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2009 Suzuki Equator Truck

2WD Ext Cab I4 Man Comfort

Starting at | Starting at 19 MPG City - 23 MPG Highway

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  • $18,425 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Suzuki Equator Truck

The Suzuki brand is known for their value-leading vehicles. Suzuki specializes in low-cost yet high-quality cars and SUVs. The Equator is Suzuki's entry into the compact pickup market, but the truck's clever design, real off-road prowess and powerful engine lineup mean it is another highly appealing vehicle from the maker of some of the most value-conscious cars in the world. Suzuki's 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty is also one of the most generous available in the U.S.

What's new for 2009?

The Suzuki Equator is a brand-new vehicle for 2009.

Model Strengths

  • Off-road capability
  • low entry price
  • powerful engine selection
  • warranty

Model Review

The Equator is Suzuki's first foray into the compact pickup truck market. Available in both extended cab and crew-cab models, as well as both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations, Suzuki has a trim/drivetrain combination for almost any pickup buyer.

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The Suzuki Equator pickup truck has a truly enormous turning circle that really limited the everyday usability of this vehicle for me. The huge radius required for any turn made it much harder to park in an urban setting, or to maneuver along narrow paths. Agility aside, the Equator is a fine truck. There's plenty of room for four adults (and their legs) in the King Cab version; the suspension has a lot of travel but doesn't feel "floaty"; and the engine provides adequate acceleration. If you don't need to drive in tight places, the Suzuki version of this light-duty truck is definitely worth considering. – Paul Hagger

I know that the new Equator is basically a Nissan Frontier underneath, but Suzuki has done a nice job with the styling so that it doesn't just look like a rebadged version of someone else's truck. Our tester was the Crew Cab 4WD, which provides plenty of rear-passenger room and comfortable front seats. The ride is surprisingly smooth for a pickup truck, and power from the 4.0-liter V6 engine is plentiful — this truck can really move fast off the line. Unfortunately, the Equator is difficult to maneuver due to the slow steering and very wide turning radius. This became a hindrance in everyday driving, but especially when trying to park. – Perry Stern

Suzuki's first midsize truck, the Equator, is based on the Nissan Frontier. To make it a Suzuki, the automaker restyled the front sheet metal and added a large grille with the Suzuki "S" logo for a distinctive appearance. Inside, it is virtually identical to the Frontier, except for the S in the center of the steering wheel. The Equator includes removable storage bins with net covers under rear seats that fold up easily to create additional cargo capacity when needed. The 4.0-liter V6 delivers good power, and the transmission shifts quickly but smoothly for good overall drivability. The steering is direct and responsive, but the turning radius is wide and requires a little planning. The Crew Cab offers room to seat four adults comfortably and five occasionally, with easy access through four full-size doors. – Mike Meredith

The new Suzuki Equator is the company's first foray into the truck market. It is based on the Nissan Frontier, but Suzuki did a nice job updating the exterior styling by adding a bold new grille. I had the opportunity to drive the Equator in the snow, and it had great traction and confident handling on the ice as well. The truck bed also had an integrated rail system to tie down cargo. Towing capacity is a healthy 6,500 pounds, which is more than enough for most tasks. However, the brake pedal felt mushy and required more effort to get the truck slowed down. The Crew Cab turning radius is large, but that is to be expected. Inside the truck, the fit and finish were nice, and all the controls were easy to use and understand. However, headroom felt tight in rear cab. – Joe Chulick

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 7 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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