2016 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: Sport
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
Hisun: (972) 446-0760, www.hisunmotors.com
Honda: (310) 783-2000, www.powersports.honda.com
John Deere: www.deere.com
Kawasaki: (949) 770-0400, www.kawasaki.com
Kymco: (864) 327-4744, www.kymcousa.com
Pitster Pro: (801) 796-7416, www.pitsterpro.com
Polaris: (888) 704-5290, www.polarisindustries.com
SSR: (562) 926-2888, www.ssrmotorsports.com
Yamaha: (714) 761-7300, www.yamahamotor.com
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT 4X ($20,999)
The Wildcat 4X is Arctic Cat’s family-fun machine. It seats four with their sport platform. The engine is a 951cc V-twin four-stroke that puts power out through an automatic CVT-type transmission. The suspension boasts 17 inches of wheel travel in the front and 18 inches in the rear through JRI shocks. When you’re taking your friends or family up steep terrain, the 4×4 system has a front-locking differential for more traction.
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT X/LTD/SE ($17,499/$19,999/$19,999)
Arctic Cat’s Wildcat is their premier sport machine. It comes in three options—the Wildcat X, X LTD and X SE. The SE and LTD versions sport beadlock wheels with matching color schemes and sport bumpers. All three models come with Electronic Power Steering as a standard option and full-back sport-type seats. A performance Team Rapid Response clutch comes on the CVT transmission.
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT ($13,599)
The Wildcat Sport is a 60-inch-wide performance-oriented UTV. It has a 700cc, twin-cylinder, four-stroke powerplant resting in its frame with a sport-tuned automatic CVT transmission. Double-A-arm suspension softens the ride on all four corners of the Wildcat Sport with over 12 inches of wheel travel. The Sport’s 4×4 system has a locking front differential for sticky or tricky situations. The Limited and XT models are available and come with power steering.
ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL ($11,999)
For all of those UTV drivers that prefer the woods and tight trails, the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail provides great power and performance in a 50-inch-wide stance. Just like the Wildcat Sport, the Trail has a 700cc engine that powers all four wheels through a CVT-style transmission. There are XT and Limited models that come with EPS standard for $14,599 and $15,999.
CAN-AM MAVERICK X mr ($20,949)
When it comes to messing around in the mud, the Maverick X mr is simply built for it. A 101-horsepower Rotax V-twin, four-stroke engine powers this mud slinging machine. 30 inch Gorilla Axle Silverback tires help the X mr claw through the stickiest situations. Fully adjustable Fox Podium shocks suspend this Maverick with front Dual A-arms and independent rear suspension.
CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX X ds ($25,099)
When it comes to four-seater sport UTVs, the Can-Am Maverick Max X ds is one of the best for the desert. It comes with beadlock wheels and performance-tuned suspension. Fox RC2 shocks suspend the Max X ds. If you want more power, spend an extra $3600 and you can get the 131-horsepower Rotax engine option. Power steering comes standard on both machines.
CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX X rs ($26,599)
The top dog on Can-Am’s four-seater line is the Maverick Max X rs Turbo. This machine features a 131-horsepower engine, which is plenty of ponies for fun. Sport-tuned suspension, beadlock wheels and a performance exhaust system comes standard on this machine. Tri-Mode electronic power steering is another factory-installed feature on the desert-riding-inspired Maverick Max X rs.
CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX DPS ($19,499)
The low man on the totem pole for the four-seat sport machine is the Maverick Max DPS. Can-Am’s dynamic Tri-Mode electronic power steering is a standard feature. Sport-inspired high-back seats keep all four rides secure for sport riding. A 101-horsepower, 976cc, V-twin engine that is electronically fuel-injected powers the Max DPS through an automatic CVT-style transmission. It’s fun for the whole family and your friends.
CAN-AM MAVERICK X ds TURBO ($22,999)
The Maverick X ds Turbo boasts a 131-horsepower, 976cc, V-twin engine that is turbocharged. This electronic fuel-injected sport UTV comes with Can-Am’s Tri-Mode power steering standard, along with 14-inch beadlock wheels that have 28-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires wrapped around them. You can purchase the Maverick X ds 1000 for $3500 less than the turbocharged model.
CAN-AM MAVERICK X rs TURBO ($23,999)
When it comes to power and performance, the Maverick X rs Turbo is the top of the line for Can-Am. It comes with sport-tuned suspension designed for rough, high-speed desert riding with Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 coil-over shocks. A Yoshimura exhaust and electronic power steering are standard features on this high-performance machine. This model comes in a black-and-red color scheme.
CAN-AM MAVERICK X xc DPS ($18,499)
Tight trails and woodsy terrain are what this machine is made for. If you want power and performance of a Maverick 1000R in a 60-inch-wide platform, the X xc model may be right for you. It comes with beadlock wheels, electronic power steering and an auto-locking front differential. A dual-A-arm design gives the X xc a soft ride in the front suspension with torsional trailing A-arms in the rear.
CAN-AM MAVERICK ($16,399)
The base-model Maverick is nothing to laugh at. It comes with 14 inches of wheel travel on all four corners with Fox 2.0 Podium C shocks. A 101-horsepower, 976cc, V-twin, four-stroke engine powers this sport-type UTV. You can get the DPS, electronic power-steering model for an extra $1050. This machine is electronically fuel-injected and has Can-Am’s intelligent throttle control.
CAN-AM COMMANDER MAX LIMITED ($21,949)
The Commander lineup bridges sport performance with utility. The Max Limited comes with great standard features, including a GPS unit, half windshield, roof, winch, heavy-duty front bumper and bed rails installed in the rear cargo box. Tri-Mode electronic power steering is also a standard feature on the Commander Max Limited. A lot of great features come on this machine for a good price.
CAN-AM COMMANDER MAX DPS ($15,149)
Can-Am’s Commander Max DPS comes with two engine options. Their 799cc or 976cc V-twin four-stroke engines power all four wheels through an automatic CVT-style transmission. Both versions come with electronic power steering, along with an auto-locking front differential for traversing steep or messy terrain. Ten inches of wheel travel soften the Commander Max’s ride through double-A-arm front suspension and independent rear suspension.
CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P ($17,549)
Can-Am’s Commander XT-P is the equivalent of purchasing a luxury car. It comes with a lot of standard features, along with a 976cc, Rotax V-twin, four-stroke engine that produces 85 horsepower. Power steering, 12-inch beadlock wheels, heavy-duty front bumper, rock sliders, mud guards and a Warn winch come on the XT-P. This is a recreational/utility side-by-side that almost has everything you would want for great riding.
CAN-AM COMMANDER DPS ($13,149)
If you want a machine that is utility-capable yet can still be fun out on the trails, the Commander DPS is a smart choice. It comes with electronic power steering as standard equipment. Aluminum wheels with 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires help this machine gain solid traction in many different types of terrain. It has an 11-inch ground clearance for trekking rough trails. There is 10 inches of suspension wheel travel on all four corners for a smooth ride.
CAN-AM COMMANDER ($11,999)
This well-priced rec/utility vehicle sports fully independent suspension on all four corners for a good ride on the trails or around the farm. In the rear is a dual-level cargo box that can hold 400 pounds in the top layer and 200 on the bottom layer. This machine can tow up to 1500 pounds through a rear receiver. The powerplant is a 799cc, Rotax V-twin, four-stroke that is fuel-injected and liquid-cooled.
CFMOTO ZFORCE 800EX ($10,499)
The ZForce 800EX comes with a 63-horsepower, 800cc, V-twin, four-stroke engine that is fuel-injected and paired with an automatic-style CVT transmission that has engine-braking capabilities. A 3000-pound winch comes standard on this model, along with a contoured roof and stainless steel bumpers. The electronic power-steering version goes for $11,299.
CFMOTO ZFORCE 800 ($9,699)
If you want a CFMOTO machine that fits well on tighter trails but still has the power of an 800cc engine, then the ZForce 800 is the way to go. It is 51.2 inches wide, which gives it more maneuverability and control in tight terrain. Dual-A-arm suspension with adjustable coil-over shocks are on all four corners of this machine, along with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes to help slow it down. Upgrade to electronic power steering for an extra $800.
CFMOTO ZFORCE 600EX/600 ($9,299/$8,449)
Just like the ZForce 800cc models, CFMoto has a 600EX with a 62-inch-wide platform for sport riding and the 600 that is 51 inches wide for tight trail riding. They share the same 594cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is electronically fuel-injected that is paired with an automatic CVT transmission and a 4×4 system that has a front-locking differential. Double-A-arm suspension rests on all four corners for a sporty ride on both models.
HISUN STRIKE 1000 CREW ($15,999)
HiSun has a sporty four-seater UTV called the Strike 1000 Crew. It carries a 976cc V-twin four-stroke engine that is electronically fuel-injected that is paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission. It rides on dual-A-arm suspension in the front and rear, with dual hydraulic disc brakes to help slow it down in the front and rear of the machine. They also have two utility-style crew machines more oriented for work called the HS 800 and 700 Crew.
HISUN STRIKE 1000 ($13,999)
Another sport-oriented machine from Hisun is their Strike 1000. It shares the same 976cc four-stroke powerplant that the Crew model comes with. It has a locking front differential in its 4×4 system that can also be switched to two-wheel drive. A 3500-pound winch, aluminum wheels, a roof and windshield are all standard features, including electronic power steering. Hisun also carries their Strike 800 model for $10,499.
HISUN STRIKE 250 ($4,549)
The Strike 250 comes with a lot of standard features for a mini UTV. It has enough room for an adult to pilot, but would be a very tight fit. A roof, windshield, lights, front bumper, rear view mirrors, half doors and a winch are all standard on this machine. A 229cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine that is electronically fuel-injected powers the Strike. This two-wheel-drive machine has dual A-arm front suspension and a rear swing arm. The $4,749 Sector 250 is another machine in Hisun’s lineup.
JOHN DEERE RSX850i ($11,999)
The RSX850i is a recreational utility machine that John Deere has three different versions of. All three models come with a 62-horsepower four-stroke engine paired with an automatic CVT transmission. The Sport model goes for $14,699 and tacks on a heavy-duty front bumper with winch and aluminum wheels. The Trail version that goes for $14,749 comes with heavy-duty front and rear bumpers in a camouflaged finish. There is a RSX860i for $12,299 with power steering available.
JOHN DEERE XUV550 ($9,739)
John Deere’s XUV550 is a well-priced utility UTV that comes with decent standard features. The engine isn’t that powerful with a top speed of 28 miles per hour. It holds a 570cc, air-cooled, V-twin four-stroke engine in its frame, paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission. It comes standard with heavy-duty bumpers, aluminum wheels and a winch. There is a four-seat crew version that starts at $9,739.
KAWASAKI TERYX4 ($15,799)
For 2016 Kawasaki remodeled the front plastics of the Teryx line. It still sports a 783cc V-twin engine that is liquid-cooled and has a CVT transmission paired with it. The front suspension is a dual-A-arm type with Fox Podium shocks to provide a smooth ride. The rear suspension is independent and runs Fox shocks with 8.3 inches of wheel travel. The Teryx4 seats four and is designed to be a sport-utility machine.
KAWASAKI TERYX ($12,999)
The Kawasaki Teryx shares a lot of the same features as its four-seater counterpart, but is short in length to fit on tighter trails and over rougher terrain. Electronic power steering is a standard feature on this machine, as well as three-tone bucket seats. The 4×4 drive system has an electronic-locking front differential for when the going gets rough. The rear cargo bed can hold up to 600 pounds, making this a recreational utility vehicle.
PITSTER PRO MOJAVE ($3,799)
This little UTV packs a punch when it comes to standard features on a mini machine. For starters, the Lil Mojave has a Baja-style roll cage, front and rear bumpers, as well as nerf bars for protection. There is a throttle limiter, tilt steering wheel, adjustable driver seat and comes with two cup holders. There is a light kit that has optional turn signals. Aluminum wheels are also a standard feature on this mini UTV.
POLARIS RZR XP TURBO ($24,999)
Polaris introduced a big hitter for 2016 with the RZR XP Turbo. It sports a 925cc, twin-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is turbocharged and puts out 144 horsepower. That’s the highest horsepower rating from any manufacturer. It sports Fox 2.5 Podium shocks in the front with 16 inches of wheel travel, and it has Fox 3.0 Podium shocks in the rear with 18 inches of wheel travel for high-performance driving.
POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO ($27,499)
Polaris couldn’t offer their most powerful engine system in only a two-seater platform, so they released the RZR XP 4 Turbo. This machine has aluminum wheels with 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires wrapped around them. It has a new hydraulic braking system that utilizes three-piston front calipers and dual-piston rear calipers for great stopping power. Now you can take your family and friends around in the most powerful four-seater off the showroom floor.
POLARIS RZR XP 4 1000/1000 ($22,299/$20,299)
Polaris is still offering there infamous XP 1000 line that sports a 999cc, ProStar, twin-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is electronically fuel-injected and comes paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission. You can get the RZR XP 1000 in the two- or four-seat versions that ride on independent suspension on all four corners. Electronic power steering comes standard on both models.
POLARIS RZR XP 1000 HIGH LIFTER ($23,499)
Polaris and High Lifter have a great partnership with their competition-style mud machines. They have the two -seat XP 1000 HL and now a RZR XP 4 1000 HL Edition that goes for $25,699. Both machines have high-mounted intake and vent lines so you can go deep, and 29.5-inch-tall High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires provide the traction you need in the deepest holes. A 4500-pound winch comes standard on both machines, along with a heavy-duty bumper.
POLARIS RZR S 1000/900 EPS ($17,999/$16,499)
For 2016 Polaris released a new RZR S 1000 EPS model. The 60-inch-wide S 900 was already a fast, well-handling machine, and giving it more power certainly adds to the fun factor even though it’s not needed. The RZR S line comes with dual-A-arm suspension in the front and rear with over 12 inches of wheel travel. You can get the RZR S 900 without electronic power steering for $14,699.
POLARIS RZR 4 900 S ($18,299)
This four-seater carries the same 75-horsepower ProStar 900 engine that resides in the front of the RZR 900 S. It is a 60-inch-wide machine that has been stretched to add two more seats so you can take your friends and family members along with you on the trails. It has fully independent suspension in the front and rear that is a dual-A-arm design for a smooth ride. Sport-type high-back seats come in the RZR 4 900 S to keep you comfortable and held in place for aggressive riding. EPS comes standard.
POLARIS RZR 900 XC ($17,299)
If you want power and performance to tackle tight trails and tricky terrain, the RZR 900 XC is a strong contender. It comes with a 55-inch width so it’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Aluminum wheels with 27-inch-tall GBC Dirt Commander tires provide good traction, and electronic power steering is a standard feature on this machine. The 50-inch-wide RZR 900 goes for $12,799 without power steering.
POLARIS RZR 570 ($10,299)
The RZR 570 carries a 567cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is liquid-cooled and has electronic power steering. An automatic CVT transmission helps disperse power to the differentials. Dual-A-arm suspension is found on the front and rear of the RZR 570, with 9 inches of wheel travel in the front and 9.5 inches in the rear. You can get the 570 with electronic power steering for $12,299.
POLARIS RZR 170 ($4,699)
The RZR 170 is Polaris’ smallest UTV in their lineup. It has an electronically fuel-injected, 169cc, four-stroke engine. It’s designed for your young ones to have a good time and take their friend or sibling around for a ride. Its a rear-wheel-drive machine with swingarm rear suspension and single-A-arm front suspension. Braking consists of a four-wheel hydraulic disc system.
POLARIS ACE 900 SP ($11,499)
The Polaris Ace is the most revolutionary single-seat UTV in terms of performance from the factory. It has an all-wheel-drive system in a compact size that fits on 50-inch-wide trail systems. The new 2016 Ace 900 SP just brought this machine up a notch. It has power for days out of a 875cc, twin-cylinder, four-stroke mill. If you step hard on the throttle the Ace 900 can bring its front wheels off the ground with ease.
POLARIS ACE 570 ($8,499)
The Ace 570 has all the power you need in this single-seater platform. The 45-horsepower ProStar engine with an automatic CVT-style transmission provide this machine with a decent amount of get-up-and-go power. It’s a blast in the trails and very capable in many different types of terrain. There is an SP version of the Ace 570 that costs $9999 that adds aluminum wheels and a nice camouflage finish to it, along with half doors.
POLARIS ACE ($7,499)
The Ace was designed to be a recreational utility machine that is as wide as their Sportsman 570 quad so it can fit on tight trails, yet is easy to pilot with a steering wheel and pedals while surrounding the driver with a protective roll cage. It has a comfortable high-back seat that is adjustable, along with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The Polaris Ace provides a unique driving experience.
SSR SRU600LT ($8,599)
The SRU600LT is a recreational utility UTV that SSR designed to be more sport-oriented. It has bucket seats with five-point seat restraints so you stay strapped in tight at all times. The front suspension is a dual-A-arm design with 13 inches of wheel travel, while the rear is also of a dual-A-arm design, sporting 16 inches of wheel travel. The cargo bed can hold up to 400 pounds, and it can tow 1763 pounds.
SSR SRU170RS ($3,499)
SSR’s SRU170RS is a sturdy little UTV. The engine resting in its frame is a 168cc, air-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder. An automatic CVT transmission with forward, neutral and reverse is paired with the motor and chain driven to the rear wheels. Dual A-arms suspend the front of this machine with a swingarm in the rear. A spare tire comes standard with this machine that is mounted on a rear tire rack, along with nerf bars and front and rear bumpers.
YAMAHA WOLVERINE ($10,999)
The Yamaha Wolverine was a welcomed newcomer in our book. While it may not be a full-blown sport machine, it certainly handles well with over 9 inches of suspension travel in the front and rear that is adjustable. It has decent stopping power, with hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners. It sports a more powerful, 708cc, four-stroke engine over the Viking’s 686cc motor. The Wolverine R-Spec model with power steering starts at $12,199.
YAMAHA YXZ1000R ($19,799)
The most anticipated UTV of the year goes to the 2016 Yamaha YXZ1000R. “Impressive” is the word that perfectly describes this pure-sport machine. This machine features a 998cc, inline, three-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a five-speed sequential manual transmission, so you can have all the power you need when you want it. Fox Podium shocks with 16.2 inches of travel reside on the front end, while the rear shocks have 17 inches of travel to tackle the roughest terrain at high speeds.