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December 2004
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2005 Hummer H2 SUT

The Good:  Bold look and go-anywhere ability.  Comfortable ride. Roomy seats. Collapsible Midgate for large truck bed.

The Bad:  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 reconfigurable." 

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 time.

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 angles.

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.

 

PRICING INVOICE RETAIL
Base Pricing 48,023 52,485
Destination 850 850
Option Pkg, Adventure  Includes Rubber Mudder F&R Floor Mats, Tool Kit, First Aid Kit, Radiator & Grille Brush Guard, Black Double Crossbar Luggage Rack, Air Suspension Pkg & AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc CD Changer in Dash. 2,099 2,530
Option Pkg, Lux  All Models Include Carpeted F&R Floor Mats, Ebony Leather Surfaced Seat Trim, Chrome Appearance Pkg, AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc CD Changer in Dash, XM Radio Feature (Available Only in 48 Contiguous States), Chrome Aluminum Wheels & Chrome Plated Stainless Steel Tubular Side Steps. 3,104 3,740
Premium Pkg   Include Inside & O/S Automatic Day/Night Mirrors, LH Mirror & Driver's Seat Memory, Garage Door Opener, Dual Power Folding Mirrors & Light Sensor Pkg. 1,469 1,650
Suspension Pkg, Air 1,096 1,275

 

 

  2005 HUMMER H2 SUT
4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT
4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
2005 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500
4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
2005 Ford F-150
4dr SuperCrew Lariat 4WD Styleside 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
2005 Nissan Titan
4dr Crew Cab LE 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 5A)
MSRP $52,205 $53,335 $33,810 $36,065 $35,100
Invoice $47,768 $48,802 $29,807 $31,471 $31,728
Destination Charge $850 $850 $850 $795 $650
Base Engine Type & Cylinders V8 V8 V8 V8 V8
Base Engine Displacement 6.0 liters 6.0 liters 4.7 liters 5.4 liters 5.6 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
16 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
24 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
32 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
Horsepower 316 hp @ 5200 rpm 345 hp @ 5200 rpm 240 hp @ 4800 rpm 300 hp @ 5000 rpm 305 hp @ 4900 rpm
Torque 360 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 380 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 300 ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm 365 ft-lbs. @ 3750 rpm 379 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm
Tires LT315/70R17
all terrain
P265/70R17
all season
P265/70R17
all season
P275/65R18
all terrain
Being Researched
Wheels alloy rims
17 x 8.5 in.
alloy rims
17 x 7.5 in.
alloy rims
17 x 8.0 in.
polished alloy rims
18 in.
alloy rims
18 x 8.0 in.
One-Touch Power Windows 4 2 1 1 2
Xenon Headlights Not Available Standard Not Available Not Available Not Available
Parking Assist Not Available rear parking sensors Not Available rear parking sensors - Optional rear parking sensors
Premium Brand Speakers Bose Bose Not Available Not Available Rockford Fosgate
Turning Circle 43.5 ft. 43.1 ft. 46 ft. 45.1 ft. 45.3 ft.
Max. Payload Capacity 2200 lbs. 1121 lbs. 1360 lbs. 1560 lbs. 1453 lbs.
Max. Towing Capacity 6700 lbs. 7300 lbs. 8050 lbs. 8200 lbs. 9400 lbs.
City 10 mpg. 13 mpg. 14 mpg. 14 mpg. 14 mpg.
Highway 11.5 mpg. 17 mpg. 18 mpg. 18 mpg. 18 mpg.
Length 203.6 in. 221.4 in. 227.7 in. 224 in. 224.2 in.
Width 81.2 in. 79.5 in. 79.9 in. 78.9 in. 78.8 in.
Height 79.2 in. 75.6 in. 76.6 in. 76 in. 76.7 in.
Weight 6400 lbs. 5879 lbs. 5290 lbs. 5577 lbs. 5106 lbs.
Wheel Base 122.7 in. 130 in. 140.5 in. 138.5 in. 139.8 in.
Ground Clearance 9.9 in. 10.6 in. 8 in.   11.5 in.
Front Headroom 40.5 in. 40.7 in. 40.8 in. 40.1 in. 41 in.
Rear Headroom 39.7 in. 38.6 in. 40 in. 39.6 in. 40.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room 66.4 in. 65.2 in. 67 in. 65.8 in. 65.1 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 66.3 in. 65.2 in. 66.7 in. 65.8 in. 64.6 in.
Front Hip Room 63.7 in. 62 in. 65.1 in. 63.1 in. 61.3 in.
Rear Hip Room 62 in. 62 in. 64.6 in.   60.5 in.
Front Leg Room 41.3 in. 41.3 in. 41 in. 41.3 in. 41.8 in.
Rear Leg Room 38.6 in. 38.9 in. 36.4 in. 39 in. 40.4 in.

 

 

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