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**1. Suzuki 700 KingQuad **
With DNA from the Vinson 500, and technical lessons learned on the ATV racing circuit, the new 700 KingQuad is ready to tackle any terrain. On a test run in Canada we actually submarined a 700 in a mudhole all the way up to the handlebars multiple times, and it never stalled or got stuck. We cleaned off the radiator and drove it hard for another 60 miles. The ride was marvelous; the adjustable shocks took just a few minutes to dial in the firmness I wanted (unlike those of many models that are a challenge to calibrate). The rear disc brake is the first in the industry to be completely sealed, offering dependable stopping in water. $7,200; 714-996-7040;

**2. Arctic Cat 650 H1 Auto **
With the all-new, made-in-the-U.S.A. H1 641cc engine, this ATV delivers notable torque at mid and low speeds. Gutsy, quiet, and well balanced, this Arctic Cat is a monster pushing a snowplow or pulling a small trailer. Plenty of nicely fitting accessories are available, including a portable blind, plows, and gun scabbards. One of the smartest additions is the standard 2-inch receiver that mounts to the rear, allowing you to use your SUV’s or pickup truck’s hitch ball. Price unavailable at press time; 218-681-8558;

**3. Bombardier 650 Traxter Auto CVT **
Famous for their Rotax engine, which is similar to those used in aircraft around the globe, Bombardier is gaining an impressive reputation in wilderness ATV driving. In addition to power and dependability, one of the smartest design features on the Traxter is the rear-mounted radiator that is almost impossible to clog with mud or debris. $6,670¿¿¿$7,900; 877-469-7433;

[NEXT “More ATVs Click Here”] 4. Kawasaki 750 Brute Force
Of all the new big ATVs, this one may not have the most nimble steering, but it does have power. This high-horsepower model is blisteringly fast. The front differential has a variable lever on the handlebar that allows the operator to apply as much differential locking engagement as desired. Connecting at the handlebars, the transmission’s air snorkel keeps the machine running when crossing deep streams. With a velvet-smooth transmission and plenty of pull, the Brute Force will handle any ATV implement on the market. $7,600; 800-661-7433;

5. Yamaha 660 Grizzly Unchanged for ’05, the 660 Grizzly
is one of the easiest-to-drive large ATVs on the market. It’s extremely powerful yet feels quite controllable. This monster delivers the best downhill low-speed engine braking in the category with one of the lowest-geared locker differentials. With over 11 inches of ground clearance, the Grizzly is an outstanding performer in technical offroad conditions. $7,500; 800-889-2624;

6. Honda 650 FourTrax Rincon GPScape
This powerful machine comes with a factory GPS storing up to 100 waypoints and a digital compass already configured into the gauge assembly. It’s got spunk, plus a graceful transmission with no vacuum lines, and it may be the quietest ATV out there. The high-flow oil cooler and enlarged-capacity radiator ensure safe operating engine temperatures in extreme driving conditions, including in mud or heavy dust, and while tilling or towing. $7,900; 310-532-9811;

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