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in 2009 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $7,705 - $14,465
Original MSRP: $17,220 - $30,600
MPG: 19 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Suzuki Equator Interior

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The 2009 Suzuki Equator features an interior that reviewers find eminently practical. While not as luxurious as a large truck's interior, the Equator offers decent comfort for four, though it has space for up to five. Its cabin is made with materials that should be easy to clean and maintain. Several handy features, like a removable navigation system and storage bins under the rear seats, earn reviewer praise. The Equator is available with an extended cab or a larger crew cab.  The extended cab seats four while the crew cab seats five.

  • "Equator's interior is roomy but not lavishly outfitted." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin has plenty of room." --  Motor Trend
  • "Another seating detail I found impressive was the Equator's easy-to-clean cloth upholstery. This comes in handy when you're hauling kids in the backseat. Simply grab a wipe, and it's as good as new."-- Mother Proof
  • "Anyone familiar with the inside guts of the latest Nissan Frontier is likely to feel right at home inside the Suzuki Equator." -- Autoblog
  • "The cab leaves plenty to be desired in terms of space." -- The Daily Item

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Seating

The Suzuki Equator has seating for five in the crew cab and four in the extended cab.  Few reviewers tested the extended cab, which is markedly smaller than the crew cab.  In the crew cab, reviewers report comfortable and supportive front seats, but a somewhat cramped rear seat, as is typical for a small pickup.

  • "Front buckets are comfortable and supportive for long stints in the saddle and the rubberized fabric upholstery should be both durable and easy to maintain." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Comfortable seats and a pretty smooth ride for a truck." -- Los Angeles Daily News
  • "It is narrow overall, and the floor under the rear seats isn't made for adult comfort. My 4-year-old daughter was giddy over the fact that she could ride in the truck and her feet touched the floor. She felt all grown up. However, my 18-year-old son was understandably less impressed with the limited leg room." -- The Daily Item
  • "The rear seat was spacious enough to keep my two boys from touching each other. Love it!"-- Mother Proof
  • "[In the rear seat,] leg and knee room are tight." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The cabin is narrow, rear-seat legroom is very tight, and the rear seats are very thin and upright." -- Chicago Sun-Times

Interior Features

The Equator's interior doesn't offer too much in the way of features, but that's just fine with most reviewers. One handy feature is a pop-up navigation unit that can be removed from the Equator and used for outdoor activities like hiking or riding ATVs. Reviewers also like the easy to maintain materials in the Equator's interior.

  • "An easy-to-read gauge cluster sits behind a familiar Nissan-spec steering wheel and switchgear. While we generally aren't in favor of this kind of product-sharing, at least the truck is based on a credible and successful model and it's not badge engineering within the same automaker." -- Autoblog
  • "Low-maintenance rubberized materials are used throughout the cabin." -- PickupTrucks.com
  • "With base trim, the instrument panel is the usual sea of molded matte-black plastic." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "[The Equator has] a cool detachable pop-up-from-the-dash Nav system that you can carry with you." -- Four Wheeler
  • "[The Rockford Fosgate stereo] is one of the best audio systems you can get. The Equator offers a nicely designed flexible synthetic covering - it looks great, it feels great and it's a sensible alternative to leather." -- The Auto Channel

Cargo

Reviewers report that the cabin has some innovative an practical storage features, including handy bins that fit under the rear seats in the crew cab.

  • "The Crew Cab came with flip-up rear seats, a cargo friendly fold-flat front passenger seat and removable storage containers under the rear seats. Additional convenience features include a dual glove box with lock and center console storage that hides an additional power outlet. Actually, there are several power points located in the cab as well as numerous cupholders and storage pockets." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Equator's novelty is split rear seats that fold against the back wall to expose tool or gear trays underneath." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Rear seats are conveniently split and a fold-flat front passenger seat is available as an option. That's just the ticket for hauling construction materials or bulky sports gear safely inside a locked cab." -- Automobile Magazine

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