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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.

NEW MODELS: 2021 KAWASAKI UTVS & ATVS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ROCK & ROLL KAWASAKI LINEUP Some of the biggest news in the UTV world has been the entry of Kawasaki into the true sport side of the market, with the Teryx KRX 1000.  This Rock & Roll Kawasaki Lineup is impressive. Serious trail drivers have completely embraced the machine, and with good reason. The KRX has the perfect pedigree for technical trail driving: the right wheelbase, track width and ground clearance. The drivetrain and 4WD system are equally qualified to conquer all…

FIRST LOOK: 2021 ARCTIC CAT LINEUP

2021 ARCTIC CATS: FIRST LOOK By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2021 ARCTIC CATS: FIRST LOOK Specialized Vehicles (www.arcticcat.com.) has announced a complete 2021 line of handsome quads, nicely equipped utility/recreational UTVs, and the rowdy and ready Wildcat XX for sport UTV enthusiasts. Unlike some brands with a million esoterically named models, Arctic Cat has simplified its product lineup. At most, there are two different models for each displacement. For the quads, that means the normal…

XTC POWER PRODUCTS 2019 HONDA TALON TURBO

By the staff of Dirt Wheels XTC POWER PRODUCTS 2019 HONDA TALON TURBO Chris Leaming is a facilitator. He and his father Rob are partners in Gilbert, Arizona-based XTC Power Products. They moved there to grow their company that specializes in UTV electronic parts, such as street-legal turn-signal kits, and switch and wiring solutions. Rob and Chris have owned and built a large number of machines over the years. Despite not owning many Hondas lately, Leaming describes himself as a “Honda guy.” Among his current…

2020 POLARIS GENERAL DELUXE

* A look back at the 2020 Polaris General Deluxe model. When Polaris came up with the concept of the General, it proved to be a whale of an idea—an idea that created or at least redefined the sport-utility segment of the UTV market. The General has all the payload, bed-load capacity, and towing of all but the best utility models. The bed is not as large, but it can move a significant amount of stuff for work or for play. One of the drivers for…

P51 TAKES FLIGHT

By the staff of Dirt Wheels *A Build of an Assault Industries UTV know as "P51". So many companies build truly amazing machines for the annual Sand Sports Super Show that it is difficult to come up with a combination that literally stands out in a massive crowd. As builders of many impressive machines, Assault Industries knows that standing out in such a crowd takes an over-the-top effort, thus their newest Assault Vehicle. Assault Ind. was up to the task. We spotted the Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S…

EVO HUSTLER: 600-HP CAN-AM X3

By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by the staff and Evolution Powersports EVO HUSTLER Late in 2018, we had the chance to drive some cool projects built as rolling test beds for ideas from the mad scientists at Evolution Powersports (EVP). In addition, we had sampled some project builds that chose EVP hop-ups for the engines. In all cases, the performance was eye-opening and impressive whether the base car was a Can-Am, Polaris, or even a Wildcat XX. EVO HUSTLER We had seen the team’s Can-Am X3…

RANGER COMPARISON: 1000 PREMIUM vs. XP 1000 PREMIUM

RANGER COMPARISON Win a free set of tires and wheels by taking our 2021 Readers Survey HERE. With so many versions to choose from, we thought a Ranger comparison could shed some light on what model is right for you. 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 best seller, and there was little motivation to mess with…

2020 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS XT-R

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2020 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS XT-R.  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, and that’s exactly what Yamaha did to please tight-trail tamers. We lovingly dubbed the 2020 Yamaha YXZ1000R SS with the XT-R package the “Backwoods Bandit” due to its sinister color…

POLARIS RANGER 150

By the staff of Dirt Wheels POLARIS RANGER 150.  There is 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 great drivers years before they are ready to hit the road. We like to get kids behind the wheel early, and a new youth-sized UTV is a great way to do it. This test took place with a 2019 model, and the only change Polaris made to the machine is to add green and white color options. On the…

McGRATH’S KRX 1000 KOH PRE-RUNNER

By Staff of DIRT WHEELS McGRATH’S  KRX 1000 KOH PRE-RUNNER. 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 motorcycle hill-climb in Billings, Montana, where he missed winning the event by one-tenth of a second riding borrowed bikes he had never sat on before. In another…

DIRT WHEELS RZR TURBO S

By the staff of Dirt Wheels DIRT WHEELS RZR TURBO S 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 this RZR, which we have named “Rocky,” was to tackle nasty desert obstacles like you’d find in Southern California’s Johnson Valley, home of the infamous King of the Hammers UTV race. To do so, you must protect the…

2020 CAN-AM DEFENDER PRO HD10 DPS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2020 CAN-AM DEFENDER PRO HD10 DPS. 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 for rec-utility UTVs: short front end, big cab area and a compact bed area. Can-Am has changed that look with the Pro. The concept began when a Can-Am engineer was looking at a Crew model. He realized that a…