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.
Carving only slightly less of a menacing profile on the road than its larger sibling, the H1, HUMMER’s H2 is derived from the Chevrolet Suburban and offers its own military flavored styling that’s about as subtle as an armored assault. For 2005, the H2 gains a slight power boost and sports a new SUT version that combines aspects of a sport-utility vehicle and a pickup truck. Its 6.0-liter V-8 engine is now rated at 325 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, and continues to drive all four wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission and rugged full-time 4WD system. Meanwhile, the SUT is derived from the Chevrolet Avalanche, and shares that vehicle’s “midgate” configuration that allows it to convert from what amounts to a full-size SUV with a large enclosed trunk to a standard-bed pickup truck. A large “Sky Roof” sunroof provides an open-air feel. Low-range gearing and a locking rear differential are included across the line for off-road enthusiasts, and an air suspension is available to smooth the ride over both back roads and highways. Numerous comfort and convenience features are standard and an assortment of both functional and styling accessories are offered.
2005 HUMMER H2 SUT by Marty Padgett (8/9/2004)
A bed-time story with a happy ending.