2008 HUMMER H2

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2008 Hummer H2 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Hummer H2 was new.

The H2 delivers stellar off-road performance and head-turning style but has dismal fuel economy, even for a large SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road performance
  • Head-turning, distinctive "Hummer" style
  • New interior upgrades and safety features for 2008
  • Poor fuel economy, even for a large SUV
  • Poor visibility is a safety concern and, coupled with a high stance, makes the H2 hard to park in garages and congested areas

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Hummer H2 has a score of 7.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Hummer H2 Overview

The 2008 H2, which AutoWeek calls "one of the biggest, baddest muthas on the road," has been upgraded with a larger powertrain, more upscale interior and added safety features. The changes earn points in reviews that say the H2 now has the power it needs to be a capable highway cruiser and an interior that's in line with its price tag. Because of the H2's weight, it isn't subject to EPA fuel economy ratings, but based on the H2's cruising range and fuel capacity, reviewers estimate the H2 should get a little over 11 miles per gallon in mixed driving.  That means that the H2 will cause significant pain at the pump, even for a large SUV.  Many reviews also note that the H2's sheer mass can be tough to drive, especially in tight quarters. Fuel economy and size aside, the H2 is enormously appealing to many reviewers, thanks to its aggressive exterior styling, macho persona and go-anywhere capabilities. Those same reviewers may be happy that they don't live with the H2 on a day-to-day basis: its reliability is mediocre at best.

  • "If you want to make a statement, the H2 remains a good vehicle of choice"-- AutoWeek
  • "There are many of us that savor the H2's sheer obnoxiousness." -- Car and Driver
  • "For 2008, the H2 was completely redesigned, given a more refined interior that combines luxury with ruggedness, equipped with enhanced safety features and has a more powerful engine that's mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission. Want more? Don't be a glutton!"-- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "A vehicle that everyone either loves or loves to hate." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "I can't recall any recent vehicle that I was happier to get out of than this one." --Motor Trend

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