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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.

UTV PROJECT: CUTTING EDGE FABRICATION YAMAHA YXZ1000

Taking homebuilt to a new level! By the staff of Dirt Wheels Ralph Fickett and his son Shawn are long-time off-road diehards who have embraced the world of UTVs. Ralph has been involved with quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles; in fact, any toy with a gas engine, so he was open to the UTV world. He jumped […]

FIRST LOOK: POLARIS GENERAL SPORT

How many Generals does the Polaris army need? By the staff of Dirt Wheels Back in 2016 Polaris set the benchmark for what has become the sport-recreation segment of UTVs. Once there were just utility UTVs, but Polaris introduced the first RZR 800 and created the sport UTV market. Those early RZR models are not nearly […]

UTV COMPARISON: 1000 PREMIUM vs. XP 1000 PREMIUM

Choose between budget and bodacious By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Polaris Ranger series has been the driving force for the company’s utility recreation sales. When Polaris first released the Ranger XP 1000, it continued sales of the Ranger XP 900, the machine the 1000 had grown up from. The XP 900 was a company […]

UTV TEST: 2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 TURBO

Tremendous value, super performance By the staff of Dirt Wheels From the earliest introduction of the Can-Am Maverick X3 line, the byword has been” performance.” One year there was a normally aspirated model, but we never saw one. We have only experienced X3 versions with factory-installed turbos, and the lion’s share of those are intercooled turbos. In […]

UTV TEST: 2020 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS XT-R

Backwoods bandit By the staff of Dirt Wheels Nothing says you are ready to rip through the elements like a machine equipped with a winch, beadlock wheels, added LED lighting and some aggressive tires. Adding all of these products to your machine is much less of a hassle when the manufacturer offers it in stock trim, […]

YOUTH UTV TEST: POLARIS RANGER 150

Two-seat fun for the young ones By the staff of Dirt Wheels There’s no better way to teach your kids how to drive than starting them young. Car control, rules of the road and safety can all be learned in the dirt, making them a great driver years before they are ready to hit the road. […]

UTV PROJECT: JEREMY McGRATH’S KRX 1000 KOH PRE-RUNNER

One-month wonder By the staff of Dirt Wheels Few people would question Jeremy McGrath’s dedication as a racer. His Supercross career is unrivaled with two 125cc SX championships and a championship—the first of eight—in his rookie year in the 250cc (then the Premier class) class. Some of our staff watched as he attempted the nation’s toughest […]

PROJECT UTV: DIRT WHEELS RZR TURBO S

Built for abuse By the staff of Dirt Wheels Building a project machine is always rewarding, but we like it best when we get to start with a great machine. Collin Duffy is our project specialist, and he set his sights on Polaris’ RZR XP Turbo S Velocity for an epic adventure build. The goal for […]

UTV TEST: 2020 CAN-AM DEFENDER PRO HD10 DPS

A UTV for bedheads By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can-Am’s Defender line has been a real hit since it was introduced five years ago. There are many models of the Defender, and arguably the standout of those models is the pair of Defender Pros—the DPS and XT. We have come to expect a certain look […]

UTV SHOOTOUT: 2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT X XC VS. HONDA TALON 1000X

Trails to anywhere By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can-Am and Honda make two of the newest and most impressive 1000cc, normally aspirated, trail-focused UTVs on the market. It seemed only natural to get them together for a rigorous comparison to see which one has the goods for trails, and to find out where they excelled. […]

PROJECT UTV: ASSAULT ARCTIC CAT SPEED WILDCAT XX

Wide-paws ’Cat By the staff of Dirt Wheels Once Jason Craycraft saw information on the release of the Arctic Cat Wildcat XX, he was sure that he had found his UTV. As the early-release machines reached dealers for sale, he snapped one up. And in a show of patience that we can hardly comprehend, he waited […]

POJECT UTV: EPIC OVERLANDER

Ryan O’Hara’s Fuel General build By the staff of Dirt Wheels Life isn’t simply about the destination, but the roads that get you there. In our case, that’s the best dirt roads and trails we could ever imagine to find. Adventure riding and driving runs deeply through our souls, just like it does for Ryan O’Hara. […]