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Head to head battles between class leading machines

CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 TURBO RR VS. POLARIS RZR PRO XP ULTIMATE

X3 TURBO RR VS RZR PRO XP We might be jumping the gun at the moment, but as of press time, Polaris hadn’t announced a wide version of the new RZR Pro XP that we could compare to Can-Am’s top-of-the-line Maverick X3 X rs Turbo RR; however, at $27,999 (RZR) and $27,499 (X3), these two […]

DEFENDER VS RANGER

Can-Am and Polaris have the most innovative lines in the utility UTV segment. So, we took Can-Am’s 2020 HD8 XT and the all-new Polaris 1000 Premium and put them in a “work first, play later” Defender vs Ranger match-up to see which is best. They are both going after that rancher, hunter or farmer looking […]

HONDA TALON 1000R VS. YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS

— Wheel-to-wheel comparison out on the trail — In the September issue, we brought you the first complete comparison between Honda’s Talon 1000X and Yamaha’s YXZ1000R SS. We chose that comparison first because both machines are 64 inches wide. The two were pretty equal in power and medium-speed handling. The big difference was in slow-speed […]

YXZ1000R SS vs.TALON 1000X

— Yamaha vs. Honda UTV shootout — We have been waiting a long time for someone to challenge Yamaha and its manual-transmission-equipped YXZ1000R. After three years, old rival Honda came to the table with not one but two models that compare closely with the YXZ. With much excitement, we are taking a machine with the […]

TESTING & COMPARING UTVs

— Wheel to wheel action out on the trails — By Joe Kosch We get to drive a lot of UTVs at UTV Action, often in some incredible locations and conditions, but for me, some of the most interesting and surprising driving experiences happen when we get machines together for comparisons, or, as we call […]

TERYX4 LE VS. WOLVERINE X4 SE

— KAWASAKI vs. YAMAHA SHOOTOUT — When Kawasaki introduced the Teryx4 800 FI for 2012, its only sport-UTV competition was the 60-inch RZR 4 800, and quickly following, the aftermarket produced long-travel kits for racing the T4. Our favorite Moab mount has long been the HCR Teryx4, but the four-seat Turbo and other extreme-performance UTVs give consumers […]

KAWASAKI MULE versus REAL MULE

— Which is better out on the trail? — By Joe Kosch My daughter Allison and I have a friendly debate going about whether Kawasaki Mules or “biological mules,” as she calls them, are better. The answer is clear—Kawasaki Mules rule, but Allison disagrees. I continue listening to her side for a number of reasons: […]

CAN-AM vs. KAWASAKI SHOOTOUT

— Maverick Sport Max 1000 DPS vs. Teryx4 LE — When you’ve got more than one or two passengers who want to join you on most rides, deciding to get a four-seat UTV is easy. Deciding what kind of four-seater to get is the hard part, so we compared two different kinds of four-seaters—Can-Am’s sporty […]

50-INCH WIDE UTV SHOOTOUT

— POLARIS RZR 900 vs. CAN-AM TRAIL 1000 — Polaris is celebrating its 10-year RZR anniversary, and the RZR 800 was the original 50-inch sport UTV. Can-Am has put a huge dent in Polaris’ UTV market share with the Maverick 1000R line and now the ever-expanding X3 Turbo line, but 2018 is BRP’s first entry […]

UTV COMPARISONS — All popular models:

POLARIS vs. YAMAHA vs. HONDA vs. CAN-AM vs. ARCTIC CAT — Here’s where you go to see how the UTV brands compare to each other when grouped according to their class. Which ones are the fastest. Which ones have the best suspension. Which ones handle better out on the trails. Which ones provide the most […]

KAWASAKI TERYX LE vs. YAMAHA WOLVERINE R-SPEC EPS

— If you like taking on challenging trails in comfort in a machine that’s fun everywhere and can even earn its keep doing chores, it’s hard to beat the Kawasaki Teryx and Yamaha Wolverine. We improved these two recreation machines with suspension upgrades from Shock Therapy and compared them to see which is better. HOW […]

GENERAL 1000 LE vs. RZR S 1000 EPS

— WHICH POLARIS SHOULD YOU GET? — Polaris is bumping the rev limiter, creating new UTVs and UTV categories, so much so that we haven’t had time to test them all or shoot out all of the choices available in those categories. While we await the 2018 Polaris UTVs, let’s back up to two all-new […]

UTV ENGINES: TURBO OR NON-TURBO?

Performance-minded UTVers are bound to wonder why the highest-horsepower UTVs are all turbos rather than 1200cc, 1500cc or even 2000cc non-turbo machines. When you want to generate more power at the lowest cost, the old saying, “There’s no replacement for displacement” is still true, so why do manufacturers go to the trouble of offering turbo […]