Edmunds.com ranked the top 10 four-wheel-drive vehicles for ‘off-highway’ use, and the 2008 HUMMER H2 and H3 models fared well, taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Dodge Ram 2500 Power-Wagon took the top prize – which comes standard with front and rear locking differentials, specialized shocks, and a 12,000 pound winch. Here’s what Edmunds had to say about the HUMMER H2 and H3.
HUMMER H2: Ever since the discontinuation of the H1, Hummer’s H2 has had to stand in as the brand’s flagship vehicle. Happily, this full-size and distinctively styled SUV is easily up to the task of representing the image of Hummer, offering a rugged frame, short overhangs and plenty of ground clearance. The 2008 H2 is the best version yet thanks to a new 393-horsepower V8 and an improved interior design.
HUMMER H3: When it comes to Hummer, even the runt of the litter, the H3, is still pretty tough. Off-road, the vehicle’s big approach and departure angles, tidy dimensions and standard four-wheel drive are all beneficial. For 2008, there’s also an available 300-hp V8 as part of the new H3 Alpha trim level. The H3 is at its off-roading best when it’s equipped with the Adventure package; this includes off-road tires and suspension, a specialized transfer case and a locking rear differential.
We’ll see how well the 2009 HUMMER H3 stands up to next year’s rankings, since adventure models will be equipped with a standard front locking differential – a first for H3.