2009 Suzuki Equator

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(5.0) 3 reviews
Key Specs
Our Take
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Key Specs

of the 2009 Suzuki Equator. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 100,000-mile/seven-year powertrain limited warranty
  • Styling easily distinguishes it from Frontier
  • Removable GPS developed by Garmin
  • Aggressive RMZ-4 offroad package
  • Utility-minded cargo bed
  • Spirited V-6 engine

The Bad

  • No six-speed manual transmission for offroad package or V-6 engine option
  • No 4x4 extended cab
  • Tow package should be standard on RMZ-4
  • No auxiliary jack for MP3 players in base audio systems

Notable Features of the 2009 Suzuki Equator

  • First compact pickup offered by Suzuki
  • Based on Nissan Frontier platform
  • Front hood, fenders, grille and bumpers different from Frontier

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What Drivers Are Saying


Excellent size for the city

by City driver in Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on May 19, 2015

I have an Extended Cab Suzuki Equator. I have owned it well over four years now and have had zero problems. The truck is very solid going over bumps with no squeaks or rattles. The visibility of this ... Read full review


Pleasant Surprise

by Pickup Commuter from Palm Beach, Florida on June 13, 2012

Had an old 95 Dodge pickup before this so driving the 2009 Equator Extend is like stepping into the 21st century. I have the 4 cyl which I need for gas eco since I have a long commute and I don't tow ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2009 Suzuki Equator currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Suzuki Equator has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equator received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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