Compare Suzuki Equator vs. Nissan Frontier vs. Honda Ridgeline

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2012 Suzuki Equator 2012 Nissan Frontier 2013 Honda Ridgeline
2012 Suzuki Equator 2012 Nissan Frontier 2013 Honda Ridgeline
2WD Ext Cab I4 Man
  • 2WD Ext Cab I4 Man
  • 2WD Ext Cab I4 Man Comfort
  • 2WD Ext Cab I4 Auto Premium
  • 2WD Crew Cab V6 Auto Sport
  • 4WD Ext Cab V6 Auto Sport
  • 4WD Crew Cab V6 Auto Sport Long Bed
  • 4WD Crew Cab V6 Auto RMZ-4
4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL
  • 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
  • 2WD King Cab I4 Auto S
  • 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV
  • 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV
  • 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S
  • 2WD King Cab I4 Auto SV
  • 2WD King Cab V6 Auto SV
  • 2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto S
  • 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV
  • 2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SV
  • 4WD King Cab Manual SV
  • 2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SV
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S
  • 4WD King Cab Auto SV
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto S
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SV
  • 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SV
  • 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X
  • 2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SL
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X
  • 4WD King Cab Auto PRO-4X
  • 2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto PRO-4X
  • 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SL
  • 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL
4WD Crew Cab RT
  • 4WD Crew Cab RT
  • 4WD Crew Cab Sport
  • 4WD Crew Cab RTS
  • 4WD Crew Cab RTL
  • 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi


MSRP $17,999 $32,990 $29,450
Invoice $17,279 $30,560 $26,936
Avg. Paid $11,426 $23,993 $24,616

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 8.5 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.5 8.9 8.5
Performance 7.3 8.4 7.6
Interior 6.9 7.0 7.2
Cost to Own 9.1 8.9 8.5
Safety 9.3 9.3 9.7
Reliability 2.5 4.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6
  • Nimble handling for a truck
  • Strong acceleration with available V6
  • Agile handling for the class
  • Helpful available Utili-Track tie-down system in bed
  • Comfortable, car-like ride
  • Innovative tailgate design and lockable in-bed trunk
  • Ample small-item storage in the cabin
  • Low-quality interior materials
  • Cramped rear seats in either cab style
  • Small rear seats in King and Crew cabs
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Low towing capacity for the class

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear wheel drive Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas V6 3.5L/212
MPG 19 City / 23 Hwy 14 City / 19 Hwy 15 City / 21 Hwy



Body Style Pickup Crew Cab Crew Cab Pickup


Wheelbase(in) 125.9 139.9 122.0
Length, Overall (in) 206.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 72.8 77.8
Height, Overall (in) 68.7 73.9 70.3
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door Standard
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door Standard
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard
Sliding Rear Window Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner Standard
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards Standard Optional
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4504

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Optional
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Standard
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 112.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 40.0 40.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4 40.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 58.3 63.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 55.6 57.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 38.7 39.1
Second Leg Room (in) 25.4 33.6 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 58.3 62.6
Second Hip Room (in) 55.0 58.0 57.1
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 27.1 33.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 38.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 8.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control
Dual Zone A/C
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Optional Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks Standard Standard
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential Standard Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 2.5L/152 4.0L/241 3.5L/212
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 152 @ 5200 261 @ 5600 250 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 171 @ 4400 281 @ 4000 247 @ 4300
Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter - TBD - 47.5 42.6


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 14 15 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 19 21 (Est)
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 21.1 22.0


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear - TBD - Multi-Leaf


Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

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