2012 Suzuki Equator

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Suzuki Equator. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 100,000-mile/seven-year powertrain limited warranty
  • Removable GPS developed by Garmin
  • Aggressive RMZ-4 off-road model
  • Utility-minded cargo bed
  • Spirited V-6 engine

The Bad

  • No manual transmission for off-road package or V-6 engine
  • Tow package should be standard on RMZ-4
  • No MP3 jack on base stereo

Notable Features of the 2012 Suzuki Equator

  • First midsize pickup offered by Suzuki
  • Based on Nissan Frontier platform
  • Front hood, fenders, grille and bumpers different from Frontier
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power

2012 Suzuki Equator Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The Equator arrived for 2009 as Suzuki's first venture into the midsize 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 tires, unique seat trim with red stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Equator seats up to four (extended cab) or five (crew cab) people. Competitors include the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.

The Equator is available as an extended cab or as a crew cab in two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is available. All extended cabs have a 6-foot-long cargo bed, while the crew cab comes with a 5- or 6-foot bed.

New for 2012
An electronic stability system is standard for 2012.

Exterior
The hood, front fenders, grille, bumpers and tailgate are exclusive to Suzuki. The crew cab's 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
  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available

Interior
Only those opting for four...

Vehicle Overview

The Equator arrived for 2009 as Suzuki's first venture into the midsize 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 tires, unique seat trim with red stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Equator seats up to four (extended cab) or five (crew cab) people. Competitors include the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.

The Equator is available as an extended cab or as a crew cab in two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is available. All extended cabs have a 6-foot-long cargo bed, while the crew cab comes with a 5- or 6-foot bed.

New for 2012
An electronic stability system is standard for 2012.

Exterior
The hood, front fenders, grille, bumpers and tailgate are exclusive to Suzuki. The crew cab's 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
  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available

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. All trucks come with bucket seats and a center console. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Available air conditioning
  • Available Rockford Fosgate six-CD stereo with a subwoofer, MP3 jack and Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with aluminum block/cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with 171 pounds-feet of torque
  • 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with aluminum block/cylinder head, DOHC, four valves per cylinder with 281 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-cylinder teams with five-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission
  • V-6 works with a five-speed automatic
  • Available electronically controlled part-time four-wheel-drive transfer case
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds (four-cylinder) or 6,300 pounds (V-6), when properly equipped

Safety
Suzuki takes advantage of Nissan's electronic brake controls, such as active limited-slip traction control, an 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 to the gas pedal. Other safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard active front head restraints

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
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(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Amazing truck.

by Fred from VA on July 16, 2013

Picked up a 2012 Equator 4x4 crew cab sport long bed in Jan of '13. Needed a truck and it was a good deal. I knew I'd be OK with it, but it has been so far beyond OK. Beating the EPA estimates by a ... Read full review

(5.0)

2012 Equator

by dollar bill from Hattiesburg, MS on October 1, 2012

I love my new truck. It's not broke in so I'm only getting 17-20 MPG but I hope it will improve in 3,000 miles. I couldn't be happier with this vehicle, it's great and looks much better than the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Suzuki Equator currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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