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2009 Suzuki Equator vs. Its Competition

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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.

Toyota's Tacoma is similar to the Suzuki Equator, though with arguably fresher interior materials and better ergonomics; the Tacoma suffers from an unsettled ride in some trims, however.

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 Equator2009 Suzuki Equator2008 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" Sport Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Ranger2008 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT Open Doors2008 Honda Ridgeline2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner2008 Toyota Tacoma
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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.
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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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The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
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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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The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From    
$17,220Browse Used Listings$14,490Browse Used Listings$28,000Browse Used Listings$16,530Browse Used Listings$14,280Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
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2WD Small Pickup TruckN/A4WD Pickup TrucksN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Reg Cab 112" XL4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Small PickupReg Cab 6' Styleside4 Door Crew CabKing CabRegular Cab
ManualManualAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/OD
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