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2012 Suzuki Equator

Small pickup
  • Moderate overlap front

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
Crash avoidance rating
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Crash avoidance rating
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-12 models

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab and King Cab were redesigned for the 2005 model year and are significantly larger and heavier than previous models. The Suzuki Equator Crew Cab and Extended Cab were introduced in the 2009 model year. Two tests of the Frontier were conducted, one by the Institute of a 2wd King Cab and the other by Nissan of a 2wd Crew Cab as part of frontal crash test verification. The overall rating of Good is based on review of both tests, which independently result in overall ratings of Good. The ratings and vehicle specifications based on Nissan's test are shown below because the 2wd Crew Cab is similar to the configuration of other pickups tested more recently.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. In the test conducted by Nissan, forces on the left knee, right tibia, and right foot indicate that left knee and right lower leg and foot injuries would be possible. (In the Institute's test, forces on the left knee and both tibias indicate that knee and lower leg injuries would be possible.)

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2008 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd
Weight 4,222 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 126 in.
Length 206 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 4.0 L V6
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0504 VTF0812
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11 12
Left (cm) 12 13
Center (cm) 14 15
Right (cm) 12 13
Brake pedal (cm) 7 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 0
Right (cm) 1 -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4 3
Rearward (cm) 0 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0504 VTF0812
HIC-15 255 252
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Tension (kN) 1.5 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21 19
Maximum Nij 0.25 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34 35
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4 2.0
Femur force - right (kN) 0.0 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 13 14
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.95 1.05
Maximum tibia index - right 0.35 0.58
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4 3.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.3 4.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 111 140
Right 117 162

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