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2012 Suzuki Equator Premium Extended Cab Pickup

2012 Suzuki Equator Review

(0 Stars)  A pickup truck for your Suzuki toys.

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Suzuki hoped that a mid-size pickup would appeal to its wide base of motorcycle, ATV, and marine customers, but the Equator has barely registered a blip on the sales charts since its debut for the 2009 model year. Still, without the resources to conceive and create a truck of its own, Suzuki picked a solid donor in the Nissan Frontier. Like the Frontier, the Equator is built in Tennessee and offers a choice of four- and six-cylinder dual-overhead-cam engines, but the Suzuki's are covered by a longer factory warranty (seven years/100,000 miles). Unfortunately, our favorite Frontier powertrain -- the V-6 with a six-speed manual gearbox -- isn't available in the Equator. In fact, the only stick shift is a five-speed bolted to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, an engine offered exclusively in extended-cab models -- which, by the way, feature old-school flip-up jump seats that are best suited for people built like (and with the dexterity of) female gymnasts. Equator crew cabs come with practical back seats and the powerful V-6, and optional features include heated leather front seats, a sunroof, and a roof rack. Japanese-badged versions of American-branded or -built pickups haven't fared all that well in recent years (think Isuzu i290/i370 and Mitsubishi Raider), and so far it appears that very few of Suzuki's loyal power-sports customers have taken the plunge on a new Equator. With the recent demise of the Ram Dakota and the Ford Ranger, however, the Equator might get a new lease on life.

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2012 Equator Premium Extended Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 17 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 401 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 152 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 171 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'12 Suzuki Premium Extended Cab Pickup Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Tilt
Privacy Glass
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
Full Spare Tire
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