HUMMER proudly boasts that they have sold over 100,000 H2s since its introduction in 2002. There may be some guy out there for whom the H2 is a tool -- he needs its prodigious off-road capability, massive size and rugged construction for some kind of remote labor. For the other 99,999 buyers, the H2 is a fashion statement, a big thumb of the nose to political correctness and a nod to conspicuous consumption. No new car I've tested has ever been such an attention magnet. The surprise for me was that the attention was overwhelmingly positive -- and female. Women stopped me in parking lots and told me how nice my H2 was. They gave thumbs-up signs at stoplights. Since I keep my ego in check, I realized that it had to be the H2 that was attracting the attention.
My test H2 was equipped with a $4,240 package of options, the Lux Series, which included a chrome appearance package, chrome tubular assist steps and 17" chrome wheels. All that chrome against the deep Twilight Maroon Metallic paint job made the H2 shine like a custom. Juxtaposing the military ruggedness of the H2's body with flashy accessories creates an over the top look that is eye catching -- it's a matter of taste whether you'll like it or not. I thought it looked awesome.