"The equator was my ride to Joshua Tree for a camping and rock-climbing expedition," logs assistant Web producer Kirill Ougarov. "It was easy to maneuver, drive, and park, though the V-6’s fuel economy isn’t much better than that of our long-term V-8 F-150. I subjected the Equator to some light off-roading on a dirt road, which it handled without a problem. Also, the Suzuki-spec looks better than the Frontier on which it’s based." Additional likes? "Suzuki’s quick-rig Garmin navigation setup is simple, cheap, works well, and allows you to enter an address while driving, you just have to undock the unit first. What I don’t dig is the year-2000-spec base stereo. No MP3 capability? No aux jack? No satellite radio? Really? A base-model Cobalt has all these."
| Months/miles in service|| 8/14,957 |
| Avg econ/CO2|| 15.9 mpg/1.22 lb/mi |
| Unresolved problems|| None|
| Maintenance cost|| $29.17 (oil change/inspection/rotate tires)|
| Normal-wear cost|| $0|