TOMCAR TX4

UTV manufacturers love to talk about how tough their machines are. Tomcar has been building military vehicles in America since 1992 for special operations missions where lives depend on toughness, capability in challenging terrain, and carrying capacity. The new Tomcar TX4 four-seater has already proven itself in combat; we tested it to see how it serves civilian UTVers.

TOMCAR TX4
The Tomcar’s 17 inches of ground clearance made rocky stream beds and steep drop-offs easy to handle.
IS IT LIKE OTHER UTVs?

There are more differences than similarities. Like some UTVs, the Tomcar TX4 has trailing arm rear suspension, but the trailing arms house sealed triplex chain drive to the rear wheels, which eliminates rear axle problems. Also, the front A-arms are made from big pieces of 1/4-inch-thick steel flat stock rather than tubing, and the TX4 has 17 inches of ground clearance. Because of the four-cylinder engine, the heavily braced frame and cage, the TX4 weighs 2650 pounds, about a thousand pounds more than a typical UTV. That’s heavy, but the Tomcar was engineered for continuous military use.

Some things about the TX4 are UTV-like, like the 72-inch width and the 120-inch wheelbase, which is similar to a Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S. Like many UTVs, the Tomcar has double-A-arm front suspension and trailing arms in the rear. Travel at both ends is 14 inches.

TOMCAR TX4
The 107-horsepower, 1496cc inline four is super smooth and produces serious torque.
WHAT KIND OF MACHINE IS IT?

The TX-4 is a sport utility machine, not a high-performance sport UTV. It has a tilting bed and can carry 2500 pounds, and it can tow 5000 pounds.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?

The four-seat Tomcar TX4 starts at $36,500. That kind of money could get you two $18,099 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000s. The TX lineup also includes the two-seat TX3, which starts at $35,900, and the two-seat short-wheelbase TX5 that starts at $34,900. Tomcar has a huge selection of options for the vehicles, including a windshield that includes wipers, washer and a rear-view mirror for $900, a canopy ($550), custom colors ($1500), doors ($1,400) and several tire choices.

TOMCAR TX4
The TX3 can carry 2700 pounds. The huge cargo platform tilts to drop cargo and for easy access to the engine.
WHAT POWERS IT?

A 107-horsepower, 1500cc, inline four-cylinder, 16-valve gas engine. If driving a Tomcar doesn’t make you stand out enough, you can also order the TX4 with electric power.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?

A fully automatic, belt-type, dual-range continuously variable transmission without automatic engine braking. Our test machine was set up for desert terrain with an exposed drive belt. Tomcar also offers a sealed belt case.

The unusual, thick-steel, flat-stock A-arms are extremely tough. Remote-reservoir, preload-adjustable ADS shocks offer 14 inches of travel.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?

Selectable 2WD/4WD with air-locking front and rear differentials. Most UTVs use electric differential-lock mechanisms. We found the Tomcar’s system works well on the trail, and it has also proven itself in combat, a much rougher testing environment.

HOW FAST IS IT?

The TX4 was designed to get soldiers and equipment across rough terrain in a hurry, so it has a 70-mph top speed, but it doesn’t get there as quickly as sport utility machines like a Polaris General or Ranger XP 1000. The torquey 1500cc engine offers solid, sporty throttle response and quick-enough acceleration to make the Tomcar fun to drive.

Thanks to 14 inches of travel, the TX4 has a smooth ride and well-controlled feel that’s more sport UTV than recreation utility machine.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?

The TX4’s massive torque lets it crawl up steep climbs and power through deep sand with no strain at all. We drove a Tomcar with a loaded bed in the same challenging conditions, and it tackled it just as effortlessly.

The Tomcar’s power is easy to control in most situations, but the throttle doesn’t damp throttle pedal bounce like the drive-by-wire systems on some UTVs, so you need to pay attention to hold a steady throttle setting in choppy terrain at high speeds.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?

We’ve never driven a vehicle that felt more secure and stable on steep hillsides. The Tomcar’s glued-to-the-ground feel on off-camber terrain also gives it very sure cornering on flat ground. The TX4 is a big, heavy vehicle compared to many UTVs, but it’s remarkable how agile and easy to handle it feels.

Locking front and rear differentials provide traction for any kind of terrain.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?

Thanks to 14 inches of travel, the TX4 has a smooth ride and well-controlled feel that’s more sport UTV than recreation utility machine. The remote-reservoir ADS shocks easily handle big bumps and G-outs, even at high speeds.

HOW WELL DOES IT HANDLE CHALLENGING TERRAIN?

The TX4’s 120-inch wheelbase can make some tight trail maneuvers tough, but anywhere the Tomcar fits, it can take on any terrain most drivers will dare to try. The TX4 doesn’t care about ruts or big bumps on difficult climbs, or if you want to take a line across a hill face. Locking front and rear differentials provided all the traction we needed for soft, loose terrain. The 17 inches of ground clearance made rocky stream beds and steep drop-offs easy to handle. Our test machine had an exposed drive belt and had no problem in shallow water crossings, but Tomcar’s sealed belt case is the way to go for deep water and mud.

The TX4’s military roots show in the metal dash and floor, but the Tomcar treats its driver and passengers to comfortable, supportive PRP suspension seats and four-point harnesses.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?

The TX4’s military roots show in the metal dash and floor, but the Tomcar treats its driver and passengers to comfortable, supportive PRP suspension seats and four-point harnesses. The range selector’s action wasn’t very slick on our pre-production test machine; Tomcar says production units will be smoother. The instrumentation is easy to read, and the standard street-legal equipment is a plus if your state will let you put a plate on the machine.

The Tomcar’s unique sealed triplex chain drive runs inside the huge rear trailing arms. It eliminates rear-axle failure.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

If you want a four-seat UTV that really stands out, along with outstanding capability in challenging terrain and massive towing and carrying capacities, you need a Tomcar TX4.

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SPECS:

TOMCAR TX3

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC,

16-valve

Displacement 1496cc

Bore x stroke 77.4mm x 79.5mm

Lubrication system Wet sump

Fuel metering EFI

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure In neutral or any gear with

brake engaged

Choke NA

Air filter access 3 clips on airbox lid

Transmission Dual range fully automatic CVT

with reverse

Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”

Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD with lockable

front and rear dif

Final drives f/r Shaft/Triplex chain

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 14 gal.

Wheelbase 120”

Overall length/width/height 159”/72”/68”

Ground clearance 17”

Wet weight 2650 lb.

Hitch Yes

Towing limit 5000 lb.

Load capacity 1000 lb.

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Steel tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Double A-arm with preload adjustable

shocks/14”

  Rear Trailing arm with preload adjustable shocks/14”

Brakes:

  Front Hydraulic discs

  Rear Hydraulic disc

Parking brake Console mounted hand lever

Tires:

  Front 265/75R16

  Rear 265/75R16

ELECTRICAL

DC outlet Automotive-style plug

Lighting

  Front Two halogen headlights, two LED headlights

  Rear Dual tail/brake lights

DETAILS

Instruments Multi function digital meter with indicators

Colors Desert Tan/OD green

Suggested retail price $36,500

Contact Tomcar; https://tomcar.com, (623)587-7799

SEE UTV ACTION’S FULL TEST OF THE TWO-SEAT TOMCAR TX-3 HERE: https://utvactionmag.com/test-tomcar-tx3/amp/

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