MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000 HVAC
Massimo’s line of military-grade Warrior UTVs, billed as the toughest UTVs on the market, grows to five with the Massimo Warrior 1000 MXU-6 HVAC LSV. The six-passenger utility UTV with fully enclosed cabin has a high-volume air-conditioner and heater to take the sweat or frostbite out of extreme-weather UTV work and play. We tested the three-seat MXU in summer conditions and now check out the MXU-6 in winter wetness. All aboard!
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The new Massimo Warrior 1000 MXU-6 HVAC is $26,995. The Warrior 1000X five-seat UTV is $15,995, while the Warrior 800 is $12,995 and the 700 is $10,799. The Polaris XP1000 Crew starts at $18,099 for the Premium and goes to $20,299 for the Texas Edition. The Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Northstar starts at $26,299. Polaris’ three-passenger 2020 Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar Edition is $23,999. The Can-Am Defender HD10 Max Limited is $27,899.
WHAT EXTRAS ARE STANDARD EQUIPMENT?
Massimo has an impressive list of standard features that include two LED light bars, a 5,500-pound winch, LED headlights with halos, turn signals and emergency flashers, a horn, tilt steering wheel with variable-assist EPS, an electronic/hydraulic tilt bed with 500-pound capacity, side mirrors, rear-view mirror, independently adjustable bucket seats for six, and cabin carpet for reduced sound.
The Warrior MXU-6 1000 also has a glass windshield with wiper and washer, doors with sliding plexiglass panels, keyed door locks, an LED work light, rear windshield, and high intake ducts behind the cab. The HVAC unit has a vortex-type 48KW air-conditioning compressor with a refrigeration displacement of 66ML per rotation and an 1800–7200-rpm speed.
HOW FAST IS THE WARRIOR?
It’s not as fast as the three-seat MXU, due to the added weight. The V-twin engine has serious torque and puts out 72 horsepower. It propels the Warrior MXU-6 up to 55 mph in high. It just takes a while to get there, hence the “LSV” (low-speed vehicle) designation.
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
The MXU-6 is super smooth. The CVT tuning and EFI throttle mapping are very well-matched, and the HVAC Warrior doesn’t do anything unexpected. The dash-mounted range selector is smooth but has a fairly long throw. The 2WD/4WD selector also has a locking diff position, and the MXU-6 is very sure-footed and planted in diff-lock and 2WD.
HOW GOOD IS THE SUSPENSION?
It is good. Dual A-arms at every corner have a well-tuned shock, and travel is a tad under 10 inches. Shocks are sprung and damped well for the MXU-6’s weight, and the ride is on the stiff side, so it doesn’t blow through the travel and bottom easily.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It handles like an off-road limousine. With a 123-inch wheelbase, the MXU-6 wheelbase is 8 inches longer than that of a Can-Am Defender Max. It turns more like a limo than a sport UTV, and there is a lot of high-placed weight with the enclosed cab, which adds to body roll. There is a stout rear torsion bar but no front. EPS assist makes steering effort light, and it has tight steering, but switchbacks will require one or more shifts into reverse.
HOW ARE THE BRAKES?
They’re the same as on the three-seat MXU. The extra weight of the MXU-6 makes them seem weaker, but they’re backed by impressive engine braking. Each 27-inch tire has a ventilated rotor and hydraulic two-piston caliper with braided-steel brake lines.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS AND COMFORT?
They’re excellent. All six bucket seats adjust independently and are removable. The driver’s-side rear seat sits above the battery and electrics. The rear center seat covers the air filter, and the right rear seat sits above the 12.7-gallon fuel cell and EFI fuel pump. Shoulder belts are comfortable, but the passenger hand holds are very high. The floor is covered with a very nice padded carpet to keep engine noise and heat out.
The full windshield even has an electric wiper and washer, and the full doors have lower plexiglass panels for extra trail vision and sliding upper panels for adjusting the side mirrors. They also have keyed door locks and inner and outer latches.
The high-volume air conditioning has four dash vents that blow cold or heated air towards occupants. It has a variable-speed adjuster on the dash and a heater setting. The hydraulic tilting bed has a control toggle behind the left door, along with a switch for an LED work light over the bed. The MXU-6 HVAC has a very well-thought-out cabin, and the carpet is so nice you’re going to want floor mats to keep it clean.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Massimo’s entire Warrior UTV line is impressive, and the MXU-6 HVAC is its flagship. Comfort is astounding, and the machine is as capable of conquering gnarly terrain as the other 1000s. Evolution is rapid in the Warrior stable, with new ducts blasting air towards the driver and passengers. Being a heavy-duty vehicle with sedate acceleration, it’s an off-road limo for any condition except sand dunes. And, its list of standard features is longer than its wheelbase.
MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000 MXU-6
Engine type V-twin, liquid cooled, 8-valve, OHC,
Bore x stroke 91.0mm x 75.0mm
Compression ratio 11:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Starting procedure Turn ignition key
Choke location N/A
Type Foam pre-filter and pleated paper filter
Access Tool-less, remove center seat and undo
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/reverse
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ front and rear
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 12.7 gal.
Overall length/width/height 163.7”/75.3”/76.7”
Ground clearance 12.9”
Dry weight 2,138 lb.
Bed weight limit 500 lb.
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1,500 lb.
Frame Steel round tube
Front Dual A-arms w/ preload adjustable shocks/10”
Rear Dual A-arms w/ preload adjustable shocks/10”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Lever on console
DC outlet Console
Front 2 35W LED headlights
Rear LED brake/taillight
Instrumentation Analog & LCD digital multimeter
Colors Green, black, yellow
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $26,995
Contact Massimo; (877) 881-6376;
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