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2012 Suzuki Equator Review

Critics liked the 2012 Suzuki Equator's powerful available V6 engine and nimble handling, but complained about its low-rent interior and cramped rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6
  • Nimble handling for a truck
  • Low-quality interior materials
  • Cramped rear seats in either cab style




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
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2012 Suzuki Equator Overview

The 2012 Equator is available with either a four-cylinder engine or a V6. Most reviewers said the V6 delivers strong acceleration. The four-cylinder model comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The automatic is standard on V6 models. According to the EPA, a four-cylinder 2012 Equator gets 17/22 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, while the V6 model gets 15/20 mpg. Both estimates are on the low end for the class. Test drivers reported that the 2012 Equator has sharp handling for a pickup truck, though some noted that it has a wide turning radius and its steering feels slow, which can make it somewhat hard to maneuver in tight areas. According to critics, the Equator has a stiff, but generally smooth, ride. The 2012 Equator can tow up to 6,300 pounds.

Reviewers said the 2012 Suzuki Equator’s interior has a lot of cheap-looking, hard plastic materials, but liked that the climate and audio controls are intuitive. The Equator is available as a four-seat extended cab or a five-seat crew cab. According to test drivers, the front seats are comfortable but could use more side support. As with most compact pickup trucks, critics said the extended cab’s rear seats are too small for adults. The crew cab offers more rear-seat room, but test drivers still said that the rear quarters aren't very spacious and have limited knee room. The Equator came with few notable standard features when it was new. Available features include power windows, power-adjustable mirrors, power door locks, cruise control, air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo system.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 Nissan Frontier is very similar to the Equator mechanically. The Frontier can also tow 200 pounds more than the Equator, and unlike the Equator, the V6 model is available with a manual transmission.

Automotive journalists said the 2012 Toyota Tacoma has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with good build quality and spacious rear seats in the Double Cab body style. The Tacoma was also named our 2012 Best Compact Pickup Truck for the Money.

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