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The Ultimate UTV Evaluation
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.
See the Machines in Action
Day 1: First day on the trails
Day 4: Closing report
UTV Action: Get behind the wheel!
The Ultimate UTV Evaluation Is Back!
For the third time, Successful Farming magazine will put the newest UTVs through their paces in the Successful Farming Ultimate UTV Evaluation. The 2017 evaluation took place in Dahlonega, Georgia, in February. The final results from the evaluation haven't been released yet, but you can see some initial findings in these articles and videos:
- Recap from day one
- Recap from day two
- Watch: Unloaded test
- Watch: Farmer feedback
- Watch: Loaded test
- Watch: Versatile machines