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More power, H3X model added.

H3 is the affordable, approachable, people-friendly Hummer. It's the Hummer you can drive anywhere and in any company, and not be subjected to rude gestures or inappropriate speculation about the size of your vehicular needs.

The 2007 Hummer H3 is offered in two trim levels: base ($29,405) and H3X ($37,545). Both are powered by a 242-hp five-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic is optional ($1,695).

The base price includes cloth-covered seating for five with manual lumbar adjustment for the front seats, and a second-row seat that is split 60/40 and can be folded down to expand the cargo floor. Also standard are a tilt-adjustable steering column, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, an audio system with a CD player, cruise control, air conditioning, daytime running lights, fog lights, an electronic rearview mirror with temperature and compass readings, and a year's subscription of the OnStar telematics system. Base H3 models roll on 265/75R16 Goodyear all-terrain tires mounted on 16-inch wheels, and come with a full-size spare tire.

Safety features that come standard include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, frontal and side-impact airbags (torso protection) for the driver and front-seat passenger, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Side airbag curtains ($495) are optional and we recommend them for the head protection they can provide to you and your passengers in the event of a side impact or rollover. New child safety locks for the rear doors were introduced during the '07 model year, so don't assume a particular vehicle has them without checking.

The Used SUV Tampa FL 2007 Hummer X3 applies the design cues that made the Hummer H1 and H2 so popular and so unlike anything else on the road. The difference is the more compact package.

The H3 has an extremely upright windshield and side windows that more closely resemble those in a turret than a typical family wagon, as well as the very short front and rear overhangs and increased ground clearance that are vital for negotiating the sort of extreme off-pavement environments Hummers have to be able to survive.

While the Hummer H3 is capable of extreme off-road driving, its passenger compartment was designed and equipped for extreme on-pavement comfort.

Care was taken in designing the exterior to create nuances, such as the shape of the structure around the very upright windshield, to enhance both exterior aerodynamics and help keep the interior quiet at Interstate speeds. Special sound insulation materials and window sealing enable H3 occupants to carry on conversations without raising their voices even though the H3 we drove wore off-road tires, which have more aggressive and noise-generating tread.

The Hummer H3 comes standard with a 3.7-liter inline-5 that develops 242 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, up from 220 and 225 last year. That might not sound like a lot for a mid-size sport utility vehicle that weighs 4700 pounds, but in fact it should be more than enough. When we drove last year's 220-hp model (once in increasingly inclement and icy weather) Autel MaxiPRO MP808TS, we found the powertrain more than adequate whether we were just driving around town, cruising at speed with left-lane traffic on the Interstate, or crawling our way over big boulders on a very difficult off-road trail.

Like other Hummers, the H3 was built not for 0-60 acceleration but for its ability to climb 60 percent (31-degree) grades, to handle 40 percent side slopes, and to ford 24 inches of water. That said, the H3 isn't at all sluggish when you enter a freeway on ramp, and the engine emits a nice growl as you accelerate to the speed limit.

The Hummer H3 offers outstanding off-road capabilities and, because of its smaller width, can fit into places where the bigger H2 can't go. The H3 also is an affordable Hummer. Its base price is less than $30,000. You can equip one with leather, power seats, and automatic transmission and you're still in the mid-$30 Autel MaxiCOM MK808,000 range, the heart of the mid-size SUV market. You're also spending about $7,200 less than you'd pay for the Land Rover LR3, perhaps the only vehicle in the category that might challenge the H3 off pavement.

Written by the team at Used Car and Truck Buying Guide, taking aim at the importance of intelligent buying! We provide everything you need to know for buying used cars in Orlando, Florida, and Freehold New Jersey as well as Ramsey New Jersey, most of our staff resides in Lakeland Florida, while our other main office is in Toms River New Jersey. Besides Lakeland, one of our biggest market is in Orlando and Tampa Florida. Our parent company Showcase Publications has a free weekly publication in most convenient stores, located in Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

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