Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The H3 manages to successfully mimic the look of bigger brothers H1 and H2 - making for a complete set. It's 'footprint' is actually smaller than what it first appears.
Not so good Truck-based platform is a positive when off-road; however most H3’s are driven on a smooth black tarmac surface and never make the most of their 'truck' heritage. At well over two-tonnes it's mighty heavy for a vehicle less than 4.8 metres long.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Actually feels like you’re in a military vehicle with lots of added comforts (whether this is a positive is debatable). There's less noise than expected when on the move for such a big and blunt shaped 4x4.
Not so good Below par interior plastic quality – hard and brittle-feeling. Small-sized windows results in poor visibility (style clearly wins over practicality). It’s too difficult to get into the rear seats, where there's poor amounts of room offered (especially for a vehicle of this size). You’ll need arms more like Arnie than Paris to easily open and close the tailgate. T'would be nice if it had a rear parking camera.
Performance

Performance

Good It keeps up with the traffic flow without much effort.
Not so good The current 3.7L 5-cylinder is an update of the previous 3.5L - however, it still lacks torque. The four-speed auto is behind the times when almost all competitors are using 5 or 6-speed automatics (and it's far too slow reacting to driver inputs).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The H3 can handle the rough stuff as confidently as the looks promise.
Not so good For a vehicle that is mostly purchased by city dwellers wishing to make a statement, it’s on-road flaws can’t be overlooked... With its heavy ladder-frame chassis and rear leaf springs (which in 2009 was far more common on commercial load-carrying vehicles, not passenger vehicles) the H3 has excessive understeer when pushed and moves around too much for our liking, handling corners like a 4x4 twin-cab ute, not like the typical monocoque (car-based) SUV that it competes with.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good You’ll get lots of attention driving a H3. Decent levels of safety equipment come standard.
Not so good Fuel economy is only acceptable when you compare it to other petrol-guzzling big 4x4’s.