easily in its auto setting and kept hot air from blowing in
our faces. The standard dual zone system up front allows as much as a 25
degree difference in zones. Optional is a DVD navigation system that was
not in our test model. The instrument cluster is clean and pretty
standard. About the only thing we loved was the large aluminum gear shift
lever, something truly different and modern.
The H2 features standard dual
front air bags. No side or curtain airbags are offered, something we would
want in all cars. OnStar safety is also standard in all H2 models. We
found the system's voice recognition capability to be lacking compared to
German cars. Personal calling allows you to have a cell phone in the system
which is a great feature.
Overall the H2 is a unique
vehicle that makes a huge statement wherever you go. We could find a few
truck models that compare to the H2's size but the only one we though that
was close was the Cadillac Escalade EXT. The Cadillac offers more luxury
features and a nicer interior for the money. In the H2 we did like the
feeling of driving behind the wheel, though it does get tiring on long trips
and daily commuting. Driving such a big vehicle is hard work. Getting in
and out of this big rig is fun, and talking to so many other people about it
wherever you stop is also quite fun. We would like to see a modern yet
macho interior with more technology offered such as head up display and
night vision. Getting rid of all the plastic trim and replacing it with
softer more luxurious materials would really help sales we think.