HUMMER H2 (2008)
The 2008 Hummer H2 gets a redesigned interior and more powerful engine. This premium large SUV is available as a 4-door wagon and a pickup-like SUT. Like the Chevrolet Avalanche, the SUT features a folding midgate between the cabin and cargo bed. Responding to criticism that the H2's interior trailed the competition in materials quality and overall design, Hummer updates its big SUV's passenger compartment for 2008. With the revised interior comes an available 2-passenger 3rd-row seat. Also new is a 393-hp 6.2-liter V8 that replaces a 325-hp 6.0-liter. A 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles for manual operation is the only transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 8000 lb, up from 6500 lb. H2s have all-wheel drive with low-range gearing for off-road use. Severe off-road equipment is available. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, and curtain side airbags. Also standard are OnStar assistance and leather upholstery with heated 1st- and 2nd-row seats. This evaluation is based on preview test drives.