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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
To our eyes the interior doesn't seem cheap, just easy to clean
Equator's truck bed benefits from Nissan's Utili-track bedrail system and spray-on bedliner
Hard plastic abounds on the dashboard, console, door panels, and looks low-buck
Inside, the Equator's cabin is truly nothing special. In Extended Cab form, the Equator comes with vestigial rear jump seats suitable only for children or storage. The Crew Cab offers much better rear seat accommodations, providing reasonable comfort and good utility, and in either version the front seats are just OK in terms of comfort. ConsumerGuide reports that "Extended Cabs have flip-up rear seats," while the "Crew Cabs have a rear bench seat" that is fixed in place. Reviewers don't find much to fault with the front seats, as Motor Trend says that "the cabin has plenty of room" and ConsumerGuide praises the Suzuki Equator's "good six-footer headroom and legroom." ConsumerGuide adds that "the seats are comfortable, but need more side bolstering to hold front passengers in place through turns."
Cars.com reviewers don't mind the cloth-covered seats, and they note that "leather seats will not be available through Suzuki." Although the Crew Cabs offer decent rear seat room, ConsumerGuide declares that the "Extended Cab's rear seats are best used for small cargo," as "only preteens will fit comfortably."
The bed-storage system in the 2010 Equator is its piece de resistance and better than what's found on the Frontier. The slanted bed-extender tailgate quite perfectly cradles the rear wheel of a dirt bike in the short-bed, crew-cab version. With five heavy-duty C-channel aluminum rails where adjustable tracks reside, allowing flexible tie-down of various items, plus a standard spray-on bedliner from the factory, removable utility cleats that slide into side channels, and plenty of additional options for this rack system, the Equator is the ridiculously equipped and well-thought-out. In the bed, Motor Trend adds that the Suzuki Equator "benefits from Nissan's Utili-track bedrail system and spray-on bedliner."
Elsewhere inside, there's plenty of space for smaller items. Cars.com reviewers love that the cabin features "numerous storage pockets and slots, including two storage compartments in the glove box location." ConsumerGuide also reports that "there's useful space behind the front seats and some thoughtful small-items storage up front" on the Suzuki Equator.
Interior materials and trims are unremarkable, a bit plasticky but about par for this class. While Car and Driver contends that the "Frontier's hard plastic parts and Nissan-orange dashboard lighting are no more attractive in Suzuki guise," Cars.com reviewers claim that "the interior doesn't seem cheap, just easy to clean." ConsumerGuide says that "cabin materials are predictably workman-like," although on the downside, the "controls do not operate with smooth precision."
Most reviewers find that the 2010 Suzuki Equator offers a relatively well-insulated cabin. Autoblog says that the big grille "didn't add any undue wind noise" and deems the Suzuki Equator "livable, but you may find yourself turning up the stereo a few notches on the highway." ConsumerGuide notes that "the V6 growls at full throttle, but isn't unduly loud," while "wind rush is evident over 60 mph and rises sharply with speed."
Ride quality isn't so great, although TheCarConnection.com notes that it's better for 2WD models. Motor Trend reports that the Suzuki Equator's "rough ride could be helped by filling the bed with cargo.”
Those seeking a plush interior should look elsewhere, but the 2010 Suzuki Equator offers impressive cargo utility.