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2014 UTV BUYER'S GUIDE

 
(3/28/2014)

Dealers are running out of space. Each year the list of UTV models grows longer and more complicated. It’s gotten to the point that a retailer can’t hope to display all the UTV offerings available to him; the showroom floor just isn’t big enough. So, where do you go to see the width and breadth of today’s UTV market? Right here. This is Dirt Wheel’s annual roundup of the most significant UTVs on the market. Included are sport models, utility offerings and multi-passenger vehicles. The good news is that the market is growing at both ends. The high end is higher than ever with a number of units busting past the $20,000 mark. But, there are more low-cost machines available too. Today’s UTVs make for an incredibly wide variety. Enjoy.

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ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT 4 ($19,599)
Arctic Cat’s four-seat Wildcat is 29 inches longer and has room for four, but otherwise has the same features as the standard Wildcat. That includes the 951cc V-twin motor, power steering and five-link rear suspension with 18 inches  of travel.  There’s an LE that sells for $20,299 and has upgraded styling, seats, tires and wheels. The Wildcat 4X sells for $20,999 and has further upgrades, including an engine package.

ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT ($16,999)
This Wildcat is a legitimate counterattack to the Polaris RZR 900 and 1000, with comparable Fox suspension and 18 inches of rear suspension travel. Ground clearance is 13 inches, and power steering is standard equipment. The Limited is $17,699 and gets upgraded seats and bumpers. The X is $18,499 and has upscale styling, color and Maxxis tires, plus an X engine package.

ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 1000 XTZ ($14,999)
The 1000 XTZ comes with a long list of premium features as standard equipment, like power steering, aluminum wheels, automotive paint and Maxxis Big Horn tires. Under it all is the original Thundercat V-twin motor displacing 951cc. The Prowler has excellent work credentials, with front and rear hitches, 600 pounds of bed capacity and a large enclosed storage space under the hood.

ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 700XTX ($13,299)
The 700 Prowler has the same chassis as the big 1000XTZ, but with a single-cylinder, 695cc, liquid-cooled motor. Like the 1000, it comes decked out with power steering, real paint, aluminum wheels and 26-inch tires. The Prowler can tow 1500 pounds with either its front or rear hitch receiver, and the tilting bed is big enough for 600 pounds. There’s a camo version for $13,599.

ARCTIC CAT 700HDX LIMITED ($13,699)
This is the more utility-oriented  ‘Cat, but it still features the 695cc motor, 10 inches of suspension travel and 10 inches of ground clearance. The 700XDX has seating for three across the front bench seat with headrests for everyone, more storage space, and a larger tilting bed that holds 1000 pounds and easily converts to a flatbed. Power steering, paint and aluminum rims are all standard. A camo version is $300 more.

ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 550XT ($10,999)
With a 543cc H.O. motor, the 550XT is part sport, part utility. It has bucket seating for two people and a longer wheelbase than the more work-oriented HDX series. It still has 10 inches of ground clearance, 10 inches of suspension travel and double A-arms all the way around. Four-wheel drive and front diff-lock are available with the push of a button. Available in any color as long as it’s green.

ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 500 HDX ($10,999)
Arctic Cat’s counteroffensive to the Polaris 570 is the 500HDX. This has a 443cc, single-cylinder motor, but has seating for three and excellent hauling credentials with a large tilting box that converts to flatbed and dual hitch receivers. The word on the street is that there’s a 50-inch-wide version coming with a lower price.  The XT is $11,699 with power steering and more. The Limited is $12,399.

CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX ($18,299)
Can-Am tags all of its jumbo-size, multi-passenger vehicles with the “Max” suffix, which is quite appropriate considering the Maverick Max is 20 inches longer than the standard Mav and still a full 64 inches wide. It comes standard with Fox shocks. The basic Max does without power steering, while the X rs DPS version gets that and custom seats, colors and cockpit trim for $20,799.

CAN-AM MAVERICK  ($16,299)
At the core of the Maverick is the 976cc Rotax V-twin, which is said to produce 101 horsepower. Around that, Can-Am has a very sporty package with Fox Podium shocks delivering 14 inches of suspension travel. There are four different packages. The  X rs  model ($17,799) gets you beadlock wheels and sport trim. The X rs DPS adds power steering at $18,799. The 1000 X mr is $21,499 for mud adventures.

COMMANDER MAX ($16,199)
For those who want to keep peace in the family, you can take them along without being tempted to scare them silly with Maverick-level speed.  The Commander Max still has four comfortable seats and is powered by the 85-horsepower Rotax V-twin motor. But, the chassis has less suspension travel and less sport potential. The Commander Max comes standard with power steering. The XT is $17,799.

CAN-AM COMMANDER 1000 ($13,099)
It wouldn’t be fair to call the Can-Am Commanders “utility” vehicles, but that’s the role they play in the very sport-oriented Can-Am line. The Commander 1000 has an 85-horsepower Rotax motor, which is clearly more than you need around the farm. A power-steering package is $1100 more. From there, you can step up to the XT, which includes a winch or the XT-P, which includes beadlocks and more.
CAN-AM COMMANDER 800R ($11,799)
Can-Am made its debut in the side-by-side world with this machine back in 2010. Since then it’s undergone steady evolution, but it still has the same basic credentials. It’s powered by a Rotax V-twin that is still the most powerful in its class. Today’s Can-Ams are organized more by chassis package than by displacement,  so the 800R motor is one option of many. The XT is $14,499 and XT-P is $17,299.
CAN-AM COMMANDER EV-L
 
At this point the electric Commander is still in the future for the U.S. market.  But, it sounds impressive. The range is said to be about 100 miles, and recharge time is two hours. Top speed is a modest 25 mph at this point. The 48-volt motor is housed in a chassis that looks pretty much like any other Commander. Currently, it’s available in white, yellow and camo in Canada.
CFMOTO ZFORCE 800 ($9999)
CFMoto is the best of the mainland China manufacturers and is currently making products for KTM, among others. The ZForce 800 is a sporty two-seater powered by a 62.5-horsepower, liquid-cooled, V-twin motor, which is very similar to a Rotax in layout. The ZForce is 59.5 inches wide and comes with aluminum rims and stainless steel bumpers. There’s an optional configuration with a roof and winch for $10,499.
CFMOTO UFORCE 800 ($9999)
This is CFMoto’s more utility-oriented UTV. It’s powered by the same liquid-cooled V-twin as the sport version, but in a more business-like chassis. The standard UForce comes with many features that are generally considered options, like 14-inch aluminum wheels, a 3000-pound winch and automotive paint. The large hydraulic tilting bed and rear hitch receiver make it a solid workhorse

CFMOTO ZFORCE 600EX ($9229)
CFMoto puts its smallish, single-cylinder motor in a 56-inch-wide, sporty chassis with reservoir shocks and decent suspension travel. The result is a fun machine that’s not intimidating. The EX is a good-looking UTV with fit and finish far better than you would expect from a Chinese product. Standard equipment includes a winch and 14-inch alloy wheels. A roof is optional.
CFMOTO ZFORCE 600 ($7999)
CFMoto got on the U.S. map with this model two years ago. This is a more price-driven version of the 600EX. It has the same 33-horsepower motor, but the styling is more conservative, the overall width is 51.9 inches and the suspension is more basic. It still gives you cast-aluminum wheels, and if you want the package with a winch and roof, it can be had for $8499.
HONDA PIONEER 700-4 ($11,699)
Honda is finally trying to shake off the somewhat tractor-like image of the Big Red with a new UTV called the Pioneer. It’s powered by the same 675cc, pushrod single, but the Pioneer  is wider than its predecessor  and has beefed-up suspension with more travel. The four-seat version is built on the same chassis as the two-seater, giving up some bed space to make room for the extra passengers.
HONDA PIONEER 700 ($9999)
We would never use the word “ugly” to describe the old Honda Big Red, but many of our mean friends would. The new Pioneer has a facelift on the outside and 2 more inches of suspension travel underneath.  The powertrain is the same—a longitudinal, liquid-cooled, pushrod single hooked up to an automotive-style three-speed automatic transmission. The best part is the price went down.
JOHN DEERE GATOR 850i ($15,499)
The boys at John Deere have been in the dirt business for a long time. The Gator 850i comes with an 839cc V-twin motor. It’s rated at 62 horsepower and will push the Deere to 53 mph. The Sport package sells for $15,499 and includes Fox shocks, upgraded wheels and tires, plus sporty seats and bumpers. The Trail is $14,999 and has a Warn winch, tires, wheels, seats and other upgrades.

JOHN DEERE UXV550 S4 ($9599)
The John Deere S4 is a multi-passenger UTV with two large bench seats. It’s a wide, roomy vehicle, and it has a modest OHV V-twin motor that makes 16 horsepower and will push the S4 to 28 mph. A camo version sells for $10,149, and there are over 70 attachments that can help you write off the whole thing on your business taxes. It’s a Deere; who’s going to argue?

JOHN DEERE UXV550 ($8199)
This is what John Deere classifies as a cross-over vehicle, splitting the difference between the sporty 850i and the extensive line of utility Gators. It has a 570cc V-twin motor that produces 16 horsepower and will go 28 mph. Four-wheel drive is standard, and it can drive a wide assortment of attachments that can be purchased a la carte. A Warn winch, for example, is $880.61, and a pressure washer is $524.95.
KAWASAKI TERYX4 ($15,799)
In 2012 Kawasaki released the Teryx4, giving it a new version of the V-twin motor with 783cc of displacement that is claimed to produce 10 percent more torque and 8 percent more power. It also got Fox Podium shocks, electric power steering and a new chassis. It’s shorter than most of the other four-seaters on the market, making it easier to haul. The camo version is $16,299 and the LE is $16,999.
KAWASAKI TERYX  ($12,999)
For 2014 Kawasaki updated the standard Teryx with a bigger V-twin motor and a new chassis, similar to that of the Teryx4. It has a big cargo compartment where the rear passengers would normally sit. The Teryx now has Fox Podium shocks and power steering as standard equipment. The camo edition is $14,299 and the Limited Edition has upgraded colors, wheels and tires for $14,999.
KAWASAKI MULE (FROM $6999)
The Kawasaki Mule line is extensive. All are utility-oriented, but the group includes 4x4s, four-seaters and machines with dual-mode differentials for grass and pavement use. The base model is a 401cc 2WD two-seater with a CV transmission and just over 3 inches of suspension travel.  The top of the line is the Trans4x4 Camo with two bench seats and a 617cc liquid-cooled V-twin motor for $11,649.
KUBOTA RTX (FROM $8499)
Kubota is a tractor company based in Osaka, Japan, that has a full line of utility UTVs, similar to the Kawasaki Mule line. All are powered by diesel motors, and the company claims to be the sales leader in this segment. The base model is the 2WD, 16-horsepower RTX 400, but the line goes up from there.  At the top, Kubota has the RTV-X1120D with 24.8 horsepower for around $17,000.
KYMCO UXV700i ($10,099)
Kymco is based in Taiwan and has a long history of supplying more well-known companies like Kawasaki, Arctic Cat and BMW. The UXV700i is powered by a single-cylinder, fuel-injected single that is said to produce 45 horsepower. It’s available in five models, ranging from a Turf version for $10,599 to a fully decked-out SP with upgrades that include aluminum wheels and cab enclosures for $11,599.
KYMCO UXV500i ($8999)
This model has the same chassis as the UXV700i, but is powered by a 499cc, double-overhead-cam motor that is rated at 36 horsepower. It still features fuel injection and push-button 4WD. There are five packages. The top is the SP, which has upgrades in suspension, wheels, tires and racks. The SP also has a top, a half windshield, a light bar, a spare tire with a rack, bumpers and trim, all for $10,499.
KYMCO UXV500 ($7999)
This model has an older body style and a carbureted version of the 499cc motor, but Kymco has given it an excellent price. The output of the motor is rated at 36 horsepower, just like the EFI version. In fact, virtually all of the specs are identical to those of the more expensive UXV500i, including the 1200-pound towing capacity, the 500-pound bed and the overall weight.
PITSTER PRO DOUBLE X 200 ($3599)
Pitster Pro is a Utah-based company that designs products over here and manufactures them in Asia. For 2014, the UTV line is expanded and upgraded. The star of the show is a Youth-class two-seater designed to go head to head with the Polaris RZR 170. The Double X 200 replaces the older Pitster Pro Double X 150 and has a bigger motor and more features, including a roof, alloy wheels and double-A-arm suspension in front with 6 inches of travel. The company also has a full-size 600 UTV in two-seat and four-seat configurations priced at $7999 and $8699, respectively.

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POLARIS RZR XP 4 1000 ($21,999)
Polaris keeps pushing the bar higher in the sport category. The four-seat version of the RZR 1000 was just announced. It has an all-new chassis with a 117-inch wheelbase and room to take your extended family. It has the same performance credentials as the 1000, including the 107-horsepower twin, power steering, 18 inches of rear suspension travel and 16 inches in front.
POLARIS RZR XP 1000 ($19,999)
Even though the motor of the new 1000 is more powerful and has a longer stroke than that of the 900, that’s not the real story. The chassis is much beefier and more advanced, taking its inspiration directly from Trophy Trucks. The trailing-arm rear end has Walker Evans shocks that deliver 18 inches of travel. Up front, there’s 16 inches of travel from 2-inch Walker Evans shocks. Power steering is standard equipment.
POLARIS RZR 4 900 ($19,599)
Just a few weeks ago this was the ultimate in multi-passenger performance UTVs. Despite the arrival of the 1000, the 900 is still incredible and is capable of winning races with the whole family on board. The 900 motor produces a claimed 88 horsepower and has 14 inches of rear suspension travel with 13.5 inches up front.  Power steering is standard, as are premium tires and wheels.
POLARIS RZR 4 800 ($15,999)
This is the original RZR four-seater, and it’s still near the top of the class, but now its price seems much more reasonable by comparison to its two big brothers. The original RZR 760cc twin-cylinder motor is said to carry four passengers from 0 to 35 mph in about 4.4 seconds. Power steering, cast-aluminum wheels and 27 inches Maxxis Big Horn tires come as standard equipment.
POLARIS RZR 900 ($15,999)
If you go to a WORCS race, the UTV class is wall-to-wall RZR 900s. Never before has one model so completely defined a form of racing. The RZR 900 is a complete package, with 88 horsepower and Fox suspension as standard equipment. Stepping up to the 900 EPS Orange Madness LE gives you power steering, as well as Maxxis tires, on 12-inch Crusher aluminum rims for $17,799.
POLARIS RZR S 800 ($12,699)
By taking the original RZR 800 and giving it a wider stance and 12 inches of suspension travel all the way around,  Polaris opened up a whole new market for the RZR in the southwestern regions of the U.S. Its 12.5 inches of ground clearance and 60.5-inch track make it particularly popular in the desert. The RZR S 800 EPS LE gives you power steering and a cool look in Stealth Black or White Lightning for $14,999.
POLARIS RZR 800 ($11,499)
Polaris became the biggest name in the powersports industry largely because of this machine. The original RZR is still a mainstay in areas that have trail networks limited to vehicles with an overall width of 50 inches. The 800 offers several packages, ranging from the basic Indy Red model to the LE versions, which get power steering and other upgrades. The XC is 55 inches wide and comes with Walker Evans shocks.
POLARIS RZR 570 ($10,299)
Even though Polaris is pushing the upper price boundary with the 1000, the company hasn’t entirely left the working class behind. The 570 is a price-point RZR that turned out better than anyone expected. The single-cylinder ProStar motor is more powerful than the original Yamaha Rhino 660, and it’s in a sporty trail-width chassis. Available in a power-steering LE version for $12,299.
POLARIS RANGER CREW 900 ($14,399)
Even with the frenzy of attention and evolution in the RZR ranks, Polaris didn’t forget to share the technology wealth with the Rangers. The 900 Crew got a new 60-horsepower motor. This would have been considered a race car by the standards of just three years ago. Now it allows you to carry four people in comfort. Polaris has accessories that allow you to enclose the cab. The EPS version is $16,199.
POLARIS RANGER CREW DIESEL ($13,999)
So it’s not enough to carry four people to work. The Crew Diesel allows you to carry six people to work and back. The three-cylinder,  904cc diesel motor gives this model 40 percent more range than comparable gas models, and its bench seat allows you to carry the whole crew. The diesel doesn’t have much in the way of frills; there are no power-steering or LE options.
POLARIS RANGER XP 900 ($13,199)
The big Ranger has a new 60-horsepower ProStar motor that’s easy to access when you tilt up the bed. If you don’t trust the boys at the worksite with all 60 horsepower, you can give them the yellow key, which limits the top speed to 25 mph or less. For $14,199, you can get the 900 with power steering. Then, for $800 more, there’s the LE configuration with wheels, trim and color upgrades.
POLARIS RANGER DIESEL ($12,999)
Polaris kept last year’s prices on many of its models, including this one. The Ranger Diesel is similar to the other big Rangers, with the obvious exception of its three-cylinder, 904cc Yanmar motor. This is especially handy on real worksites where you don’t have regular gasoline available, and it’s said to be 40 percent more frugal on fuel. There are no dressed-up special editions here, just business.
POLARIS RANGER 6X6 ($12,599)
There are vehicles that can offer better traction than the 6x6; the Abrams tank comes to mind. But as far as vehicles with wheels, the Ranger 6x6 is the traction king. It has true six-wheel drive, the tilting rear dump box has a 1250-pound capacity, and it will tow a full ton. The motor is a 760cc twin that produces 40 horsepower. No power steering or LE options are listed.
POLARIS RANGER CREW 800 ($12,499)
Since each bench seat can hold three, the Ranger Crew 800 is technically a side-by-side-by-side—times two. The Crew 800 is one of the original multi-passenger UTVs and remains one of the most useful. The motor is the proven 760cc, fuel-injected twin. Its peak power rating is 40, which is the same as the 570, but the 800 produces more torque so it can tow 2000 pounds without breaking a sweat.

POLARIS RANGER CREW 570 ($10,499)
Within the Polaris family of RZRs and Rangers, there are no less than seven Crew models that can haul four or more people, and that doesn’t include the Brutus line of commercial side-by-sides. This is the latest addition to the Ranger line and offers a reasonably affordable way to get into a multi-passenger side-by-side. The 570 motor has been massaged and is now said to produce 40 horsepower.

 

POLARIS RANGER 800 ($11,599)
This Ranger has a more modern (and slightly larger) chassis than it did when it first arrived years ago. It has double A-arms in front and the 760cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder motor in its High-Output version, which has 10 horsepower more than the original. In addition to the base model, the 800 is available in a Sunset Red LE version with power steering for $13,299. Camo is $12,299.

POLARIS RANGER EV ($10,999)
Don’t think this is a high-dollar golf cart. The Ranger EV is a true all-wheel-drive vehicle, and when it’s in 2WD mode, the differential unlocks for a tighter-turning radius (so you could take it on a golf course without messing up the turf). The motor is claimed to produce the electric equivalent of 30 horsepower and runs on AC current.  The EV uses MacPherson struts in the front and double A-arms in the rear.
POLARIS RANGER 800 MID-SIZE ($10,499)
Polaris doesn’t like to let go of anything. The original Ranger 800 can be had with the older, more compact chassis. It has MacPherson struts in front and has an overall weight that is considerably less than the full-size 800. But, the mid-size still gets the high-output version of the 760cc motor with a claimed 50 horsepower. A Gold Mist LE version sells for $12,199.

POLARIS RANGER 570 ($9499)
The 567cc ProStar single-cylinder motor was such a hit that Polaris wasted no time putting it into as many models as it could. This is the most affordable of them all. In this configuration, the 40-horsepower motor powers a MacPherson-strut chassis, similar to the one used for the mid-size 800 and the Ranger 400. Unlike the others, power steering can be had in the 570’s LE configuration for $11,199.

POLARIS RANGER 400 ($8299)
Polaris has held the price steady on the 400 for several years, making it one of the best deals in the UTV world. The motor is a liquid-cooled single that actually displaces 455cc and produces 29 horsepower. The chassis has MacPherson struts in front, delivering 8 inches of travel and twin A-arms in the rear for 9 inches. The bed can carry 500 pounds. At 56.5 inches wide, it can barely fit in the back of a full-size pick-up.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN ACE ($7499)
 
This is another example of Polaris exploring new frontiers in the side-by-side world. The Sportsman Ace is the first UTV that isn't a side-by-side at all. It's a single-seater, and it's based more on an ATV than on anything in the RZR or Ranger line. It's been called a Sportsman with a roll cage. The front suspension is MacPherson strut and it's powered by the 34-horsepower Pro-Star motor. And it's crazy fun.
POLARIS  RZR 170 ($4399)
The RZR 170 is nothing short of brilliant. It’s scaled to fit drivers who are 10 years old, and we can’t think of a better way to teach a youngster to drive safely. The parent can adjust the RZR’s throttle to walking speed or unleash the full fury of the 169cc, air-cooled motor. The transmission is automatic and has reverse. Available in Voodoo Blue or Indy Red.
YAMAHA VIKING ($11,499)
After leaving the Rhino on the vine a little too long, Yamaha is finally back in the new UTV business. The Viking has more power, more suspension and more room. The cab is wide enough for three bucket seats, with the center one slightly offset to the rear. The engine is actually the same 686cc single, but with revised intake and exhaust. The MSRP is unchanged. Power steering is $1000 extra.


CONTACTS

Arctic Cat: (218) 681-9851, www.arcticcat.com
Can-Am: (715) 848-4957, www.can-am.brp.com
CFMoto: (888) 823-6686, www.cfmoto.com
Honda: (310) 783-2000, www.powersports.honda.com
John Deere: www.deere.com
Kawasaki: (949) 770-0400, www.kawasaki.com
Kubota: (888) 465-8268, www.kubota.com
Kymco: (864) 327-4744, www.kymcousa.com
Pitster Pro: (801) 796-7416, www.pitsterpro.com
Polaris: (888) 704-5290, www.polarisindustries.com
Yamaha: (714) 761-7300, www.yamahamotor.com


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