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2009 HUMMER H3 vs. Its Competition

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The 2009 HUMMER H3T is classified as a mid-size pickup truck, so its competition is well-defined on paper.

However, as similar as these trucks look on a specification sheet, in person, the H3T's styling makes its competitors look like girlie-man trucks.

The Dodge Dakota is significantly improved in 2008 and offers two cab/bed configurations and two engine choices, including a powerful 4.7-liter V-8 matched to a five-speed automatic.

The Dakota is a solid choice, but lacks the HUMMER's styling and ultimate off-road capabilities.

Built at the same plant as the HUMMER H3T are GM's mid-size twins, and one could also cross-shop the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

A V-8 option is now available on these trucks, so no longer are these entries the 98-pound weaklings of the mid-size truck segment.

Then there are the imports: the six-cylinder Tacoma, Frontier, and Ridgeline.

The Toyota and Nissan (like the Dodge and Chevy/GMC) nameplates offer more variety than the HUMMER, including two-wheel-drive variations that offer real benefits every time the fuel tank needs to be filled.

2009 HUMMER H3 H3T2009 HUMMER H32008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota2008 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT Open Doors2008 Honda Ridgeline2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier
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The 2009 HUMMER H3T is the off-roader's dream of a factory-built pickup that is practical during the workweek and capable of outrageous off-road fun on weekends.
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Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
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The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
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For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
MSRP From   
$30,750Browse Used Listings$20,470Browse Used Listings$28,000Browse Used Listings$16,530Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas 5Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class   
N/AN/A4WD Pickup TrucksN/A
Style Name   
4WD 4-Door H3T2WD Ext Cab ST4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE
4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SUVExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 Door Crew CabKing Cab
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual
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