By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 7/5/2012
Over the years, the Suzuki Equator has gone up in price but not so much in popularity. While the truck is a spiritual twin to the Nissan Frontier, the Suzuki name badge and the lack of widespread recognition of the company even having automotive products have not done the Equator any favors. Although this may be the case, the 2012 Suzuki Equator is still an aesthetically altered Frontier, which makes it decent competition for others in its class, including the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. The Equator is also backed by one of the best warranties in the business and, while that might not mean a lot to some buyers, it does offer peace of mind.You'll Like This Car If...
Those in the market for a truck to haul their toys can find a lot of bang for their buck in the Suzuki Equator as it shares its platform with the much-lauded Nissan Frontier but at a lower price point and it comes with Suzuki's transferable 7-year/100,000-mile warranty.You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2012 Suzuki Equator is a good truck to consider, another big consideration is the general shortage of Suzuki dealerships in many areas. The warranty may be one of the best on the market, but those needing immediate warranty attention might be stuck with an out-of-pocket expense due to the scarcity of Suzuki dealers.What's New for 2012
Not much has changed for the 2012 model year as the Equator has three new colors, larger headrests and the RMZ trim level is no longer available with navigation.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2012 Suzuki Equator is a truck pretty much like any other in its class. Buyers can expect an extremely stiff chassis structure that's amazingly capable, but also rather heavy for its size segment. The suspension, brakes and steering get the job done with little to disappoint, but we prefer the driving attributes of the RMZ-4 off-road version to those of the base RWD models. Compared to other trucks in its class, the Equator has a more solid feel than the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado, so those looking for a rough and rugged truck to haul their other two- and four-wheeled toys can put the Equator towards the top of their shopping lists.Favorite Features
The RMZ moniker is taken from Suzuki's motorcycle line in an attempt to garner some interest from the motocross crowd with the addition of a "4" to indicate the 4WD capability. And capable it is, as the skid plates, Bilstein shocks, locking differential and off-road tires make driving in the dirt and other off-road terrain an easy task.
ADJUSTABLE TIE-DOWN SYSTEM
The adjustable tie-down system employs five special "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed and removable utility cleats that slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attachment points for securing cargo.