Used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha
- Unsurpassed off-road ability, major-league attention-getter.
- Drives poorly on the street, not much passenger room for such a big vehicle, high price.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Unless you're desperately in need of attention or you own a sprawling cattle ranch, leave the H1 to celebrities and the U.S. military.
The H1 (the original Hummer's official name since the debut of the H2) is a civilian version of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee, used by the U.S. military. A.M. General, the current manufacturer of the H1, was awarded its first government contract to build the Humvee in 1983. Significant exposure to the American public during the first Gulf War convinced A.M. General that a civilian version would be a viable consumer product. It was first made available to the public in 1992 and has been sold in limited numbers continuously since then. Although certain modifications were made to qualify it for public sale, the first civilian version was pretty similar to the original military version. Since then, minor upgrades have been made to soften its image. Noticeable improvements to the interior, including redesigned consoles and new seats, came in 2004. Hummer has also sought to improve the truck's performance this year by installing a more powerful engine and a new five-speed automatic transmission.
No matter how many changes Hummer makes, however, there is no getting around the fact that this is a big, heavy truck with really bad table manners. Compared to a Lexus LX 470, for instance, the H1 comes off as hopelessly primitive, expensive and generally ineffective for normal use. Not that this is any big secret, of course. Hummer is fully aware that this is a specialty vehicle, which is why it now offers the smaller H2 and H3 SUVs. Both provide similar styling and are much more realistic vehicles for day-to-day ownership. Only when one desires a no-holds-barred off-road vehicle or a "look at me!" driveway placeholder does the H1 Alpha deliver. For these two situations, there's never any doubt that H1 Alpha is the genuine article.
Trim levels & features
The H1 Alpha is a four-passenger SUV available in two body styles: a four-door open top or a four-door wagon. Standard equipment for the one available trim level includes items like power windows, keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, leather seats, cruise control, air conditioning and a six-CD audio system. A central tire-inflation system, which utilizes an onboard air compressor, allows the driver to adjust tire pressure via cockpit controls. Standard wheel size is 17 inches with run-flat tires; two-piece 17-inch aluminum wheels with dual bead locks are optional, as are special Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires. There is also an Off-Road Adventure package that includes front and rear Eaton E-Locker differential locks, a 12,000-pound winch and 17-inch, two-piece wheels.
Performance & mpg
The Hummer H1 Alpha is equipped with a 6.6-liter, turbodiesel V8 engine. It makes 300 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque and sends its power to all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. Geared hubs, limited-slip front and rear differentials and optional electronic differential locks combine to give the H1 Alpha a high degree of slow-speed, rock-crawling ability. Properly equipped, the open-top version can tow up to 9,300 pounds.
Safety features are pretty much limited to standard antilock brakes and a tire-pressure monitoring system. There are no airbags, not even for the driver. No government agency has crash tested a Hummer, but with a curb weight of at least 7,500 pounds, the odds will typically be in the H1 Alpha's favor.
Though this year's new engine has helped to improve acceleration, the Hummer H1 Alpha still takes a leisurely 13.5 seconds to go from zero to 60. And don't expect carlike, or even trucklike, handling. The Hummer lumbers and wallows its way around town the way you might expect a military-derived vehicle would, and braking distances are long. When taken off the pavement, however, the H1 Alpha has no equal in wide-open terrain. The truck's 16-inch ground clearance, wide-clearance angles, low-geared drivetrain and meaty tires allow it to crawl over, ford through or stomp just about any obstacle that comes its way.
Ergonomics in the passenger compartment have been improved over the years, but still lag far behind less expensive luxury SUV competitors. The seats are comfortable for smaller-framed individuals, but many folks will find the passenger space cramped at best. Getting in and out of the H1 is an exercise in, well, exercise. Large and clunky switches control various functions, and the gauges are utilitarian round units with a decidedly aftermarket look. Cargo room is less than what is typically available in a full-size SUV.
Features & Specs
Used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha Overview
The Used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Wagon 4dr SUV 4WD (6.6L 8cyl Turbodiesel 5A), and Open-Top 4dr SUV 4WD (6.6L 8cyl Turbodiesel 5A).
What's a good price on a Used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha?
Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.
Which used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alphas are available in my area?
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha.
Can't find a used 2006 HUMMER H1 Alphas you want in your area? Consider a broader search.
Find a used HUMMER H1 Alpha for sale - 7 great deals out of 10 listings starting at $21,520.
Find a used HUMMER for sale - 5 great deals out of 21 listings starting at $19,817.
Find a used certified pre-owned HUMMER H1 Alpha for sale - 5 great deals out of 21 listings starting at $15,466.
Find a used certified pre-owned HUMMER for sale - 10 great deals out of 23 listings starting at $24,150.
Compare prices on the Used HUMMER H1 Alpha for sale in Ashburn, VA to other major cities
Should I lease or buy a 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.