Because the 2009 Suzuki Equator is essentially a rebadged Nissan Frontier, it shares many of the Frontier's safety attributes, including respectable crash-test ratings and a solid array of safety features.
The 2009 Suzuki Equator has been partially tested by both NHTSA and the IIHS, and early results are encouraging. Full crash-test results aren't yet available since the Suzuki Equator is a new model for 2009, but the IIHS has conducted its frontal offset impact test on the Suzuki Equator and awarded the Equator the highest possible rating of "good." NHTSA has also conducted frontal impact tests on the Suzuki 2009 Equator, and the Equator earned four out of five stars for both frontal driver impacts and frontal passenger impacts. Unfortunately, neither agency has tested the Suzuki Equator for its side impact protection, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Suzuki Equator comes with available curtain and front side airbags.
Standard safety equipment doesn't vary much across the Suzuki 2009 Equator lineup, as Consumer Guide reports that all models come with "dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, tire-pressure monitor, [and] front-seat active head restraints." Autoblog reviewers find that "limited-slip traction control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control" are all available as options on the 2009 Suzuki Equator, while Cars.com notes that "side airbags with a rollover sensor will be standard on the Equator."
The editors of TheCarConnection.com point out that electronic stability control, a safety feature that's even more of a must-have on pickups, is not at all available with the four-cylinder engine. Another feature included with only the upgraded trim levels is "hill ascent/descent control" on the RMZ-4, according to Consumer Guide.
One area where the Suzuki Equator outshines some other pickups is driver visibility. Consumer Guide reports that although the "wide-base windshield pillars can hinder visibility to the front corners, the view is fine to the rear corners and directly aft." That is especially convenient given that the Suzuki Equator doesn't have any sort of optional rearview camera or parking assist.