Quad 2009 ATV Buyers Guide

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Artic Cat - Prowler XTZ 1000 H2 EFI

It only makes sense that the company that released the most powerful, largest-displacement ATV would do the same with its UT V line. The Prowler XTZ boasts that big 951cc V-twin with fuel injection. The Prowler is not only powerful, but it comes with 10 inches of ground clearance and a fully independent suspension. To top it off, it has some spiffy paint and sport styling.

Engine Type 951cc V-twin SOHC four-stroke, four-valve, liquid cooling with fan
Drive System 2WD/4WD and electric differential lock
Retail Price $13,999

Honda Big Red

Honda finally threw its hat into the side-by-side market, and the 2009 Big Red lives up to its name. The liquid-cooled 675cc four-stroke engine has enough pull to make work a snap and fun a given with its automotive-style three-speed automatic transmission (with reverse). It has a fully independent double-wishbone suspension and it comes in red and a new camo scheme for those of you who hunt. You can choose 2WD for lowimpact traveling, 4WD with rear diff lock, and 4WD with all diff lock for the toughest of terrain. The 4WD seems to work really well.Selecting it is simple and the differential lock is very positive and
easy to select, as well.

Just looking at Big Red gives you the feeling that it is intended more for work and utility purposes than it is for play. The bed is wide enough to accept a full pallet, so that you can load with a forklift if necessary, and a dump bed is standard--not an upgrade like some of the other models out there. The seats are very comfortable and easy to get in and out of and passengers have plenty of elbow room.

The Teryx is designed with large-diameter, thinwall tubing that is rigid yet lightweight. The Teryx shares the long A-arm and narrow frame concept of the KFX450R to maximize wheel travel while minimizing wheel camber change. The '09 adjustable Kayaba shocks have new settings and a new stabilizer bar is used for a smoother, more predictable ride.

The Big Red MUV climbs rutted off-camber hills really well and the suspension is plush enough to be comfortable when exploring mountain trails or cruising through the desert, but definitely not designed for hitting rain ruts or whoops at speed. The automotivestyle transmission is easy to use and works very well with forward,neutral, and reverse; the electronic control module and three hydraulic clutches automatically select one of three forward gears for you and keeping the engine in the meat of the powerband most of the time. The positive engine braking works well and will probably be even further appreciated with a full load of cargo.

The Big Red is definitely a Honda. It is well thought-out, sturdy,and comfortable. It's a great, high-quality, all-around side-by-side,that heavily leans toward being a work machine. It's very capable of working all week long but can still take off for an all-day mellow trail ride on the weekend.

Engine
Type 675cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore X Stroke (mm) 102 x 82.6
Fuel Delivery Electronic fuel injection 40mm
Lubrication Semi-dry sump
DriveTrain
Drive System 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with all-wheel differential lock
Transmission Automatic with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears, and reverse
Final Drive Direct front and rear drive shafts with three drive modes
Suspension
Front (travel, in.) Independent double-wishbone (5.9)
Rear (travel, in.) Independent double-wishbone (7.1)
Brakes
Front Dual hydraulic discs with two-piston calipers
Rear Sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc
Tires
Front 25×10-12
Rear 25×10-12
Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.) 114.7/64/76.9
Seat Height (in.) NA
Wheelbase (in.) 75.7
Ground Clearance (in.) 10.3
Wet Weight (lb.) 1,431
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 7.9
Body
Colors Red, Natural Gear camo
Retail Price $11,399; $11,899 camo

Kawaski - Teryx 750 FI 4×4

The Kawasaki Teryx 750 RUV is known for its wide body chassis, V-twin power, and CVT transmission. For 2009, Kawasaki really stepped up to the plate and added digital fuel injection. The Teryx's superior ground clearance, ample cargo capacity, and sport-like handling were already a hit in 2008--now performance will be improved again with DFI. The DFI-enhanced V-twin revs quicker than ever. The ignition timing was changed to improve low and midrange torque, as well as improving throttle response at higher rpms. The new DFI system also compensates for altitude and temperature changes automatically.

The CVT also received a few upgrades this year. Kawasaki revised the intake and exhaust cooling ducts for better belt protection in mud and water. Also added to the CVT system was a TPS sensor that senses belt slippage and automatically retards ignition timing while also illuminating a belt warning light.

The Teryx is designed with large-diameter, thinwall tubing that is rigid yet lightweight. The Teryx shares the long A-arm and narrow frame concept of the KFX450R to maximize wheel travel while minimizing wheel camber change. The '09 adjustable Kayaba shocks have new settings and a new stabilizer bar is used for a smoother, more predictable ride.

Four-wheel drive is accessed via a dash switch and traction can be even further controlled with an ATV-style front differential control. The front differential control allows the driver to select how much the wheels are locked together. The rear wheels on the Teryx always stay together similar to a sport quad, allowing the Teryx to drift in the corners easier than if the rear had a limited-slip-type setup.

The Teryx uses a specifically designed Maxxis 26-inch tire that enables superb forward and sliding traction, as well as class-leading ground clearance. The Teryx uses the same sealed wet brake system in the rear as they use on the Brute Force. This provides superior braking and ground clearance no matter how nasty or wet the conditions get. While the Teryx has proven that it can be an absolute blast to drive, it is also very capable as a workhorse. A 500-pound cargo capacity and gas-assisted tilting cargo bed can get the toughest of jobs done with ease. Kawasaki has multiple editions available; the standard version is available in Sunbeam Red. The LE edition adds cup holders, a revised sun top, a half windshield, and painted bodywork in either Metallic Titanium or Sonic Blue Metallic. The LE Camo adds a Realtree Hardwoods Green Camouflage Paint job. The NRA Outdoors model uses Realtree APG HD camouflage and adds dual gun scabbards. The Sport model comes in Lime Green and upgrades to adjustable preload, compression, and rebound piggyback shock absorbers, and cast aluminum wheels. And then the Monster Energy-themed black and green sport edition rounds off the lineup with preload, compression, and rebound-adjustable shocks and black cast-aluminum wheels.

Engine
Type 749cc
Bore X Stroke (mm) 85×66
Fuel Delivery Dual 34mm Mikuni Throttle Bodies
Compression Ratio 8.8:1
Lubrication Wet Sump
DriveTrain
Drive System Selectable 4WD with variable front differential
Transmission Continuously variable automatic
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension
Front (travel, in.) Dual A-arm with gas-charged shock absorbers, (7.5)
Rear (travel, in.) Adjustable IRS with gas shocks (7.5)
Brakes
Front Dual hydraulic discs with two-piston calipers
Rear Sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc
Tires
Front 26×8-12
Rear 26×10-12
Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.) 116.4/58.5/75.7
Wheelbase (in.) 79.6
Ground Clearance (in.) 11.7
Dry Weight (lb.) 1,387
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 7.4
Towing Capacity (lb.) 1,300
Body
Colors Sunbeam Red, Sonic Blue Metallic, Metallic Titanium, Camo, Lime Green, Monster Energy
Retail Price $10,899 to $12,199

Kawaski - Mule 600

If you're looking for a UTV that won't break the bank or the back of your pickup truck, the Mule 600 is a compact vehicle with a 401cc engine. It can tow up to 1,100 pounds and has a dual-mode differential that in locked mode gives maximum traction and unlocked allows for minimal ground disturbance. It has an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a swing arm helping carry the load in the back. It has a steel cargo bed that tilts and can carry up to 400 pounds, plus it has plenty of storage with a storage tub under the hood, a glove box, and even cup holders.

Engine Type 401cc four-stroke single cylinder with air cooling
Drive System 2WD with dual-mode differential
Retail Price $6,299

Kawaski - Mule 610 4×4

Kawasaki's 610 Mule has the same compact size as the 600 along with the same 401cc engine. For 2009 it has new 24-inch tires. The 610 has a CVT transmission with selectable 2WD/4WD and a dual-mode differential, and when it's unlocked it treads lightly on delicate terrain. Its cargo bed holds up to 400 pounds and tilts to make dumping easy. It has hydraulic drum brakes and lots of storage.

Engine Type 401cc four-stroke four valve with fan cooling
Drive System 2WD/4WD with dual-mode differential
Retail Price $7,099; $7,499 Camo

Kawaski - Mule 4000


The foundation of Kawasaki's full-size industrial-grade utility vehicle line is the two-wheel drive Mule 4000. With its full-size chassis and a more powerful 617cc engine (equipped with digital fuel injection), it's a step up in cargo and towing capacity from the Mule 600 series. The Mule 4000 features a fully-automatic transmission, locking rear differential and a tilting cargo bed.

Engine Type 617cc V-twin, liquid cooling
Drive System 2WD dual-mode rear differential
Retail Price $8,199

Kawaski - Mule 4010 4×4

Hauling cargo or people, the Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4×4 is a one of a kind utility vehicle with the ability to transform from a short-bed four-passenger 4×4 into an extended-bed two-passenger 4×4 in a few steps. It also has the new digital fuel injection system along with electronic power steering, to make that 617cc V-twin work to its full potential. It also has a fully automatic transmission with selectable 2WD/4WD.

Engine Type 617cc V-twin with liquid cooling
Drive System 2WD/4WD with dual-mode differential
Retail Price $10,499; $10,899 Camo; $11,599 Diesel

Kawaski - Mule 4010 Trans4×4

Hauling cargo or people, the Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4×4 is a one of a kind utility vehicle with the ability to transform from a short-bed four-passenger 4×4 into an extended-bed two-passenger 4×4 in a few steps. It also has the new digital fuel injection system along with electronic power steering, to make that 617cc V-twin work to its full potential. It also has a fully automatic transmission with selectable 2WD/4WD.

Engine Type 617cc V-twin with liquid cooling
Drive System 2WD/4WD with dual-mode differential
Retail Price $10,499; $10,899 Camo; $11,599 Diesel

Kymco - UXV 500 4×4

The brand-new UXV 500 is the first side-by-side offering from Kymco. The automatic transmission with high/low range and reverse is mated to a 498cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. The UXV has 2WD/4WD with diff lock that's as easy as pushing a button, and the LCD display tells you speed and drive mode, among many other things. The UXV doesn't skimp on the extras, either. It has a built-in toolbox, a glove box with key lock, side nets, a burglar-proof fuel cap, and the seats are even removable. It also has an easy-open hood for maintenance and a tilt bed for easy unloading.

Engine
Type 498.5cc liquid-cooled OHC four-stroke with electric start
Bore X Stroke (mm) 92×75
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Ignition CDI
DriveTrain
Drive System Selectable 2WD/4WD with diff lock
Transmission Automatic CVT with high, low, neutral, and reverse
Suspension
Front (travel, in.) Independent dual A-arm
Rear (travel, in.) independent dual A-arm
Brakes
Front Hydraulic dual disc
Rear Hydraulic disc
Tires
Front 25×8-12
Rear 25×10-12
Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.) 113/59/72.8
Seat Height (in.) 31.7
Wheelbase (in.) 75.2
Ground Clearance (in.) 12.2
Dry Weight (lb.) 1,157
Cargo Load Capacity (lb.) 418.9
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 8.5
Body
Colors Red, green, silver, True Timber Conceal Green Camo
Retail Price $7,999; $8,449 camo

Polaris - Ranger RZR S

Last year when Polaris released the RZR, it rocked the UTV market. It's a performance side-by-side that can out-run and out-handle the competition with one hand tied behind its back. The RZR is only 50-inches wide to make it trail legal on most ATV trails, and its low center of gravity make it as stable as the 58- and 60-inch competition. The 800 EFI engine is night-and-day faster than any other side-by-side, and the suspension action is unreal.

While the 50-inch wide RZR is perfect on the tighter trails of the East Coast, it still left a need for longer-travel suspension and a wider footprint on the West Coast. For '09, Polaris blew the competition out of the water again with the release of an S version RZR that comes with a 10-inch wider, long-travel front end coupled with adjustable compression and preload Fox Podium shocks. The RZR S is truly competitive out of the box. Besides the long-travel suspension and wider front end, the RZR S also comes with an improved safety cage, reinforced frame, and High Output engine. The new RZR S is truly the king of the desert and the track.

The RZR S is not the only new RZR choice for '09; Polaris also released two different LE special editions that include custom paint, seats, and aluminum wheels.

Engine
Type 760cc liquid-cooled twin cylinder
Fuel Delivery Electronic fuel injection
Lubrication Wet sump
DriveTrain
Drive System 4WD
Transmission Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension
Front (travel, in.) Double A-arm (12)
Rear (travel, in.) Rolled independent with antisway bar (12)
Brakes
Front Four wheel hydraulic disc
Rear Four wheel hydraulic disc
Tires
Front 26×9-12 Maxxis Bighorns
Rear 26×12-12 Maxxis Bighorns
Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.) 106/60.5/70.5
Wheelbase (in.) 77
Ground Clearance (in.) 12.5
Dry Weight (lb.) 1,000
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 7.25
Body
Colors Gray
Retail Price $13,999

Polaris - Ranger RZR 170

The Ranger RZR 170 is a killer miniature-scale RZR for the kids to enjoy. It features a 169cc four-stroke engine mated to an automatic CVT transmission with reverse (that will surely come in handy when Junior gets stuck). With safety as the main concern, the little RZR has day running lights combined with a full roll cage, bucket seats with three-point belts, side nets, throttle limiter, and a whip flag. It also boasts five inches of travel front and rear. Where were these things when we were kids?

Engine Type 169cc four-stroke, fan cooling
Drive System CVT
Retail Price $3,999

Polaris - Ranger 500

The Ranger line of UTVs is geared more toward the utility market than the sport market, but that doesn't mean you can't find a good time in one. The Ranger 500 is Polaris' lowest-priced UTV, yet it is packed with enough features to get any job done. The three-seat 500cc Ranger gets a new A-arm front suspension for '09, as well as a comfort-enhancing tilt wheel. On-Demand AWD assures that you will always find just the right amount of traction no matter what the condition.

Engine Type 499cc liquid-cooled 32HP four-valve four-stroke single cylinder
Drive System Four-wheel shaft drive
Retail Price $9,699

Polaris Ranger RZR 800

Polaris' First Foray into the sport side-by-side category was with this very sporty RZR, and it was met with plenty of enthusiasm.The 760cc twin engine gives it plenty of go, and the true
on-demand AWD gets you places you'd never thought you'd get to.It also has a low center of gravity, which is good for gnarly climbs,and the independent rear suspension soaks us the tough stuff. To
top it off, it has adjustable seats and room for cargo, and it comes in green, red, camo, and a special edition Nuclear Sunset.

Engine Type 760cc liquid-cooled twin cylinder
Drive System Four-wheel shaft drive
Retail Price $10,799; $11,399 SE

Polaris Ranger XP, Crew, 6×6, HD

The Ranger XP is available in many different platforms. The Ranger XP combines a 700 twin EFI engine with On-Demand AWD,IRS, and a new dual A-arm front suspension. The XP version can comfortably get three adults wherever you need to go, while having plenty of cargo space to carry whatever you might need. The Ranger HD (shown) adds self-leveling shocks, power steering, and attachments that can grapple up to 500 pounds. The Ranger Crew has all the features of the XP, yet it can haul around six people,d the Ranger 6×6 has unbelievable traction and an
unmatched 1,750-pound payload.

Engine Type 683cc/40hp, liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke twin cylinder
Drive System Four wheel shaft drive
Retail Price $10,799 XP; $11,499 Crew; $11,499 6×6; $12,299 HD

Yamaha - Rhino 700 FI Auto 4×4

Built in Newnan, Georgia, the Rhino 700 is the latest revision of the machine that started the whole SxS craze. At the heart of all 700 Rhino models is a fuel-injected 686cc liquid/oil-cooled four-stroke engine that feeds a high/low range Ultramatic transmission. The Rhino also features an industry-exclusive three-position On-Command In/Out 4WD feature that lets the pilot switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD, and fully locked differential 4WD at the push of a button.

Fully independent suspension graces all 700 models, with Sport models having piggyback shocks to keep the operating temperatures down when riding the trail. Maxxis tires offer great traction and long tread life on all 700s. In addition to the standard and sport models, a Ducks Unlimited Edition is also available.

Chilling out back is a stamped steel bed good for hauling 400 pounds of cargo and a two-inch receiver hitch capable of tugging 1,200 pounds of trailer.

Engine
Type 686cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke with liquid/fan cooling
Bore X Stroke (mm) 102 x 84
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel Delivery Yamaha fuel injection, 41mm
Ignition 32 Bit ECU
DriveTrain
Drive System 2WD/4WD with thee-way locking differential
Transmission Yamaha Ultramatic V-belt H/L/N/R
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension
Front (travel, in.) Independent double wishbone 5-way preload adj. (7.3)
Rear (travel, in.) Independent double wishbone 5-way preload adj. (7.3)
Brakes
Front Dual hydraulic disc, twin piston
Rear Dual hydraulic disc
Tires
Front 25×8-12
Rear 25×10-12
Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.) 113.6/54.4/73
Seat Height (in.) NA
Wheelbase (in.) 75.2
Ground Clearance (in.) 12.1
Dry Weight (lb.) 1,124
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 7.9
Body
Colors Hunter Green, Steel Blue, Realtree AP HD Camo, Ducks Unlimited Camo, Special Edition Red, Special Edition Black Metallic, Brushed Silver Sport, Red Midnight Armor Sport
Retail Price $10,699;$11,249 camo; $11,649 Ducks Unlimited; $11,399 SE; $12,399 Silver Sport; $12,499 Red Sport

Yamaha - Rhino 450 Auto 4×4

For the budget conscious, the Rhino 450 is capable of doing just about anything its 700cc brother can do with a small 421cc liquid/oil-cooled four-stroke powerplant. With virtually identical towing/hauling capacities at a price point more than $2,000 less than the 700, it deserves a good look for a buyer simply looking to put it to work. It has a fully independent suspension and Yamaha's Ultramatic transmission with high/low range and reverse.

Engine Type 421cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke liquid cooling with fan
Drive System 2WD/4WD with three-way differential lock
Retail Price $8,499 ; $9,049 camo