2014 4×4 ATV Buyer’s Guide


ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 1000 LE ($14,399)
Someone at Arctic Cat must have come up with this
idea in a dream. Who would have guessed how cool it
would become? The Mudpro line is designed to cross
uncrossable mud and water crossings, either for competition
or play. The 1000 Limited is the top of the line, with the
V-twin motor, a snorkel, massive tires, power steering and
a long list of items to maximize muddy mayhem.


The 700 Mudpro is only slightly less outrageous than the
1000. It has the same chassis with a single-cylinder motor. It
does its fording in style with automotive-style paint, power
steering, heavy-duty bumpers, a 3000-poundwinch, 28-inch
Maxxis Zilla tires, aluminum wheels, a snorkel air intake,
and it even has steel racks so you can pack a bag with a
change of clothes. Make sure the bag is waterproof.

ARCTIC CAT 1000XT ($10,999)

Thismotorwas once the biggest in the ATVworld.Others
have joined the 951cc V-twin in the mega-quad category
now, but it’s still formidable. Arctic Cat only offers thismotor
in the XT trim, which means it has power steering, automotive-
style paint and Maxxis Bighorn tires on aluminum
rims. It has a towing capacity of 1050 pounds with 300 additional
pounds of storage available on the racks.

The star of this model is the 686cc in-line twin-cylinder
dieselmotor. It runs on six different kinds of fuel and is ideal
for locations where you can’t be picky. The Super Duty
Diesel also comes with a 3000-pound winch and 50 feet of
cable. Otherwise, the chassis is similar to other Arctic Cat
models, with double-A-armsuspension all the way around
and a 2-inch receiver that can tug 1050 pounds.

ARCTIC CAT TBX700 ($9299)
Thismachine is part ATV, part UTV. Fromthe seat forward
it’s similar to the 700 quad,with the same 695cc, SOHC, fourvalve
motor. From the rear, it looks like a Prowler, with a
large dump bed capable of holding 300 pounds of anything
from kitty litter to pirate’s treasure. You can put another 100
pounds of priceless artifacts on the front rack. There’s also a
20-pound hidden compartment on the side.

ARCTIC CAT 550 ($7999)
This shares its chassis with other Arctic Cat models like
the 1000 and 700, but it contains the 545cc H1 engine,with its
single overhead cam and electronic fuel injection. Its racks
are good, old-fashion steel, not plastic, and can carry a total
of 300 pounds. The next level up is the 550XT, which sells for
$9299 and gives you power steering and real paint. The
Limited gives you upgrades, including a winch for $9799.

ARCTIC CAT XC450 ($7299)

This is a different breed of ’Cat, designed to not only get
through tough terrain, but to do it quickly. The XC is rooted
in the same kind of thinking as the Can-AmRenegades and
the Polaris Scrambler, but with a much smaller motor. The
Arctic Cat has a 443cc, OHC, four-valve motor with a CV
transmission. Travel at both ends is 7 inches, The XC comes
with 12 inch aluminum wheels and a front bumper.

ARCTIC CAT 500 ($6199)

Arctic Cat’s 500 is a crossbreed between two other models.
It has the same chassis as the higher-priced models,
but it has the motor from the 450, actually displacing
443cc. The 500 moniker simply provides an easy way to
give this model its own identity. The core model is $200
less for 2014. There’s also a 500XT for $7399 that gives you
upgraded wheels, tires and paint but no power steering.

ARCTIC CAT 450 ($5999)
This has the same 443cc motor as the Arctic Cat 500, but
it has a very different personality. It’s smaller in most
dimensions and about 50 pounds lighter. Both racks are
steel and have a combined capacity of 225 pounds. All the
Arctic Cat 4x4s have a 2-inch receiver as standard equipment,
and it can accept a variety of Arctic Cat’s
SPEEDPoint attachments or tow a 1050-pound trailer.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000X mr ($14,399)

This has to be themost wicked-looking 4×4 there is. The X
mr line is Can-Am’s way of dealing with bottomless mud.
There’s an 82-horsepower V-twin Rotax motor in a SST G2
frame at the core of a chassis designed for slime survival.
The radiator is relocated, power steering is standard, and it
comes with a winch, Air Control Fox suspension and 30-
inch Silverback tires on cast-aluminum wheels.

ARCTIC CAT 400 ($5699)

For an entry-level 4×4, the Arcitc Cat 400 has pretty
good credentials. It has push-button four-wheel drive, digital
gauges, steel racks and double-A-arm suspension all
the way around. The motor itself is a modest, 366cc, aircooled
four-stroke that uses a carburetor to mix its fuel. It
does have an overhead cam and four valves. The racks
are steel, and the towing capacity is 1050 pounds.

CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000R X xc/800R X xc ($13,549/$12,499)

Racing a big 4×4 isn’t that unusual; whenever there are
two of anything, they get raced. But to have a big V-twin,
four-wheel-drive ATV that was designed with racing in
mind, that’s unusual. The Can-Am Renegade X xc models
are competition-oriented at heart and are offered in 976cc or
800cc. Both have power steering, Fox suspension, beadlock
wheels and bumpers in striking yellow and black styling.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000 DPS ($11,499)

As the pride of the Outlander line, the base 1000 is only
available in the Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) package.
Aside from power steering, this level gets QE auto-locking
front differential (QE is for Quick Engagement) and 12-inch
cast wheels. This year the twin-chamber airbox is new. The
XT with a winch and upgraded tires is $12,099. The XT-P
has Fox shocks, beadlocks and sportier styling for $14,099.

CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000/800R ($11,049/$9999)

Can-Am took a four-wheel-drive utility quad and made
it sexy. The Renegade has the motor and frame from the
Outlander underneath a very sporty exterior. The racks
came off, the suspension was upgraded and the Rotax Vtwin
engine sounds better than ever, in both 800cc and
976cc options. The new models get a bigger twin-chamber
airbox, larger radiators and a relocated battery.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 650X mr ($10,399)
This is just as wild-looking as the Can-Am Outlander
1000X mr. It, too, is designed to go mud diving and cross
most water bodies that don’t have “ocean” in their names.
It’s based on the 650cc version of the Rotax V-twin that
powers most of the big Can-Ams. The output is rated at 62
horsepower. It also has the same winch and wheels as the
1000, but with smaller tires and different suspension.


There are four different packages for the Outlander
800R. All have the 71-horsepower Rotax V-twin motor with
on-demand four-wheel drive in a surrounding spar frame.
For the power-steering package with other upgrades, the
price is $10,449. The XT package is highlighted by a 3000-
poundWarn winch and sells for $11,049. The sportier XT-P
brings Fox suspension to the table for $13,049.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 650 ($8699)

The 650cc Rotax V-twin motor is available in three differentOutlander
packages. The basemodel has dual A-arms
in front and trailing arms in the rear. The DPS package is
defined by power steering, plus other upgrades, and is
$900 more. The most significant addition for the $10,199 XT
is the 3000-pound Warn winch. There are additional
charges for automotive paint in premium colors or camo.

CAN-AM RENEGADE 500 ($8149)

Even though this Renegade has the smaller Rotax VTwin
motor, it still gets the same chassis as the 1000 and
850. It’s a sportier 4×4 with independent brakes and ITP
Holeshot ATR sport radial tires on cast-aluminum wheels.
The 500cc version doesn’t get the HPG piggyback shocks,
but it still has long-travel double-A-arm suspension in
front and torsional trailing arm suspension in the rear.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500 ($7799)
This year all the Outlanders got larger radiators and a
dual-chamber airbox. The 500ccmotor is smaller but shares
its V-twin layout with the 650, 800 and 1000cc models. The
chassis for the 500 is nowthe same as that of the largerCan-
Ams. For the DPS model with power steering and upgraded
wheels, add $900. The XT is $9299 for all that, plus a
winch and more, and there’s a $500 premium for camo.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 400 ($6799)

This is the sole remaining Outlander single-seater with
the MacPherson-strut chassis and a single-cylinder Rotax
motor. It still has most of the features of the bigger Can-
Ams, like Siemens fuel injection, a CV transmission with
auto-locking front differential and Can-Am’s digitally
encoded security system. The XT version sells for $7849
and comes in yellow.

CFMOTO C-FORCE 500 ($4999)

This is the only single-seatmodel offered by CFMoto, an
Asian manufacturer that is well known in other parts of
the world. The 500 is a value-oriented model that gives
you push-button four-wheel drive, front differential lock,
alloy wheels and independent suspension on all four corners
for the price of a 4×2. The motor is a modern fourvalve
four-stroke with fuel injection.

As corporate flagships go, the Honda Rincon is somewhat
modest. It has a fuel-injected, longitudinal motor that
displaces 675cc and has an automotive-style automatic
transmission. It’s a very capable 4×4, but offers little in the
way of options. Honda doesn’t have power steering for this
model, a front diff-lock or any limited-edition packages. You
can add upgrades like winches and trunks one at a time.


Honda never quitewarmed up to the idea of belt-and-pulley
CV transmissions, which is why the Rubicon came into
being. This has an automotive-style transmission hooked up
to a carbureted, 499cc, liquid-cooledmotorwith Honda’s longitudinally
oriented crankshaft. Power steering is an additional
$700. Honda doesn’t have limited-edition packages,
but you can get individual options like the $530 winch kit.

Three years ago the Foreman got a new fuel-injected
motor. Now Honda has finished the job with a new chassis,
a new look and a series of significant updates. The
475cc motor got a more efficient fuel-injection delivery, the
suspension travel was increased and the biggest news of
all is the arrival of electronic front differential lock. This is
a first for a Honda ATV and long overdue.

Honda has seven different models that are called
“Ranchers.” The various versions are defined by a series of
options: you can have a manual gearbox, push-button
shifting (ESP) or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. You
can have either swingarm rear suspension or IRS. And,
there’s also a power-steering option. The price can be as
low as $5199 for a 2WD base model to $7799 for everything.


Kawasaki’s biggest Brute has become its only 4x4model
for 2014, as the 650 and the 360 models are on hiatus for
now. The Brute Force 750 remains Japan’s biggest, most
powerful ATV, with a fuel-injected V-twin motor similar to
the one in the Teryx UTV. The 750 comes in two different
packages. The standard version is fairly upscale, with
alloy wheels, and the EPS gets power steering for $10,599.

KYMCO MXU 700i ($8599)
Taiwan-based Kymco is a step higher on the quality ladder
than most products from “over there” and even builds
products for companies like Kawasaki, Arctic Cat and BMW.
The 700i can go toe to toe with other premium4x4s, with fuel
injection and a CV transmission that offers high, low,
reverse, park, on-demand 4WD and diff-lock. The LE version
has upgraded paint, wheels, tires and a winch for $9300.

KYMCO MXU 500i ($7499)

This is a fairly new Kymco model with a fuel-injected,
double-overhead-cam motor that produces a claimed 36
horsepower. It shares its chassis with the new-last-year
700i. That chassis has independent double A-arm suspension
all the way around and is surprisingly high quality.
Kymco is holding its price steady for 2014. The LE version is
$8299, giving upgrades in wheels, tires, paint and a winch.

KYMCO MXU 450i ($6399)
Kymco gives you the fuel-injected 450 as kind of a cross
betweenthe older 500 andthenewer version. The 433ccmotor
makes power similar to the carbureted 500, and it’s in a chassis
similar to that of the 500 too. So, it’s lighter and has more
suspension travel than the new 500i. The 450i also has an LE
version for the asking that gives you paint, upgraded wheels
and tires, plus a winch. All that sells for only $300 more.


This is the Kymco that gives you the most for the least.
It has the older chassis and a carbureted motor. But, the
output isn’t that far off the new 500i, and it’s 64 pounds
lighter with longer suspension travel and more fuel
capacity. When you consider that the price is $1500 less
than its sibling, you can deal with a slightly older body


At the peak of the Sportsman line is the XP 850 with its
high-horsepower, fuel-injected, twin-cylinder motor. This
year the 850 comes with power steering as standard equipment.
The XP nowhas the same suspension design thatwas
introduced on the Scrambler 850 last year, which greatly
reduces scrub as the wheel travels through its stroke.
Premium colors and packages are available for an additional

Even though the Big Boss has been a successfulmainstay
in the Polaris line for a long time, it’s still one of a kind. It can
do the work of one-and-a-half regular ATVs with its sixwheel
drive, 800 pounds of bed capacity, 100 pounds of
front-rack payload, 1500 pounds of towing ability and 6.5
gallons of front storage. The Big Boss has MacPherson strut
front suspension and dualA-arms for those big rearwheels.


Last year the Scrambler hit the scene and proved to be
an instant hit. It’s a stripped Sportsman with small racks,
premium suspension and a racy attitude. The Scrambler’s
low-scrub rear suspension configuration was such a success
that Polaris used the same design on its two premium
Sportsman models for 2014. There’s a LE version with
power steering and other upgrades for $11,999.


Even with the new 570 encroaching on its turf, the 550
remains the premium mid-size model in the Polaris line. It
has the newer chassis with double-A-arm suspension in
front and, for 2014, power steering is standard equipment.
The rear suspension has also been redesigned and has a 42
percent reduction in the track change (scrub) through the
range of its travel. The 550 Browning LE will sell for $9499.

Polaris doesn’t like to leave anyone or anything behind.
The 800 remains in the line side by side with the 850. It has
a MacPherson-strut chassis with the older 760cc twin-cylinder
motor that was the top of the line for years. Now the 800
is the head of the “value” line. It’s $2500 less than the 850 and
is still a formidablemachine in its own right. It’s available in
blue or green, but doesn’t have a power-steering option.


We’re stunned to report that the legendary Sportsman
500, one of the best-selling ATVs since 1996, is gone. In its
place is a new value-oriented 570. It has a chassis similar
to the 500s, but at its center is the Pro-Star 570 motor
already seen in the RZR 570. It boosts a 22 percent
increase in power over the 500. A power-steering version
is available for $7299, and camouflage adds another $400.


The Sportsman 400 remains a spectacular value in the
Polaris line. The liquid-cooledmotor actuallymeasures 455cc
in displacement. It survives as the only carbureted model in
the company’s 4×4 offerings. The chassis uses MacPhersonstrut
front suspension and has 6.5 gallons of integrated storage.
The combined rack capacity is 280 pounds, and it can
tow 1225 pounds. No power steering option.


Suzuki’s big KingQuad still has the biggest single-cylinder
motor in the business with a piston that measures
104mm across. That’s basically a paint can. The standard
package gives you independent suspension and fuel injection.
The power steeringmodel sells for $9499. There’s also a
Limited Edition with special trim for $9099. You can get both
in the Limited Edition Power Steering version for $9899.

SUZUKI KINGQUAD 400ASi/400FSi ($6499)

Suzuki’s 400 4×4 has a 376cc, air-cooled engine in a
chassis that has independent, double-A-arm suspension
in front and a swingarm in the rear with two small shocks
mounted side by side. The difference between the ASi
and the FSi is the transmission. The ASi has an automatic
CV transmission, while the FSi is manual shift. A camo
version is available for $400 more.


Back when the earth’s crust was still sticky, Suzuki invented
themodern ATV four-wheeler, and there’s still some internal
company pride that goes with that. That’s why the big
Suzuki 4x4s are called Kings, and the 500 shows that kind of
pride. It has the same chassis as the 750 with independent
suspension, but the EFI engine is less overkill at 493cc. Power
steering is a $700 premium, and camo is another $400.

Yamaha went a little crazy grooming its big Grizzly for
2014. It got a new cylinder head and ECU settings along
with a new piston and higher compression. The suspension
got revamped with longer travel, and the steering
geometry was changed. It’s still a mighty beast, and you
can get itwith power steering for an extra $600. The Stealth
Edition is an EPS model in blackout styling for $10,099.

The 550 didn’t get the upgrades that graced its big
brother this year, but it remains at the top of its class in
sheer off-road ability. The chassis of the two machines
remain nearly identical, with only mild differences in suspension.
The 550 is available in a power-steering version
with variations in trim for $8899, and you can also get a
camo model for another $500.

The Grizzly 450 has a 421cc, liquid-cooled, overhead-cam
motor with fuel injection, a CV transmission, push-button
diff-lock and all the credentials that allow it to follow larger
4x4s anywhere, but the IRS chassis is smaller in every
dimension. Unlike many ATVs in this category, the Yamaha
can be hadwith power steering for an additional $800. And,
like all the Grizzlys, it is assembled in Newnan, Georgia.

Yamaha dropped the 300 4×2, but the price of the littlest
Grizzly 4×4 is holding steady for 2014 to fill the low-cost
utility void. The air-cooled overhead cam motor is still carbureted,
but is hooked up to a CV transmission with pushbutton
four-wheel drive. The front suspension is double Aarm,
and the rear has a swingarm and solid axle.
Yamaha offers a camo model for an additional $400.