There’s no end in sight. The UTV business is the hottest area of the economy right now, not just the hottest segment in our industry. Wall Street is taking notice too, and companies that make UTVs are tagged as hot commodities. So much for those who said it was just a bubble.
For 2013, the bubble has given us more extreme sport offerings. Beyond that, there are more budget-conscious side-by-sides too. The lower end of the line is expanding just as fast as the high end, and prices in the middle are pretty much the same. Here are photos, specs, descriptions and MSRPs of the most interesting models for the coming year, listed in order of price. Keep in mind that the UTV business is always growing and new models are announced frequently. We’ll keep you posted.
Arctic Cat: www.arctic-cat.com, (218) 681-9851
Can-Am: www.canamoffroad.com, (715) 848-4957
CF Moto: www.cfmoto-us.com, (888) 823-6686
Honda: www.powersports. honda.com, (310) 783-2000
John Deere: www.deere.com
Kawasaki: www.kawasaki.com, (949) 770-0400
Kymco: www.kymcousa.com, (888) 235-3417
Pitster Pro: www.pitsterpro.com, (801) 796-7416
Polaris: www.polarisindustries.com, (888) 704-5290
Yamaha: www.yamaha-motor.com, (714) 761-7300
CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX (TBA)
Hot on the heels of the Maverick will be the four-seat version of Can-Am’s sporty flagship. The official delivery date will be some time in the summer of 2013. It’s almost 30 inches longer than the regular Maverick and is said to have more room in the cab than any other four-seater. Both the Max and the standard Maverick are powered by a 101-horsepower Rotax V-twin motor. It’s also available in the X rs package, which has upgraded suspension, wheels and trim.
POLARIS RZR XP 4 900 ($17,999)
WORCS and other racing organizations have seen a huge growth in their side-by-side classes thanks to the Polaris XP 900. We expected that. What we didn’t foresee was the fact that some of the racers are driving the four-seat XP 4. The extra wheelbase adds an element of stability that can be an advantage in some situations. It still has an 88-horsepower twin-cylinder motor, Walker Evans shocks and 14 inches of travel. The LE version with power steering is $19,599.
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT ($16,799)
This machine upped the bar for extreme sport UTVs last year. It has over 17 inches of suspension travel with Walker Evans reservoir shocks. The Wildcat is aimed at the wide-open spaces out west, with a long, low profile. The motor is a 951cc V-twin with fuel injection. This machine comes standard with power steering, tilt steering and deep bucket seats. There’s a functional cargo box in back that can carry 300 pounds. The tires are Duro Kadens with cool aluminum rims.
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 1000 XTZ ($15,999)
This was once the biggest, baddest sport UTV on the market, with its 951cc V-twin motor. Now it’s still big and fast, but with the coming of pure sport side-by-sides like the Wildcat, this machine occupies the top of the Prowler line, which is recreational with a side helping of utility. The XTZ comes with power steering, Maxxis Big Horn 2.0 tires, cast-aluminum wheels and real paint. The cargo box can carry 600 pounds and has a roomy compartment under the bed.
CAN-AM MAVERICK ($15,999)
This is the latest addition to the extreme-sport UTV world. The Maverick has the highest-rated horsepower rating of them all, with 101 horsepower from its 976cc V-twin motor. The Maverick boasts 14 inches of suspension and 13 inches of ground clearance. It retains some function as a utility vehicle through its multi-purpose rear rack, which can accept a number of accessories and has a 200-pound capacity. The X rs package has upgraded wheels, suspension and trim for $1500 more.
POLARIS RZR XP 900 ($15,999)
This is still the machine that everyone talks about. The success of the XP has created a whole new class of extreme-performance models that are designed primarily for open spaces out west. It has 88 horsepower, 14 inches of suspension travel and 13 inches of ground clearance. For 2013, it has a larger cargo box, so you can pretend you’re going to work with a more convincing expression. The XP is wide at 64 inches, so expect to use a trailer. The LE with power steering is $17,799 and the Walker Evans LE is $18,199.
POLARIS RZR 4 800 ($14,499)
This machine is a step smaller than the XP 4 900 in almost every way. The wheelbase is 4 inches shorter, the track is 4 inches narrower, and the 760cc, twin-cylinder motor produces about 30 less horsepower. It still has a great power-to-weight ratio and can fit on tighter trails. It’s still a good 10 inches wider than the two-seat RZR 800. Suspension travel is around 12 inches front and rear. For $1500 more, you can get the power-steering version in Blue Fire or orange.
POLARIS RANGER CREW DIESEL ($13,999)
The coolest thing about the Ranger Crew Diesel is that you can haul more people—farther—for less. The three-cylinder Yanmar diesel motor gives you a 40 percent increase in range from the 9-gallon fuel tank. The chassis is essentially the same as that of the Ranger Crew 800 and is actually roomy enough for six people with bench seats front and rear. The wheelbase is 108 inches, giving the machine an overall length of 145 inches. Power steering is not available.
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 700 HDX ($13,699)
Arctic Cat gave the HDX some of the best utility credentials in the UTV industry. It starts off with a single-cylinder, 695cc motor, just like the one in the 700XTX. But the cargo box is larger and has 1000 pounds of capacity. You can also remove the sides to form a flatbed for really large loads. The cab has a bench seat, so you can fit three men inside, yet the overall width is slightly less than the other Prowlers, so it’s less difficult (though still not truly easy) to transport. Power steering is standard.
KAWASAKI TERYX4 ($13,399)
This is the four-seat version of the Kawasaki Teryx. It was released in 2012 and was the biggest news from a Japanese UTV maker in years. It has a completely different frame with a longer wheelbase. The rear seats are mounted slightly higher than those in the front, so everyone has a good view of what’s ahead. The EPS version is $14,399. Camo will add $600. The LE is $15,199, which gives you a roof and cool aluminum wheels.
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 700 XTX ($13,299)
This big ‘Cat has the same chassis as the 1000, but it’s powered by a massive, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 695cc, four-valve motor. The Prowler is a big machine, with an overall width of 61 inches, making it a very tight fit in the bed of even the largest pick-up. The XTX package gives you automotive paint, power steering and Duro Kaden tires with aluminum wheels. The interior is great, with tilt wheels and a bucket seat with side restraints. The bed is large and has a “trunk” underneath.
CAN-AM COMMANDER 1000 ($12,999)
Can-Am took its time to get into the side-by-side market, and the Commander shows automotive-level finish and refinement. It splits the difference between the pure sport UTVs like the RZRs and the more utility-oriented products from Japanese companies. The new DPS version (with electric power steering) costs $1000 more. The XT package gives you a 4000-pound winch, upgraded wheels and tires, and more extras for a price of $15,599. The X version has sportier suspension and wheels for the same price as the XT.
JOHN DEERE GATOR RSX850i TRAIL/SPORT ($12,999)
It didn’t take John Deere long to join the party with a high-performance sport version of the Gator. The RSX is powered by an 839cc V-twin motorcycle engine that delivers 62 horsepower and pushes the machine to 53 mph. The Gator is 56.5 inches wide, so it will fit on most trails and in the back of a full-size pickup. The Sport version has Fox 2.0 Series shocks. There’s also a Trail version, and both come with a Warn winch and upgraded wheels and tires.
POLARIS RANGER XP 900 ($12,999)
This is the new flagship in the Ranger line. It has an all-new 60-horsepower Pro Star motor that is based on the mill in the RZR 900, but tuned for more torque and less rpm. The drivetrain is new, and the Ranger chassis has been reworked and now has a wheelbase that is 5 inches longer. Polaris has an optional system that allows you to limit the top speed to 25 mph through the use of a different-colored key. Power steering is available for $1000 more.
POLARIS RANGER DIESEL ($12,999)
Polaris gives you the diesel option, which is particularly handy on worksites that only have one type of fuel available. The motor is a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled Yanmar, which is isolation mounted and gives you 40 percent more range from the same 9-gallon fuel tank. Most of the torque is at a very low rpm, which helps with the Ranger’s 2000 pounds of towing capacity. The dump box is massive and has room for full-sized pallets as well as accepting the Polaris Lock & Ride accessories.
CAN-AM COMMANDER 800R ($11,699)
The most basic side-by-side in the Can-Am line is still fairly loaded. The Commander 800R is powered by a Rotax V-twin motor with eight valves and an output of 71 horsepower. The chassis leans more toward sport than utility with 10 inches of suspension travel, but the cargo box can still hold 600 pounds with a “trunk” hidden below the bed. For 2013, Can-Am offers a DPS model with power steering for $1000 more. The XT throws in cast-alloy wheels and a winch among other features for $14,299.
POLARIS RZR S 800 ($12,699)
This machine took the West by storm when it was first introduced. With 12 inches of suspension travel and 12.5 inches of ground clearance, it’s made for very rough terrain. It’s designed to have a low center of gravity and a comparatively wide track. It’s a little too wide for the trails of the east and, for that matter, a little wide for most pick-ups at 70.5 inches, so expect to use a trailer to get to the dirt. The RZR S LE versions offer different trim and wheels for $13,999, but no power steering.
POLARIS RANGER 6X6 800 ($12,599)
If the Ranger 6×6 can’t haul it, then it probably should be left where it is. This machine has true all-wheel drive, automatically engaging all six wheels when the rear four start spinning, then reverting back to the rear four alone in its “regular” drive mode. The rear dump box has a 1250-pound capacity and has gas-assisted tilt to help you dump your load. The motor is the 60-horsepower twin that has been the cornerstone of the Polaris line for years.
POLARIS RANGER CREW 800 ($12,499)
The Polaris Ranger Crew 800 is a true six-seater with two big bench seats. It has a wheelbase that is 32 inches longer than the standard Ranger and larger rims, but is otherwise similar. The motor is the original 800 H.O. powerplant with an actual displacement of 760cc and an output of 40 horsepower. You can get the Ranger Crew with power steering for an additional $1500. If you like the camo look, the total price will come to $14,199.
JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV855D ($12,199)
John Deere wrote the book on utility vehicles of all kinds, and the Gator XUV855D is a perfect example. It screams functionality. The motor is a three-cylinder diesel that produces almost 40 foot-pounds of torque. It is said to be the quietest and smoothest-running motor in its class, and is isolated from the chassis with five rubber mounts. The cargo box holds 16.4 cubic feet and will carry 1000 pounds. The bed sides fold out to create a flatbed and have a factory sprayed-in protective liner. Power steering is $900 more.
HONDA BIG RED ($11,699)
Honda’s Big Red clearly leans toward the utility side of the ledger, but still has very good four-wheel-drive credentials. It’s powered by a 670cc pushrod motor similar to the one in the Rincon ATV. This is the only 4×4 in the Honda line that has a front differential lock. It’s also the only UTV with a true automatic transmission. It has distinct shift points and uses no belts. It got an increase in bed capacity and towing payload two years ago, but otherwise has been unchanged for years.
YAMAHA RHINO 700 ($11,499)
Yamaha started the side-by-side craze with the Rhino, and it remains a very reliable option in a now-crowded market. The smaller Rhinos have disappeared from the line, leaving only the 700, which has a motor very similar to that of the Grizzly 700 and the Raptor. The suspension travel is somewhat limited to be considered a true sport model, but the Rhino can hold its own against other single-cylinder machines in performance. There’s a Special Edition available with upgraded trim and wheels for $12,999.
POLARIS RZR 800 ($11,499)
In the East, this is still the king of the sport UTVs, even with all the buzz surrounding the XPs, Wildcats and Mavericks. The key is the trail-worthy overall width of 50 inches. It still has the 760cc motor that produces around 53 horsepower. The LE version gives you power steering, an engine-braking feature, upgraded wheels, and tires and paint options for $13,299. The paint, wheel and trim options (including the Pursuit Camo version) are available without EPS for $12,199.
JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV825i ($11,399)
John Deere’s liquid-cooled, DOHC, three cylinder in-line motor looks like something from a compact sports car. It produces 50 horsepower from 812cc and will propel the green machine to 44 mph. But the Deere is still a utility machine at its core (just a very fast one). It has a truck-style frame with a large cargo box that carries 1000 pounds and converts to a flatbed. The XUV is 62 inches wide, making it a challenge to fit in a pick-up. There’s a power-steering version for $900 more.
POLARIS RANGER 800 EFI ($11,399)
The full-size Ranger 800 has dual A-arm suspension up front. It has a parallel-twin-cylinder H.O. motor that produces 50 horsepower. It can tow a cool ton by the 2-inch receiver that comes standard, and the dump box will accept a regular-size pallet with 1000 pounds of jelly beans, if that’s what you want to carry. You can get a power-steering version for an MSRP of $12,399. This machine is built on the larger chassis, not to be confused with the 800 mid-size.
ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 550 XT ($10,999)
Arctic Cat doesn’t offer a “stripped” UTV, but the 550 XT is as close as you can get to a budget ‘Cat. You still get automotive paint, Duro Kaden tires on aluminum rims, and a digital/analog gauge. You still get a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled motor, but it’s smaller, and you don’t get power steering. Otherwise, the 550 has almost the same chassis as the 1000 XTZ. It has a 600-pound cargo box and 1500 pounds of towing capacity.
KAWASAKI TERYX 750 ($10,999)
Kawasaki’s Teryx has a V-twin engine, and it is the most sport-oriented UTV from a Japanese company. It has slightly more power than a Rhino and similar suspension travel. The tilting bed has a 500-pound capacity. There is an LE version available for $11,799, which gives you a sun top, a half windscreen, cup holders and automotive-grade paint. There’s no power-steering option for the two-seater, although it can’t be far around the corner considering that it is a $1000 option on the Teryx4.
POLARIS RANGER EV ($10,999)
It might have taken millions in government grants for Chevy to finally come out with the Volt, but Polaris has quietly produced the Ranger EV for years. It has true, on-demand four-wheel drive and is so quiet that you can sneak up on deer, cheating girlfriends or any other game without being detected. The motor has the electric equivalent of 30 horsepower. There are three different power modes, so you can extend the range of the EV.
POLARIS RANGER 800 MID-SIZE ($10,499)
This is the platform that got Polaris into the side-by-side market in the first place. Now it’s called the Mid-Size simply because the world has shifted toward larger machines. It uses MacPherson strut suspension in the front and is a few inches narrower in every dimension than the full-size 800. It uses the original motor, which is a 760cc, liquid-cooled twin that produces 40 horsepower. There are several LE versions available, but no power-steering option.
POLARIS RANGER CREW 500 ($10,299)
This is the least expensive way that you can carry the whole family in a Ranger. The 500 Crew has two bench seats and a 104-inch wheelbase. The motor is a liquid-cooled single, and the chassis is built on the original MacPherson strut frame. The 500 has a VersaTrac mode that allows you to unlock the rear differential so that you won’t damage turf on a golf course or a nice lawn. The 500 tows 1250 pounds, and the bed can carry 500 pounds.
JOHN DEERE XUV 625i ($10,199)
John Deere’s liquid-cooled, overhead-valve 625 motor actually displaces 617cc. It has good torque output, rated at 33 foot-pounds, and in normal configurations will produce a top speed of 30 mph. You also have the option of limiting the speed to 20 mph, although the motor will automatically increase its power output on steep hills to keep you from burning a belt. The Deeres are available in several color shades, all of which are in the green family.
POLARIS RZR 570 ($9999)
This is the latest member of the Polaris line, designed to get you into the RZR club for an MSRP under 10 grand. The 570 has the same chassis as the 800, which means it has the 50-inch width that allows it on most trails. The engine is a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-valver with double overhead cams. The cargo box is slightly smaller than that of the 800, giving it a shorter overall length. There is an LE version available with power steering and upgraded trim for $11,999.
JOHN DEERE XUV 550S4 ($9299)
This is a multi-passenger version of the Deere that has two bench seats and lots of room. It’s one of the widest machines in the utility UTV world at 61 inches. It’s also at the long side at 146 inches (22 inches longer than the other Gators). It has room for a fair-sized cargo box that carries almost 9 cubic feet and 400 pounds. The motor is a fairly simple OHV V-twin that produces 16 horsepower and will generate a top speed of 28 mph.
POLARIS RANGER 500 EFI ($9299)
One of the great things about the Ranger 500 is the VersaTrac Turf mode, which lets you convert it from a macho man’s 4×4 to a grass-and-pavement-friendly work truck. The 500 is built on the MacPherson strut chassis and is powered by a 498cc single-cylinder motor with electronic fuel injection. You can’t get power steering, but you can get LE options that give you upgrades in wheels, tires and colors. The Magnetic Metallic LE sells for $9999.
JOHN DEERE HPX 4X4 ($8999)
This particular machine is representative of the pure utility side of the John Deere line, which compares to Kawasaki’s Mules. It has a 617cc, 21-horsepower V-twin motor in a chassis with short travel meant for less severe terrain than the XUV line. A diesel version sells for $10,499. There are several 2WD Gators in the line that do not have roll cages. There is also a 4×4 diesel with a roll cage and a six-wheeler that has four-wheel drive.
POLARIS RANGER 400 ($8299)
The people at Polaris get it. The economy isn’t what it once was, so the more affordable Ranger 400 is now available. It’s pretty much the original Ranger chassis with a 455cc, conventionally carbureted motor. It still produces 29 horsepower, the dump box will carry 500 pounds and the towing capacity is 1250 pounds. For what it’s worth, the 2007 price of the least-expensive Ranger 4×4 was $9499. The 400 is available only in Sage Green.
JOHN DEERE XUV 550 ($8199)
The John Deere XUV 550 has a carbureted OHV V-twin engine that actually displaces 570cc. It makes 16 horsepower and will deliver 28 mph. The chassis is large and meant to be a platform on which you can build. There are over 75 attachments offered by John Deere and its various affiliates. The cargo box will handle about 9 cubic feet and 400 pounds. The towing capacity is rated at 1100 pounds, and the payload is 800 pounds.
KYMCO UXV500i/500 ($8999/$7899)
Kymco still offers the original carbureted version of the MXV500 despite the arrival of the more sophisticated “i” with fuel injection. The injected version also has a few chassis upgrades for an $1100 increase in price. Either way, the company offers great value, and its products have proven reliable. In fact, Kymco makes products for other companies like BMW, Kawasaki and Arctic Cat. The SP offers lights, roof, upgraded wheels and a bigger bed for $10,499.
CFMOTO TRACKER (TBA)
CFMoto is an up-and-coming Asian manufacturer that is setting up a real factory-supported dealer network in the U.S. The Tracker is a very sophisticated UTV by the standards of any company. It is powered by an 800cc V-twin motor that is outwardly similar to the Rotax motor in the Can-Am Commander. The chassis and bodywork, on the other hand, have a strong RZR flavor. It has some very utility-oriented features, like a large bed and a standard winch.
CFMOTO Z6 (TBA)
We got a chance to test the CFMoto Z6 last year and came away very impressed with the fit, finish and overall quality. Automotive paint comes standard. The single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor has modest but sufficient power output. And the options that aren’t optional make this a very attractive machine. It comes with a winch, cast-alloy wheels and other items that you don’t usually see in this price range.
CFMOTO UTILITY (TBA)
It might not be glamorous in these times of extreme sport UTVs, but the CFMoto Utility is all about function and value. It has a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 594cc motor and offers push-button four-wheel drive. There are a number of premium features that come standard on all CFMoto products. That list includes a winch, aluminum wheels, automotive paint and a roof. CFMoto’s warranty and post-purchase customer service are the best of any company based in mainland China.
KAWASAKI MULE 600 ($6899)
Kawasaki’s Mules are the original UTVs, with the emphasis on the “U.” Today, the line is extensive, with 10 different models. The most basic is the two-wheel-drive 600, which has a 401cc, air-cooled motor. From there you can upgrade to four-wheel drive for $900 more, a 617cc V-twin motor or even a 953cc diesel motor. The four-seaters start at $10,999 and go up to $12,999 for the diesel version. The top models even feature power steering. All Mules are limited to 25 mph by a governor.
POLARIS RZR 170 ($4299)
This is actually a two-wheel-drive machine, but don’t let that stop you. It’s the only UTV manufactured specifically for the youth market. The RZR 170 is rated Y-12 for drivers 12 years old and under. It’s actually scaled appropriately too. You won’t have to strap a wood block to the accelerator pedal. The bad news is that Dad won’t fit in the passenger seat. The good news is that Dad won’t fit in the passenger seat. There’s an adjustable throttle stop to limit the performance.
PITSTER PRO DOUBLE X 150 ($3299)
The smallest, gas-powered, kid-sized UTV offered is the Double X 150 from Pitster Pro. It differs from the Polaris unit as it is outfitted with a dual-A-arm front-suspension system. For the new year, a special-edition model with adjustable shocks will be available as well. We tested this 150cc fully automatic machine in the June 2012 issue, and it performed great. This two-seat, fun machine is aimed for riders 6 years and older. There is a throttle limiter that parents can control until the little tykes show some skill and responsibility behind the wheel.