2012 Suzuki Equator

small pickup / Crew cab pickup

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (Institute test vehicle shown).

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint.

In both tests, forces on the left knee and the right lower leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries (Institute test shown).

Side

Rating applies to 2012 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Frontier was redesigned for the 2005 model year. The Suzuki Equator was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags in both the Frontier and Equator to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. However, because there were no significant side structural changes, the structure rating of the most recent model is based on both Nissan's test and two earlier Institute tests of 2008 and 2010 Frontier models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,265 lbs
Peak force 17,535 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.11

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry