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The Ultimate UTV Evaluation

Updated: 04/02/2014 @ 1:48pm

For four days our team of 12 experienced riders put eight of the newest UTVs through their paces in the Successful Farming Ultimate UTV Evaluation. Each machine was run on trails through the flat fields, rolling rangeland, and narrow mountain pathways on Little Goose Ranch in Wyoming. For part of the test the machines were run unloaded, and then they were loaded with one-half of the manufacturer’s cargo weight.

After each trail ride, evaluators completed an extensive evaluation form ranking performance by 12 key categories: access to engine and transmission; location of controls and gauges; ease of shifting transmission; ease of engaging four-wheel drive, differential lock; steering responsiveness and maneuverability; acceleration; ease of maintaining a constant speed; braking; noise level; overall rider comfort; cargo and storage; and general fit and finish.


The machines tested had 700- to 900-cc. gas engines, with the exception of two larger, diesel UTVs. Click on the links below to learn more about each machine, including rider feedback, favorite features, and specifications.

Read the February issue of Successful Farming magazine to see which machine scored highest overall, earning it the right to be the Ultimate UTV!

See the Machines in Action


For an in-depth look at the machines, tune in to the Machinery Show on RFD-TV on January 23.

To see some initial impressions, watch these videos shot during the evaluation.

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