2024 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE: REC-UTES

2024 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE   By the staff of Dirt Wheels

There’s a lot to choose from when selecting a rec-utility ATV. Do you need 4WD? Will you be using it primarily for work or trail riding? How much power do you need? Do you need a youth model or two so the kids can tag along to help with chores? We’ve prepared a list of several ATVs from leading manufacturers, and each model has anywhere from one to seven trim levels.

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 TRV EPS, ALTERRA 600 TRV XT, ALTERRA 600 TRV LTD
Arctic Cat’s two-rider vehicle (TRV) comes in three different trim levels. The EPS is the base model, but all three include electric power steering. The XT model gets a premium front bumper with brush guards and aluminum wheels. The LTD includes over-molded front and rear racks, 27-inch tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, and a 3,500-pound Warn winch. All models are powered by Arctic Cat’s efficient 45-horsepower, 600cc EFI engine, which is manufactured in Minnesota. If you need a TRV with a lockable front differential and more than a foot of ground clearance, go for the top-of-the-line LTD.

 

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 MUD PRO
This mud puppy has everything you need for the next bounty-hole adventure. The engine and CVT intakes are snorkeled to tackle the deep muck, and the front radiator has been relocated to where you’d normally find the front cargo rack. It comes with aggressive 28-inch mud tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, a massive wrap-around front bumper with tow anchors, a color-matched rear bumper, 12.5 inches of ground clearance, and an over-molded rear rack. For those who like to push their luck, the Mud Pro also comes standard with a lockable front differential and a 3,500-pound Warn winch. 

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS, ALTERRA 600 XT, ALTERRA 600 LTD, ALTERRA 600 BLACK HILLS EDITION
All four of these trim levels come with Arctic Cat’s recently introduced 600cc EFI engine. The base 600 EPS trim gets power steering and 25-inch tires on steel wheels. The XT model receives a wider front brush guard and aluminum wheels. Step up to the LTD model and you get 26-inch tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, over-molded steel racks, and a 3,500-pound Warn winch. The LTD and the Black Hills Edition receive a lockable front differential. The Black Hills Edition also gets front and rear rack extenders, a massive color-matched front bumper with tow hooks, a 3,500-pound Warn winch, and 28-inch trail tires on aluminum wheels providing just under 13 inches of ground clearance.

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 450
The Alterra 450 is an affordable and very capable mid-size 4×4 ATV for both novice and advanced rider skill sets. Switching between 2WD and 4WD with an open front differential can be completed “on the fly” with the flip of a manual lever. It provides a steady ride with over seven inches of four-wheel independent suspension travel and tackles rugged trails with 10.2 inches of ground clearance. Like most of Arctic Cat’s larger adult-size ATVs, it comes standard with a 2-inch hitch receiver. Other notable features include front and rear steel racks, EFI, and a large, easy-to-read digital display.

 

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 300
If you’re looking for an entry-level ATV for riders 16 and older, the Alterra 300 is beginner-friendly. Front independent A-arms and rear swingarm suspension come with preload-adjustable shocks. It’s 2WD only, but the fully automatic CVT transmission, with high- and low-range gear selections, is perfect for moderate trail riding and tackling tough chores. The Alterra 300 is up to the task with a 150-pound combined cargo capacity and 500-pound tow rating. Comfort is a priority with a plush molded seat, easy-to-reach controls, and a compact chassis that’s suitable for riders of small and large sizes.

 

ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 90
Built for riders aged 10 and up, the Alterra 90 is a solid choice for new riders with its minimal controls and safety features. The automatic CV transmission comes with a single forward speed, neutral and reverse, which help keep eyes focused on the trail ahead. It’s also easily maintained with air-cooling, a two-wheel final chain drive, electric and backup kick-starter function, and access points that make oil changes quick and simple. Parents can adjust the throttle to dial down acceleration and top speed until ride skills progress. Additional features include halogen headlights, full-coverage footwells, and composite-wrapped steel racks so kids can tote up to 25 pounds of their own gear.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 850/OUTLANDER DPS 850/OUTLANDER XT 850/OUTLANDER XT-P 850
Not much can be labeled basic about the base Outlander 850. It comes standard with a 78-horsepower V-twin Rotax engine, trailing arm rear suspension, LED headlights, and Can-Am’s new Intelligent Engine Braking (iEB) system. The DPS  trim gets Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, the quicker-engaging automatic Visco-Lok QE front differential, and 14-inch aluminum wheels. Step up to the XT model to add on heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, handlebar wind deflectors, and a 3,500-lb winch. If you want a true locking front differential, the Outlander XT-P has one. The top trim level also gets FOX 1.5 Podium fully adjustable shocks, 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels, and color-matched heavy-duty front and rear bumpers.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER HUNTING EDITION 850
You can get the Outlander 850 XT in camo, but the Outlander Hunting Edition 850 takes game retrieval seriously with features like handlebar-mounted wind deflectors, 26-inch Carlisle 6-ply HD tires, full front and rear bumpers, and complete aluminum skid plate protection with HMWPE trailing arm protectors. The seat skin is also reinforced, and heated grips and throttle are standard. This model produces 230 watts of lighting and can power a variety of electric accessories. A 3,500-pound winch is also standard. Other hunting-focused features include 300 pounds of combined rack capacity, 1,650 pounds of towing, a Visco-Lok QE front differential, intelligent Engine Braking, and Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering. It’s only available in Wildland Camo, as it should be.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER XT 1000R/OUTLANDER XT-P 1000R/OUTLANDER X XC 1000R

To date, Can-Am’s 976cc V-twin 1000R engine sets the power bar with 91 horsepower. All models get Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, premium tires on aluminum wheels, 11 inches of ground clearance, and a 3,500-pound winch. The XT model comes with Visco-Lok QE, heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, and handlebar wind deflectors. Upgrade to fully adjustable Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks with the XT-P trim. It also comes with color-matched beadlock wheels and bumpers, fat-style tapered handlebars with wind deflectors, and a fully lockable Visco-4Lok front differential. The X XC trim has a sport-focused look with an aluminum front bumper that’s braced at the top and has a bash plate with full skid protection. It’s the flashiest of the bunch, with Fox 1.5 Podium RC2 shocks, tapered fat bars, and color-matched beadlock wheels, seat cover, and wind deflectors.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER X MR 850/OUTLANDER X MR 1000R
If mud is your game, Can-Am gives you two big-bore options. The X mr 850 produces 78 horsepower versus 91 ponies from the 1000R. Both models come with Can-Am’s fully lockable Visco-4Lok front differential and mudguards. The 850 has a 51-inch wheelbase, Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, snorkeled engine and CVT intakes, relocated radiator, and 30-inch ITP Cryptid mud tires mounted on 14-inch aluminum wheels. In addition to more power and torque, stepping up to the 1000R gets you a longer 59-inch wheelbase, an extra low-range CV transmission, Intelligent Engine Braking, a second set of elevated mud pegs, and additional sealed storage. 

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CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX DPS 850/OUTLANDER MAX XT 850/OUTLANDER MAX XT-P 850
Can-Am offers three different trim levels of their Outlander MAX 850 that accommodate a passenger with stadium-style seating. Each trim level comes equipped with a 78-horsepower V-twin Rotax engine, LED headlights, trailing arm rear suspension, and Can-Am’s Intelligent Engine Braking system. If you choose the DPS trim level, you’ll get Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, a quicker-engaging automatic Visco-Lok QE front differential, 14-inch aluminum wheels, and pre-wiring for a winch. For even more features, upgrade to the XT model with its heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, handlebar wind deflectors, and a 3,500-lb winch. If you’re looking for a true locking front differential, the Outlander XT-P has it. Additionally, the XT-P trim includes Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 fully adjustable shocks, 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels, color-matched heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, and a bigger 7.6-inch digital dash display.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX XT 1000R/OUTLANDER MAX XT-P 1000R/OUTLANDER MAX LIMITED 1000R
This is the most powerful two-rider ATV you can buy with 91 horsepower on tap, and all three trim levels include premium features as standard equipment. The Max XT gets the Visco-Lok QE front differential, full-width front and rear bumpers, handlebar wind deflectors, a 3,500-pound winch, and it’s the only trim in this group with a camo color option. The Max XT-P takes upgrades further with the fully locking Visco 4-Lok front differential, Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks, aluminum tapered handlebars with handguards, the larger 7.6-inch-wide digital display, and is the only trim with 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels. The Max Limited is as luxurious as it is functional with premium two-tone seating for both riders and taller 27-inch tires on brushed aluminum wheels.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX 6X6 DPS 450/OUTLANDER MAX 6X6 DPS 650/OUTLANDER MAX 6X6 XT 1000
For chores around the ranch and game retrieval, you can’t do much better than 6WD with Dynamic Power Steering and heavy-duty cargo capacity. The Outlander Max 6×6 DPS 450 gets you 38 horsepower and selectable 4WD/6WD with a Visco-Lok QE front differential. The extended rear rack platform can handle up to 350 pounds. The Max DPS 650 utilizes Can-Am’s newest Outlander design with a 62-horsepower V-twin, LED headlights, and a wider stance. It also gets 14-inch aluminum wheels and comes with a dual-level cargo box with a tailgate that can handle up to 700 pounds. The XT 1000 uses the 82-horsepower V-twin and comes equipped with a 3,500-pound winch, heavy-duty front bumper, and handlebar wind deflectors. 

CAN-AM OUTLANDER PRO HD7/OUTLANDER PRO HD5
The Outlander Pro HD5 and HD7 use the same 650cc Rotax engine, but the HD5 is tuned for 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque, and the HD7 for 50 horsepower and 41.3 pound-feet of torque. Aside from that, there are no other differences. Both models come with EFI, a CVT with high and low range, selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok, and double-A-arm suspension at all four corners. These models come with a slightly stiffer suspension for work use, unlike the standard Outlander 500/700 models designed for recreation. They can handle a combined cargo capacity of 360 pounds and tow 1,830 pounds. Ground clearance is optimal at 13 inches. There are also 9 gallons of sealed storage for tools and personal items. Other standard features include LED lighting, premium bumpers, and full skid plate protection.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER PRO XU HD7/OUTLANDER PRO XU HD5
These two models have the exact same engine, performance numbers, and features as the standard Outlander Pro HD5 and HD7, but with a number of functional and style upgrades. The XU models include a speed limiter that can be used with spreaders and sprayers to equalize the amount of product being used over a wide area. The XU models also include throttle by wire (rather than cable), which provides more manageable acceleration with less thumb-throttle tension. The front differential is also upgraded to the fully lockable Visco-4Lok for maximum traction in mud and when climbing. Intelligent Engine Braking (iEB) also lets the rider regulate how much assistance is needed for transporting heavy loads or navigating steep descents. XU models come with 6-ply-rated XPS Trail King tires mounted on 12-inch aluminum wheels.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER PRO HD7 HUNTING EDITION/OUTLANDER PRO HD5 HUNTING EDITION
The Outlander Pro Hunting Edition gets all of the same features as the Pro XU HD5 and HD7, but is tailored with additional upgrades for game retrieval. A Can-Am HD 3,500-pound winch is controlled with a handlebar-mounted switch. Sealed personal storage is plentiful, and even includes a USB charging port in the center console. Protection includes premium front and rear bumpers and full skid plates with additional HMWPE protection beneath the footwells. Front and rear A-arms and CV boots also receive added protection with aluminum guards. Can-Am also has a full line of hunting accessories designed for all Outlander Pro models, which include gun scabbards and grips, coolers, cargo boxes, windshields, and fuel caddies. 

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 2WD 500/OUTLANDER 500/OUTLANDER DPS 500
Introduced in mid-2023, the Outlander 500 replaced the previous Outlander 450 with a machine that is wider, more powerful, and updated with modern style and function. The new 500 cranks out 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque and comes in three affordable trim levels. The first is a 2WD rec-utility model that impresses with big capabilities like 360 pounds of combined cargo capacity and a 1,830-pound tow rating. It also sports 12 inches of ground clearance and suspension travel numbers that match Can-Am’s own large displacement ATVs. The next middle trim level gets selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok. The DPS model is identical to the latter but adds Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering to the spec sheet with three selectable levels of steering assistance.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 700/OUTLANDER DPS 700/OUTLANDER XT 700
The Outlander 700 is identical to the Outlander 500 in every way except that the 650cc displacement is tuned for a 50-horse output and 41.3 pound-feet of torque. All models have selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok. The base model comes standard with LED headlights, 25-inch tires on steel wheels, and full skid plate protection. It also gets nine gallons of sealed storage with a compartment under the front rack and a glove box between the bars and seat. The Outlander DPS 700 includes Tri-Mode power steering and is the only trim level that gets a camo option. The XT 700 comes standard with taller 26-inch tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels and a 3,500-pound winch, and the center console includes a cellphone holder with a USB charger port.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER X MR 700
The X mr 700 is designed for playing in the mud, but it’s also very capable and comfortable out on the trails. The 650cc Rotax engine and CVT have snorkeled intakes that breathe from an elevated location just ahead of the relocated radiator, which eliminates the front sealed storage box. This model is the only recreation-focused 700 to get a Visco-4Lok differential. Other standard features include 28-inch XPS Swamp King tires mounted on 14-inch aluminum wheels and a premium glove box with an integrated cellphone holder and USB charger port.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER DPS MAX 500/OUTLANDER DPS MAX 700/OUTLANDER MAX XT 700
With this much cargo and towing capacity, a two-rider Max version of the 500 and 700 only made sense. The wheelbase is stretched to 60.4 inches, and an elevated passenger seat with separate raised footrests and grab handles was added. All Max 500 and 700 versions get Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok QE, and full skid plate protection. The XT trim is upgraded with 26-inch XPS Trail Force tires mounted on 14-inch aluminum wheels, gets premium front and rear bumpers, and comes standard with a 3,500-pound winch.

CFMOTO CFORCE 1000 OVERLAND
This full-featured 4×4 gets a 74-horsepower, 963cc V-twin engine and selectable 2WD/4WD with available front differential lock. Other functional features include EPS, 11.8 inches of ground clearance, fully adjustable gas-charged shocks, and independent suspension with high-clearance A-arms up front and trailing arms at the rear. This model comes with three weather-resistant cargo boxes with over 38 gallons of storage. The center box has a backrest that can be swapped for an elevated passenger seat with raised footwells. Other standard features include a 3,500-pound winch, heavy-duty bumpers, 14-inch aluminum beadlock wheels with 27-inch tires, LED headlights and flood lights, and a front fairing with integrated handguards. 

CFMOTO CFORCE 800 XC
The CForce 800 XC is a two-rider 4×4 with passenger-elevated stadium-style seating and footwells. The liquid-cooled, 800cc V-twin makes 60 horsepower and is mated to a CVT with high and low range with selectable 2WD/4WD with available front differential lock. Other standard features include EPS, 11.2 inches of ground clearance, and independent suspension with high-clearance A-arms up front and trailing arms at the rear. Gas-charged shocks are compression and rebound adjustable. 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels are fitted with 26-inch tires, a 3,500-pound winch is standard, and it has front and rear composite-over-steel racks. A 2-inch hitch receiver is also standard. 

 

CFMOTO CFORCE 600 TOURING
This two-rider 4×4 is a bargain with its 45-horsepower single-cylinder engine and selectable 2WD/4WD with an available front differential locker. Front and rear suspensions are independent, with preload-adjustable shocks and double A-arms at each corner. 12-inch alloy wheels are fitted with 25-inch tires, boosting ground clearance to 10.6 inches. Additional standard features include EPS, an electronic throttle with selectable work mode, a 3,500-pound winch, a liquid-crystal display with Bluetooth connectivity, engine braking, LED headlights, handguards, steel racks with composite covers, and a 2-inch receiver. The combined cargo rack capacity is 175 pounds, and this two-up will tow up to three-quarters of a ton. 

CFMOTO CFORCE 600/CFORCE 500/CFORCE 400
Choose your level of power with three single-rider 4x4s to choose from; 45 horsepower (600), 38 horsepower (500) or 30 horsepower (400). All three offerings get high- and low-range gear selections and 2WD/4WD with the ability to lock the front differential. The 500 and 600 come standard with EPS, a 2,500-poundwinch, LED headlights, steel racks with a composite cover, 12-inch alloy wheels with 25-inch tires, an available camo color option, and high-clearance, gull-wing front A-arms. The 400 is also nicely equipped with similar features that include independent A-arm suspension at all four corners, hydraulic disc brakes, nearly 10 inches of ground clearance, and a sealed rear storage compartment.

 

HONDA FOURTRAX FOREMAN RUBICON 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT/FOURTRAX FOREMAN RUBICON 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT EPS/FOURTRAX FOREMAN RUBICON 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT EPS DELUXE
Honda is the only manufacturer that doesn’t produce any ATVs with a belt-driven CV transmission. Instead, Honda prefers a more direct and efficient direct-drive setup with automatic and manual shifting options. The Foreman Rubicon 4×4 is available in three trim levels with a 518cc EFI engine and Honda’s automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with high  and low range. The base model gets selectable TraxLok 2WD /4WD with a lockable front differential. The EPS model is identical to the base model but with electric power steering. Step up to the Deluxe trim for luxuries like fancy 12-inch aluminum wheels, color-matched suspension, and your choice of two painted color choices or a camouflage option. All Rubicon models come standard with independent front and rear suspension.

HONDA FOURTRAX FOREMAN RUBICON 4X4 EPS
Some don’t care for automatic transmissions and electronic wizardry. For them, Honda makes a Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS model with a five-speed manual transmission with reverse. This model also gets TraxLok selectable 2WD/4WD with differential lock, electric power steering, front and rear independent suspension, and hydraulic disc brakes. It’s also available in painted bodywork or camouflage with steel wheels. Forgoing the DCT transmission drops the price considerably and decreases overall weight while retaining many premium features.

HONDA FOURTRAX FOREMAN 4X4/FOURTRAX FOREMAN 4X4 EPS/ FOURTRAX FOREMAN 4X4 ES EPS
The standard Honda Foreman takes a step back from the Foreman Rubicon with a limited swingarm rear suspension and manual transmission, but it’s also a more affordable option with approximately $1,500 in savings. The base model comes with a 518cc EFI engine, electric start with backup recoil starter, a five-speed manual transmission, and selectable TraxLok 2WD/4WD with a lockable front differential. Independent front suspension gets hydraulic disc brakes, and the rear swingarm and straight axle come with a mechanical drum brake. All models utilize a 50-inch wheelbase with 7.5 inches of ground clearance. The EPS trim comes with Electric Power Steering. For an additional $200, step up to the ES trim and give your shifting foot a break with an electronic push-button thumb shifting.

HONDA FOURTRAX RANCHER/FOURTRAX RANCHER ES
Honda’s popular Rancher comes in several trim levels, and those include these 2WD models, which are affordable and reliable workhorses for working around the ranch or farm. Their lighter weight and compact size also make them fun to toss around on the trail. Both models get Honda’s bullet-proof, 420cc, liquid-cooled, longitudinally mounted engine with EFI and get front A-arm suspension with a swingarm at the rear. A manual five-speed transmission is standard for both trim levels, but the difference is in how you shift. The base model comes with an automatic clutch and foot shifter. For $300 more, you can get the ES model with push-button Electric Shift.

 

2024 FourTrax Rancher 4×4 EPS Black Forest Green

HONDA FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4/FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 ES/FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 EPS/FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT EPS
The four mid-level Rancher trims have selectable TraxLok 2WD/4WD using front A-arm and rear swingarm suspensions with dual front disc brakes and a single drum rear brake. The base model is powered by the 420cc EFI motor and gets a foot-shiftable 5-speed transmission with reverse and automatic clutch. The ES model gets Honda’s Electric Shift thumb shifter. If you like effortless steering, the Rancher 4×4 EPS gets electric power steering along with the electric thumb shifter. Finally, the top trim level gets everything that the other three models have, plus Honda’s automatic Dual Clutch Transmission.

HONDA FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT IRS/FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT IRS EPS
Honda’s top two Rancher models differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack with independent rear suspension. Both have dual-A-arm suspension at all four corners with 7.3 inches of travel up front and 8.5 inches at the rear. The rear wheels also get upgraded from a drum brake to a hydraulic disc. Both come with the 420cc EFI motor, TraxLok 4WD, and Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission. For an additional $1,200, step up to the top-of-the-line EPS model for electric power steering. This model is also the only Honda Rancher that comes with a camouflage color option.

HONDA FOURTRAX RECON/FOURTRAX RECON ES
Despite its simplicity, Honda’s FourTrax Recon is a highly popular ATV due to its affordability, simple maintenance, dependability, compact size, and ability to make light work of big chores. Its overall lightweight and nimble demeanor also makes it a fun trail machine for most riders 16 and up. It has a small air-cooled single-cylinder engine mated to a manual 5-speed transmission with an automatic clutch. General maintenance consists of an occasional oil change and air filter cleaning, which can be completed in short order. For a little extra coin, step up to the ES model for electric thumb shifting. The base model is a bargain at less than $5,000.

KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300
Brute Force doesn’t accurately describe this novice-friendly 2WD ATV from Team Green. It’s an excellent choice for adults looking for their first ATV with its comfortable stature, large footwells, light throttle feel, and automatic CV transmission. During our extensive testing of this model, we found it to be a fun trailblazer for all skill sets. It’s also a capable workhorse with a combined rack capacity of 110 pounds, and the ability to perform light towing. Maintenance is kept easy with features like shaft drive and hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. It has a carbureted 271cc engine that’s good for all-day adventures with over 3 gallons of fuel capacity.

KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 750

Kawasaki’s flagship 4×4 ATV saw a late release for 2024 and didn’t make our initial Buyer’s Guide. You can read all about the newly designed Brute Force 750 and its four trim levels with this link. Also, check out our first ride aboard the 2024 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 in Utah with this link.

KAYO BULL 125/BULL 150/BULL 180/BULL 200
If the word “inexpensive” tops your list of new ATV expectations, Kayo has four rec-utility models that start under $2,000. Each one is air-cooled, comes with cargo racks, is approved for sale in all 50 states, and a few are rated for riders under 16. The Bull 125 is approved for riders 10 and up. It’s capable of small chores with plastic racks, automatic transmission with reverse, front and rear disc brakes, and 3.5 inches of ground clearance. The Bull 150 is designed for riders 12 and up, has steel racks, and gets power to the ground with a semi-automatic three-speed transmission with reverse. The recently updated Bull 180 has full footwells, 177cc displacement, and 6.3 inches of ground clearance. The Bull 200 is the tallest of the bunch with 6.9 inches of ground clearance, aggressive tread, and it sports rear-view mirrors.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000 ULTIMATE TRAIL/SPORTSMAN XP 1000 HUNT EDITION/SPORTSMAN XP 1000 RIDE COMMAND EDITION
Powerful, high-end luxury best describes all three Sportsman XP 1000 trims, each fitted with a 90-horsepower ProStar engine, On-Demand AWD, and arched front A-arms with a foot of ground clearance. The Ultimate Trail trim gets a 3,500-pound Polaris HD winch with synthetic rope, Ultimate Series bumpers, an external battery charging port, and painted plastics with color-matched shock springs. The Hunt Edition gets all of that, plus Polaris Pursuit Camo dipped plastics, moveable tie-down anchors, hand and thumb warmers, and a Kolpin gun scabbard with ratchet claws. The Ride Command Edition is the top dawg with every option plus a 7-inch glove touch display with Ride Command+ navigation and comms.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850/SPORTSMAN 850 PREMIUM/SPORTSMAN 850 ULTIMATE TRAIL
All of these twin-cylinder 850cc trims pack 78 horsepower, a foot of ground clearance, LED lighting, and plenty of sealed storage. The base Sportsman 850 gets 26-inch tires on steel wheels, IRS, and an external battery charging port. The Premium trim receives Multi-Select EPS, aluminum wheels, additional tie-down anchor points, and premium painted plastics with fender flares. Go for the Sportsman Ultimate Trail, and you get all of the bells and whistles, including a 3,500-pound Polaris HD winch with synthetic rope, Ultimate Series bumpers, painted plastics with color-matched shock springs, arched dual front A-arms, and high-output headlights/pod light.

 

 

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570/SPORTSMAN 570 EPS/SPORTSMAN 570 UTILITY HD/SPORTSMAN 570 PREMIUM/SPORTSMAN 570 TRAIL/SPORTSMAN 570 HUNT EDITION/SPORTSMAN 570 RIDE COMMAND EDITION
Hit Google for info on the most popular ATV, and the Sportsman tops the list. That’s why Polaris makes this model in so many trim levels. The base Sportsman 570 comes with a 44-horse engine, MacPherson front suspension, halogen lighting, and an external battery charging port. The EPS model gets Multi-Select EPS, engine braking, and a front trail bumper. The work-focused Utility HD trim comes with utility bumpers and racks, a rear power port, LED lighting, and a winch mount. The Premium trim gets a front trail bumper, rack extenders, and painted plastics, while the Trail model adds a 2,500-lb winch and gets arched dual A-arms and shocks. The Hunt Edition comes well-equipped with dipped Polaris Pursuit Camo plastics, a Kolpin gun scabbard, ratchet claws, and high-output LED. The Ride Command Edition gets every option plus a 7-inch glove touch display with Ride Command+ navigation and comms.

 

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 450 H.O./SPORTSMAN 450 H.O. UTILITY/SPORTSMAN 450 H.O. EPS
Polaris’ smallest AWD models come with a 33-horse, EFI, 499cc ProStar single with an automatic CVT. The base model includes single-lever hydraulic disc brakes, MacPherson struts front suspension, and 11.5 inches of ground clearance. The Utility trim gets utility bumpers and racks, a 12-volt power supply, a winch mount, and it’s pre-wired for hand and thumb warmers. The Sportsman 450 H.O. EPS is the only trim to get Multi-Select EPS, and it’s also equipped with 6-ply-rated tires.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING XP 1000 TRAIL
This two-rider 4×4 lacks nothing for power with 88 horsepower on tap, and with 360 pounds of cargo capacity and eight gallons of sealed storage, both riders can bring all of their stuff. This model comes with high-clearance arched dual A-arms up front making 11.25 inches of ground clearance, 27-inch tires on aluminum wheels, and hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. Premium standard features include a 3,500-pound winch with synthetic rope, a large front bumper, driver handguards, rear-view mirrors, and painted plastic fenders with color-matched shock springs. The passenger gets their own elevated, comfortable seat with grab bars and a backrest.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 850
Riding is always twice the fun with a friend, and the Sportsman Touring 850 has everything required to make adventures memorable. Rear stadium-style seating guarantees a better passenger viewing experience. The 850cc EFI engine makes 78 horsepower and has standard engine braking and Polaris’ Active Descent Control to navigate downhill trails with confidence. On-demand all-wheel drive is standard, as is Multi-Select power steering, 26-inch tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, and 11.25 inches of ground clearance, all begging you to take those tougher routes.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 570/SPORTSMAN TOURING 570 EPS/SPORTSMAN TOURING 570 PREMIUM
Polaris’ most popular ATV is also available with seating for two and in three distinct trim levels. All models get stadium-style passenger seating, 11 inches of ground clearance, a 44-horsepower 567cc Pro-Star engine, and On-Demand 2WD/AWD. The base and EPS model come standard with a MacPherson strut front suspension and 25-inch tires on 12-inch steel wheels. The EPS also includes  Multi-Select EPS and engine braking. The Sportsman Touring 570 Premium trim gets all of that plus Active Descent Control, painted plastics, dual A-arm front suspension with shocks, and 26-inch tires on aluminum wheels.

 

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850 HIGH LIFTER EDITION
It’s not the largest mud-focused ATV in the Polaris fleet, but the Sportsman 850 High Lifter Edition is certain to impress with features like a 78-horsepower ProStar engine, arched dual A-arms boosting up 13.5 inches of ground clearance, a rack-mounted radiator with inverted dual fans, snorkeled engine and CVT intakes, and lower mud gearing in the CV transmission. You’re also sure to get the competition’s attention at the neared mud hole with 30-inch Outlaw 2 mud tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000 HIGH LIFTER EDITION
Go big with this mud slinger that produces 85 horsepower turning 30-inch Outlaw 2 tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels. It also gets a high- and low-range mud-specific transmission with much lower gearing, arched double A-arms producing 13.5 inches of ground clearance, hydraulic disc brakes, engine braking, a rack-mounted radiator with inverted dual fans, and snorkeled engine and CVT air intakes. Premium standard features include front and rear bumpers, EPS, a handlebar grab loop, painted fenders, and a 3,500-pound winch with synthetic rope.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 6X6 570
For really tough chores and large-game retrieval, the Sportsman 6×6 570 is up to the challenge with its Lock & Ride dump box that can support up to 800 pounds, bringing total payload capacity to 1,115 pounds. The ProStar engine makes 44 horsepower with close-ratio On-Demand AWD/2WD. Hard-working standard features include Multi-Select EPS, engine braking, Active Descent Control, 11.5 inches of ground clearance, and single-lever hydraulic disc brakes. There are also six gallons of sealed storage to keep tools and personal items dry and a standard 2-inch hitch receiver that can haul up to 1,500 pounds. 

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 110
Polaris has designed a Sportsman ATV specifically for the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The Sportsman 110 is equipped with front and rear racks to provide ample storage. It gets power from a 112cc air-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection, and the single A-arm and swingarm suspension provides up to 6 inches of suspension travel. It is suitable for riders aged 10 and up and features a CV transmission with reverse, LED running lights, and a color-matched youth helmet and whip flag. Parents can rest assured with the integrated throttle limiter that restricts the top speed to 15 mph from the factory. As riders gain experience, the throttle screw can be adjusted to reach a maximum speed of 30 mph. The vehicle also includes a safety tether engine kill switch for added safety.

SUZUKI KINGQUAD 750, 500 & 400 
You might have noticed Suzuki’s KingQuads were missing from our print edition “ATV Buyer’s Guide,” because the announcement fell after our print deadline. Fear not, because Suzuki launched the updated KingQuad 750AXi and 500AXi ATVs with exciting new color options and graphics, along with new features that enhance the rideability and utility of key models in the line. The 2024 KingQuad ATVs come in modern colors, such as the new Desert Beige and Armored Blue Gray options, available in both the KingQuad 750 and 500 lineups. The KingQuad’s rugged look is further enhanced by new red graphics on certain trims with color-matched suspension springs. Select models now come with handguards that provide greater rider protection from the elements, as well as trailer hitch mounts that slide right into the standard receiver
for 2024, making it easier for riders to set up their KingQuads to fully realize these ATV’s ample towing capacity. The KingQuad 400 ASi (auto-matic CVT) and KingQuad 400FSi (manual foot-shift) are also back. Both are available in Terra Green or Flame Red colors. A special-edition KingQuad 400ASi model is also available in True Timber Kanati Camo.

2024 Suzuki 750AXi pricing starts at $9,699.


2024 Suzuki 500AXi pricing starts at $8,099.


2024 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi and FSi pricing starts at $6,949.

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 90
Do a double take, as this little Grizzly, intended for ages 10 and older, looks identical to the Grizzly 700, right down to the usable cargo racks. The carbureted and air-cooled engine uses the ease of an automatic CV transmission with reverse and protective full-coverage fenders to lessen distractions while keeping eyes forward. Front A-arm suspension and a rear swingarm offer more than five inches of ground clearance. A cushy seat and wide floorboards make for a comfortable ride and easy transition between seated and standing trail attack positions. The Grizzly is easy to start with a magic e-start button, but also includes a backup kick-starter should luck run out.

YAMAHA GRIZZLY EPS/GRIZZLY EPS CAMO/GRIZZLY EPS SE/GRIZZLY EPS XT-R
For spirited trail riding in tight terrain, it’s hard to beat a Yamaha Grizzly with its short 49-inch wheelbase and lightweight, nimble demeanor. The 686cc EFI single has plenty of pep, it has an automatic transmission, 2WD/4WD with differential lock, hydraulic disc brakes, and meaty 26-inch tires. All four trim levels get electric power steering (EPS). Stepping up from the base model to the Grizzly EPS SE gets you 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, and painted bodywork. The XT-R model raises the bar with a factory-installed Warn VRX 25 winch and painted bodywork with XT-R graphics. Need it in camouflage? It will only cost you $100 extra, but you retain all of the XT-R goodies and get blacked-out aluminum wheels.

YAMAHA KODIAK 700/KODIAK 700 EPS/KODIAK 700 EPS SE
Think of the Kodiak as a budget Grizzly. It isn’t nearly as flashy, but the bulk of the performance and function is still there with money to spare. If you want electric power steering and a lockable front differential, go with the EPS model, which also gets aluminum wheels and a camo color option, a handlebar mounted light pod, and a 2-inch hitch receiver. The Special Edition (SE) trim comes with a factory-installed Warn VRX 25 winch and two-tone painted bodywork.

YAMAHA KODIAK 450/KODIAK 450 EPS/ KODIAK 450 EPS SE
The Kodiak 450 is Yamaha’s smallest adult-sized 4×4 ATV, but even the base model packs a punch with features like liquid cooling, On-Command 2WD/4WD, independent front and rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and a sealed rear wet brake, and nearly 10 inches of ground clearance. Need more? The EPS trim gets electric power steering, a bar-mounted pod light, 4WD with a lockable front differential, and aluminum wheels for an additional $1,100. The middle trim is also the only camo option. The top Kodiak 450 EPS SE trim climbs even higher with a factory-installed Warn VRX 25 winch and its own color, graphics and aluminum wheel package.

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