• (4.9) 8 reviews
  • Available Prices: $8,441–$18,825
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-21
  • Engine: 152-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2011 Suzuki Equator

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Suzuki Equator

What We Don't Like

  • 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

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

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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.

The 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 engine. 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 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

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. Exterior features include:

  • 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. Interior features include:

  • 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's electronic brake 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. Safety features include:

  • 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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 8 reviews

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Not a bad buy for the money.

by VonS from Glendale, AZ on October 10, 2017

Good leg room, the styling is pretty pleasing, decent gas mileage, very functional ( it's a truck, right? ), great performance on the road.

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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.


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.

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