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Suzuki Prices 2009 Equator Pickup, Grand Vitara SUV

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Most people were shocked to hear Suzuki was entering the truck market when it first announced the Equator, but now a new four- or six-cylinder pickup might not sound like such a bad idea. For those who aren’t familiar, the Equator is based on the Nissan Frontier and is built at the same Tennessee plant.

The two are virtually identical under the skin, but unlike the Frontier the Equator comes with standard side curtain and seat-mounted airbags. It also starts at $240 less: $17,220 before destination. That low price doesn’t get you air conditioning or a radio, but the same goes for the base Frontier. The Nissan is currently sporting healthy incentives of $2,500 on some models. You can read PickupTrucks.com’s review of the Equator here.

The 2009 Grand Vitara got small changes to the exterior this year and new engines that boost fuel efficiency. The base model now features a four-cylinder engine that gets 19/26 mpg city/highway. The four-cylinder Toyota RAV4 gets 22/28 mpg and the Honda CR-V gets 20/27 mpg. The new V-6 gets more power and better fuel efficiency, moving to 18/24 mpg city/highway versus 17/22 mpg for the 2008. It also now has 45 more horsepower, at 230 hp.

The Grand Vitara starts at $1,000 less than it did in 2008, mainly because the base model now has a four-cylinder instead of a V-6. Full pricing for both models is below.

Model    Drive    Option Packages    Trans    MSRP

Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara four-cylinder    M/T    $18,499
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara four-cylinder    A/T    $19,599
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara Premium four-cylinder    M/T    $18,899
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara Premium four-cylinder    A/T    $19,999
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara Premium four-cylinder    M/T    $20,349
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara Premium four-cylinder    A/T    $21,449
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara XSport four-cylinder    A/T    $21,749
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara XSport four-cylinder    A/T    $23,399
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara Luxury four-cylinder    A/T    $23,249
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara Luxury four-cylinder    A/T    $24,899
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara XSport V-6    A/T    $22,999
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara XSport V-6    A/T    $24,749
Grand Vitara    2WD    Grand Vitara Luxury V-6    A/T    $24,549
Grand Vitara    4WD    Grand Vitara Luxury V-6    A/T    $26,299

Equator    2WD    Equator Extended Cab 6-foot bed    M/T    $17,220
Equator    2WD    Equator Extended Cab Comfort 6-foot bed    M/T    $18,425
Equator    2WD    Equator Extended Cab Premium 6-foot bed    A/T    $21,675
Equator    2WD    Equator Extended Cab Sport 6-foot bed    A/T    $22,895
Equator    4WD    Equator Extended Cab Sport 6-foot bed    A/T    $25,495
Equator    2WD    Equator Crew Cab 5-foot bed    A/T    $23,210
Equator    2WD    Equator Crew Cab Sport 5-foot bed    A/T    $24,375
Equator    2WD    Equator Crew Cab Sport 6-foot bed    A/T    $24,725
Equator    4WD    Equator Crew Cab Sport 6-foot bed    A/T    $27,320
Equator    4WD    Equator Crew Cab RMZ-4 5-foot bed    A/T    $28,550
Equator    4WD    Equator Crew Cab RMZ-4 Sport 5-foot bed    A/T    $30,600

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