2015 Two-Up ATV Buyer’s Guide!

ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 LIMITED 700/550 LIMITED ($13,199/$11,999/$11,199)
Arctic Cat has no kitchen-sink option on the TRV limited, but they’re probably working on it. This is the package you use to bribe a reluctant spouse to get on board your twoup quad. You get the fairing and windscreen, the travel trunk, power steering, a 3000-pound winch, and heated grips for the operator and passenger. Under it all is either the 951cc H2 motor twin-cylinder motor or the 695cc single.

ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 XT EPS/700 XT EPS ($12,199/$10,999)
If you don’t need the sheer cubic stuff of the Limited EPS models, Arctic Cat offers the still-somewhat-extravagant XT versions. The 951cc V-twin motor is new to this package for 2015, and the big-bang 695cc single is offered as well. You get standard equipment that includes electronic power steering, Maxxis tires on aluminum rims and a winch. The passenger seat can be converted to a box or a rack.

ARCTIC CAT TRV 550 ($10,199)
There isn’t much difference between the 550 and the bigger ‘Cats, just power. Its most basic configuration is the XT, which comes with power steering, aluminum wheels, automotive-style paint, a sway bar, a front Speed Rack and the 3-in-1 system in the rear, which allows conversion of the passenger seat to a box or a rack. The Limited with a winch, a fairing and other upgrades is $11,199.

ARCTIC CAT TRV 500 ($7999)
The most affordable to take a passenger along on your Arctic Cat is the TRV500. This is a combination of the 443cc, liquid-cooled, EFI motor and the two-up chassis. In this version, you opt out of the XT package with its power steering and cast-aluminum wheels, but you still get the front Speed Rack and the rear 3-in-1 system, which lets you repurpose the back seat to carry cargo.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX XT-P 1000/800R ($15,249/$14,199)
Can-Am’s high-end two-up package can be had with either the 71-horsepower 800R motor or the 82-horsepower 1000. In either case, the XT-P gives you Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks, power steering, 12-inch beadlock wheels with Carlisle tires, a 3000-pound Warn winch, upgraded gauges and automotive paint. You can convert the passenger seat easily into storage for solo rides.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX 1000 DPS/800R DPS ($12,599/$11,549)
Can-Am’s DPS package is, at the risk of being obvious, headlined by Dynamic Power Steering, which has three different assistance levels. The package also gives you auto-locking front differential and cast-aluminum wheels. The passenger accommodations are fairly plush, with a redesigned backrest that reduces kickback and has added flex. The XT version is $12,199 for the 800R and $13,249 for the 1000.

If you want the 500cc Rotax V-twin with the premium chassis in a two-up model, Can-Am wants you to have Dynamic Power Steering as well—the stripped-down configuration of this model is only offered as the Outlander L. The DSP model also gives you cast-aluminum wheels and the auto-lock front diff. The XT version is $10,549 and has a Warn winch. Both come with the convertible rack/ seat system.

The 650 Rotax V-twin motor is available in three different Max packages. The base model is for the couple that doesn’t want power steering or cast wheels, but wants all the passenger trappings. The DSP is the next model up for $10,699 and the XT is $11,349. All have the new backrest and racks. The 650 is not offered in the highest-level XT-P package or the budget L line.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER L MAX 500/450 ($7849/$7249)
The L series is all about value. It has the same frame as the more expensive Max models, but with fewer bells and whistles. You don’t get as much storage capacity or as much electrical power. The racks are steel. And, in the case of the 450, there’s an all-new single-cylinder Rotax motor, displacing 427cc and producing 38 horsepower. The DPS version is $8149 for the 450 and $8749 for the 500.

Okay, there’s a new alpha dog trying to assert dominance in the two-up pack. Polaris took the motor from the XP 1000 Scrambler and put it in the two-person Touring chassis. The big ProStar motor makes a claimed 88 horsepower, which should be enough to impress any passenger and threaten any marriage. The machine comes with power steering and the rest of the XP package in its most basic form.

This is a big step down from the 1000 in price, but not in performance. The 850 moor is said to produce 77 horsepower. It has a new two-piece seat this year, which puts the passenger at a more comfortable angle. The transmission is new, too, and is designed to engage more quickly in 4WD. The SP configuration offers most of the XT features, but without the winch, and colors are red or blue.

The X2 is rated for two riders, but in about 10 seconds you can convert it from a two-up quad into a one-rider configuration with space for 400 pounds of who-knowswhat. The X2 is built on the chassis with MacPherson-strut front suspension. For 2015, it finally gets power steering, as well as the 567cc ProStar motor, which is rated at 44 horsepower. Available in red or green.

The 550cc motor has been phased out, replaced by the 44-horepower ProStar 570 engine in all of the Sportsman applications. The mid-size Polaris two-up quad is now the 570 SP. The SP version is upscaled with the double- A-arm front suspension and comes standard with power steering. It also gets cast wheels with Maxxis tires and five layers of automotive-style paint.

Even Polaris’ most affordable two-up quad got an upgrade to the 44-horsepower ProStar 570 motor for 2015. The base model 570 Touring has a simpler chassis with MacPherson strut front suspension. Compared to the 500 Touring in last year’s line, the 570 has more fuel capacity, better fuel economy, and more electrical power for running accessories.

CFMOTO C-FORCE 800/600 ($8999/$6499)
CFMoto has made a name for itself in the U.S. by being a cut above other products from the interior of Asia. The C-Force models are two-up machines that offer what are usually considered premium package upgrades as standard features, including automotive paint, a winch and, most recently, power steering. The 800 is a V-twin, while the 600 is a single. Both have proven reliable.