(5.0) 4 reviews
MSRP: $8,945$20,313
Body Style: Truck
Combined MPG: 17-21
Engine: 152-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2012 Suzuki Equator

Our Take on the 2012 Suzuki Equator

Our Take

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-... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • 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

  • 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

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.