Browsing Tag

UTV test reviews

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…