Compare 2009 Suzuki Equator vs 2008 Nissan Frontier

2009 Suzuki Equator
2008 Nissan Frontier
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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 King Cab I4 Manual XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $15,683 $16,530
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $17,669 $18,630
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 14 19 $25,788 $27,830
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,020 $28,080
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,531
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,220
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$287 / month
$276 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
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. For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Small Pickup Truck -
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
25.4 25.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.3
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
125.9 125.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 -
Length, Overall (in)
206.6 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 69.7
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- 48.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 18.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
NA -
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 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
- 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x .7 11.26 x 0.71
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x .7 11.14 x 0.71
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.1
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.55 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
20.4 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
21.75 21.75
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 20.4
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- 3.55
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/75R15 P235/75R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/75R15 P235/75R15
Spare Tire Size
Full-size P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - TBD -
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- - TBD -
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3686 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 4676
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 1687
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2531
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 7936
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 1981
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.3 9.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
- - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/ 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200 154 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
MPFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4400 173 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
QR25 NA
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.64 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.08 2.08
Trans Order Code
NA NA
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 3.58
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Transfer Case Model
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Suzuki Equator Nissan Frontier
Body Style
Small Pickup King Cab
Body Code
- 125.9" WB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Over slung multi-leaf Multi-Leaf
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
- NA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 4.08
Axle Type - Front
- NA
Frame
Frame Type
- NA

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