2009 Suzuki Equator Review

While reviewers said the 2009 Suzuki Equator offers composed handling and great off-road ability, other compact pickups offer similar capability.

Pros & Cons

  • Refined handling
  • Great off-road capability
  • Lackluster fuel economy





Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
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2009 Suzuki Equator Overview

Built on the same platform as the Nissan Frontier, the 2009 Suzuki Equator has a four-cylinder base engine that reviewers found adequate for around-town driving. However, most preferred the extra power from the Equator’s available V6 engine. Four-cylinder models come with a manual or automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, while V6-powered Equators are available with an automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. With the four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission, the Equator manages 17/22 mpg city/highway, which falls behind class leaders like the Toyota Tacoma. Overall, reviewers were pleased with the Equator’s driving dynamics. They noted that it has a fairly composed ride, and that four-wheel drive models also offer good off-road performance.

The 2009 Equator is available as either a four-seat extended cab or a five-seat crew cab truck. Reviewers said the extended cab’s rear jump seats are very small and really are only suited for children. As a result, most said that the crew cab is a better choice if you need space for back-seat passengers. Most reviewers found the front seats offer plenty of comfort and support. Reviewers also liked that the cabin is simple and straightforward, although, like many in this class, they disliked the extensive use of cheap plastic. Available features include a sunroof, a sliding rear window, air conditioning, a four-speaker CD stereo, keyless entry, Bluetooth, navigation and an upgraded stereo.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2009 Nissan Frontier performs significantly better in our rankings than the Equator. Additionally, reviewers liked the Frontier’s potent V6 engine and refined driving dynamics when it was new.

The 2009 Toyota Tacoma has excellent safety scores, and test drivers liked its comfortable handling and high-quality interior. The Tacoma also gets slightly better fuel economy than the Equator and is also available in a regular cab configuration.

Compare the Equator to the Frontier and Tacoma »

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