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2005 HUMMER H1 Review

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If you want to feel what it's like to be in the U.S. Army, at least the part that drives those big, imposing Humvees through the most remote and rugged areas of the world, look no further than the military derived H1. While the civilian model offers creature comforts no enlisted soldier would ever encounter, it remains the most intimidating vehicle on the road this side of an 18-wheeler. While nothing changes for 2005, the H1 was given a makeover last year that included a revised interior and a refined powertrain. Its 6.5-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine delivers 205 horsepower and a regime-toppling 440 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. While the vehicle's renowned four-wheel-drive system can already bully much of the world's landscape, a front-locking differential is optional with the Off-Road Adventure Package for added climbing abilities. Four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and rear air conditioning, an ear-splitting Monsoon stereo, central tire inflation system, and heavy-duty hydraulic shock absorbers are all standard. Priced well into six figures, you'll need the equivalent of a commander-in-chief's salary to be able to own one, however.

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