|06/20/13 10:00AM||4 Wheel Drive, Hummers, Muscle Cars, off road, street rods|
Hummers Good For Anything Other Than Showing Off?
The biggest benefits of owning a Hummer are pretty obvious. It's bigger than most other SUVs, so it's quite a sight to see. Be it in a suburb or a city center, you are bound to turn some heads in a Hummer. It never goes unnoticed, and that is the number one reason why people buy Hummers. If you want to make your presence felt wherever you go, Hummer is the perfect vehicle for you. This doesn't have to mean that Hummers are only good for showing off, though. There are other benefits to owning a Hummer, including its amazing off-road capabilities, high storage capacity, and the full-time 4-wheel-drive system.
One of the most interesting things about Hummers is that even though they are very large, they have very good handling. This is especially true for the H3. It features a highly-responsive steering system, and a sturdy suspension that is optimized for off-road driving. Another good thing about Hummers is that they come with lots of standard features that can't be found on other trucks, such as DVD entertainment systems, DVD navigation radio, remote keyless entry, and remote power locks, among other things. The H1 and the H2 are equipped with the Bose radio system, that has noise-canceling technology that provides you with clear sound by eliminating the noise created by the wind. Also, it's pretty cool that back seat passengers have separate stereo and climate controls.
The off-road capabilities of Hummers are perhaps their most appealing feature apart from the fact that they are incredibly large. They are good off-road vehicles because they have high-quality suspension that enables them to go over rocks and bumps without trouble, and because of their high ground clearance and large wheels which allow them to go over vertical walls that are as tall as 15 inches, and negotiate water surfaces as deep as 20 inches. It's a very stable vehicle, thanks to the low center of gravity, and the wide tires provide very good traction. Also, Hummers have high towing capacities, which is one of the most important attributes of all trucks and SUVs. The H3 for example, has a 6,000 pounds towing capacity, which is higher than most SUVs.
The fact that all Hummers feature aluminum bodies and steel roofs and doors makes them very strong and durable, which means it takes a long time before rust starts showing up on the trucks' bodies.
As far as downsides of owning a Hummer are concerned, its poor fuel economy is the biggest issue. Hummers only get about 15 mpg, which makes them pretty inefficient, so if you want to own a Hummer, you have to know that you'll have to spend a lot of money on fuel.
If you take all the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Hummer into consideration, the bottom line would be that apart from the fact that it's an attention grabber, it's an excellent off-road vehicle and if you don't mind the high fuel costs, and you go off-roading often, then it's the right vehicle for you.
Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “green cars” specialist. He is an author of many how-to articles related to safe driving, green technologies, auto insurance etc. Currently blogging for DMV.com.