Written by Jonathan Reed, Editor
July 26, 2019
Given all that people use these vehicles to accomplish, the “U” in UTV could stand for many things:
Undeniable terrain attacker
Underappreciated people hauler
Unbelievably easy to drive
Unparalleled usefulness for acreage chores
Over the next few pages, you’ll meet UTVs that have dump beds (we’re told once you go there, you’ll never go without…much like power windows in your truck); can go in excess of 60 mph if needed; operate all day with minimum fuel; have comfort for you and in some cases up to five more friends; can climb rock walls or traverse streams with ease; have enough carrying capacity for your tools, supplies, hunting equipment, and perhaps a deer or two.
Clearly, UTVs have come of age and it doesn’t look like farms and acreages will be returning to sure-footed mule power anytime soon.
Read on to learn more about some of this year’s most useful UTVs.
Designed for all-day comfort with off-road terrain capability in all seasons, John Deere’s gas-powered XUV835M Gator UTV has three-wide seating and heating and air conditioning in cab models. Offering speeds up to 45 mph, the 3-cylinder DOHC 54 hp engine is a model of easy starting, throttle response, and maintenance. The cargo box handles up to 1000 pounds Versatility is furthered by compatibility with a full range of over 90 attachments, from snow blades to winches. The UTV also features a large, 11-gallon fuel tank for all-week running between fill-ups.
Deere & Company
The two-seat Bobcat UV34 diesel and UV34XL diesel (seating for six) are designed with an all-new, more rigid chassis for additional comfort and strength, along with a full 11.7 inches of ground clearance. With more material added to the frame, suspension components, wheel hubs and extended-life wheel bearings, the UV34 utility vehicles offer superior durability. Power comes from a proven 23.5 hp diesel engine for up to 35 mph travel speed. Payload capacity is 1250 pounds with a 2500 pound tow rating.
Defender XT Cab
Get your work done in a completely covered, all-weather cab. The Defender XT Cab has a tilt-up windshield and wiper kit, electric opening windows in the doors, a sliding rear window and an integrated heater kit, making it as refined as your pickup truck. The firewall has been updated for reduced engine noise and heat in the cab. Power comes from either 50 or 82 hp Rotax V-Twin engine. Dynamic power steering gives responsiveness for recreational riding. A full 12 inches of ground clearance means you’ll get where you need to be, in any terrain.
Caterpillar’s gas-engine, unique five-seat CUV85 boasts a four-wheel independent suspension system with a front sway bar, a long swing-arm suspension, custom-tuned springs and shocks to balance a smooth ride with hauling loads. Power comes from a 50 hp 3-cylinder motor for a top speed of 45 mph. Choice of two- or four-wheel drive and a high ground clearance lets you match the vehicle to the driving conditions. A full 2000 pound tow rating and 1000 pound capacity of the all-steel cargo bed lets you haul all that you need.
Loaded with many standard features, the KIOTI K9 2400 offers abundant storage, an ergonomic design, and contemporary styling. The 24-hp three-cylinder diesel engine—good for speeds up to 31 mph—allows operators to tackle any task. The K9 2400 has one of the largest all-metal beds in its class, with a 1102 pound capacity, a standard spray-in liner, and an optional hydraulic dump kit. Over 12 inches of ground clearance and full-time 4WD are standard.
KIOTI Tractor Div. DAEDONG - USA, INC
Kubota’s XG850 Sidekick is “part workhorse, part racehorse” thanks to its 48 hp engine giving swift acceleration. Built for stability, durability, and superior handling on varied terrain, the Sidekick can move up to 1000 pounds in its cargo bed for easier hauling. A full 2000 pounds of of towing capacity with standard equipped trailer hitch handles a wide range of towing jobs. The cargo box has heavy-duty steel tie-down hooks both inside and out. More than 50 accessories and attachments give the Sidekick all the add-ons needed to brush, sweep, plow, and more.
Kubota Tractor Corporation
The Wolverine X2 is Yamaha’s proven off-Road side-by-side that is assembled in the U.S.in Newnan, Georgia, Perfect for trail riding with a friend, the X2 features a 600-pound-capacity cargo bed and can tow up to 2000 pounds. Powering the Wolverine X2 is equipped a super-quiet 847cc parallel-twin engine, reliable on-command 4WD system, durable continuously variable transmission with a 10-Year Belt Warranty, and speed-sensitive electric power steering. Maximum ground clearance is 11 inches.
Yamaha Motor USA
Pioneer 1000 Series
Honda just keeps adding value. Even the base model Pioneer 1000s now include electric power steering, dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Drive Modes, and a tilt wheel for operator comfort. The Pioneer 1000 showcases (in Limited Edition) their new I-4WD system that maintains traction in front even if one wheel wants to spin. Power comes from a 999cc twin-cylinder engine and certain Pioneer models also offer hill-start assist, giving even novice riders confidence. The base model has room for two, but other editions add seating options for two more.
American Honda Motor Company - Motorcycle Division