The 2009 Suzuki Equator shines mainly due to its cargo storage versatility and the performance from its optional 4.0-liter V-6.
Those looking for more carlike refinement and accommodations would be wise to check out the Honda Ridgeline.
The Ridgeline has a much better on-road ride and handles almost like a car, but it won't be able to crawl trails as well as the Suzuki.
The Nissan Frontier is a nearly identical pickup, though we prefer the Suzuki's nose, cargo system, and warranty.
The Ford Ranger is the oldest beast of burden here, a truly utilitarian rig, but it's cheap—very cheap—to own and operate and quite capable off-road when outfitted properly The Ranger, however, doesn't offer side airbags, even as an option—a sore omission on the safety front.
|2009 Suzuki EquatorBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Small Pickup Truck||N/A||4WD Pickup Trucks||N/A||N/A|
|2WD Ext Cab I4 Man||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD King Cab I4 Man XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Small Pickup||Reg Cab 6' Styleside||4 Door Crew Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Manual||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|