The Best of the Best 2003: Sport-Utility Vehicles - Hummer H2

  • Fluto Shinzawa

For all of the braggadocio exhibited by its muscle-bound, boxlike exterior, the Hummer H2’s interior is surprisingly modest: no hand-stitched leather, no wooden steering wheel, no audiophile sound system. Then again, who needs such niceties when you are romping over rocks and through pond-size puddles? At its best, the $49,190 H2 grants its driver an escape from the mundane and a flashback to a time of frivolity.

The multitudes who employ the vehicle for blacktop commuting are missing the point of the H2. In substandard elements, the soccer-practice shuttle instantly transforms into a bring-it-on behemoth. The 6.0-liter, 316-hp V-8, which generates 360 ft lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm, effortlessly powers the 6,400-pounder over loose gravel and knobby roots—which is as close as anyone who drives the 10-mpg guzzler will ever come to being considered a tree-hugger.

 

Hummer, www.hummer.com

Read Next Article >>
Photo by James Lipman
Find out how the V-8 stacks up against its V-12 stablemate…
This race-adapted hybrid generates 86 more hp than its road-going counterpart…
Porsche 918 Spyder
See the winner and rankings, as well as exclusive photos and videos of all the cars...
Caterham Bikes Carbon E-Bike, a brawny carbon-fiber-and-aluminum electric bicycle that looks like a...
The Stingray is the seventh generation of the Corvette, a model that has been in production since...
Photo by Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Company
The annual Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction...
Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
Stutz Motor Car of America, produced the Blackhawk from 1971 through 1987...
Chevrolet brought its Corvette Stingray convertible to Palm Springs, a popular location for...
Photo by Max Earey
The new sedan generates 552 hp and 465 ft lbs of torque…
Photo by Yakima Products Inc
The company claims its rack is the most aerodynamic on the market…