Compare 2009 Suzuki Equator vs 2008 Ford Ranger

2009 Suzuki Equator
2008 Ford Ranger
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2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual 19 23 $16,531 $17,220
2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual Comfort 19 23 $17,688 $18,425
2WD Ext Cab I4 Automatic Premium 17 22 $20,808 $21,675
2WD Ext Cab V6 Automatic Sport 15 20 $21,979 $22,895
2WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic 15 20 $22,281 $23,210
2WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic Sport 15 20 $23,400 $24,375
2WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic Long Bed Sport 15 20 $23,736 $24,725
4WD Ext Cab V6 Automatic Sport 15 20 $24,475 $25,495
4WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic Long Bed Sport 15 19 $26,227 $27,320
4WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic RMZ-4 15 19 $27,408 $28,550
4WD Crew Cab V6 Automatic RMZ-4 Sport 15 19 $29,376 $30,600
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2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL 21 26 $13,731 $14,490
2WD Reg Cab 118" XL 21 26 $14,913 $15,775
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 21 26 $15,107 $15,985
2WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 21 26 $15,178 $16,240
2WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 16 22 $15,669 $16,780
2WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 21 26 $16,211 $17,375
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 21 26 $16,466 $17,655
4WD Reg Cab 112" XL 15 20 $17,309 $18,380
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $17,190 $18,450
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 16 22 $17,804 $19,125
4WD Reg Cab 118" XL 15 20 $18,336 $19,495
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $18,346 $19,720
4WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 15 20 $18,482 $19,870
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 15 19 $18,712 $19,905
4WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 15 20 $18,892 $20,320
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $19,400 $20,880
4WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 15 20 $19,514 $21,005
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $19,992 $21,530
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $20,557 $22,150
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $21,148 $22,800
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $21,402 $23,080
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $22,559 $24,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,531
$13,731
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,220
$14,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$287 / month
$242 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Suzuki Equator is capable, versatile, and rugged for towing and off-roading, but it's not the best choice for day-to-day on-road use. The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Small Pickup Truck -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 3
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 52.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
25.4 -
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 54.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 -
Length, Overall (in)
206.6 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 66.2
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
125.9 111.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 7.9
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- 78.5
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- NA
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- 44.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- 37.9
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- 29.7
Overhang, Front (in)
- 34.0
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- 33.0
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- 107.6
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- 189.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.4 40.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
NA -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA 16.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 37.4
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- 54.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- 52.0
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
- 72.7
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 54.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x .7 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.00 x 1.75
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x .7 11.28 x 0.39
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 17
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
20.4 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
21.75 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.55 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA 39.7
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 22.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/75R15 P225/70R15
Spare Tire Size
Full-size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/75R15 P225/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1594
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1984
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- 765
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1594
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- 765
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1580
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 158
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 158
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1580
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3686 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 2550
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 1273
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2000
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 4800
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 1757
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 4380
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.3 6.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 540
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- 1650
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4400 154 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
QR25 99D
Displacement
2.5L/ 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200 143 @ 5250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.08 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.72
Clutch Size (in)
NA 9.0
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.50
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.79
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.08 2.20
Trans Order Code
NA 44R
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Transfer Case Model
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Small Pickup Reg Cab 6' Styleside
Vehicle Name
Suzuki Equator Ford Ranger
Body Code
- 111.5" WB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Over slung multi-leaf 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA 35
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA 35
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 2550
Axle Type - Rear
- Ford Semi-Floating
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 2750
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2000
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.73
Axle Type - Front
- Independent SLA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2400
Frame
Frame Type
- Ladder

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