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2009 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab Review


Backwoods Doppelgänger

A three-quarter front view of a gray 2009 Suzuki Equator

In short: A roomy, tough, and utility-driven pickup truck.

ased on the Nissan Frontier and even manufactured at the same plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, this mid-sized pickup truck compensates for its lack of originality with sheer utility. The Equator is well suited for rough terrain and is ideal for taking friends on a camping or fishing trip. Our tester, a roomy four-door crew cab (an extended cab version is also available), came with a 261-horsepower V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive; certainly more than enough power to haul a small boat, or as Suzuki naturally prefers, the company’s range of motorcycles and ATVs. While it weighs more than 4,500 pounds and is only capable of making sweeping turns, this backwoods tank does offer a wide range of optional features, which include a power moonroof, powered front seats, a Bluetooth phone system, satellite radio, leather upholstery and traction control.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance program.

Base Price: $27,320

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door pickup

Engine: 4.0-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 261 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 281 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with overdrive

Curb weight:
4,518 lbs
Wheelbase: 139.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 220.1/72.8/70.1 in
Turning circle: 43.3 ft

Brakes: vented disc in front and rear with ABS and EBD
Suspension: independent with stabilizer bar in front; overslung multi-leaf in rear
Traction: n/a

0-60 mph: 8 seconds (est.)
60-0 mph: 128 ft
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

front airbags; curtain side-impact airbags; side airbags; side-door guard beam; energy-absorbing steering column; front crumple zones; tire pressure monitoring system

Dislikes: n/a


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