It is not surprising that multi-purpose vehicles, also known as tandem UTVs, take off.
The best side-by-side UTVs
1. Best for Sports: Polaris RZR XP Turbo S
The Super Sport RZR is 72 inches wide and features a reinforced chassis, 32-inch ITP Coyote tires and Fox 3.0 IBP shocks—perfect for conquering country trails and dunes. But the highlight is the 925 cc 85 mph ProStar Turbo HO engine, easily making the Turbo S the fastest model we tested.
2. Best for Families: Honda Pioneer 1000-5
This five-seater cruiser can fit an entire brood, and shouldn’t have a problem getting it, either, with a 999cc engine. For added safety, it includes anti-debris side grilles, and the brake distribution system will adjust according to road conditions for safe climbing downhill. The comfortable cockpit is a big plus too.
3. Best for hunting: Can-Am Defender DPS HD10
Designed with hunters in mind, this 64-inch-wide camouflaged beast can carry up to 1,000 pounds—so you won’t have a problem with the white-tail Booner you’ll be putting up this season. You can also pick it up with Kolpin rifle cases, winch, full skid plate and portable LED flashlight, all of which will come in handy in the field, and the Rotax V-Twin 976cc, 82hp engine will facilitate uphill climbs.
4. Best Value: Yamaha Wolverine
This entry-level model has more than enough power—thanks to its 847cc four-stroke engine—to climb over rocks and debris, and the 8.7-inch front and 9.3-inch rear suspension will make it comfortable to do so. The model is 62.2 inches wide and has a wheelbase of 83.7 inches, so it’s compact enough to go deep into the woods.
5. Best for use: Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Farm Edition
This all-powered two-row shaft has a 999-pound cargo bed and can tow up to a ton with an 812cc engine. It also has 10 inches of ground clearance, 26 inches of tires, 8.7 inches of suspension travel and can seat up to six people, making it ideal for working on the farm or transporting people.
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