2009 HUMMER H3 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
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.
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.
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.
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   
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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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