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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…

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…

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…