2013 Suzuki Equator vs. Its Competition

2013 Suzuki Equator
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Like the Nissan Frontier it's based on, the Suzuki Equator has good performance, a versatile cargo bed, and fine hauling and towing capacity when it's equipped with the V-6.

The competition includes the Frontier itself, which comes in a much wider array of trims; it'll be easier to find one outfitted exactly the way you want.

The Honda Ridgeline's a bigger vehicle with a smaller bed, but it's ultimately far more refined than any of these compact to mid-size trucks, with some clever storage solutions under and in its bed.

The Toyota Tacoma suffers from a dated design, a bouncy ride even in street versions, and unsatisfying powertrains.

2013 Suzuki Equator2013 Suzuki Equator
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2013 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL Angular Front Exterior View2013 Honda Ridgeline
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2013 Nissan Frontier2013 Nissan Frontier
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2013 Toyota Tacoma2013 Toyota Tacoma
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2011 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi Side Exterior View2011 Honda Ridgeline
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Smart cargo solutions and good off-road capability make the 2013 Suzuki Equator a solid choice for weekend warriors.
The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage.
If you don't truly need a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma's price and simplicity could make it a viable alternative--but it can get expensive, and its ride and gas mileage will have you reconsidering your motives.
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.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
N/AGas V6Gas i4Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
N/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/A4WD Standard Pickup Truck
Style Name    
N/A4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)4WD Crew Cab RT
N/AFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
N/ACrew Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupRegular Cab4 Door Crew Cab
N/AAutomaticManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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