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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 TERYX4 LE TEST

-- Why it remains a winner -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki has the longest history of any Japanese manufacturer when it comes to UTVs. Starting with the early Mule models and progressing to the evergreen Teryx line, Kawasaki has been a continuous and serious player in the category. It has been a while since there were major upgrades to the Teryx platform, but we have a lot of respect for this machine. After spending time ramrodding the 2019 Terxy4 LE through a gauntlet of Moab trails at the infamous Rally on…

ASSAULT RACING’S EL GENERAL 4

-- PROJECT UTV -- Polaris’ General, particularly the General 4, has been very popular ever since its introduction. Even though they sell very well as sport/utility vehicles, the General 4 isn’t the first machine you think of as the basis for a wide-open-spaces race car. But that is the beauty of a company as multifaceted as Assault Racing in creating such a project. Naturally, they wouldn’t have picked a General if they didn’t think it could be a contender, but this machine is both a racer and a showcase for Assault…

PROJECT WILDCAT TRAIL 700

-- And it can still be hauled inside a van! --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels - This could be the lowest-budget UTV project that we have ever covered in Dirt Wheels. Derek Hunt and his brother Chris spend their days creating incredibly exotic electric bikes for their company, Hi-Power Cycles (www.hi-powercycles.com). Don’t tell anyone, but despite their penchant for things electric, the brothers harbor a fondness for things powered by gasoline. Very few of their high-end electric bikes cost less than what Derek forked…

CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X ds TURBO R

-- Testing Can-Am’s best 64-inch car with no-brainer mods -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Can-Am continues to have a huge presence in the UTV market with multiple iterations of the Maverick X3 platform. The X3 is available with a 64-inch track width and a 72-inch width. Of the 64-inch machines, the $25,399 Maverick X3 X ds Turbo R is the best equipped. Key among the updates are the premium Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 piggyback shocks with dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. The X ds also comes stock with…

PROJECT POLARIS GENERAL 1000

-- Four-star warrior from a workhorse --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels The General is the commanding officer in the army of sport utility UTVs that Polaris builds. The machine has been a sales success for good reason. It offers RZR-like performance and suspension in a trail-friendly package that is ready and able to work. If you want to play/hunt/camp but need to convince the family or the tax man that you are buying a tool, the General is ideal. No matter the type of UTV that you are considering, it is typical for an…

POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S TEST

-- Is it the new king of UTVs? -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan. Polaris is coming up with some truly interesting and exceptional machines for 2018. The latest and most extreme in performance is the RZR XP Turbo S. It is a two-seat platform that looks like a redux of the classic RZR XP rolling chassis from the outside. This is a case of beauty being more than skin-deep. Beauty starts with stronger bones for the frame. Polaris says “all-new frame,” though existing bodywork appears to bolt up. As…

2019 CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT X RC

-- On The Rocks UTV Test --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can-Am has made certain that Dirt Wheels has been along for the entire rise of the new Maverick line. The first release was the 50-inch Maverick Trail 800 and 1000. Fifty-inch machines are vital for some trail networks, but they are by definition a little limited in appeal, so we were not at all surprised when Can-Am released the Maverick Sport. Using the same basic skeleton and V-twin engine architecture, Can-Am announced the 60-inch-wide Maverick Sport…

RAT-ROD RZR

-- A wild old-timer custom build -- By Casey Kramer Most of the builds we feature in Dirt Wheels magazine are all about the bling and the speed. This diamond-in the-rough XP 1000, on the other hand, was chosen because it caught our attention with its unique design and purpose. Being a mechanical engineer by trade, project owner Jonathan wanted something with style that would withstand his “work hard, play harder” mentality. The inspiration for the “Old-Timer” originally came from a love of classic ’30s-era trucks…

PROJECT POLARIS RS1

-- Single seater build by Sector 7 -- Pro Moto Billet has been an innovator in off-road for many years. It started with billet parts, added Fastway to the stable, and now has brought its own brand of innovation to the UTV market. Its signature UTV part is a truly exceptional mirror set with powerful built-in lights that illuminate ahead and to the side. Do we have lights available? Or mirrors? Certainly, but Pro Moto Billet’s UTV arm, Sector 7, is combining both in a quality, innovative package. PMB is a family company,…

DO-IT-ALL EVO WILDCAT XX

-- Testing one angry ’Cat -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Evo Powersports is known for ramping the power up on turbocharged UTVs. With Evo products, you can make some massive gains. In fact, we have driven the company’s 400-horsepower Can-Am Maverick X3. But this Textron (now Arctic Cat again in 2019) Wildcat XX is an entirely different breed of ’Cat. Evo went into this project gambling that they will have a head start when and if the Wildcat XX comes in a turbocharged version. They readily admitted that the R&D…

2019 HONDA TALON 1000R TEST

-- A six-speed sport UTV that handles the hype -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our first drive in the all-new Honda Talon 1000R literally lasted minutes. Since then it has felt like the minutes would never end between that first ride and an opportunity for serious seat time, but the time finally arrived. We got a solid day in the Talon 1000R at Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah. Sand Hollow is stunning to look at, and it has a wide range of riding and driving conditions packed into a single riding area. Plus,…