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2009 HUMMER H2 SUT Review

This review was written when the 2009 HUMMER H2 SUT was new.

The 2009 Hummer H2 SUT is a head-turning full-size sport utility truck with available seating for five, acceptable on-road performance, and off-road chops that are hard to match.

The H2 SUT appeals to drivers who want macho styling, but adds a dash of practicality to the mix, thanks to its small pickup bed and innovative folding midgate design. The midgate gives the H2 SUT some cargo versatility to go with its incredible off-road capabilities. Still, most reviewers agree that other full-size SUTs offer more comfort and seating, as well as better fuel economy, at a lower price.

If you like the midgate design, but want to spend less, check out the Chevy Avalanche. It's not quite as rugged as the H2 SUT and has a smaller V8, but since it starts at anout $25,000 less than the H2 SUT, we don't think you'll mind. In you're willing to sacrifice off-road capabilities for more luxury, check out the Cadillac Escalade EXT, which has the same layout as the Avalanche and H2 SUT, but is more upscale.  If you're looking for more daily-driver livability in your SUT, check out the Honda Ridgeline. Not only does the Ridgeline offer a car-like interior, but it also gets better gas milage and costs less than the H2 SUT. However, its unibody construction means it can't come close to tackling the off-road terrain the H2 SUT can roll right over.  For buyers who need to haul larger objects, a full-size truck is likely a better choice than any SUT.

GM recently sold the Hummer brand to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, a Chinese company. While it is unclear what Chinese ownership will mean for Hummer's born-in-the-USA image, it appears that, for the time being, the military-inspired SUVs will soldier on.

For 2009, the Hummer H2 SUT adds Bluetooth connectivity and a flex fuel engine that can run either on gasoline or E85 ethanol.

  • "The SUT is the beefcake H2 with a back porch, in this case a short, 34.7-inch pickup-cargo box that expands to 72.8 inches by opening the Midgate hatch at the rear of the cab and flipping the rear seatbacks flat. Like the H2 SUV, it's a billy goat off-road, a fuel-guzzling leviathan on." -- Car and Driver
  •  "Thanks to recent refinements, the 2009 Hummer H2 SUT is the best one yet, though there's still no getting around its XXL size and heavy thirst.  If you don't have a hankering for a small pickup bed and can instead live with a conventional SUV, other choices such as the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX56 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offer more on-road refinement, more accommodating cabins and not-as-horrible fuel consumption."-- Edmunds
  • "Although the full-size Chevrolet Avalanche is a bit more practical and probably just as good off-road, the H2 SUT projects an image even the most customized of pickups can't match. Plus, the H2 SUT's short front and rear overhangs make it a better choice for serious off-road enthusiasts. Now, if we could just get it with a diesel engine." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 11/30/09

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