2010 Suzuki Equator

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Key Specs

of the 2010 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 off-road package
  • Utility-minded cargo bed
  • Spirited V-6 engine

The Bad

  • No six-speed manual transmission for off-road 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 2010 Suzuki Equator

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

2010 Suzuki Equator Overview

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Vehicle Overview
The Equator arrived for 2009 as Suzuki's first 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 off-road 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.

Equator is available as an extended cab only in two-wheel drive and as a crew cab in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is available in the extended cab and standard in the crew cab. There's a choice of Base or Premium trims in the extended cab inline-four-cylinder models; the V-6 comes in a Sport trim. The crew cab is available in Base or Sport with two-wheel drive, and four-wheel-drive models are available in either Sport or the off-road RMZ-4. All extended cabs have a 6-foot-long cargo bed, while the crew cab comes with a 5- or 6-foot bed.


New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
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.
  • Chrome door handles on RMZ...
Vehicle Overview
The Equator arrived for 2009 as Suzuki's first 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 off-road 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.

Equator is available as an extended cab only in two-wheel drive and as a crew cab in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is available in the extended cab and standard in the crew cab. There's a choice of Base or Premium trims in the extended cab inline-four-cylinder models; the V-6 comes in a Sport trim. The crew cab is available in Base or Sport with two-wheel drive, and four-wheel-drive models are available in either Sport or the off-road RMZ-4. All extended cabs have a 6-foot-long cargo bed, while the crew cab comes with a 5- or 6-foot bed.


New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
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.
  • 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


Interior
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 a 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


Safety
Suzuki also takes advantage of Nissan electronic controls, such as active limited-slip traction control, electronic stability system, hill descent control and hill start assist. Hill descent control helps maintain a slow, steady speed down steep hills so the driver can concentrate on steering. Hill start assist 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
Extended cab:
  • 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)


Crew cab:
  • 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



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What Drivers Are Saying

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(3.4)
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(4.0)
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(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

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by lockroter from newton,ks on October 8, 2010

every since I bought the truck it has had problems with the rear door not latching. First the dealership replaced the door switch , no luck, then the bottom latch...no luck. Now there telling me it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great truck for everything

by truckin' mama from Sunny Carolina on August 7, 2010

The 2010 Suzuki extended cab is just right for me. I am very impressed with the exterior styling and interior comfort. The gas mileage is not as good as my old truck but it is better than some of the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2010 Suzuki Equator currently has 3 recalls

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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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