A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Suzuki Equator

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While the Equator is a truck very similar to others in its class – and is built on the same platform as the popular Nissan Frontier – it suffers from a lack of name recognition as well as the fact that the carmaker has pulled out of the American market, leaving many owners struggling to find service for their vehicles. Still, the truck offers decent value for the money and hauling ability equal to its peers.

Key Features

As with most trucks in its class, the standard features are rather sparse. Fold up seats in the back, removable storage containers and a passenger front seat that folds flat are all included in the base model. Premium, Sport and RMZ-4 trims all include power windows, mirrors, and locks, A/C, and an audio system with a CD player. Options on the Sport include Bluetooth connectivity, a better stereo system and Hill Descent Control.

Changes for 2012

Three additional color choices and bigger headrests round up the changes to the 2012 Suzuki Equator.

What We Like

The rugged road feel lends a sturdy driving experience to this model, and the integrated, adjustable tie-down system offers a versatile, secure set of options for loading cargo. The RMZ-4 has off-road tires and a suite of even more rough and tumble features that make it a fun and sporty ride.

What Concerns Us

While the Equator is a solid truck with decent attributes at a good price, Suzuki pulling its car operations out of the United States has left some buyers wondering how long they’ll be able to easily access service for their existing vehicles. There are competing brands like Nissan and Chevy who can assure customers that dealerships aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Available Models

  • The Equator is available in base – 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder with 171 lb.-ft. of torque, 152 HP and 19/23 mpg for manual and 17/22 mpg for automatic

  • Sport – 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic with or without 4x4 with 281 lb.-ft. of torque, 261 HP and 15/20 mpg for 2WD, 15/19 mpg for 4WD

  • RMZ-4 – 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic with 4x4, 281 lb.-ft. of torque, 261 HP and 15/19 mpg

Major Recalls

In January 2012 Suzuki issued a recall due to engine oil cooler bolts that may have been manufactured below specifications, resulting in the potential for an oil leak. Suzuki notified owners and offered to replace the bolts free of charge.

In September 2012 the company issued a recall for wheel hubs that may have been below the required strength, causing a risk of breakage. The company notified owners and issued an offer to repair the hubs at no cost.

Common Issues

The Equator has no registered complaints.

Suzuki Equator 2012 Interior


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