From the moment the Hummer’s roof banged against the height-restriction bar stretched across the exit of my parking structure, I knew my initial concerns about the size of the H2 were just the tip of the iceberg. It didn’t bump the pole on the way up the ramp!
That scrape, and the sign on the gate that said “No vehicles over 5000 pounds,” set a heavy tone. At 1,600 pounds too ponderous and just one inch too tall, parking the H2 during my one-week review was worrisome from the start. Turns out, I was able to back down the ramp to avoid contact and further damage to the roof of the giant vehicle. I pretended not to notice the weight warning.
Once out of the lot and navigating city streets and highways, however, the full-size SUV was much easier to maneuver. Face it: A vehicle as big, high and wide as this is not going to corner like a Corvette, but the steering feels nice and the suspension is comfortable. An all-new 6.2-liter V-8 joins with a six-speed transmission to provide acceleration that belies the vehicle’s tank-like size. Fuel economy did not, unfortunately, and according the SUV’s onboard computer, I averaged just 9.5 miles per gallon during my evaluation. Ouch.