A topline Equator 4WD carries the RMZ-4 label in reference to Suzuki dual-sport bikes. It uses electric-shift 4WD with traction control all around, stability, hill descent, hill-start assist, and a locking rear differential to get to the single-track; if you could lock the rear end in 2WD you'd need to use 4WD a lot less often.

Bilstein-shocked suspension on the RMZ-4 is that used by the PRO-4X Frontier, not too expensive and quite effective on street or trail in that it swallows bumps and retains composure; you might prefer different tires if towing closer to the 6100-pound limit. The four-wheel vented discs with ABS certainly get the job done.

We expect one of the more popular options on the Equator will be the pop-up, portable navigation system supplied by Garmin. Likely priced around $600, it would be included in truck financing, adds navigation for a reasonable price, and can be swapped out to your dirt bike/ATV handlebars or your boat cockpit, or you can take it with you for theft-prevention and to find your parking spot after a long day hiking or at the mall.

Pricing was not announced at press time but figure Equators to start at less than $20,000 and go out in the low $30,000s for a loaded, topline 4WD Crew Cab. Unfortunately, you'll have to finance the $10,000 ATV and $20,000 4.0-liter outboard through a different dealer.

2009 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab RMZ-4
Location of final assemblySmyrna, Tennessee
Body style4-door pickup
EPA size classSpecial purpose
Drivetrain layoutFront engine, 4WD
AirbagsFront, front side, side curtain
Engine type60° V-6, alum block/heads
Bore x stroke, in3.76 x 3.62
Displacement, ci/L241/4.0
Compression ratio9.7:1
Valve gearDOHC, 4 valves/cyl, VVT
Fuel inductionSFI
SAE horsepower, hp @ rpm261 @ 5600
SAE torque, lb-ft @ rpm281 @ 4000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Axle ratio3.36:1
Final drive ratio2.82:1
Transfer-case modelTX15B
Low-range ratio2.63:1
Crawl ratio (1st x axle gears x low range)33.9:1
Recommended fuelRegular unleaded
Wheelbase, in125.9
Length, in206.6
Width, in72.8
Height, in70.1
Track, f/r, in61.8/61.8
Headroom, f/r, in40.0/38.7
Legroom, f/r, in42.4/33.6
Shoulder room, f/m/r, in58.3/58.3
Cargo volume, behind 1st row, cu ft38.8
Ground clearance, in8.9
Approach/departure angle, deg32.6/23.3
Base curb weight, lb4491
Weight distribution, f/r, %57.0/43.0
Max payload capacity, lb1105
GVWR, lb5600
GCWR, lb11,133
Max towing capacity, lb6100
Fuel capacity, gal21.1
ConstructionLadder frame
Suspension, f/rIndependent, double A-arm, coil spring, anti-roll bar/solid axle, leaf spring
Steering typeRack-and-pinion
Turns, lock to lock3.6
Turning circle, ft43.3
Brakes, f/r11.6-in vented disc; 11.3-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels16x7.0-in alloy
TiresP265/75/R16 BFG Rugged Trail
Load/speed rating114/T
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy, mpg15/20
CO2 emissions, lb/mile1.22
Base price$29,750 (est)
Options$1450 (est: airbag pkg, portable nav, bed extender)
Price as tested$31,200 (est)