The original Hummer lineup was big, beefy, and hungry for fuel—three traits that undoubtedly contributed to its demise during the recession of 2009. The new 2023 GMC Hummer EV pickup truck shares the first two of those traits, but not the third.
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With its all-electric powertrain and sheer size, the reincarnated Hummer EV shatters any preconceived notions you may have about either electric vehicles or pickup trucks. If you can get past its rather remarkable proportions and in-your-face styling, it’s an undeniably impressive vehicle.
A rolling showcase showcasing the EV technology we can expect to see throughout the GM lineup over the next few years, the Hummer EV is a state-of-the-art EV. And for that, GM deserves credit. The public seems to agree; the new pickup is already sold out.
As great as it is, there is room for improvement. Here are seven things we like about the 2023 GMC Hummer EV pickup and three things we’re not as excited about.
Things we like
1. Drivetrain at the next level
At the heart of the Hummer EV is a new electric powertrain that GM calls the Ultium system; it consists of a modular and scalable lithium-ion battery that can be adapted to vehicles of different sizes. Everything from the quick-charge battery to the motors and controllers is new, along with the platform that houses it all. In pickup form, the dual-layer, 24-module lithium-ion battery provides 212.7 kilowatt-hours of juice and can add 100 miles of range in just 12 minutes (if you find the right DC fast charger).
The Hummer EV backs up its aggressive looks with two electronic off-road modes. The aptly named Off-Road mode is made for higher speeds, while the Terrain mode is more for slow rock crawling. Both work well, optimizing things like throttle and steering response for different conditions. Combined with the increased maneuverability of four-wheel steering and plenty of easily modulated torque from the electric powertrain, the Hummer EV pickup is impressive off-road; it is further facilitated by simple one-pedal driving, which uses the electric motors for controlled deceleration.
3. Tough look
With a look that is both familiar and modern, the Hummer EV embraces its heritage with a more modern style. The Hummer EV is long, wide and raised on huge all-terrain tires, with prominent skid plates and fenders. The view is backed up with short approach and departure angles to climb through the undergrowth.
4. Seriously fast
A 0-60 mph time of around 3 seconds would be impressive in any vehicle but is staggering for a 9,000-pound pickup truck. Its top speed is wisely managed at 106 mph, which is probably more than fast enough for a vehicle of this size and weight.
4. Remarkable maneuverability
Rear-wheel steering makes the Hummer EV remarkably maneuverable for its size, helping with both parking and easing around off-road obstacles. The rear wheels turn up to 10 degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels, which tightens the turning circle. A unique CrabWalk feature allows the rear wheels to turn in the same direction as the front wheels to slide diagonally around objects. Although it may be limited in its daily practicality, it can be fun to use.
5. Good road conditions
In everyday driving, the Hummer EV is not much different from any other full-size pickup truck. It’s civilized and maneuverable, although the steering is no less numb than in some other large pickups. Braking performance is as impressive as its acceleration, and an adjustable air suspension provides a smooth, nicely controlled ride. A side benefit of all that weight is that crosswinds don’t bother it.
6. Impressive screens
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Two huge screens dominate the dashboard, and they’re some of the most impressive we’ve seen. Developed with the help of video game maker Epic Games, the 13.4-inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster are vibrant, easy to use and fun to play with.
7. Spacious interior
Given its exterior dimensions, it would be reasonable to expect plenty of interior space in the Hummer EV. It delivers with plenty of headroom and legroom front and rear and large, well-bolstered seats that stay comfortable for all-day cruising.
Things we don’t like
Our test Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup truck came with a standard “infinity roof,” which includes four clear removable panels. The uninsulated panels combined with the giant all-terrain tires make for a noisy cabin on the go, while also being a cool feature.
2. Visibility challenges
Large exterior mirrors provide acceptable side and rear visibility, and a total of 18 different camera views around and under the truck help see what’s going on below. But the chunky styling and squat windshield can make it difficult to see traffic lights. And as much as we like the large driver information display, the steering wheel blocks a large portion of the screen.
3. Insufficiently luxurious interior design
While the cabin offers plenty of room in the front and back, its material quality and appearance aren’t what we’d expect in a $112,000 truck. Our high-end Edition 1 test car was clad in cheap-looking hard plastic and vinyl trim – in stark contrast to other high-end GM vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade. We understand that the Hummer EV is designed for a different niche, but buyers spending this kind of money likely expect a more luxurious interior.
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