Hummer 2 is a Hum-dinger pulling
Hummer 2, you either hate it
or love it. I've never driven such a controversial vehicle. When I pulled
into a gas station, (which was often at 12 MPG) people would flock around
the Hummer 2 asking questions. On the way back from pulling a 3 horse slant
bumper trailer to Estes Park, I was driving through Longmont when a VW van
pulled up besides me, started honking and showing me how they count to
one with their fingers. Then on I-76 a couple of semi-trucks boxed me in and
wouldn't let me pass for several miles. It feels strange to have people
judge you by the truck you drive. I had mixed feelings at first also. I
turned down my first turn at the Hummer 2 not thinking it fit my readers.
But when ever I talked about it, folks got excited, so I thought I better
investigate. I see Hummer 2's everywhere and was surprised how well they are
selling. My first day behind the wheel, didn't impress me, the visibility
isn't good and you feel boxed in with the small windows and low hanging roof
mounted center console. By the third day I was having so much fun, I was
wondering how soon I could buy one!
Look at the console, even the
tranny shifter looks like fun. Plenty of 12Volt outlets everywhere and even
front and rear heated seats. On the left of the center console are the
transfer case buttons. The Hummer 2 is full-time 4x4 with a locking
front and rear differential. (all wheels have power)
My son Dave couldn't find
steep enough hills nor deep enough holes to slow down the H2. Well
engineered with skid plates and protective braces all under the H2 along
with the tranny and transfer case tucked above the bottom of the boxed hydroformed
frame, protecting the H2 underbelly. It would be hard to get high
centered and stuck. Both axles are so close to the ends of the vehicle
that getting hung up at the start or end of a climb would be difficult
You just don't find a vehicle that can
off-road like a Jeep, pull 7000#'s of trailer and is quiet and comfortable
on the freeway. At least not until now! With a 8600# GVW rating, the H2 is
in the HD 3/4 ton class, so you won't see the EPA test for gas mileage on
the window sticker, which would just scare you anyway. Maximum tow
capacity is 7000#'s and with the 35 inch tires, 4.10 axle ratio, powered by
the 6.0L V-8 gas engine, 7000#'s would be an easy safe task for the H2. I
pulled a Titan Avalanche 3 horse slant steel trailer, (provided by Scott
Murdock Trailers) up Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park. Even though the
trailer weighed less than 1/2 the towing capacity, you wouldn't know it was
there without looking out the mirrors. But with the rear axle just inches
away from the receiver hitch, the H2 does make a very stable trailer tower.
After hooking up to the trailer, the tongue weight didn't move the hitch
down. Even with rear coil springs, there was no noticeable rear axle
movement as I took the mountain curves as fast as traffic would allow.
Usually I'm a
tilt-forward hood fan, because of the access, but this is not what I
The shorter wheelbase has to be part of the
reason why the H2 is
rated to pull less than a 2500 Suburban along with a 6400# curb weight,
604#'s more than a 4x4 2500 Suburban. Actually a closer comparison is with a
Tahoe/Yukon. The ride is even similar. The H2 has a longer wheel base than
Tahoe/Yukon and is 2 inches wider and taller. They seem to share the same
frame, floor, seats and rear axle, giving you dramatically more room than the
Hummer 1. Even though the H2 has been called the baby Hummer, H2 is actually
taller and longer than the original Hummer 1. Hummer 1 is wider, only comes
in a diesel with the drive train boxed in between the seats at a base price
of over $113,000 in a wagon. Seems strange to refer to a H1 as a
"wagon." The base price of the H2 is $48,800. The one I drove had leather,
heated seats all the way around, 6 disc CD, tubular steps, and a lot of
chrome called the 1SC LUX Series for a retail price of $51,990. New this
year to loaded GM trucks is express down windows on both front side windows.
This came in handy for answering all the questions I got at gas stations.
Maybe they thought I was from Hollywood with the California factory license
plates and the fact that the average Hummer 2 buyer makes over
$150,000/year, but not truck writers.
The rear seats do fold
down nicely and there is even a 6th seat option.
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The spare tire does
take up too much room. I guess the tow hooks are for pulling other folks
out. Or maybe that's where you attach the plow!
If you like clearance lights, the H2 is
covered in them. Comes in handy if you are several floors up in a hotel and
can click your clicker to find where you parked. I need a Hummer for this
years trip to SEMA in Vegas. The windshield sets ahead of you at least 6 inches
farther than most trucks and is almost flat. This gives you more shade from
the sun but makes seeing traffic lights at a stop, a neck twisting event. The
H2 had 9 speakers with great stereo. When we were out in the sand hills
trying to bury the H2 in a blowout, the quiet interior and stereo made it
hard to believe we were going straight up and down sagebrush covered hills.
But the 7 interior grab handles came in handy for loading the 6 CD's at an
40 degree angle. Did I mention how much fun the H2 was? But I couldn't get
it over 12 mpg, no matter have fast I drove it. The H2 seemed solid, with
the stiffer hydroformed frame on this SUV that makes since. Even the running
boards were attached better than what you see on trucks.
You try to get it
stuck, it's a tank. It would probably take me another week to find that
deep hole. The chrome grill looks cool and the lights were great!
The large 17 inch all-terrain tires didn't howl,
handled well and certainly match the H2, though the spare seemed to take up
half of the rear compartment. The rear seats folded nicely without having to
pull out the headrests. The rear doors are larger and easier to get into,
it's such a surprise how versatile the H2 is. It would be easy to replace
your mini-van and SUV with a H2 and maybe the garden tractor.
Even the rear had
heated seats, see the controls, the stereo and yep, two more 12V
outlets. Click the picture to enlarge and click
back to return.
With the H2, I could
drive right to the beach to unload.
back" makes you feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger even though his
collection is mostly H1's. The H2 looked good parked in my yard.
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Special Thanks to Scott Murdock Trailers for
the Titan Avalanche,
970-663-1100 and GM for the test vehicles.
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