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in 2009 Full Size Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $46,565 - $46,565
Original MSRP: $61,585 - $61,585
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2009 HUMMER H2 SUT Performance

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The Hummer H2 SUT offers a pleasant driving experience but never lets the driver forget how large and heavy it really is. Off-road, however, the H2 SUT has few equals.

  • "The H2's off-road capabilities are easily best-in-class, with plenty of ground clearance, aggressive approach and departure angles, generous wheel articulation and ample tire grip. Around town, though, the H2 drives like the big SUV that it is. Poor outward visibility further limits the H2 SUT's appeal." -- Edmunds
  • "On the open road, the H2 moves right along, seemingly oblivious to the laws of aerodynamics. The big HUMMER is surprisingly stable and the position of the wide 17-inch tires at the vehicle's outermost corners mean you get minimal body roll and pretty respectable handling. Again, this accolade must be taken in context - we are talking about the handling of a Sport Utility Truck, not a sports car." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2009 Hummer H2 SUT comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine.  Because of the H2 SUT's weight, it is exempt from EPA fuel economy estimates. Mated to the V8 is a six-speed automatic transmission, which most reviewers felt ably translated the engine's power to the road.  Most reviewers say the transmission is adequate.

  • "The big V8 under the hood provides plenty of pickup in most situations, but the combination of 3 tons of weight and a near total lack of aerodynamics renders the H2 sluggish at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "Installed in the 6400-lb H2, the engine gives roughly the same weight-to-power ratio as a Toyota Camry four-cylinder. Of course, you could tow two Camrys with an H2, but that's another story." -- Motor Trend
  • The transmission "seems perfectly suited to the job at hand, downshifting when needed and upshifting without hesitation." -- Automobile.com

Handling and Braking

Despite its size and off-road capability, the H2 provides a comfortable on-road ride, thanks to its high-tech suspension. The H2 SUT's steering is also fine for its size, though some reviewers complain of understeer. Plus, because of the H2 SUT's size, parking lot maneuverability and visibility are issues.  When a vehicle weighs 6,400 pounds, it has to have good stopping power, and the 2009 Hummer H2 SUT doesn't disappoint.

  • "H2's ride doesn't beat you up." -- Motor Trend
  • "In terms of comfort, it's right on par with the GMC Yukon Denali." -- Motor Week
  • "Although the H2 doesn't fall apart when pushed, it understeers clumsily at the limit despite a 40/60 percent front/rear torque split, and its brakes fade quickly. Body roll is, as you might expect, significant." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "If you're looking for Acura MDX or BMW X5 handling keep driving." -- Automobile.com
  • "The H2's large four-wheel discs provide plenty of power and a decent pedal feel." -- Edmunds

Off-Roading

Though most reviewers believe that the majority of buyers will never take the H2 SUT off-road, they also agree that off-road is one area where it really shines.

  • "The H2 SUT's four-wheel-drive system works well, thanks to its 6.2-liter dynamo of a V8. With 393 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, there are very few obstacles in nature that the H2 SUT cannot overcome." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It almost goes without saying, but the H2 borders on unstoppable offroad." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its considerable weight, width, and length, a standard-issue H2 can keep up with Rubicon-ready Jeep Wranglers and Land Rover Defenders, which is no small accomplishment." -- Automobile Magazine

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