The 2009 Hummer H2 is built on the 4-wheel-drive Chevy Tahoe platform, but with a heavier-duty frame and sturdier suspension components. Its high seating position and imposing stance have the tough-guy appeal of the H1, but with an MSRP that starts at $63,090. Two body styles are available: a sport utility body and what Hummer calls an SUT, or a sport utility truck with an open-air 4x6-foot pickup-style bed.
Even though the H1 and H2 share the same attitude, the H2 differs significantly from the original military-style H1 in many ways. It features an extensive list of luxury and comfort-oriented equipment. Leather front and rear heated seats are standard as are 8-way power adjustable seats. A standard driver information center monitors fuel economy, vehicle speed history and 23 different vehicle systems such as coolant and transmission temperature, and oil level and pressure. No fewer than six auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard throughout the cabin. Added sound insulation makes day-to-day use comfortable.
Remote keyless entry and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard, as is a Bose AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and Bluetooth connectivity. OnStar with one year of service and XM satellite radio are included.
Off-road capabilities are impressive, as the H2 can ford 20 inches of water and climb over boulder size pavement chunks with its 9.7-inch ground clearance.
Both the H2 and the H2 SUT are available in three grades: Base, Adventure, and Luxury. The Adventure includes an air compressor, air suspension, first aid kit, rubber floor mats, unique 17-inch aluminum wheels, a tool kit, and a brush guard. The Luxury trim adds a rear entertainment system, rearview camera system, a sunroof, third row seating and a number of chrome enhancements.
Standard Safety features include dual front and side curtain airbags, StabiliTrak stability control, theft deterrent security system, panic brake assist and, daytime running lamps.
Makes An Entrance Like No Other.
In an attempt to reduce the H2's environmental impact, for 2009, Hummer adds E85 flex fuel capability to its 6.2L V8 engine. Inside the Hummer gets amenities such as optional second row bucket seats, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio with real-time traffic and a heated power adjustable steering wheel.
The 2009 Hummer H2, with its 6-foot 7-inch height and 6,614-pound curb weight, makes an impression wherever it goes. The H2's signature off-road capabilities are courtesy of its monstrous 315-series tires and aggressive approach and departure angles. And its 8,200-pound towing capability keeps up with the abilities of full-size pickups. The H2's styling and attitude echo the military-derived H1, but it costs half as much.