The Suzuki Equator is a midsize truck originally made for hauling ATVs and motorcycles. The 2009 Suzuki Equator made its first appearance at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. It was originally designed to help haul Suzuki ATVs, motorcycles and outboard motors for the owners of these toys who like the Suzuki brand. People who own these types of vehicles are 50% more likely to own a truck than anyone else since these toys must be hauled in the back of a truck bed or towed behind a truck.

The Equator is a midsize pickup truck based on the Nissan Frontier, although the styling of the Equator will be exclusive. The Suzuki Equator is available in either extended cab or crew cab and both models are available with either two wheel drive or four wheel drive.

Trim Levels

The 2009 Suzuki Equator is available in two trim levels: the Extended cab and the Crew cab. The extended cab comes with a six-foot bed and the crew cab has the option of the six-foot bed or a five-foot bed. A spray-in bed liner comes standard on all models. Also for the bed is an optional cargo tie-down system, sliding cargo trays, bed divider and modular storage units.

As far as seating goes, the rear seat of the crew cab is large enough for three adults, although it may be a little tight. The rear can be adjusted three different ways to accommodate whatever you are hauling. Besides normal seating position the cushion can be raised up to clear floor space or pushed down to provide an elevated storage space. The rear seats are split while the front passenger seat is able to fold flat for hauling large materials inside the cab.

There are optional packages available on both models. The first is a Sport package and it includes a Rockford Fosgate AM/FM sound system with 6-disc CD changer, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth capability, eight speakers, auxiliary input jack and a removable Garmin navigation system. The RMZ-4 package has everything the Sport package does, with additional goodies such as a locking rear differential, 17-inch BFGoodrich tires, Bilstein dampers and brake-apply front axle limited slip differential, all for the serious off-road warrior.

Performance

The standard engine in the Suzuki Equator Crew Cab is a 4.0 liter DOHC V6 and comes in both the 4X2 and 4X4 models. This engine puts out 261 horsepower and 281 pound feet of torque. The Extended cab model has two engines available: 2.4 liter DOHC inline four with the 4X2 model or the 4.0 liter V6 available with the 4X4 model. The 2.4 liter engine has an output of 152 horsepower and 171 pound feet of torque.

The four-wheel-drive system is only for off-road use only and includes low-range gearing. It should not be used on dry pavement. Limited-slip front and rear differentials, hill start assist, hill descent control and a locking rear differential are also offered as off-road options.

Maximum towing capacity is 6500 pounds. A choice of either five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions will be offered with the four cylinder. The V6 has the option of either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.

Gas mileage for the Equator is average with the four cylinder averaging 18 miles per gallon city and 22/23 miles per gallon highway. The 4X2 V6 engine gets 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway while the 4X4 V6 averages 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

Safety

The Equator will have the following standard safety features on both models: Front side airbags, curtain side airbags, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitor and traction control.