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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 […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 550

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 550 ($8499)Arctic Cat has enjoyed success with the TRV two-up line, and so there are more versions offered for 2011. The 550 is similar to the 700, sharing the same two-seat chassis and most of the same powertrain. The motor displaces 545cc but has the same towing capacity. Add $1050 for […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT 550 EFI

2011 ARCTIC CAT 550 EFI ($7799)We got our first ride on the 550 last year and liked it. The motor is a 545cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-valver, and it has all the same features of the bigger machines. That includes a CV transmission, electronically selected 4WD and diff-lock. Add $500 for Advantage Timber. Add $800 for […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 700

2011 ARCTIC CAT TRV 700 ($9299)The two-passenger TRV 700 has the 695cc single-cylinder engine and is available with or without power steering. It’s also available as the Cruiser, which gets a two-piece windshield fairing with built-in cup holders, mirrors and an accessory outlet. Both the driver and passenger get hand warmers. Add $1050 for power […]