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Well-Balanced Machine

12/16/2013 @ 1:22pm

After hitting the trails with the Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX, evaluators said again and again that this is one of the most balanced machines.

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“I really like the driving balance of this machine. It is quiet, reasonably sporty with good acceleration, but it’s easy to drive when loaded or just tooling around the ranch,” says John Lumkes, ag engineering professor at Purdue University. “This is an easy machine to recommend for all-around use, and I can see owners being very happy with the balance it strikes between sport and utility, driving performance, ergonomics, and payload.”

Another evaluator adds, “One thing I really like about this machine is the mix of work and play features.”

Variable Assist Steering
The Arctic Cat Prowler features electronic power steering (EPS) with variable-assist levels based on the vehicle speed and steering wheel-applied torque, or in other words, how hard you turn the steering wheel.

“The engineers have done a good job of tuning this for both sport and utility,” says Lumkes. “Variable-assist power steering has been in automobiles for a few years now, and it’s great to see it in UTVs.” Another evaluator, Mick Frazier, says, “The Arctic Cat is easy to steer and does well cornering.”

The Arctic Cat was taken out on the trails unloaded and loaded to half of its rated cargo capacity. Joe Greving, co-owner of Cedar Rapids Tire in Iowa, comments on the handling capabilities. “This machine handles far better with a load,” he says. “It steers much better and still has lots of power.”

Favorite Features
"This machine has a smaller engine displacement than some of the other vehicles we tested, but it has all the performance power of vehicles with larger engines,” says Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming magazine’s executive editor of machinery and technology. Mowitz particularly liked the easy latching system for the side netting, the toggle switch for two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and the spacious amount of legroom.

Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming magazine advanced technology editor, appreciated the added storage space under the hood and large cargo box. She also liked the location of the gauges and park. “I like that the gauges are in front of the steering wheel and that park is incorporated into the gearshift instead of a separate parking brake,” she says.

 



Evaluators rated each machine on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 as the best rating) on 12 performance criteria. The machines were evaluated unloaded and loaded by each evaluator.



 

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