The last time we found ourselves behind the wheel of an H3, it was powered by the only engine available at the time, a 3.5L I5. Since then, the I-5 has grown to 3.7L and received a boost in power, but enthusiasts were clamoring for more. The Alpha is Hummer's answer. The standard 5.3L V-8 in the Alpha is just the right amount of engine for this chassis. While future H3s will be available with a 3.6L DOHC V-6 or a diesel, the 5.3L offers the power and torque for everyday driving with little sacrifice in fuel economy, as compared to the 3.7L I5. When pushed, the engine really gets the H3 up and running. With 33-inch tires and 5,000 pounds to push around, the Alpha isn't exactly quick, but it's no slouch, either. Despite the increased spring rate in the torsion bar and the leaf-spring rear axle, road manners were good; not cushy, but we had no complaints from any of our passengers.
Price (as tested) $43,775 - Equipped with optional DVD, navigation, rearview camera, and off-road suspensionEngine 5.3L V-8Horsepower 300 at 5,200 rpm SAETorque (lb-ft) 320 at 4,000 rpm SAETransmission Four-speed automaticAxle Ratio 4.10:1Low Range 4.03:1Suspension Independent SLA torsion bar (front), solid axle leaf spring (rear)Brakes 4-wheel ABS with dynamic rear proportioning Wheelbase 111.9 in Turning (Curb-to-Curb) 37 ftHeight 74.5 inWidth 85.5 inApproach Angle 39.4 degDeparture Angle 36.5 deg Break-Over Angle 25 deg Curb Weight 4,850 lbsGVWR 6,000 lbsMax Trailer Weight 6,000 lbsPayload 1,150Interior Cargo (cubic feet) 55.7 (behind 1st row, 2nd row folded), 29.5 cu-ft (behind 2nd row)Seating (front/rear) 2/3Fuel Mileage 13/17 (EPA), 15.7 (as tested)