BUYER’S GUIDE: 2016 4×4 ATVs
Another year has passed, which means new and exciting ATV models have hit the market. Nowadays, these machines are coming with more features at better price points. Power steering is becoming a standard feature on a lot of new machines, which is a nice thing to have.
The 4×4 market is gaining new models every year, which is a major plus; unfortunately, the sport-quad side of things is beginning to dwindle. There are less offerings of sport ATVs than we have seen in a long time. Yamaha’s Raptor 250 and 125 have become more difficult to find, along with Kawasaki’s KFX450 and Can-Am’s DS 450, but they are out there, so contact your local dealer and they can help locate them for you. Some machines aren’t getting updated this year, like Honda’s TRX450R that remains unchanged from previous years with its steel frame and carburetor. We hope that as time goes on we will see more thrilling sport ATVs hit the market again as technology keeps advancing.
However, there are still great options to choose from at great prices. Assembled in the pages that follow are photos, prices and descriptions of over 80 ATVs that are out for 2016.
The prices listed are base MSRP, so depending on your destination, better deals await you.
Apex: (480) 507-5050, www.apexatv.com
Arctic Cat: (218) 681-9851, www.arcticcat.com
Can-Am: (715) 848-4957, www.canam.brp.com
CFMoto: (888) 823-6686, www.cfmotous.com
Hisun: (972) 446-0760, www.hisunmotors.com
Honda: (310) 783-2000, www.powersports.honda.com
Kawasaki: (949) 770-0400, www.kawasaki.com
Kymco: (864) 327-4744, www.kymcousa.com
Polaris: (888) 704-5290, www.polarisindustries.com
Suzuki: (714) 996-7040, www.suzuki-cycles.com
Yamaha: (714) 761-7300, www.yamaha-motor.com
ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 700 LIMITED ($11,599)
Arctic Cat’s MudPro 700 is their version of a competition mud racer. It comes with their H1 695cc four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection. A 3000-pound Warn winch, front and rear heavy-duty bumpers and aluminum beadlock rims come standard. Power steering is also a standard feature, along with a snorkel kit for deep mudding.
ARCTIC CAT 1000 XT ($11,499)
A hefty, 951cc, V-twin engine with fuel injection powers this big-bore machine. Independent suspension keeps the ride soft in the front and rear, while hydraulic disc brakes help slow the 1000 XT down. Power steering and aluminum wheels come standard on Arctic Cat’s most powerful ATV. The 4×4 system comes with a locking front differential.
ARCTIC CAT TBX 700 ($10,499)
The TBX embodies the true definition of a utility ATV with a rear dump bed that can hold 300 pounds. It is powered by a 695cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder mill with electronic fuel injection. It comes with a towing ability of 1050 pounds through a 2-inch rear receiver. Power steering is a standard option on this workhorse.
ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 700 ($9,199)
Arctic Cat’s XR lineup got a name change to Alterra for 2016. This full-size Cat sports a 695cc, liquid-cooled powerplant with electronic fuel injection. Its 4×4 system has an electronic front locking differential, and each corner rides on coil-over shocks with independent suspension. The XT version with power steering will run an extra $1200 and comes with standard aluminum wheels and automotive paint.
ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 550 ($8,599)
The Alterra 550 shares the exact same frame and components of the 700, except a smaller-bore engine rests in its frame. The 545cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled four-stroke has electronic fuel injection and has enough power to get the job done. There is an XT version available for $9899 that comes with electronic power steering.
ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 500 XT ($8,999)
This Cat also shares the exact same frame and suspension DNA as its bigger-engine siblings. They don’t make a base model Alterra 500, just the XT version that has electronic power steering, automotive-style paint and aluminum wheels. Hydraulic disc brakes slow the whole Alterra line down.
ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 450 ($6,199)
Arctic Cat’s Alterra 450 is a more simplistic version of its bigger siblings. The 4×4 system does not come with a locking front differential. The suspension is stiff but still fully independent in the front and rear. Power steering is not an option on this machine, but it will still tow up to 1050 pounds from its 2-inch hitch receiver.
ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 400 ($5,799)
The Alterra 400 carries an air-cooled, 366cc, four-stroke engine that is reliable and durable. It shares the same frame and suspension as the Alterra 450, including its independent front and rear suspension and hydraulic disc brakes. It will tow up to 1050 pounds and hold 225 pounds between its front and rear racks.
ARTIC CAT XC 450 ($7,699)
The Arctic Cat XC 450 is what the Cat company considers to be their pure-sport-type 4×4. It has a 443cc, SOHC, four-stroke mill that is liquid-cooled and has electronic fuel injection. Like all the Cats in the 4×4 lineup, it has an automatic CVT transmission with reverse. This machine doesn’t come with racks, but it will tow up to 1050 pounds.
ARCTIC CAT 500 ($6,599)
Arctic Cat’s 500 provides all the useful qualities of a recreation/utility ATV. It has a strong engine with fuel injection, cargo racks to hold equipment and can tow up to 1050 pounds. Its 4×4 system comes with an electronic-locking front differential as well with independent suspension in the front and rear.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000R X mr/850 X mr ($14,299/$12,549)
Can-Am’s Outlander X mr series contains their biggest mudding machines. You can get this monster quad in two engine sizes, starting with the biggest 89-horsepower 1000R V-twin. Thirty-inch Gorilla Axle Silverback tires come on the 850 and 1000R, along with a 3000-pound Warn winch for sticky situations.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 6X6 XT ($13,649)
The Outlander 6×6 is a unique machine that has six wheels that all receive engine power to them from either their 650 or 1000 powerplants. It comes with Tri-mode power steering and a Visco-Lok system that will transfer power between the two front wheels, depending on loss of traction for a more reliable footprint. The big tilt-assisted dump bed can hold up to 700 pounds.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 650 X mr ($10,549)
This is one well-priced mudder. You get a relocated radiator to reduce the chance of your machine running too hot from mud buildup, and you get an elevated snorkel kit with the 650 X mr. Twenty-eight-inch Maxxis Mudzilla tires are wrapped around 12-inch wheels. A heavy-duty front bumper is included in the X mr package as well.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER XT-P 1000/850 ($14,349/$13,299)
If you are looking for a fully loaded ATV for dominating the trails, the Outlander XT-P most likely has what you need on it already. Heavy-duty bumpers, handguards, beadlock wheels, electronic power steering and even a Warn winch come on this machine. You can get the XT-P with Can-Am’s V-twin 1000 engine or their 850 mill.
CAN-AM RENEGADE X mr 1000R ($15,149)
Can-Am has another gnarly mud machine in the form of their Renegade 1000R. This X mr carries their 986cc V-twin engine with an automatic CVT transmission that has an extra low gear. Power steering, beadlock wheels with beefy mud tires and a 3000-pound Warn winch are standard features on this machine.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000 DPS ($11,499)
The Outlander line features this powerful machine, sporting an 89-horsepower Rotax 976cc V-twin engine that is liquid-cooled. The automatic CVT transmission puts power to all four wheels via shaft drive. The front differential has Visco-Lok QE technology that automatically puts power to the wheel with the most traction. Tri-mode electronic power steering comes standard on the Outlander 1000 DPS.
CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000R/850/570 ($11,249/$10,199/$8,349)
Can-Am considers the Renegade to be the most powerful ATV in the industry, and they aren’t too far off. Two of the engine options were beefed up from last year to an 850 instead of an 800, and 570 instead of a 500. The 1000R engine is also offered on this sporty 4×4. The suspension is tuned for a more aggressive riding style for pure fun in the trails.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 650 ($8,799)
The Outlander 650 could be considered the low man on the totem pole, but its far from it. It has a worthy 62-horsepower Rotax 650 engine with an automatic CVT transmission attached to it. Independent suspension comes on the front and rear of this machine, and upgraded models are available like the DPS model that comes with Tri-mode power steering.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER L X mr 570 ($8,549)
This affordable mud machine has what you need to play in the dirtiest terrain. Electronic power steering comes standard, along with cast-aluminum wheels with 28-inch Maxxis Mudzilla tires wrapped around them. A 48-horsepower 570cc engine rests in the Outlander L X mr’s frame with an automatic CVT transmission paired with it.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER L 570/450 ($6,999/$6,399)
The Outlander L series holds Can-Am’s most affordable ATVs. You have two engine sizes to choose from—fuelinjected 450 and 570 models are available. Independent suspension comes on the Outlander L in the front and rear, and the machine has a towing capacity of up to 1300 pounds. Power-steering models are available as well, even though this machine steers decently without it.
CFMOTO CFORCE 500 ($5,149)
This machine comes with a 493cc, single-cylinder, fourstroke engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection. The 4×4 system has a locking front differential feature and is shaftdriven out of an automatic CVT transmission with reverse. Fully independent suspension comes on the front and rear of this well-priced ATV.
HISUN FORGE 700/500 ($6,999/$5,999)
Hisun’s Forge 700 and 500 rely on the same body and frame. The only difference is that one has a 686cc fourstroke engine, while the Forge 500 holds a 471cc, singlecylinder four-stroke engine in its frame. Both machines use an automatic CVT-style transmission that powers all four wheels. An electronically locking front differential comes on both ATVs.
HISUN FORGE 400 ($4,999)
The Forge 400 has front independent dual-A-arm suspension with a swingarm in the rear. Hydraulic disc brakes come on the front and rear of this machine. The automatic CVT transmission helps power the 4×4 system that comes with a locking front differential. A 393cc, fuelinjected four-stroke engine resides in the Forge 400’s frame.
HONDA RINCON ($9,299)
The Rincon is Honda’s biggest-bore 4×4. It has a 675cc four-stroke motor and a three-speed transmission that can be manually or automatically shifted. The Rincon has independent front and rear suspension, but no powersteering option is available for this ATV. They changed the front A-arm setup to steel arms over aluminum for 2016.
HONDA RUBICON ($7,799)
The Honda Rubicon family has six members, and one of them is the electronic power-steering version that costs an additional $700. The powerplant in the Rubicon’s frame is a 475cc, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. The transmission can be electronically shifted or switched into full auto mode on some Rubicon models. Independent suspension comes on the front and rear of this machine.
HONDA FOREMAN ($7,099)
The Foreman has the same size engine as the Rubicon, but the suspension is different. The rear is a swingarm type suspension, while the front is an independent double A-arm style. The ride might not be as smooth as the Rubicon, but the 4×4 system has a locking front-differential and a manual transmission.
HONDA RANCHER 4X4 ($6,199)
The 420cc Honda Rancher 4×4 carries a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine in its frame paired with a manual transmission. You can purchase the ES version, which adds $250 to the price and an Electronic Shift Program. Power steering doesn’t come standard but can be included for an additional $700. Honda even offers another version that has independent rear suspension instead of a swingarm.
KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 750i ($8,999)
Kawasaki’s Brute Force is their big-bore sport-utility ATV. This machine has always packed a torquey punch out of its 749cc V-twin engine, which is electronically fuelinjected and liquid-cooled. The Brute Force comes with a selectable 4WD system with an electronic front differential that is lockable. It rides on independent front and rear suspension. You can get the power-steering version for another $1000.
KYMCO MXU 700i ($8,599)
Kymco’s biggest-bore ATV sports a 694cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled powerplant that is paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission that has reverse. The 4×4 system has a front locking differential that is electronically controlled. The suspension is fully independent front and rear on this machine.
KYMCO MXU 500i ($7,499)
The MXU 500i shares the same chassis as the MXU 700i. The machine has a 501cc, single-cylinder, liquidcooled engine that is also paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission with reverse. Kymco makes parts for Kawasaki machines, as well as other big-brand ATV manufacturers. They are quality machines, and the 700 and 500 come with standard power steering. LE versions are available with aluminum wheels, a winch and automotive paint.
KYMCO MXU 450i ($6,199)
Kymco’s MXU 450i pairs a 443cc, liquid-cooled fourstroke engine with an automatic CVT transmission that has reverse. Dual hydraulic disc brakes slow the front of this ATV down, while a single hydraulic disc brake stops the rear tires from spinning. It is a decent workhorse and can tow up to 1050 pounds.
KYMCO MAXXER 450i ($6,999)
The Maxxer 450i is Kymco’s take at a sporty 4×4 ATV, and they did a great job. The suspension is fully independent in the front and rear with five-way adjustable shocks with dual-rate springs. The transmission is an automatic CVT style, and the machine has engine braking for more control down hills. The 443cc four-stroke engine is electronically fuel injected.
POLARIS SCRAMBLER XP 1000/850 ($13,299/$9,499)
Polaris’s Scrambler line holds their pure-sport 4×4 ATVs. The XP 1000 holds a 952cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder four-stroke engine that is electronically fuel-injected. DualA-arm suspension is found in the front and rear of these machines. Power steering comes standard on both, and an On-Demand AWD/2WD system rotates the wheels of the Scramblers.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000/850 HIGH LIFTER EDITION ($13,999/$9,999)
For fans of mud sports, Polaris teamed up with High Lifter to bring two full-on mud wranglers to their 2016 lineup. They both have snorkel kits for diving deep into the muck and relocated radiators that rest on the front racks to reduce debris getting lodged in them. The XP 1000 has sturdy front and rear bumpers, high-clearance suspension and a 3500-pound winch.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000 ($11,699)
The Sportsman XP 1000 has a powerful 88-horsepower ProStar, twin-cylinder engine and On-Demand all-wheel drive. Power steering comes standard on this powerhouse, and independent suspension softens the ride up front and in the rear of the machine. Cast-aluminum wheels come standard on this ATV as well.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850/850 SP ($8,499/$9,999)
Another strong contender in Polaris’ ATV lineup is the Sportsman 850. A true 850cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder powerplant rests in its frame. Power steering doesn’t come standard on the 850. Electronic power steering, aluminum wheels and active descent control come on the 850 SP.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570/570 SP ($6,599/$8,599)
Just like the 850 and 850 SP, the Sportsman 570 and 570 SP share many of the same features, like a 44-horsepower ProStar engine that is liquid-cooled, but they are also different. The SP version comes with active descent control and an engine braking system. Power steering and aluminum wheels are also standard features on the SP model of the 570.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 450 H.0. ($5,999)
The Sportsman 450 H.O., once known as the ETX, is one well-priced machine. It comes with an all-wheel-drive system powered by an automatic CVT transmission and a 31-horsepower ProStar engine. Independent suspension comes on the front and rear of this ATV. There is no active descent control or power steering on the 450 H.O. but it doesn’t really need it.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 750AXi ($8,599)
Suzuki’s big-bore ATV, the KingQuad 750AXi, holds a 722cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke powerplant in its frame. The 4×4 comes with an electronically locking front differential that is powered through an automatic CVT-type transmission. Independent suspension softens the ride on the front and rear of this machine. The power-steering model will cost an extra $600.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 500AXi ($7,399)
This machine shares the same frame and suspension as the KingQuad 750AXi, but holds a smaller 493cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that has electronic fuel injection. Like the 750, a front locking differential comes on the 500’s 4×4 system. The wheels are shaft-driven out of its automatic CVT transmission that comes with reverse. The EPS model costs an additional $600.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 400ASi/FSi ($6,499/$6,499)
The main difference between these two machines is that one model has an automatic transmission while the FSi comes with a five-speed manual transmission. Both machines share the same independent front suspension with a rear swingarm. There is a switch on the handlebars to select between two- and four-wheel drive. The engine is a 376cc four-stroke mill that is liquid-cooled.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 ($8,899)
For 2016 Yamaha gave their Grizzly a major facelift, with plastics changes, a new 708cc engine, stronger axles, bigger tires and a redesigned clutch system that provides more power when you need it. You can purchase the electronic power-steering version of this big bear for an additional $700. If you want power, performance and reliability, the Grizzly is a great way to go.
YAMAHA KODIAK 700 ($6,999)
An old name but very new addition has been added to the Yamaha ATV family called the Kodiak 700. It isn’t quite as big as the Grizzly, which helps inexperienced riders pilot the machine. The automatic CVT-style transmission has been clutched lower, so the rpm is down for reduced noise with hunting and utility purposes. The EPS version can be purchased for an additional $1200.