Truck Yeah The trucks are good! “That 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. I must own it!” your inner patriot screams. “The 2020 Jeep Gladiator! Please let me spend all of my money on it!” your apple pie-eating, baseball-watching, red, white, and blue subconscious whispers. This love of off-road pickups is cute, but let me remind you: The short-lived 2009 and 2010 Hummer H3T is the truck you want today, but it came 10 years too soon. I’ve never driven the H3T, but I can tell you straight-up that right now, as this mid-size truck craze gets fiery thanks to the new Gladiator, ZR2 Bison, and 2019 Ford Ranger, the H3T is looking cooler than ever. Arguably cooler than any mid-size truck on the market today. And I don’t mean just literally. Yes, it’s a sexy truck, with those giant fender flares, available enormous 33-inch tires, beefy door handles, and squared off look. But it was also compelling in ways that weren’t just aesthetic. For one, it came with a 300 horsepower, 320 lb-ft 5.3-liter V8 engine, which is more cylinders than can be found in any mid-size truck today. It also had available front and rear lockers, bigger tires than anything in the segment sans the new Gladiator (which also has 33s), a 4:1 low-range in the transfer case, 4.10:1 axle ratios, and phenomenal approach and departure angles at 38.7 and 30.6, respectively (at a low 20.2, the breakover angle is about the same as the new Gladiator’s). Not to… [Read full story]
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