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Thorough tests of all things UTV. Tests of latest UTV models, epic builds for racing, or just stock riding on the weekend. Our reviews give a comprehensive analysis of parts, performance, and price. We’ll give you the inside scoop on all you need to know about your favorite machines. These tests will help give insights into what is to be expected from each UTV.

KAWASAKI PRO-FXT

-- The most reliable workhorse is a Mule -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki is a titan company that builds amazing two-wheeled machines that can soar off massive jumps or propel you past 160 mph. It also offered the highly impressive KFX450R ATV, created the stand-up watercraft game and generates excellent UTVs like the sport-inspired Teryx. Their workforce machines are quite popular, too. The Mule Pro lineup is so popular that a few dealers we checked had already sold their current 2019s and were waiting for…

2019 CAN-AM SPORT DPS 1000R

-- Testing a fast 60 inch wide woods UTV --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels A quick tap of the brake pedal sets the slide in motion. As you actuate the throttle, the crisp awakening of the Can-Am Maverick Sport’s 1000R V-twin engine has a throaty tone that fills the cab. The UTV begins its lean, while the outside Fox Podium shocks settle into their compression stroke, as the inside wheels lighten. A hefty roost of tacky dirt and rocks sprays the trail and trees on the outside of the corner. You counter-steer your power…

PROJECT CAN-AM X3

-- BFD Off-Road cages the beast -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels BFD Off-Road lays claim to being the number-one manufacturer of high-performance sand cars and UTV accessories in Southern California. What we know for sure is that it makes some radical-looking sand cars, and that sand car style is carried over to its UTV parts. The signature BFD Off-Road part is the Can-Am X3 bolt-on cage and matching contoured composite roof. The cage offers race-car strength and safety, and it is a very nice piece, but the roomy…

2020 POLARIS RZR PRO XP ULTIMATE

-- UTV TEST: A new standard has been set --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Finally, Polaris stepped up with an epic all-new RZR! Revisions of current models were great, but we kept waiting for something fresh. We knew Polaris had to have a game-changer up its sleeve, but didn’t know when it would be released. We give Polaris a lot of credit for shaping the performance UTV industry over the past decade. It is insane how far technology has progressed in that time. The two-seat RZR 800 was the domino that cascaded our…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT MAX DPS

-- Testing a 60" wide, 100 hp 4-seater -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our first thought when we experienced the first 50-inch Maverick Trail was, we hope they make this same machine in a wider stance. Like Can-Am was reading our minds, the 60-inch Maverick Sport line followed and was soon joined by the 64-inch Maverick Sport RC. Since we enjoyed everything about the Sport models, combined with the fact that we are never satisfied, we wondered if Can-Am would make a Maverick Sport Max with four seats. And here it is,…

KAWASAKI KRX 1000 FIRST RIDE VIDEO

Braving the trails of Moab in the all new Kawasaki KRX 1000, putting it to the test on some of the most sought after trails in the US.

HONDA TALON TURBO

-- Testing Honda's Jackson Racing Turbo kit -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Elsewhere in this issue is Honda’s surprising announcement of year 2020 products, including two Talon four-seater models, and updated Pioneer 1000 and 4x4 quads that are significantly changed. Two additional announcements from Big Red concerned a 2020 racing effort in the Pro UTV Turbo class for Best in the Desert and SCORE off-road races. Honda has a long history of racing efforts that promote new sport products, so the fact that the company…

215 HORSEPOWER RZR BUILD

-- Kombustion Motorsports project UTV -- Kombustion Motorsports builds have graced the pages of Dirt Wheels in the past, and their impressive machines are just too nice to not feature here and there. Travis Gardner took on a 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo four-seater and changed its appearance, form and function to create a stylish yet off-road-worthy showpiece that is a mix of overland and dune styles. Sand is generally the favored terrain for this RZR, but we found it lurking around the desert, rocks and random dunes of…

FIRST RIDE: KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000

COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE We have been anxiously waiting our turn behind the wheel of the recently announced Teryx KRX 1000. Kawasaki Produced a remarkable desert test course for the drive. Thankfully, it wasn’t a fluffy, kiddy track, but one with fast smooth sections where we almost tick the governed top speed of 68 mph indicated. A variety of stunning steep and rocky climbs and descents were added to the real terrain. There were a number of tight, twisty areas, and some were in canyons that forced the KRX into narrow…

TOMCAR TX4 TRAIL TEST

-- Testing something a little different -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Lines can easily be blurred when deciding what machines should be considered UTVs. We can take that acronym in two ways—ultimate terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle. We can easily categorize the high-horsepower, long-travel offerings from Can-Am, Polaris, Yamaha and Honda in the former. Yet, many more machines seem to fit in the latter category. One vehicle we struggle to categorize is what we call the “Trail Tank,” or its real name, the…

HONDA TALON 1000 X

-- How does it compare to the Talon R? -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We have been happily submerged in the new world of Honda Talons. We had an initial quick test ride, an extensive introduction trail adventure in Utah near Zion National Park, and now we have introduced all of our local test loops to the trail-specific Talon 1000X. Many trail UTVs have a track width between 50 and 60 inches, but Honda chose to go 64 inches wide. The 87.6-inch wheelbase falls right between the compact-for-a-sport-UTV Polaris RZR with…

PROJECT MAVERICK MAX

-- Improving Can-Am's 4-seater UTV --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Some people have a customized UTV because they feel stuck with it. That isn’t the case with Andy Anaya and his well-setup Can-Am Maverick Max X rs. Andy is the sales manager at Chaparral Motorsports, so he has access to great deals on any brand imaginable, and he has driven every machine made. In spite of literally being the kid in the UTV candy store, he spends family time in this customized and personalized 2014 Can-Am that he bought new. Anaya is a…