I’ve talked about Doug DeMuro and his crazy yellow Hummer H1 here before, with his stunt of running over a Chrysler PT Cruiser. But now our favorite ex-Ferrari owner is giving a more in-depth look at his new whip. And sadly, it kind of kills the allure of the H1, as well as giving views a realization of just how big modern pickup trucks and SUVs have become.

Doug starts off pointing out his H1 came fitted with the wimpiest engine choice available: the 5.7-liter V-8 sourced from Chevrolet. Now while I’d normally become joyfully giddy over the inclusion of a small-block Chevy in any vehicle, this detuned, ho-hum 350 barely puts enough horsepower to the ground to get the quasi-military vehicle moving. The sprint to 60 – heck, even 40 mph – is more like the buffet line at the Golden Corral on Bingo night: it moves, but it’s certainly not quick.

After making me vicariously long for some much-needed speed parts, Doug dispels the myth that H1’s are larger than anything on the road. Parked to a previous-generation Chevy Silverado, the H1 looks downright small – almost looking like a kit car. Once inside, things get even worse. The tiny seats and limited legroom make the H1 a rather dismal place to sit. The cargo hold isn’t much better, not holding anything more than the average crossover.

Break my heart if you must, Mr. DeMuro, but I still long to wheel the H1 down some deserted trail.

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