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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.

FIRST TEST: 2018 CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL

-- Setting the bar narrower By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- When the announcement came that Can-Am had a new, secret sport machine coming for 2018, we couldn’t imagine which direction the Canadian giant could be going. With the Maverick X3s, Can-Am had the widest, longest-travel and, for 2018, the most powerful production UTVs made. The plan wasn’t to top the X3, but to push the Maverick family in another direction with an X3-inspired, 50-inch, legal trail machine. Four total Maverick Trail vehicles make up the Trail…

SHOOTOUT: TWO SEATER VS. FOUR SEATER UTV

Which is better for the money? By the staff of Dirt Wheels. There are as many reasons that buyers use to select a new UTV as there are grains of sand in a face full of dune roost. Sure, they differ from person to person and from family to family. Some, happily, are based in fact and logic and, frankly, salesmen hate those people. They would much rather deal with an impulse buyer that responds to a pitch like, “You would look great in this machine!” More so than any other OHV, a UTV may require…

UTV TEST: 2018 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RS TURBO R

Back with more power! By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Casey Kramer and Pat Carrigan When it comes to new models, we always hope for the unexpected. For Can-Am in 2018, the unexpected would be major changes for the Maverick X3 platform that was radically new in 2017. Considering the X3 was not even an early 2017 release, we expected—and were correct— only minor updates to the successful Maverick X3 line. The ink was barely dry on 2017 Can-Am X3 advertising when Polaris dropped the 2017 RZR XP…

POLARIS RZR DUNE BUGGY

-- Project UTV by Rugged Radios -- Imagine cruising down the coast in an old 1969 Manx dune buggy with the wind flowing through your hair and the sweet sound of waves crashing on the beach. Now, imagine that you are stepping hard on the skinny pedal and the roar of a Polaris RZR XP 1000 parallel twin-cylinder engine fills the air, made menacing by the whirring sound of a turbo skyrocketing the rpm as you boost towards a massive dune face. This isn’t your daddy’s Volkswagen-powered dune buggy.…

Watch our full review on the Polaris RZR XP TURBO DYNAMIX NOW!

The 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix is a powerhouse that is built to shred the sand dunes, tackle the nastiest terrain in the desert, weave through the woods and more. Polaris' new smart Active Suspension system is impressive and makes piloting this UTV a blast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THFa2NbGIRM Click here to read the full article!

2018 RZR XP TURBO DYNAMIX

-- TESTING THE TOP UTV FROM POLARIS -- The “Big P” has been on top for too long to let the Can-Am Maverick X3 go unanswered, and every sport UTV enthusiast has been wondering what Polaris’ response would be. Polaris didn’t fight back with a wider machine or longer travel, but added the 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix to their lineup. Dynamix is a level above the 2017 XP Turbo by combining nearly everything found on the Ride Command system combined with Fox/Polaris’ computerized smart suspension that adjusts…

PROJECT CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RS

-- LONE STAR RACING'S DREAM BUILD -- You may recall we featured Lonestar Racing owner Dan Fisher’s Can-Am Maverick X ds in Dirt Wheels’ September 2017 issue. Fisher built his X3 to compete in the Pro Turbo class for the Best in the Desert series. His car featured some very trick parts, including LSR’s MTS long-travel suspension kit and a stronger cage. There are many other trick parts from LSR installed on Fisher’s Can-Am, and the man behind most of the R&D, lead fabricator, race department manager and…

PROJECT RZR TURBO

-- Assault Industries builds the ultimate fun UTV -- Assault Industries is known for building great-looking UTV accessories that have high quality and really do the job. When you build quality parts, it pays to have an exceptional machine to display those parts on. This 2016 Polaris RZR Turbo began life as the most powerful production machine of 2016, so Assault had a fine place to start. Manuel Soto had very specific ideas in mind for modifications he wanted to create his dream car. In addition to being his ride for…

UTV TEST: 2017 HISUN SECTOR 1000 CREW

-- Lots of room, convenience and power -- The last full-size Hisun UTV Dirt Wheels tested was a Sector 750 regular cab model. Like this Sector 1000 Crew, the 750 featured impressive levels of standard equipment and convenience. With the 1000 being a higher-spec model, the standard equipment list is actually up a few rungs from that nicely equipped 750cc, single-powered model. All of the larger Sector models feature doors—four in this case—and each with chrome door handles. A full roof is standard, as are…

SUPER-CHARGED YAMAHA YXZ1000R

--Turbo-destroying YXZ -- Many manufacturers offer a turbo option for their UTVs, but there are still a few brands that have not jumped up to that level yet. We hear that there might be some sort of hyper-performance Yamaha YXZ1000R model happening soon, and we’re rooting for it to happen. There are many aftermarket turbo kits for the Yamaha engine, but what about a bit older technology that shaped how fast and high piston-engine fighter aircraft could fly? We’re talking about a supercharger! Sure, the…

2018 Can-Am Maverick Trail 50-inch Flyer

Well, we have our first day hitting trails on the all-new 50-inch Can-Am Maverick Trail, and this is what you need to know. Can-Am went for a longer 90.6-inch chassis for ride quality and interior comfort, and we applaud both efforts. A driver 6’2” fits easily, and is comfortable in the nicely contoured seats. Shifting is very easy and smooth, as well. Can-Am used existing V-twin 800 and 1000cc power plants, and we wondered if that was too much power for such a compact and narrow machine, but both motors are ideally…

2018 Polaris Ranger XP1000EPS: First Test!

Stronger and More Refined For all of you that have been thinking of the Polaris Ranger line as implements, you can forget that. The 2018 Ranger XP 1000 EPS is the first of the line to get a radical and extensive update, but it is amazing, and likely a blueprint that the entire line will follow. The whole look of the new machine has borrowed styling cues from popular pickup trucks, and it has borrowed some of their ideas as well. The Ranger XP started with a new one-piece frame, and to that was added suspension that…