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in 2012 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $10,980 - $17,959
Original MSRP: $17,999 - $29,700
MPG: 19 City / 23 Hwy
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2012 Suzuki Equator Interior

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The 2012 Suzuki Equator features an interior that reviewers find more practical than comfortable. It also has an interior that's made of materials that should be easy to clean and maintain. However, if you’re looking for anything more than the most basic mode of transportation, you won’t find it in the Equator – this truck comes with fewer standard features than even its most Spartan competitor. Plus, its back seat is only large enough for kids.

  • "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
  • "Hard plastic abounds on the dashboard, console, and door panels, and looks low-buck; other cabin materials are predictably workman-like. The controls do not operate with smooth precision.” -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The Suzuki Equator can seat up to five in crew cab models and up to four in the extended cab. Testers say the extended cab is markedly smaller than the crew cab, and is better for carrying gear than people, since it’s so small. In the crew cab, reviewers say that while there are five seatbelts, keeping the number of back seat occupants at two will make everyone happier. The Equator has comfortable and supportive front seats, but the somewhat cramped rear seat is typical for a small pickup.

  • "Good 6-footer headroom and legroom (in the front seat). The seats are comfortable, but need more side bolstering to hold front passengers in place through turns. … Extended Cab's rear seats are best used for small cargo; only preteens will fit comfortably. Crew cab has about as much rear-passenger space as a compact car.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Though most compact pickup trucks don’t offer many standard features, the Suzuki Equator offers even fewer than most. Its base model doesn’t come with air conditioning, a map light or an audio system. Most other compact trucks offer at least manual air conditioning and an AM/FM radio. Reviewers say that the few controls that are present are easy to use, though.

One handy optional feature is a pop-up navigation unit that can be removed from the Equator and used for outdoor activities like hiking or riding ATVs.

  • "All controls are within easy reach. No audio or climate functions hold any mystery.” -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

While reviewers are more impressed with the cargo carrying options in the Equator's truck bed, like its adjustable cargo tie-downs, they report the passenger cabin has some innovative and practical storage features. In general, automakers don’t release the interior cargo capacities of their cabs, but if you know you’re going to be carrying lots of stuff with you in the cabin of your truck, you’ll probably want to opt for a crew cab instead of an extended cab model.

  • "There's useful space behind the front seats and some thoughtful small-items storage up front, though the console's shallow tray needs a rubber mat to keep objects from sliding around.” -- Consumer Guide

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