2011 Suzuki Equator vs. Its Competition

2010 Suzuki Equator
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

With a versatile interior and good off-road performance, especially with the V-6, the 2010 Suzuki Equator appeals to weekend adventurers; those requiring a little more refinement 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 nearly identical, though we prefer the Suzuki's nose, cargo system, and warranty. The Ford Ranger is the economical choice; it's a lot cheaper than the Equator, and cheaper to operate overall, and its safety features have been upgraded recently, but it's not as comfortable or spacious inside, and the bed is smaller. Toyota's Tacoma is similar in size and feel to the Suzuki Equator, though with arguably fresher interior materials and better ergonomics. The Tacoma suffers from an even less settled ride in some trims, though.

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2011 Nissan Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Man SV Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Frontier
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Suzuki Equator is a good match for weekend active types and busy hobbyists, thanks to its innovative cargo solutions and tough off-road ability.
If you need a better-driving truck that can haul the goods on occasion, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline might be a better choice than a true full-sizer.
With enough toughness for personal use, as well as a good feature list, the 2011 Nissan Frontier shows that you might not need to go full-size.
The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
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2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Reg Cab 112" XL4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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PickupReg Cab 6' Styleside4 Door Crew CabKing CabRegular Cab
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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