The Hummer H3 was a mid-size SUV that was produced by General Motors from 2005 to 2010. It was the smallest model in the Hummer lineup, and it was based on the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon pickup trucks.
Hummer H3 Overview
The Hummer H3 was the smallest of the Hummer models and was produced by General Motors from 2005 to 2010. Intended to be a more consumer-friendly and accessible vehicle than its larger H1 and H2 siblings, the H3 was still designed with off-road capabilities in mind.
The H3 was built on a modified version of the GMT355 platform, which it shared with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. Initially, the H3 came with a 3.5-liter inline-5 engine. This was later upgraded to a 3.7-liter inline-5. There was also a more powerful 5.3-liter V8 option available for the H3 Alpha variant, introduced in 2008. The H3 offered both manual and automatic transmission options, which was somewhat uncommon for SUVs in its class.
While the H3 was considerably smaller than the H1 and H2, it was still a substantial vehicle. Its design gave it an imposing stance, and it retained the iconic Hummer look, characterized by a wide, flat front end, broad wheel arches, and a general rugged appearance. The H3 was designed with off-roading in mind. It had high ground clearance, a short wheelbase for its size, and a two-speed electronically controlled full-time four-wheel-drive system. It also boasted features like hill descent control and a rear locking differential, emphasizing its off-road credentials.
The H3, like other Hummer models, faced challenges during the late 2000s, particularly during the economic downturn and amid rising environmental concerns. Its production was halted in 2010 when GM shuttered the Hummer brand. While the H3 was generally praised for its off-road capabilities, it received criticism for its on-road manners, relatively weak initial powertrain, and fuel efficiency. Still, for those seeking the Hummer brand’s rugged image in a more manageable size, the H3 fit the bill.