2009 Suzuki Equator 4x4 First Drive

The Sport Utility Truck!

Kevin McNultyPhotographer, Writer

For those of you in the market for an efficient, midsize adventure vehicle, the '09 Equator from Suzuki is a truck you may want to take a gander at. The sporty truck was developed in a joint effort with Nissan North America. In our testing of the Equator, we've found that it's a very capable and comfortable vehicle both on- and off-road.

The peppy Equator is fun to drive and has plenty of head- and legroom. The truck is available in two- or four-wheel drive, extended or crew cab, and short- or longbed configurations. This makes plenty of room for storing gear in the cab or hauling motorized trail toys. It's no secret that the truck is a rebadged and updated version of the Nissan Frontier-but we have to say we like it.

Suzuki decided to enter the light-truck market after consistent requests from brand-loyal motorcycle and quad enthusiasts who wanted a vehicle to haul recreational toys with a dependable 4x4 for the trail. The Equator is a tough midsize truck with a strong, fully boxed frame constructed of high-tensile-strength steel. The truck is a good balance of sport/utility vehicle and pickup truck.

Tech Specs
2009 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab 4x4 RMZ-4
Base Price: N/A

Engine (std/opt): 2.5L four-cylinder/4.0L V-6
Horsepower: 152/261
Torque (lb-ft): 171/281
Transmission: five speed manual/five-speed automatic
Transfer case: Part-time two-speed

EPA Mileage (city/hwy mpg): 15/19
Curb Weight (lb): 4,302
Wheelbase (in): 125.9 (extended and crew cab standard bed)
Length (in): 206.6 standard bed/219.4 longbed
Width (in): 72.8
Height (in): 70.1
Seating Capacity: 5
HeadRoom (in. front/rear): 40/38.7
LegRoom (in. front/rear): 42.4
Max. Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 27.1 standard bed/33.5 longbed
Max. Towing Capacity (V-6, lb): 6,300
Approach Angle (deg): 31.5
Departure Angle (deg): 22.6
Ground Clearance (in): 8.9

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