End of the Line for Hummer H2

Posted: March 11, 2008

The Hummer H2, the massive SUV that became a symbol of hyper-consumption to many, will come to an end soon.  Jalopnik reports, "The plans now call for...a significant refresh coming sometime between the latter half of 2010 and the first half of 2011. At this point, the H2 will be allowed to run its course and then die. That would put the H2 ending sometime around 2014."  Because of its tremendous curb weight of over 8,500 lbs, the H2 was exempt from federal fuel economy standards.  GM has never published official mpg ratings for the H2, but in an earlier post, Jalopnik noted, "most reviewers have observed an average somewhere between 12 MPG and 9 MPG."

Car Domain notes that "starting in 2011, the H2 will be subject to the new CAFE standards."  GM may have decided to end production of the vehicle rather than allow it to factor into federal calculations that determine whether the automaker meets its fuel economy goals. 

The H2 fans at Four Wheeler worry, "If the H2 can be killed, maybe some trigger-happy executive would be willing to kill the entire brand."  They argue, "The fact of the matter is that the H2 has very little effect on the environment and is still a very popular and capable vehicle that does fill a low-volume niche."

Truck Trend reviewer Frank Markus got behind the wheel of the 2008 version. He reports, "I can't recall any recent vehicle that I was happier to get out of than this one."  He complains, "Its immense height bars it from many parking garages, and its Sherman-Tank girth renders it practically unusable in the tight confines of the mini-mall and grocery store parking lots in my neighborhood."  He finds that the Hummer strains to "maintain normal highway speeds in Detroit," and adds, "I spent a weekend driving as if I had an egg on the throttle as we drove from store to store shopping for carpet, hoping to coax the average fuel economy up a tenth from 12.1 to 12.2 mpg. Never happened."