If you have never driven a Hummer then you have no right making negative comments. I went from and Escalade to a Hummer and the ride was equally plush. They both use similar versions of the same engine and get an average of 14-15 MPG. Yes not great, but there are others that are worse. I don't see anyone here complaining that a BMW 7 series gets similar mileage. Or that the Infiniti G5 coupe only gets 17MPG. Do you really think we all want to drive tiny Honda Civics around?
ANY truck that is 10 years old will emit more pollution than a new Hummer or full size SUV/Truck. Go complain that the older, less efficient trucks are still on the road.
I guess people have to have something to complain about to make them feel good about their pathetic lives?
Drive what you want. I will drive what I want. Otherwise move to another country and enjoy your lack of freedoms there.
Have a Hummer H-2, previously owned an Acura Integra / Toyota Truck/ Nissan/ Chevy Tahoe / Ford car and truck. Still have a car, it's an ex police car and still going strong. Use it for the commute to work and get 21 mpg for full size car.
Then there is the 2003 Hummer I got in Dec. 05. It's nothing like or can even compare with anything else, and that's why I bought it. It's different, it's fun.
Of course mileage is bad. LOL. I have long driveway through woods which never needs the snow removed now. The weather is always good now.
Bar none its very comfortable. Has everything in it. Needs nothing more. Only 40k made. Will hold its value with age. See me in 15 years. A classic giant, yet no longer than a Honda Accord. It's not that big? A lot shorter than my Chevy Tahoe was. No where close to the Expedition or even bigger models. Go over curb at carwash for short cut. LOL.
I don't see any point in reiterating what everyone else has said. But I will say one thing. If you're buying a hummer for your safety or the safety of your children, consider this. SUVs are three times more likely to roll over in an accident or situation requiring hard, extreme steering. In that scenario, the chances of the driver or your children, your flesh and blood, rises exponentially. Look it up if you don't believe me - it's well-documented, but only recently has the information truly been allowed to come to the surface.
The above two comments are the kind made by people who have little to no knowledge of vehicle safety- or physics, for that matter.
It IS true that SUVs have a strikingly high rollover rate when compared to passenger vehicles. It is further true that rollover accidents are those in which the passengers of a vehicle are most likely to be injured or killed.
It is NOT true that Hummers are as or more prone to this than other SUVs. Rather, Hummers are- whatever else they may lack- incredibly unlikely to roll over. There are a few reasons why.
First, weight. The same thing that makes Hummers inefficient makes them safe. The H3 (5,000 pounds), H2 (8,000 pounds), and H1 (10,000 pounds) are all behemoths. For comparison, the average monster truck weighs less than an H1; a passenger car normally weighs no more than 3,000 lbs. Heavier objects are far less likely to roll over than lighter ones, and the fact that Hummers are comparatively heavier than almost any other vehicle compounds this fact.
Second, vehicle width. The same thing that makes Hummers hog parking spots makes them very unlikely to roll over. How unlikely? Go to the Hummer website; the monsters can take obscene angles before they roll, far more than any other production vehicle.
Look, there are many reasons for someone to dislike a Hummer. Rollover safety is not one of them. If you want to talk about rollover issues, the fact of the matter is that the most efficient SUVs- those based on cars like the Honda CRV and Cadillac SRX- are the most likely to roll, while the monstrous truck-based ones are least- and in some cases (as in Hummers and a few other giant SUVs) the SUVs are less likely to roll than cars.
Glad to see some intelligence here and recognition of basic high school physics.
C'mon everyone. If it weren't for the H2 what else would all the latte-sippin', cell-phone-chattin' kept-women drive to the mall? I can definitely see in their case the justification for all that supposed off-road prowess; never know when you'll need 4-Lo to crawl into that choice parking spot. 99.9% of the time most SUV's, unfortunately, are precious wastes of perfectly good transfer cases...
I personally am glad to see a critic that even knows what a transfer case is.
Most of the critics on this H2 page wouldn't know a tranfer case from a differential lock.
Plus, I also like the idea of kept women. Lots of time on their hands and driving a great big H2 that can go anywhere and has lots of room in the backseat.
Love those soccer moms. That's what I always say.