2006 HUMMER H3 Review

HUMMER has always been a leader in both the off-road and on-road vehicle SUV industries. This SUV has always been known for it’s association with luxury. You can even rent a HUMMER Limo! First there was the built-for-combat H1 Alpha, which was primarily used by the military. As it’s popularity grew, it became a status icon for those who could afford the $120,000+ price tag. You only need one glance inside the vehicle to understand just how “tough” the HUMMER H1 is. With all of the gauges, knobs, and dials, all it was missing were roof rack mounted machine guns. Fun to have? Yes. Practical to have? No. The Hummer H1 by no means is meant to be your only car. With roughly 8 miles to the gallon, it’s one of those vehicles that is only meant to be used when it will be seen by others. HUMMER H1’s are available as a limo, but it’s not nearly as common as the H2 HUMMER limo, which is taking the market by storm.

HUMMER H2

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

Enter the HUMMER H2. What if you could have all of the fun that goes along with owning a HUMMER, but wanted it to feel more like a typical SUV inside, with extra bells and whistle straight off the lot? Look no further than this. The HUMMER H2 is one of the coolest SUV’s on the street today. It is in the same class as the GMC Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade, and is also priced similarly.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

The HUMMER H2 is also available in a SUT (Sport Utility Truck) model. The SUT has a cargo bed instead of a third row seat and spare tire area. Both H2 models average 10-12 miles per gallon, which is decent for a vehicle of its size, but depending on your budget, still may not be a good choice as your only vehicle. With the used price tag of around $30,000, it is also much more affordable than the H1 Alpha, and also includes many more luxury features.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

The HUMMER H2 is also gaining extreme popularity as a stretched limo. You have probably seen HUMMER H2 Limo’s parading important people around. Of course you won’t get a HUMMER limo off the lot. You will need to go to a custom limo body shop. A HUMMER limo is extremely pricey, even as a rental. A HUMMER limo rents for on average, $100+ per hour! Any way you slice it, (no pun intended), a HUMMER limo is the best limo on the streets.

HUMMER H3

Enter the 2006 HUMMER H3, the newest addition to the HUMMER family. The 2006 HUMMER H3 is considered a midsize SUV, but has the same look and feel as it’s big brothers. It has received great reviews. It drives faster, sounds smoother, and turns tighter than any of it’s predecessors.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

Without a doubt, the H3 is one of the best midsize SUV’s on the market. It’s packed with industry leading features, safety, style, and of course, the head-turning look that you have come to expect from the GM and HUMMER line of SUV’s. While many HUMMER owners seem to be unaffected by the recent spike in gas prices, you won’t have to worry with the HUMMER H3. It averages 16-20 miles per gallon (depending on city or highway conditions), and could easily take the place of your only car. The best part? 2006 H3https://www.carsfortheconnoisseur.com/2006-hummer-h3-adventure-premium-suv/

Prices start at only $29,500.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

This awesome addition to the Hummer family of vehicles is packed with industry leading features, safety, and of course all the comforts that you would come to expect from the GM and Hummer line of SUV’s! The aggressive pricing is nearly incredible for a vehicle of this pedigree with prices starting out at just $29,500! (Before any web discounts!)

Hummer Exterior

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

When you think of a Hummer you think of a powerhouse vehicle that runs through the desert at 100 miles an hour, but really they are nice vehicles. The exterior isn’t very similar to other cars of its magnitude, but they resemble an SUV if anything. The H1’s exterior is made out of fiberglass, steel, and aluminum.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

What holds all of this together you might ask? Well bolts and strong adhesive glue that can withstand even nature’s fury, but even the strongest bond can be fairly vulnerable. The H1 struggled a bit because there were some problems, which is one of the reasons they don’t produce them anymore. GM decided to upgrade its next model using similar exterior and adhesives. This time the vehicle was a tad more compact and withheld a lot more.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

Being that these vehicles are Off Road monsters, they still have one major thing in common; the paint job’s get beaten up pretty bad. GM’s newest model, the H3 is the smallest of the bunch, and usually smaller means better when you are trying to improve the exterior of a vehicle. You don’t have to go through too much to reach the outcome of the design; therefore the H3 is probably the most durable out of the bunch. Remember the Hummer is larger then most other cars, so even though the H3 is smaller then the H1 and H2, it is still a big vehicle.

Hummer Interior

One thing that makes the Hummer an ultra vehicle is its interior. The outer part of the Hummer is bulky and very durable, but the interior is nicer then a Mercedes.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

The comfort zone is out of the world, the seats are leather, and with a darker shade inside the vehicle, sunlight won’t really affect the seating much.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

Whether or not it is winter or summer, heating and air conditioning is equipped both in the front and the back and it is powerful. Most of the settings used to be push buttons that weren’t powered by a computer, just recently with the H3; they decided to go all technical. The sound system in the Hummer H3 is better then the H1 and H2.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

They use a Bose sound system with an AM\FM radio, single disc CD player which is upgradeable, clock, and Theft Control. The AM\FM Radio can be replaced with satellite radio, which I believe is already going to be added to the Hummer’s soon.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

While all of the technical features are nice, the storage is probably the biggest luxury of having a Humvee. If you are going on a trip and need a place to put all of your belongings then look no further, the H3 has a variety of storage compartments that open and clock and lock might I add.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

There is a rear compartment cargo with a tailgate tie-down, along with a compartment under the seats. You may also store your items on the top of the roof, without having to worry about them flying away, even through the toughest road conditions.

2006 HUMMER H3 Review

A couple other nice features include a front seat airbags along with a three-point restraint system. The back is also protected with a very secure seatbelt system and a headrest behind them. The Hummer is one of the more safer vehicles to travel in and with all of the upgradeable features it offers, how can you go wrong with it?

Hummer Mileage

When you buy a vehicle, one of the first things you look for is how well it drives and its gas mileage. The H1 and H2 would probably eat up over $50.00 worth of gas and while compared to large company trucks and such, it doesn’t sound too harsh. Gas prices are at a high now days and many people already are putting in $30.00 and $40.00 worth of gas in there vehicles every day, that adds up to be a lot of money at the end of the month. The H3, which is a much smaller version of the Hummer, is actually a lot better mileage wise. To fill up the tank (which is around 23 gallons) would be about 46.00. This is a lot of money, but filling a vehicle up of this size, even though it’s smaller then the others is a huge improvement. If you were to add up the annual total of gas that you’ve put in your car, you’d end up around $2000.00 for the year. Driving an Off Road vehicle and spending that little money is what GM was looking to do. I know people who spend about $1600.00 on there mini cars and think that is a lot of money. The H4 that is currently in development and is planned to be released in 2008 or 2009 is looking to improve the gas mileage even more, possibly around $40.00, so we will keep an eye on that.

Being that the Hummer H3 is very durable, adding extra weight to the vehicle will affect gas mileage a lot. The thing with the Hummers or any type of large vehicle is the more it has to carry the faster it eats up the gas. Same with hills of course, but we all knew that. If you don’t need to fill your H3 up with extra items, please don’t. You will feel the impact at the pump if you do so.

Hummer Future?

Hummer is a brand name for a powerful bulky looking vehicle and its future looks pretty bright. Right now they are on there H3 model which is a smaller version of the car. Some people think they are too big for the road and cause major accidents, but they really aren’t that bad. There is a certain way to drive them, and are much easier to drive then most cars. In 2006 Hummer released its H1 which was powered by a 6.6 Liter Duramax Turbo powered alpha, which was pretty popular then. The Hummer H2 was then created which didn’t spark any major changes, except minor gas mileage updates. The H3 was then released and this is where the changes came into play. The vehicle was a lot smaller and had a better mileage system. The H4 which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2007 or 2008 is going to be a similar model to the H3, but will support better gas mileage and a few updated interior features. It will also be the cheapest out of the bunch, mainly because the roof and side doors will be removable and it will compete against the Jeep Wrangler. Starting in the mid to upper $20,000, this vehicle will be a great buy for anyone. GM has promised that a Hummer Truck will be in the mix by early to mid 2009, so look forward to that also.

I personally like the Hummer and even though the H3 is a bit smaller I still like it a lot. I am a big fan of larger vehicles, because I like the security and safety of them. Not only does Hummer make vehicles but they are now starting to make CD Players, Bicycles, Laptop Computers, and even Jewelry. This is a huge accomplishment for the Hummer brand name, and even its stock has gone up quite a bit. The future looks very bright for them and I am with them totally.

2006 HUMMER H3 SPECIFICATIONS

Model: HUMMER H3
Body style / driveline:
4-door, 5-passenger hard-top 4-wheel-drive
EPA vehicle class: Midsize sport utility
Construction: Welded steel frame, electro galvanized steel
Manufacturing location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Key competitors: Toyota 4Runner; Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Xterra, BMW X3
Engine Vortec 3500
Type: 3.5L inline 5-cylinder
Displacement (cu in / cc): 211 / 3460
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.66 x 4 / 93 x 102
Block material: A356-T6 lost foam cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: A356-T6 lost foam cast aluminum
Valvetrain: dual overhead camshafts, continuously variable exhaust valve timing, 4 valves-per-cylinder, with dual balance shafts
Ignition system: distributorless electronic spark, coil-on-plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs
Fuel delivery: multipoint sequential fuel injection
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Horsepower (hp / kw @ rpm): 220 / 164 @ 5600 (estimated)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 225 / 305 @ 2800 (estimated)
Recommended fuel: 87 octane
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 6300
Emissions controls: dual “split converter” design; LEV II
Est. fuel economy (auto city): 16 mpg*
(auto hwy): 20 mpg*

 

Transmissions
MA5
Hydra-Matic 4L60-E
Type: 5-speed manual 4-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1):
First: 3.75 3.06
Second: 2.20 1.63
Third: 1.37 1.00
Fourth: 1.00 0.70
Fifth: 0.73 ?
Reverse: 3.67 2.29
Stall ratio: N/A 1.90
Final drive axle ratio: 4.10 4.56
Low range lock gear reduction: 2.64 4.03
Crawl ratio (range): 33 to 69 33 to 69

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent SLA torsion bar, 46-mm mono-tube gas-charged shocks, 36-mm tubular stabilizer bar
Rear: “Hotchkiss” design multileaf, semi-elliptical single-stage leaf spring, 46-mm mono-tube gas-charged shocks, 25-mm rear solid diameter stabilizer bar
Steering type: power-assisted rack-and-pinion, with tri-bushing mount design
Steering ratio: 17:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 3.25
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 37 / 11.3
Brakes
Type: electro-hydraulic power 4-wheel disc, 4-wheel anti-lock, four-piston opposed (fixed) front caliper/ single piston sliding rear caliper with Dynamic Rear Proportioning
Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):
Front: 12.4 x 1.1 / 315 x 28
Rear: 12.28 x 0.47 / 312 x 12
Total swept area (sq in / sq cm):
Front:
69.4 / 448
Rear:
51 / 328

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size & type: 16-inch x 7.5-inch aluminum
Tires: std: P265/75R16 all terrain steel-belted Goodyear radials
opt: LT285/75R16C on-/off-road Bridgestone radials (with ZM6 Off-Road Adventure package)
Same full-size spare as the tires on the vehicle
Dimensions
Exterior:
Wheelbase (in / mm): 111.9 / 2842
Overall length w/ spare and 33-inch tires (in / mm): 186.7 / 4742
Overall width (in / mm): 85.5 / 2170.5
Overall height (in / mm): 74.5 / 1893
Track (in / mm):
Front: 65 / 1651
Rear: 65.5 / 1664
Minimum ground clearance front (in / mm): 9.1 / 231
Step-in height (in / mm):
Front: w/ 32-inch tires: 24 / 609.2
w/ 33-inch tires: 24.7 / 609.2
Rear: w/ 32-inch tires: 24.5 / 623.5
w/ 33-inch tires: 25.3 / 643.5
RTI 21.7
Approach angle (degrees): w/ 32-inch tires: 38
w/ 33-inch tires: 40
Departure angle (degrees): w/ 32-inch tires : 36
w/ 33-inch tires: 37
Breakover angle (degrees): w/ 32-inch tires: 24
w/ 33-inch tires: 25
Grade capability (percent): 60
Side slope capability (degree): 40
Water fording capability (in / mm):
(at 20 mph / 32 km/h): 16 / 407
(at 5 mph / 8 km / h): 24 / 610
Curb weight (auto trans) (lb / kg): 4700 / 2132
Interior
Seating capacity: 5
Head room (in / mm):
Front: w/ sunroof: 39.9 / 1013
w/o sunroof: 40.6 / 1032
Rear: w/ sunroof: 37.9 / 963.5
w/o sunroof: 39.9 / 1013
Leg room (in / mm):
Front: 41.9 / 1063
Rear: 35 / 890
Shoulder room (in / mm):
Front: 54.4 / 1381.3
Rear: 53.5 / 1358
Hip room (in / mm):
Front: 53.9 / 1370
Rear: 53.5 / 1358

Capacities

Cargo capacity (rear seat up) (cu ft / L):
Rear seat up: 29.5 / 835.3
Rear seat down: 55.7 / 1577
Cargo area length (at floor) (in / mm):
Rear seat up: 32 / 810.5
Rear seat down: 63.5 / 1614
Cargo area height (rear floor to headliner) (in /mm): 37 / 939
Cargo area width between wheelhouses (in / mm): 42.1 / 1070
GVWR, standard (lb / kg): 5850 / 2654
Payload, base (lb / kg): 1150 / 521.6 (estimated)
Fuel tank (gal / L): 23 / 87
Engine oil (qt / L):
5-speed manual: 6 / 5.7
4-speed automatic: 6 / 5.7
Maximum trailer weight (lb / kg): 4500 / 2041 (estimated)
Maximum tongue weight (lb / kg): Up to 400 / 182 (estimated)