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MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000 MXU TEST

-- Comes with air-conditioning, heater and more -- Massimo is bumping the rev limiter with 2020 UTVs, and no sooner does Massimo introduce the Warrior 1000X (tested last moth) that the Texas-based manufacturer unleashes the Warrior 1000 MXU High-Volume Air Conditioning (HVAC) three-seat and Warrior MXU-6 1000 Crew HVAC! We flew to Texas to experience the all-new Warrior MXU HVAC, which is among the least-expensive UTVs to come equipped with air conditioning and heating. We’ll bring you a test of the new MXU-6 as soon as we…

2019 POLARIS RANGER 150

-- Testing a fun youth machine -- Polaris was the first major manufacturer to produce a youth-sized sport UTV nearly 10 years ago—the RZR 170. This year Polaris has introduced another youth model styled after the utility-oriented Ranger line—the Ranger 150. Although this machine is a two-seater, the chassis and engine are nearly identical to the single-seat Ace. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun, because it’s two times the fun. HOW DOES IT COMPARE? For 2019 Polaris set the retail price at $5499 for the Ranger 150. The…

THE NEW NOVEMBER ISSUE IS HERE

-- It's at your local stores and newsstands now -- You'll want to make sure you get a copy of the new November 2019 issue of UTV Action magazine. In fact, you shouldn't miss any issues. Get every issue delivered to your home and pay much less than what they cost at the store. Right now is the lowest price of the year for a subscription to UTV Action magazine. Pay only $17.99 for 12 issues and we also give you a $25 gift card too. You actually make $7 on the deal. It takes just a minute to sign up here >…

KAWASAKI TERYX4 800FI LE

-- Smooth operator at a good price -- While there are more and more choices for family four-seat fun in the UTV market, the Kawasaki Teryx4 remains an excellent choice with a short wheelbase, excellent build quality, and a lot of bang for the buck. Its comparatively low price allows the owner to customize the Teryx4 for specific types of riding or adventures and still come in below the cost of other four-seat UTVs. We got a chance to check out a heavily accessorized Limited Edition Teryx4 at the Moab Rally on the Rocks.…

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…

ARCTIC CAT HAVOC X TEST

-- A HIGHER 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. Arctic Cat’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 Stampede, but it’s so heavily upgraded, it’s practically a new machine. A larger, more powerful engine, longer travel suspension; sport seats; a…

NEW HONDA TALON 1000X FIRST TEST

-- Would you be happier with the X or R model? -- When Honda comes to play, people take notice. For 2019 Honda came with two new models—the Talon 1000R and Talon 1000X. This is what we thought of the 64-inch-wide, $20,000 Talon 1000X. WHAT DOES IT COMPARE TO? It depends. If you are talking price, the YXZ1000R, base Maverick Turbo and RZR XP-T are in the fight; however, spec-wise, it’s under-suspended compared to those but has a list of other assets that make it worthy of consideration. HOW’S THE POWER?…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT MAX 1000 DPS

-- Testing a sporty 4-seater -- Can-Am’s two-seat Maverick Sport UTVs come in more flavors than most drivers can keep track of. There’s the base model, the DPS, the X rc rock crawler and the X mr mud racer, and among those models you can choose a 75-horsepower or 100-horsepower engine and a 60-inch or 64-inch width. If you’re after a 60-inch-wide Can-Am four-seater, things are far simpler; there’s only one—the Maverick Sport Max DPS. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The Maverick Sport Max DPS is $18,999. Polaris’ 60-inch wide…

2019 POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO S

-- Testing the fastest & strongest 4-seater UTV from Polaris -- At a glance, the RZR Turbo S four-seat looks like the other four-seat RZRs in the lineup; however, park the new model next to a current XP 4 and you will see a huge difference. It’s taller, wider and will handle wide-open trails way better. Look a little closer at the chassis and you will see a much beefier frame and robust suspension components that will advance the RZR’s reliability over some of its closest competition. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? At…

SSR SRU170RS

-- Testing a mini UTV for young off-roaders -- Manufacturers don’t need to make youth UTVs more exciting to get kids interested; they’re crazy about them already. SSR did it anyway. Cool stying, aluminum wheels, LED lights, big bumpers and useful features like a spare tire, mirrors and instrumentation make the SSR SRU170RS stand out. We tested one to see if its performance is as impressive as its looks. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The SSR SRU170RS is $3949. An upgraded version with restyled headlights and taillights, a…

KAWASAKI TERYX4 800FI LE

-- Trail testing an affordable 4-seater UTV -- In a world where many four-seat UTVs cost $20,000 to $30,000, Kawasaki’s Teryx4 800FI delivers a lot of performance, good looks and family fun at a hard-to-beat price. While the basic design hasn’t changed in years, the Teryx4 does many things very well in stock form, and it enjoys a lot of support from the aftermarket, which can turn it into a long-travel, off-road limo.  WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019? For 2019, Teryx4s get new graphics and color choices; new Metallic Carbon…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT 1000X RC

-- UTV Action Test -- Can-Am has cornered the turbo UTV market with its extensive line of Maverick X3s, and Maverick X3 DNA has found its way into the 50-inch Maverick Trail 800s and 1000s for 2018. It was inevitable that the 50-inch Trails would lead to the 2019 60-inch Maverick Sport 1000, which we initially tested in November 2018. We were mightily impressed with the 100-horsepower Maverick Sport 1000R, but we recently experienced a sport UTV that would even best the 1000R. We got to test the Maverick Sport 1000X rc at…

KAWASAKI MULE PRO-FXT

-- Testing a top utility machine -- When recreational UTVs first started infiltrating the ATV world, you had two great do-it-all machines in the Yamaha Rhino and the Polaris Ranger XP 700. The original UTV, the Kawasaki Mule, was all work and no play. Fast-forward a decade and Kawasaki has several UTVs for the sport and Rec/Ute markets, as well as a ton on the pure utility side of things. At the top of the Rec/Ute list is the Mule Pro-FXT. This vehicle starts at $13,099 and has a strong work ethic, but can also be used as a…

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…

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD

-- Yes, I drove Honda's new Talon -- By Joe Kosch It may surprise you to know that I am the most interesting man in the world. Frankly, I was surprised myself. My life was completely normal, except that I get to drive a lot of very cool UTVs in neat places, and then something extra special happened—I got to drive the new Honda Talon sport UTVs before most people. It was a brief ride, but I got to take turns as driver and passenger in the Talon 1000R and the Talon 1000X. Suddenly, I can be around a familiar crowd of UTVers…

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…