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Hummer H2 SUT: A Beauty of a Beast

June 19, 2008

Ralph Gray

Hummer H2 SUT

General Motors is making sounds like it wants to drop or trim its military-spawned sports utilities, the Hummer, because of high gas prices.

We thought we'd better give you a quick look at them just in case they become extinct, given the new, green marketplace for gas-efficient cars.

It's important to note that all Hummers are not made alike. There's the brawny H1, a barely civilized version of the military bruiser, while the H3 is based on a compact pickup truck.

We evaluated the H2 SUT for this article. Because of its weight, the H2 SUT isn't required to post EPA fuel economy numbers. In a local drive, our test vehicle delivered 12 mpg.

The SUT handles better than it looks thanks to the fact that it is based on a Suburban chassis. It takes curves on an accurate course with only a little under-steer. Down the road, it's straight and true.

The 8.5 seconds 0-to-60 mph is commendable especially for its heft.

Vision out the rear is somewhat limited by a high belt-line and big spare tire. Side mirrors are very large. There is also a little monitor that slides out of the rear view mirror.

The radio has knobs for volume and tuning and there's even an analog clock. The shift lever can accommodate two hands. Grab handles abound and are needed getting in and out. It's wise to use the running board.

For some unknown reason, the normally superb GM four-spoke steering wheel is crammed with remote controls. The bright trim and leather do not compensate.

The H2 SUT is an endearing vehicle whose time seems to have come and gone. But it was fun to drive.

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•Engine: 6.2L V-8

•Dimensions: 122.8" wheelbase; 203.5" length.

•Base price: $55,555/tested $59,345.

•Fuel economy: EPA not applicable.

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