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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,276 - $25,522
Original MSRP: $33,390 - $41,705
MPG: 14 City / 18 Hwy
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2010 Hummer H3 Interior

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Reviewers found the 2010 H3's cabin surprisingly high-quality and well-designed for a Hummer. However, they were underwhelmed with its interior space.

  • "The interior design is just about the best on a GM truck in a long time. The simple center stack and superior materials on knobs and flush surfaces set a new standard for Hummer." -- Motor Trend
  • "The cabin is handsome in a utilitarian kind of way, which makes it seem a bit plain when compared to the Hummer H3's bold exterior design. The available leather seating livens things up a bit with a two-tone color scheme and contrasting piping." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he H3 is more than just a tough truck. The interior is well appointed, and can be as opulent as that of a more urban-oriented SUV. The clean, sensible dash comes very well equipped." -- Motor Week
  • "Cabin materials are of good quality with many soft-touch surfaces. Assembly of test models has been very good." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The Hummer H3 seats five in two rows, but critics disagreed about whether five adults can actually fit comfortably. They also said entering and exiting the rear seats can be difficult.

  • "Rear-seat occupants have plenty of room to stretch out once inside, but ingress and egress through the smallish door openings can be a challenge, and taller individuals may find headroom somewhat tight." -- Edmunds
  • "Hummer calls the H3 a 5-seater. But, while there's good room for four tall adults, the center of the rear seat is uncomfortable for a fifth occupant." -- MSN
  • "The H3's driver's seat is a high perch, but very comfortable." -- About.com
  • "High step-up and awkwardly shaped [rear] door opening complicate access. Headroom [in the rear] is ample, but legroom is limited for taller passengers." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The H3's interior was designed for utility rather than style, but that's par for the course in the rugged off-road SUV class. Test drivers found that some of the electronics could be difficult to use, a result of tiny buttons on the available navigation system. Standard features on the base model include Bluetooth, cruise control, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control and satellite radio. Available features include a six-disc CD player, a rear DVD entertainment system and DVD navigation radio.

  • "Build quality is passable, but check out the competition if you seek finer appointments. Also, stereo and climate interfaces aren't as user-friendly as those found in other GM vehicles." -- Edmunds
  • "Switchgear is easy to find and intuitive in its use. Knobs for the HVAC (heat/ventilation/air conditioning) system are large enough to be easily turned by gloved hands. Gauges are large and easy to read." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Subtle changes to the Alpha cabin include special emblems on the steering wheel and front-seat head restraints." -- Cars.com
  • "Simple white-on-black gauges are easy to read in any lighting condition. Most controls fall readily to hand. The navigation system does not absorb audio controls, but has tiny, fussy buttons." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

Cargo space in the 2010 Hummer H3 left critics unimpressed. With all seats in use, the H3 provides 25 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seats folded down, space expands to 62.8 cubic feet. For even better cargo capacity, consider the Ford Explorer. It provides 85.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second row and available third row folded down.

  • "Side-opening single-piece rear hatch is large and heavy; a disadvantage in confined quarters. Waist-high load floor makes a chore of loading heavier objects. The large rubber-floored cargo area is usefully shaped. Interior storage is limited to the glove box, tiny door pockets, and small center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If you're used to carrying a full load, however, keep in mind that rear-seat headroom and cargo space aren't overly generous for a vehicle in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo room and interior storage are both compromised in favor of passengers." -- Car Gurus
  • "The rear hatch door is hinged on the left, but there's no chock for the spring-loaded assist that helps you swing the door open. Park anywhere less than on a perfectly level surface, and the door will either take a great deal of work to close (especially with the spare tire mounted on the back) or won't stay open." -- Forbes