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2021 CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P TEST

2021 CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P TEST The Commander was the first UTV from Can-Am. It was introduced soon after the RZR. It had more creature comforts and a much better trailing-arm rear-suspension system, whereas the RZR had A-arms. Another unique feature of the original Commander is that it had two compartments in its dumping bed—a standard one on top and a semi-sealed one underneath. What we hated about that Commander was that the engine and clutch (CVT belt) were between the passengers and under a bunch of bodywork, making it…

2021 FOUR-TO-SIX-SEAT RECREATION UTVs

2021 FOUR-TO-SIX-SEAT RECREATION UTVs Want a vehicle that can hold your whole crew of friends, family or fellow workers; conquer rough terrain; carry and tow serious weight; ride comfortably; and deliver impressive handling and acceleration? It sounds like too much to ask, but the 2021 four-to-six-seat recreation utility UTVs do it all. Some models, like the Yamaha RMAX4 and Polaris General, are true sport utility machines with sport UTV-like power and suspension, while most are less sporty but still fun and very capable.…

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X2 R-SPEC 850/XT-R

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X2 R-SPEC 850/XT-R The 2021 Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec 850/XT-R seats two and is powered by a torquey, smooth, quiet, 847cc, eight valve, double overhead cam parallel twin. The fully automatic continuously variable transmission features a centrifugal clutch with a sprag clutch for precise power delivery, predictable engine braking and extra drive belt life. Yamaha Wolverines have a 10-year belt warranty. Wolverines are 62.2 inches wide for maneuverability on tight trails. They have double A-arm…

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE RMAX2 1000/XT-R/LE

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE RMAX2 1000/XT-R/LE The all new 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000/XT-R/LE is a two seat, 66.1 inch wide sport utility machine with a fully automatic transmission and a 108 horsepower, 999cc parallel twin that offers three power delivery modes: Sport, Trail and Crawl. The RMAX2 1000 has double A-arm front and rear suspension with 14.2 inches of travel up front and 16.9 inches of travel in the rear. The base model has Fox QS3 piggyback reservoir shocks with tool-less compression damping adjustment…

2021 TRACKER SVX1000/CAMO

2021 TRACKER SVX1000/CAMO Made by Arctic Cat, the two seat, 64 inch wide 2021 Tracker SVX1000/Camo sport utility UTV is mechanically identical to Arctic Cat’s discontinued Havoc 1000. The SVX1000 is powered by a strong, responsive 100-horsepower inline twin cylinder engine. Double A-arm front and rear suspension with spring preload adjustable shocks offer nearly 13 inches of travel. The SVX1000 also comes with an extended cab with 24 cubic feet of storage space, power steering, bolstered bench seats, full doors, steel…

POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE TEST

POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE TEST The Polaris General is basically the body of a comfortable recreation machine with a big, tilting cargo bed and a sport UTV underneath. UTV enthusiasts liked the combination so much, Polaris followed it up with the General XP 1000—a machine with longer travel suspension that’s more comfortable and lets you go even faster. We did the four-seat Polaris General XP 4 1000 Deluxe test for UTVers who want to go riding with the most people, the most cargo and still go fast. HOW DOES…

2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP1000 DELUXE/PURSUIT EDITION/FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION

2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP1000 DELUXE/PURSUIT EDITION/FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION The 2021 Polaris General XP1000 Deluxe/Pursuit Edition/Factory Custom Edition two seat sport utility machines join a 64” wide chassis and suspension with 14 inches of travel and high clearance A-arms with a 100 horsepower parallel twin. Fresh styling and 30-inch Pro Armor Crawler tires give these machines aggressive looks and impressive capability in rugged terrain. The Deluxe features full doors, a roof, rear view mirror, factory-installed Stage 1…

2021 KAWASAKI TERYX/CAMO/LE

2021 KAWASAKI TERYX/CAMO/LE The two-seat 2021 Kawasaki Teryx/Camo/LE models have large storage bins behind the seats and a tilting cargo bed. All Teryx models are powered by a 783cc V-twin that produces strong, sporty response for its size, and it’s very controllable thanks to Kawasaki’s automatic transmission, which features a belt-protecting centrifugal clutch on the primary clutch that also provides predictable four wheel engine braking in 4WD. Double A-arm front and rear suspension with 8 inches of travel up…

2021 HONDA PIONEER 500

2021 HONDA PIONEER 500 The 2021 Honda Pioneer 500 seats two and is 50 inches wide, so it’s perfect for width restricted trails and confined work areas. It also fits easily in the bed of a full sized pickup. Full of fuel, the Pioneer 500 weighs only 1025 pounds, so it has an outstandingly light, agile feel. The Pioneer 500 is powered by a 475cc, two valve, pushrod engine with a beltless, five speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually with car type paddle shifters. The transmission also provides predictable…

2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 PURSUIT EDITION

2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 PURSUIT EDITION Many hunters say utility and recreational utility UTVs are the best thing to happen to hunting since camo came along. Some hunters are in a hurry, and they found the faster, better-suspended Polaris General sport utility machine hit the target for the kind of driving they do. The new 2021 Polaris General XP 1000 Pursuit Edition combines the General’s impressive performance and practicality with special features for hunters. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The 2021 Polaris General XP…

2021 YAMAHA RMAX2 1000 XT-R

2021 YAMAHA RMAX2 1000 XT-R For a decade Yamaha has been trying to improve on the success of the Rhino. That machine started the entire recreational UTV movement back in 2004. At the time, it was fun, fast and ultra capable in gnarly terrain. Fast-forward 17 years and owners want that capability and reliability in a bigger machine. Is the Wolverine RMAX it? We tested the 2021 Yamaha RMAX2 1000 XT-R to find out. WHAT’S NEW FOR THE RMAX? While the base chassis is relatively the same as the older Wolverine X2,…

CAN-AM COMMANDER LIMITED

CAN-AM COMMANDER LIMITED The Can-Am Commander Limited is the most feature loaded Commander and it’s only available with the 92 horsepower 976cc engine. Standard equipment includes a Bluetooth-ready sound system with pod speakers, a Garmin Montana 650t touchscreen GPS for navigation and ride sharing, a roof, half windshield, H-D front brush guard, 4500-pound Warn winch, Fox 2.0 Podium QS3 easy-adjust shocks and special 14 inch cast aluminum wheels with 27 inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. It also comes with all the…

2021 YAMAHA RMAX 1000

2021 YAMAHA RMAX 1000 We don’t need to remind you 2020 has been a strange year for sure. Furthermore, it’s been relatively quiet on the new-model front. Sure, there have been updates and new colors, but as for all-new machines, only Robby Gordon had been stirring that pot—until Yamaha quietly surprised us late summer with the announcement of the all-new Wolverine RMAX 1000. Wolverine is Yamaha’s recreation machine brand, and the line is growing. From the original 700cc and R-Spec to the latest 850cc model with its…

POLARIS GENERAL DELUXE

POLARIS GENERAL DELUXE Sport UTVs may be the most fun invention of modern times, and utility UTVs may be the most useful. So, is it at all surprising that the Polaris General sport utility machine is so popular? Also called crossover UTVs, Polaris has expanded the General family to eight machines—five 2-seaters and three 4-seaters—to satisfy UTVers’ love for this style of machine. We tested the Polaris General Deluxe to see why Generals work so well for so many UTVers. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? Prices start at $15,999…

2020 POLARIS GENERAL SPORT

Just in time for spring-exploring season, Polaris releases the 2020 Polaris General Sport. The same features and benefits you love about this crossover recreational UTV are highlighted with Avalanche Gray-colored bodywork and bright yellow stripes. The shock springs are color-matched yellow as well. Aluminum wheels add to the list of upgrades on the 2020 General Sport, shod with 27-inch-all CST Clincher tires. Travel at both ends is right at 12 inches, and that number goes for ground clearance as well,…

2018 Yamaha Wolverine X4

The handling and capability of Yamaha's new sport utility vehicle showcased in beautiful North Carolina.