The GMC Hummer EV is undeniably cool, and you can order one today. But if you don’t already have your reservation, the soonest you’ll get one is spring 2023. Sure, you can buy a used one, but it’s changing hands for well over $200,000. Fortunately, there are some options you can get earlier for less.
The new Hummer EV is characterized by its electric powertrain, high-tech interior, on-road and off-road capabilities, and head-turning exterior styling. It will be available as an SUV or pickup.
Here are some excellently capable, upscale SUV and SUV alternatives to the GMC Hummer EV.
1. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
The Chevy Silverado ZR2 has finally arrived as a big brother to the smaller Colorado ZR2. It shares a few things in common with the Colorado ZR2, like a Multimatic DSSV spool valve damper system and a rugged appearance package. One of our favorite things about this off-road pickup is the standard 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Obviously, this is a gas-powered truck rather than an EV like the Hummer. But it is also a value choice in comparison. The Silverado ZR2 starts at $69,295, and the Hummer EV pickup starts at $79,995. And that’s for the base you can’t get until Spring 2024.
If you like the idea of something smaller and cheaper, you can’t go wrong with the Colorado ZR2. Throw in the Bison package and Duramax turbodiesel engine if your budget allows.
If an EV truck is a must-have and you’re willing to wait a little longer than the Hummer’s ETA but spend about $40,000 less to boot, reservations for the Silverado EV are expected to start being fulfilled in the fall of 2023.
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2. Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric pickup that is much cheaper and more readily available than the Hummer EV pickup. There’s quite a bit of variety in the model range, from the affordable Pro model that starts at just under $40,000 to the luxury Platinum trim that goes over $90,000. There’s no F-150 Lightning Raptor yet, but it’s a promising off-road vehicle when equipped with 4-wheel drive (4WD).
The F-150 Lightning has an estimated range of up to 320 miles and a targeted 0-60 mph time in the mid-4-second range. It can also tow up to 10,000 pounds and has innovative features like the Pro Power Onboard Generator.
This is a great budget alternative to the Hummer EV pickup, but the Ford F,
doesn’t offer anything like the Hummer EV SUV. If you’re willing to burn gas, there’s the outrageously fun Ford Bronco Raptor.
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3. Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is expensive for a Wrangler, but it’s one of the most affordable SUVs on this list. It’s a great off-roader as you’d expect, plus it’s a plug-in hybrid that returns 49 MPGe and has a total range of 370 miles. We’re partial to the Rubicon trim, which has 33-inch all-terrain tires, Rock-Trac full-time 4×4 system, and the Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system with Alpine audio.
The Wrangler 4xe doesn’t have the insane performance numbers of the Hummer EV, but it’s a more affordable and arguably more practical choice in electrified SUVs. Another exciting option is the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, which is more road-friendly than the Wrangler and retains a PHEV powertrain. If we’re lucky, a Jeep Gladiator 4xe could be on the horizon.
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4. Land Rover Defender
Like the GMC Hummer EV, the Land Rover Defender is another legendary name in off-road vehicles with military roots. The Defender returned in 2020 with a 2-door or 4-door option. There’s no electric or hybrid option, but you can get one with a mighty supercharged V8 engine that puts out 518 hp.
The Defender has off-road chops that won’t disappoint. Four-wheel drive, a 2-speed gearbox, hill-descent control and a Terrain Response system are all standard. You also get 11.4 inches of ground clearance, and it can hold up to 35.4 inches of water. The Defender is like a premium alternative to the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco.
If you don’t insist on an electric powertrain, the Defender is a solid Hummer EV alternative.
5. Frame 1500 TRX
The Ram 1500 TRX is the most powerful pickup on the market. The supercharged Hemi V8 produces 702 hp. According to GMC estimates, that still makes it less potent than the most powerful variants of the Hummer EV, but you probably won’t be bored with 702 horses. Other cool things about the TRX are Bilstein Black Hawk e2 shocks, launch control, 35-inch tires, and an appearance package that can’t be ignored.
The TRX isn’t cheap, but it’s still more affordable than the cheapest Hummer EV pickup. It starts at $77,800, and it can go up to around $100,000 with options. Unlike the Hummer, efficiency isn’t exactly a strong point of the Ram TRX. It only gets 10 city/14 highway mpg.
Another excellent option in the Ram lineup is the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. It makes less than 700hp, but it’s an excellent off-roader, and it’s cheaper than the TRX.
6. Rivian R1S
The R1S SUV and R1T pickup are the closest competitors to the new Hummer EV. We’re focusing on the R1S because there are already quite a few pickups on this list.
Unless you specifically want a Hummer EV because of the name, the R1S is worth serious consideration for anyone who likes the idea of a high-tech electric luxury SUV. The styling is somewhere between Hummer and Range Rover, and it has impressive off-road capabilities.
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The electric powertrain in the R1S gets a range of up to 320 miles and achieves a 0-60 mph time of as little as three seconds. It also has the Driver+ hands-free, semi-autonomous driving system, similar to Super Cruise in the Hummer.
A significant advantage of the R1S over the Hummer EV SUV is standard 3-row seating. The Hummer is surprisingly not available with a third row of seats. If 3-row seating is a make-or-break feature for you, the Rivian will serve you better than the Hummer.
Pricing starts at $72,500 for the Explore model and $78,000 for the Adventure model, meaning it’s also more affordable than the Hummer EV SUV.
(Full disclosure: Cox Automotive, Autotrader’s parent company, made a $350 million investment in Rivian in 2019.)
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7. Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
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The Tundra has an available hybrid twin-turbo V-6 engine, which is standard on the TRD Pro model. The TRD Pro trim is the most off-road-ready variant of the new Tundra. The 19 city/21 highway mpg rating might not be what you’d expect from a hybrid, but it’s still decent for a full-size, 4WD pickup that makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque.
The long list of off-road goodies that come with the TRD Pro trim include standard 4WD, off-road suspension with Fox shocks, Multi-Terrain Select with Crawl Control, and an electronic locking rear differential. It also has a sweet appearance package with the “TOYOTA” grill with a built-in light bar, 18-inch BBS wheels and TRD Pro interior trim.
The Toyota can’t match the performance or efficiency of the Hummer EV pickup. However, the Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, making it more budget-friendly than the Hummer.
This story was originally continued Autotrader.com.