The 2009 Equator is Suzuki's venture into the compact pickup market. The truck is built by Nissan and features mostly Frontier hardware, but Suzuki had plenty of input in its styling. The fully-loaded Equator isn't a luxurious model, but it does come in the RMZ-4 offroad package. The RMZ-4 features a moonroof, Dana 44 axles, electronic rear-locking differential, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, BFG Rugged Trail T/A tires, unique seat trim with red stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
New for 2009
The extended cab comes only in two-wheel-drive. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine; a 4.0-liter V-6 engine is available. The V-6 is standard in the crew cab, which is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration. There's a choice of Base or Premium trims in the extended cab inline-four-cylinder models, while the V-6 comes in a Sport trim. The crew cab is available in Base or Sport with two-wheel-drive, while four-wheel-drive models are available in either Sport or the offroad RMZ-4. All extended cabs are mated to a 6-foot-long cargo bed, while the crew cab can be ordered with either a 5-foot- or 6-foot-long bed.
The hood, front fenders, grille, bumpers and tailgate are exclusive to Suzuki. The bed comes with a factory spray-on bedliner and an adjustable tie-down system. The prominent Suzuki badge on the honeycomb three-bar grille distinguishes the Equator. Six exterior colors are available, but some aren't offered on certain configurations.
- Chrome door handles on RMZ-4
- Tow hitch optional on all trims
- 16-inch alloy wheels on RMZ-4
- Available 17-inch alloy wheels on other V-6 models
Only those opting for four-wheel drive will get all of the Equator's interior frills. The RMZ-4 package includes chrome trim on the instrument panel, more adjustments in the driver's seat and upgraded seat material. The Sport 4x4 and RMZ-4 get a premium eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system with subwoofer. All trucks come with bucket seats and a center console. The base audio system, which is standard in two-wheel drive Equators, doesn't include an auxiliary jack to accommodate MP3 players.
- Available hands-free Bluetooth connectivity
- Optional Rockford Fosgate Audio System
- Sport, RMZ-4 packages have only one 12-volt outlet, others have two
- RMZ-4 gets illuminated ignition key cylinder
Under the hood
Engine and transmission configurations include:
- 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder, aluminum block/cylinder head, DOHC, four valves per cylinder with 171 pounds-feet of peak torque
- 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6, aluminum block/cylinder head, DOHC, four valves per cylinder with 281 pounds-feet of peak torque
- Five-speed manual available only in base extended cab 4x2 with inline-four engine
- Five-speed automatic standard in all other inline-four and all V-6 models
- Electronically controlled part-time four-wheel-drive transfer case
Suzuki also takes advantage of Nissan electronic-brake controls, such as active limited-slip traction control, electronic stability system, Hill Descent and Hill Hold controls. Hill Descent Control helps maintain a slow, steady speed down steep hills so the driver can concentrate on steering. Hill Hold Control helps keep the truck from rolling back on a steep hill when the driver moves from the brake pedal to the gas pedal.
- Standard seat-mounted side-impact airbags
- Standard side curtain airbags
Of interest to truck owners
- Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,690 pounds (I-4), 5,577 pounds (V-6)
- Maximum payload: 986 pounds (I-4 manual), 883 pounds (I-4 automatic), 1,461 pounds (V-6)
- Maximum towing capacity: 3,500 pounds (I-4), 6,500 pounds (V-6)
- GVW: 5,730 pounds (4x2), 5,816 pounds (4x4 Sport), 5,600 pounds (4x4 RMZ-4)
- Maximum payload: 1,471 pounds (4x2 short bed), 1,423 pounds (4x2 long bed), 1,382 pounds (4x4 Sport short bed), 1,293 pounds (4x4 Sport long bed), 1,105 pounds (4x4 RMZ-4)
- Maximum towing capacity: 6,300 pounds (4x2), 6,100 pounds (4x4)
- Transfer case low range: 2.625:1
- Crawl ratio: 33.86:1
- Axle ratio: 4.083:1 (I-4 manual), 3.916:1 (I-4 automatic), 3.133:1 (V-6 4x2), 3.357:1 (V-6 4x4)
- Minimum ground clearance: 10.1 inches (4x4 RMZ-4 at rear differential)
- Approach angle: 32.6 degrees (4x4 RMZ-4)
- Departure angle: 23.3 degrees (4x4 RMZ-4)
- Ramp breakover: 20.5 degrees (4x4 RMZ-4)
- Cargo floor length: 73.3 inches (long bed), 59.5 inches (short bed)
- Cargo floor width: 61.4 inches
- Cargo floor width at wheel well: 44.4 inches
- Cargo bed depth: 18 inches