2009 Suzuki Equator Reviews
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.
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.
Under the hood
Engine and transmission configurations include:
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.
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