2012 Suzuki Equator vs. Its Competition

2010 Suzuki Equator
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Weekend adventurers will appreciate the 2012 Suzuki Equator's versatile cabin and bed, off-road performance, and V-6 towing and hauling capability.

For those that find it a bit unrefined, however, the Honda Ridgeline might be a better choice.

The Ridgeline's on-road manners are much more civilized, but it gives up some off-road ability in return.

The nearly-identical Nissan Frontier is another obvious alternative, though Suzuki's unique aesthetics, cargo system, and warranty are all better than the Nissan's.

Toyota's Tacoma is another contender for compact/mid-size pickup buyers, with a somewhat more modern interior and similar capabilities, though the Tacoma can be an even rougher ride in some trims.

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7.6
The 2012 Suzuki Equator is a great choice for the weekend warrior, with useful and intelligent cargo solutions and solid off-road capability.
7.4
The 2012 Honda Ridgeline won't satisfy those who need a real full-size truck, but for those who need hauling on occasion, it offers an interesting alternative.
7.6
You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can.
6.4
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma's affordable price, fuel-efficiency, and simplicity make it a good, capable alternative for those who don't need a full-size truck.
MSRP From   
$17,999$29,350$19,260$17,125
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
N/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear wheel driveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5543
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Pickup4 Door Crew CabKing CabRegular Cab
Transmission   
ManualAutomaticManualManual
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