— Testing the rugged, all-metal UTV —
Massimo goes big with the new Warrior 1000X five-seat UTV, and Warriors are the Humvees of UTVs. We were impressed with the Warrior 800 tested in April 2019, and the new 1000X is even more impressive with its 80-horsepower V-twin powerplant. The Warrior even has optional tracks for operation in deep snow. Massimo says its Warriors are the toughest UTVs on the market.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Warrior 1000X five-seat UTV is $15,995. The new Warrior 1000 MXU HVAC is $22,985, while the Warrior 800 is $12,995 and the 700 is $10,799. All Warriors also have the option of a heater for winter riding.
WHAT EXTRAS ARE STANDARD EQUIPMENT?
Massimo offers a long list of standard features for the Warrior 1000X, including a 4,500-pound winch, stout bumpers with a rear step platform, A-arm guards, side mirrors, a roof, three-position split windscreen, bucket seats, turn signals, emergency flashers, horn, front and rear locking diffs, LED headlights, 14-inch aluminum rims, 2-inch receiver hitch, hydraulic-dumping bed, removable bed sides, a front storage bed with tie-down points and rails, and removable rear seats.
HOW FAST IS THE WARRIOR?
It has got yank! The 80-horsepower V-twin pulls hard, provides good acceleration and will slide the rear end out for tighter turning in 2WD. It’s noticeably faster than the 800 and has a mean-sounding growl. It tops out around 65 miles per hour in high. This engine will also power a new sport UTV from Massimo in 2020.
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s military grade. EFI and CVT tuning are well matched, and the Warrior has ample compression braking. Low range is really effective, and both diffs can be locked for traction or unlocked for tighter turning or turf protection. The dash-mounted range selector is gated for positive shift, but the throw is long.
HOW GOOD IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s set up firm for taut handling. Dual-A-arm suspension at all four corners, and firm preload-adjustable shocks deliver just under 10 inches of travel, and a rear torsion bar helps the shocks fight body roll in turns.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
Great! For a machine that weighs almost a ton, it’s very agile and planted in turns. It even turns better than the new T-Boss 750, yet it is very stable. The 70-inch width and stiff settings let you really throw it into turns. Compression braking helps it set up for faster turns, and it powers out with authority.
HOW ARE THE BRAKES?
They could be stronger. Dual-piston front and single-puck rear hydraulic calipers squeeze large, perforated rotors, and brake lines are braided stainless steel, but it takes a lot of pedal pressure to haul the 1000X down from speed. There is a fifth caliper for parking on inclines, and compression braking backs up the disc brakes.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS AND COMFORT?
Mostly good. The bucket seats are comfortable, supportive and adjustable. The steering wheel is sturdy and well-shaped with thumb nubs, and the tilt steering has a lot of adjustment. Footing is excellent for bracing in the cab, but the passenger hand-holds are high on the cage, like motorcycle ape-hanger handlebars. Side hand-holds make entrance and egress easier, but there are no cup holders in the cabin. Noise and vibration are low in the cabin, and the windshield is adjustable for airflow. The side mirrors are nice and large, and the large glove box locks.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
We’re even more impressed with the Massimo Warrior 1000X than the Warrior 800. It has great power and handling, and the suspension is well-tuned. This is one of the best-equipped UTVs we’ve tested, and it’s built to be tough. The 1000X has plenty of elbow room in the cabin for three and two more in back. We can’t wait to check out the 2020 Warrior 1000 MXU HVAC!
MASSIMO WARRIOR 1000X
Engine type V-twin, liquid cooled, 8-valve, OHC,
Bore x stroke 91.0mm x 75.0mm
Compression ratio 11:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Starting procedure Turn ignition key
Choke location N/A
Type Foam pre-filter and pleated paper filter
Access Tool-less, remove center seat and undo 2 clips
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/reverse
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/front and rear
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 12.7 gal.
Overall length/width/height 131”/70”/77”
Ground clearance 12.5”
Dry weight 1830 lb
Bed weight limit 500 lb
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1,500 lb
Frame Steel round tube
Front Dual A-arms w/preload adjustable shocks/10”
Rear Dual A-arms w/preload adjustable shocks/10”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Lever on console
DC outlet Console
Front 2 35W LED headlights
Rear LED brake/tail light
Instrumentation Analog & LCD digital multimeter
Colors Black, Sand
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $15,995
Contact Massimo (877) 881-6376;