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2019 MASSIMO WARRIOR 800

-- Testing a rugged, full-metal UTV for the outdoorsman -- This Warrior uses an 800cc, V-twin four-stroke with four valves per cylinder—very similar to Can-Am’s V-twin. It is fuel injected with a single throttle body feeding both cylinders. It puts out 60 horsepower. The smaller 700 uses a 686cc, single-cylinder powerplant similar to the Yamaha engine that powers many of its ATVs and SxS’. It produces 34 horsepower and costs $10,799. The Warrior 800 we are testing here sells for $12,999. HOW BIG IS IT? The overall…

KAWASAKI MULE PRO-MX EPS LE

-- Testing an affordable, compact size UTV -- The new Mule Pro-MX is a 60-inch-wide two-seat machine with a compact 78.9-inch wheelbase. Full-size Pro-Series Mules are 64 inches wide, seat three or six, and have a 92.5-inch wheelbase. HOW ARE ITS WORK CREDENTIALS? Full size. The Pro-MX’s cargo bed can carry 700 pounds, and the machine can tow 1500 pounds. The cab floor and cargo bed floor are steel. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The Mule Pro-MX EPS starts at $11,999. Our test machine, the Pro-MX EPS LE is $12,499. The…

MASSIMO GUNNER 150S

-- Testing a new UTV for younger drivers -- Polaris invented the youth UTV market with the first RZR 170. However, it didn’t take long for the competition to come out with their own youth UTV. The first was Pitster Pro with a decent machine called the Double X. The latest youth model to arrive is the Massimo Gunner 150S, and our pint-sized test driver had a chance to test it out. WHAT DOES IT COST? The Gunner 150S starts at $3799. The Gunner 250 sells for $4749. WHO DOES IT FIT? Kids 12 and over as small as…

HONDA PIONEER 1000-5 LE

-- The Talon's more civilized brother -- Honda has one of the most respected reputations for engineering and quality in motorsports, so we expect great things from its UTVs. This month we test Honda’s most expensive Pioneer, the 1000-5 LE with available seating for five, to see if it delivers. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? Prices start at $16,699 for the Pioneer 1000-5 and range to $20,899 for our test machine, the Pioneer 1000-5 LE. The three-seat Pioneer 1000 starts at $14,499 and goes to $20,299 for the LE. Can-Am’s…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT TEST

-- V-twin 1000 woods machine -- Can-Am’s X3 is taking over the high-performance UTV world in the 64-inch- and 72-inch-wide segments. For the tight-woods guys, they have a 50-inch Maverick called the Trail, and it’s giving the RZR a run for its money. For the midsize world, the Maverick Sport broke on the scene this year, and recently we had a chance to get behind the wheel of this exciting 60-inch wide woods machine. WHAT ENGINE DOES IT USE? For this Maverick, Can-Am is using its latest Rotax V-twin powerplant. The…

TEXTRON HAVOC X TEST

-- A NEW PERFORMANCE VERSION OF THE STAMPEDE -- Crossover UTVs come with power and suspension you could only find on the most serious sport models not long ago, and they can work as hard as the best utility machines. Textron’s Havoc X is the newest vehicle in this cool, new category, so we couldn’t wait to see how it performs. WHAT’S NEW? The Havoc X is based on the Textron Stampede, but it’s so heavily upgraded, it’s practically a new machine. A larger, more powerful engine, longer travel suspension; sport seats; a…

MASSIMO T-BOSS 550

-- Testing a well-equipped $8199 UTV -- If you’ve been wanting a new UTV but the price has put you off, you need to know about Massimo’s T-Boss 550. It costs just $8199, and it comes with more extras than many brands’ special editions. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The T-Boss 550 is $8199. Massimo also has the more utility-styled T-Boss 500 for $7999 and the T-Boss 410 for $7199. Cub Cadet’s Challenger 550 is $9999. Hisun’s Sector 550 is $8999.The Polaris Ranger 500 is $8999. Can-am’s Defender HD5 is $9999. WHAT…

POLARIS RZR 900 EPS

-- Testing a trail width RZR starting at $12,999 -- Trail-width UTVs may be a new thing to some manufacturers but not for Polaris. Polaris started the 50-inch UTV trend and the whole sport UTV sensation with the RZR 800 ten years ago. Let’s see what the latest 50-inch RZR, the RZR 900 EPS, is like. HOW DOES COST COMPARE The RZR 900 starts at $12,999. Our test machine, the RZR 900 EPS, is $14,799. Can-Am’s Maverick Trails start at $10,999 for the base 800. The Trail 1000 is $12,999. The Trail 800 DPS is $12,999, and…

KAWASAKI MULE PRO-FXT RANCH EDITION

-- Putting a top ranch hand to the test -- When Kawasaki unleashed the Mule Pro-FXT, the ad campaign invited the UTV enthusiast to “transform your life.” The television ad showed the FXT ripping through deep woods toting grinning occupants. Unlike the Mule Pro-FXR tested in March 2018, the FX Transformer quickly converts from a single-seat with a three-person capacity and 1000-pound-capacity large bed to a two-seat, six-person mover. It’s designed to work hard and play hard, and even make work seem like play. We got a…

CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL 1000 DPS

-- Testing a fast machine for tight trails -- Here at UTV Action, we like 50-inch-wide UTVs as much as the most powerful, longest-travel machines out there, because they can go places the baddest UTVs can’t. Access to narrow trails automatically gives you more places to ride, which is always a good thing. Can-Am’s new-for-2018 Maverick Trail models put X3-inspired performance and handling in a 50-inch package, so we couldn’t wait to see how the top-of-the-line 1000 DPS performs. WHAT MAKES THE MAVERICK TRAIL 1000 DPS…

NEW RZR XP TURBO S

-- TESTING THE HOTTEST UTV FROM POLARIS -- The new 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S is much more than a 72-inch-wide, long-travel RZR with 32-inch tires. Polaris made the suspension pick-up points on the frame stronger and added two more downtubes at the back of the roll cage. The steering rack, A-arms and trailing arms are all thicker and stronger, while a new dash, roof and grill finish off the list of major improvements. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? Price-wise, it’s only $1500 more than the standard Dynamix RZR XP Turbo. It…

POLARIS ACE 900 XC

-- Testing a fast single-seater UTV -- Polaris aimed its first Ace single-seat UTVs at off-roaders who wanted fun, affordable, entry-level trail machines. The Ace 900 XC is more affordable than many sport UTVs, but it’s a whole different high-performance animal than the smaller Aces. Hit the gas hard enough on this beast and it’ll aim for the sky! WHAT KIND OF UTV IS IT? It’s a 59-inch-wide, single-seat sport machine with 78 horsepower and  more than a foot of suspension travel, front and rear. HOW DOES COST…

THE NEW AUGUST 2018 ISSUE IS HERE!

-- Make sure you get the latest UTV Action -- UTV of the year and more stuff you'll want to see in the new August issue. It's on sale at your local newsstands now, or you can get us to deliver it right to your home. You get a $25 gift card and 12 issues of the magazine for only $19.99. Yep, you actually make $5 on the deal. Check out the special discount offer here> https://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-atv-utv-action/ Below is a preview of what all you'll see in the new August 2018 issue... .…

KAWASAKI TERYX LE TEST

-- A great machine at a lower price -- Kawasaki’s Teryx has long been a favorite of UTV Action for its off-road capabilities, durability and rugged good looks. Add long travel, and the Teryx becomes even more off-road-capable to the point of conquering the King of the Hammers UTV race, as Sara Price did in 2017. For 2018 all Teryx models get a $1250 price reduction, making the deal even sweeter. Let’s strap into the 2018 Teryx Limited Edition and take a spin. WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018? For 2018 the Teryxs get new color…

THE NEW JULY 2018 ISSUE IS HERE!

-- Make sure you get a copy -- The new July issue of UTV Action magazine is on sale at your local newsstands now. It's packed full of interesting stuff you'll want to see. If you want, you can save a trip to the store and have us deliver a copy to your home every month. You get 12 issues a year and a $25 gift card for only $19.99. Yeah, you actually make $5 in the deal. Sign up before this special discount offer ends. Check it out here> https://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-atv-utv-action/ Get a preview of…

TEST: TEXTRON WILDCAT XX

-- 125 Horsepower high-performance machine -- Textron unleashes its all-new 2018 Wildcat XX, and it has undergone many changes since we first reported on it in the August 2017 issue. Textron merged Robby Gordon’s RG Pro Wildcat 1000 with Yamaha’s Genesis three-cylinder snowmobile engine with CVT (but without the turbocharger) to create the 125-horsepower Wildcat XX. Textron actually increased rear travel over the original RG Pro and worked hard to deliver best-in-class suspension action and ride quality. Textron also went…