Saturday, October 22, 2011

2010 Hummer H3

It doesn't seem that long ago when Hummers were the preferred status symbol of the celebrity set. Somehow, it was deemed cool to pilot the massive, 3-ton, gas-guzzling H2 SUV through crowded city streets on the way to Hollywood premieres and expensive restaurants. Hummer soon expanded its lineup to include the baby brother H3, which offered similar looks to the H2 but with a much lower price tag, a more reasonable size and a less gluttonous fuel appetite.

Then gas prices shot up and driving a Hummer became about as cool as having Kanye West host the Grammy awards. Making matters worse is the planned sale of the Hummer brand, which has left the future of the brand in limbo. Still, the 2010 Hummer H3 soldiers on, giving those who can't resist the Hummer's admittedly eye-catching Tonka Truck styling a chance to own a brand-new one.


Standard features for all trims include Bluetooth wireless technology, cruise control, power windows and door locks, a Driver Information Center, air conditioning, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and an electrochromic rear-view mirror with a compass, outside temperature display, and OnStar controls. The Base H3 comes with an AM/FM audio system with a CD player, while the other trims upgrade to an in-dash 6-CD changer. XM satellite radio comes standard on all trims, while features such as navigation (via an upgraded OnStar system) and a rear-view camera system remain options for all trims.

Seating for five includes power front seats across the model line, while the top two models get heated front seats and leather all around. The base model utilizes a single-CD player, and the rest get a six-CD changer. Bluetooth compatibility, a six-speaker stereo and satellite radio are standard, while fully-loaded models get a seven-speaker brand-name stereo upgrade and options which include a DVD entertainment system with dual rear LCD screens and navigation.

Dual front and two-row curtain airbags protect outboard passengers in a crash, while four-wheel antilock brakes and an electronic stability system help prevent impact. The sturdy 2010 Hummer H3 achieves Five-Star ratings in three of four NHTSA impact tests.


A big, bold chrome grille, front and rear tow hooks and fog lights give the 2010 Hummer H3 a highly functional aesthetic, while sixteen-inch alloy wheels with high-profile tires provide lightweight contact patches. Fun upgrades include 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. The rugged body is bolted to a sturdy frame, which rides on a beefy suspension. An off-road package includes an even stronger suspension and electronic-locking front and rear differentials. Skid plates that protect vital underbody components, including suspension, are standard.


Safety and performance-related features for all 2010 H3 trims include GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, and full-time four-wheel drive. All trims also come equipped with foglights, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, halogen headlights, and a one-piece rear swing gate. Dual front airbags and head curtain side-impact airbags with a rollover sensing system also come standard on the H3.,,

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