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2011 ARCTIC CAT 1000 MUD PRO

2011 ARCTIC CAT 1000 MUD PRO ($13,299)Since their introduction in 2009, the Arctic Cat Mud Pros have been quads made for more than just getting through mud holes. They’re made to go out and find mud. Between the snorkel system, the ground clearance, the standard 3000-pound winch and the 28-inch Maxxis Zilla tires, the Mud […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN BIG BOSS 6X6 800

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN BIG BOSS 6X6 800 ($9999)The Big Boss took on a major overhaul for 2011. Its six-wheel independent suspension rides on Carlisle 489 tires. MacPherson front struts provide 8.2 inches of travel and help obtain a higher 11.25 inches of ground clearance. It now offers a less bulky appearance, a lower winch mount, […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550/550 EPS

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550/550 EPS ($7299/$8499)Displacement is the only significant difference between the Sportsman 550 and 850. It offers dual A-arms front and rear, and the same Active Decent Control engine braking as the 850. Also like the 850, it is available with power steering. This year it gets more splash protection, a 12-pound weight […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 500 H.O.

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 500 H.O. ($5999)This machine offers excellent value in today’s 4×4 market. It uses the same chassis as the 800 H.O., which was top of the line not that long ago. It still uses MacPherson strut front suspension and independent rear shocks. The 500 uses a single-cylinder motor and as a result, sells […]

2011 POLARIS TRAIL BOSS 330

2011 POLARIS TRAIL BOSS 330 ($4299)The Trail Boss is basically a rack-equipped Trail Blazer. Like the Trail Blazer, it features a 329cc, air-cooled, four-stroke powerplant and an automatic CV transmission with reverse. It has a one-lever braking system as well. Like most 4×2 ATVs, it’s a thinly disguised sport model. Anyone who likes play better […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 450

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 450 ($7699)The TRV 450 replaces the 400 with a motor upgrade. The SOHC, liquid-cooled motor displaces 443cc and still has electronically selected 2WD/4WD and diff-lock. It gets the passenger seat, which is easily removed and replaced with a cargo box. Passengers also get integrated footrests and handholds.

2011 KYMCO MXU 375

2011 KYMCO MXU 375 ($5449)It’s hard to find a legitimate 4×4 with better value. Kymco has surprisingly good quality, and the MXU line has features like a CV transmission, push-button four-wheel drive, twin A-arm front suspension and full racks. Through December 2010, there’s a promotion that allows you to add a winch to your MXU […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT 300 UTILITY

2011 ARCTIC CAT 300 UTILITY ($3999)Under the utilitarian bodywork and racks, the 300 has the same basic chassis and powerplant as the sporty 300 DVX. The motor displaces 270cc, is liquid-cooled and has a fan. It also has a continuously variable transmission with reverse. Since it sells for the same price as the DVX, it’s […]

2011 POLARIS OUTLAW 90

2011 POLARIS OUTLAW 90 ($2499)The Outlaw 90 features the same 89cc, air-cooled four-stroke as its Sportsman 90 cousin. It offers a CVT transmission with reverse and comes with electronic throttle control. It is available in color options of pink or red and offers expandable floorboards for growing feet.

2011 KYMCO MAXXER 375

2011 KYMCO MAXXER 375The Maxxer fits into that gray area between pure sport and pure 4×4. It’s made for handling gnarly terrain fast. We raced one in a GNCC last year and came away impressed. The quad comes with alloy wheels, upgraded suspension, bumpers and hand guards. The motor is a liquid-cooled 4WD with a […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN X2 550

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN X2 550 ($8999)Polaris designed the X2 as a convertible ATV that lets you go from two-rider configuration to cargo configuration. The passenger seat flips down and allows access to a 400-pound dump box. It features the 550XP powerplant and double-A-arm front suspension. It now features a new front electrical compartment, an improved […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 ($13,799)If your passenger is your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend or a troll who you’re fond of, you don’t want them to see you struggle. It’s better to impress them with your strength and the ease with which you handle your machine. You don’t have to tell them the Arctic Cat 1000 comes standard […]