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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|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|N/A||4WD Standard Pickup Truck||N/A||N/A|
|2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S||2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear wheel drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Pickup||4 Door Crew Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab|