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ATTACK of the affordable UTVs!

October 27, 2016
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Just like lots of UTV Action readers, I have to avoid tripping on my tongue when I see a machine like Can-Am’s Maverick X3, the Polaris RZR XP 1000 Gold Matte Metallic LE, or Arctic Cat’s RG Pro Wildcat 1000 X Limited. That can be embarrassing when lots of people are around, like when those machines are on display at the crowded Sand Sports show. I’m usually so entranced by the technology and style of high end UTVs don’t even think about the prices on these rigs until I have to research the facts for an article, but I’ve got to admit, they’re pretty shocking. That Can-Am X3 starts at 23 grand. A base Wildcat X is eighteen-five, and that gold RZR XP 1000 LE will set you back $24,000.


The coolest thing about the surge in UTV sales is, there are as many new, affordable entry level models as top of the line rides. Fortunately for working class UTV enthusiasts, the manufacturers are smart enough to know not everybody is ready for a high end, ultra high performance machine. Okay, you’re not going to get a 100 horsepower UTV for half the price of the high performance monsters, but trust me, you don’t need 100 horses to have fun, especially in a smaller, lighter vehicle. If you can drive well at all, you should be able to lure your friends with high end, high horsepower rigs into some trails where a small machine can put the moves on bigger, more powerful machines.


Here are some examples of UTVs with prices under $11,000: Arctic Cat’s Prowler 500 is $9499. Honda’s Pioneer 700 starts at $10,499 and the Pioneer 500 is only $8999. Kawasaki’s new 2WD Mule SX is $7299 and the Mule SX 4×4 starts at $8099. The top of the line Mule SX 4×4 XC SE is just $9399. Odes Comrade 500 is $7799. Polaris has the Ace 500 for $6999, the Ace 570 for $8499 and the Ace 570 SP for $9999, the $10,299 RZR 570, the $8999 Ranger 500 and the Ranger 570 for $9999. Kymco’s powerful UXV 700 is just $8999, and the UXV 500i and UXV 450i both start at $7999. Yamaha’s awesome Wolverine 700 starts at $10,999. Want more choices? Bad Boy, Hisun and CF Moto each have several models under $11,000!


Lower priced UTVs have more going for them than affordability too:
-Smaller, less expensive UTVs are easier and less expensive to move around. Many small UTVs fit in the beds of full size pickups, so you don’t need to buy, register, maintain or store a trailer, or observe those lovely lower speed limits for vehicles with trailers. Your UTV may be slower than some of your friends’, but you’ll get to where the riding is faster!
-You can buy two or three inexpensive UTVs for less than the price of a single high priced machine. Some UTV enthusiasts like being a passenger as much or more than driving, but most can’t wait for a turn in the driver’s seat. Low priced UTVs let more family members drive everywhere they go in their own machines.
-Small, inexpensive UTVs go where big machines can’t. As great as the big high performance rides are, you can’t take them on trails limited to 50 inch wide machines, like you can with the Honda Pioneer 500 and the Polaris RZR 570, Ace 500, 570, and 570 SP.
-Small machines are great to start out on. Not everyone has the same level of driving talent, and even experienced highway drivers have a lot to learn when they get into the dirt. As tempting and thrilling as high performance UTVs are, smaller, less machines are better to learn with.
-Small UTVs are economical to run. Gas prices are momentarily less insane than they have been, but no matter what the prices are, a fuel sipping 450 or 500 that runs on regular is cheaper to feed than a 1000 that requires premium.
-I’ll take driving a smaller, slower UTV over not driving a UTV any day. I’m all for the idea of saving up for a dream machine, but if you do the math and you’re going to miss years of off road fun with your friends to get some super high performance model, you should at least consider the machines you can afford right now. The list of machines in your price range is probably longer than you might think!

By Joe Kosch

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