Six Rugged Off-Road Utility Vehicles

Can Am 2 560x280Utility Vehicles have become increasingly popular for all-types of purposes. Often called side by sides, they’re essentially more capable golf-carts, or ATVs with more seats and hauling capacity. People use them for both work and play, and today we’re going to look at a few of the top models.

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While you might have a few things to get done, or a whole project, these off-road utility vehicles will definitely be up for any challenge. After you’re done, why not have some fun and see what these bad boys can do? Now, there are some insane features available on similar models for many of these burly beauties so adjust accordingly. Pulling forces and terrain capabilities have been altered for optimum excellence (and experiments) as well as bringing some friends along for the ride.

Honda Pioneer 1000

Honda 560x373Powerful 999CC Twin-Cylinder Engine
Class-leading displacement in a compact engine size.

Fully-Automatic Six-Speed DCT Transmission
Drive the way you want, with the industry’s first and only 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission.

2000 lb. Towing Capacity
Unsurpassed by any competitor, tackle the big jobs.

1000 lb. Capacity Tilt Bed
Hydraulic assist tilt bed lever to make dumping easier.

Quick Flip Seating
Two QuickFlip seats pop up from the cargo bed on Pioneer 1000-5, giving you the extra seating you need, when you need it.

Other specs and features can be found here.

Textron Stampede XTR

Textron 560x37380Hp EFI Engine
Simple and strong.

Tilt-Bed with 600lb Capacity
Like a wonderfully rugged carnival ride for you to haul and unload whenever and wherever you go.

Tow Up To 2000lbs
If the tilt-bed came in handy, being able to bring a set up for work, camping or anything else makes the XTR extra useful.

Four Front-Facing Seats
For your friends/crew or extra strapped-in cargo, it’s nice to have the option there for more.

Rear Bed and Under-Seat Storage
30 cubic feet of storage available.

Other specs and build-your-own features can be wrangled here.

Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Utility Edition

Polaris 560x37380 Hp EFI Engine
Boosted from some of the other models, Polaris gave the Ranger XP 1000 power added to the tools and resources to keep it running in beast mode.

12-Inch Ground Clearance
All the extra space you can get helps. It also makes it a blast to be able to go out and work a tough job, and still be able to scramble over some boulders in your UTV.

3 Power Throttle Modes
Work, standard and performance adjustments are like being a kid in a candy store.

In-Cab Winch Controller
For the front-mounted, 4500lb winch with a brush guard. Best of friends.

Wheel-Drive Controller
Four wheel drive, two wheel and one wheel drive settings. Pure excellence here- kind of a hop, squat and gallop that are all needed in order to maneuver, power, push and pull your way to victory.

There are so many features packed into this little devil. To check it out go here.

Yamaha Viking EPS

Yamaha 560x373686cc Fuel-Injected and Liquid Cooled Engine
Since there is a lot of power, weight and versatility in this UTV, the engine gives you a more powerful, self-sufficient engine.

Ultramatic Transmission
Avoiding clutch and slippery, devilishly tricky belt issues, the Yamaha Viking EPS brings you an excellent, leading system that is designed to last and perform smoothly at all times.

3 Drive Modes
When you need the equal power of 2 wheels, 4 wheel limited-slip drive for those tricky maneuvers and sticky spots, or 4 wheel drive with a differential lock for the maximum and equal use of all wheels. Booyah.

Double A ARM Suspension with Near Zero Camber
Yamaha has made many models with over 10 inches of camber movement, aiding in less shaking of the beer and crew after work is done. The extra stability gives a helping hand to ground clearance, which is a definite score.

The Viking EPS has a wide variety of info and other options to choose from, found here.

John Deere RSX860i

John Deere 560x373V-Twin 839cc Engine
For outrunning cheetahs, the RSX860i will hit 60mph. With a powerful engine in a smaller UTV, you’ve got some room on the torque Richter scale.

Towing Capacity of 1200lbs
If you want a smaller vehicle with just as much torque as the bigger spuds, this here is a great choice. Along with the towing capacity, the cargo box can hold up to 400 lbs. of weight, and has an 800lb payload.

Ground Clearance of 10.5 Inches
It’s a zippy, hauling hero of a vehicle that will still give you plenty of room for your heavy hauls, work loads and anything else you can throw at it.

4 Wheel Drive
With a true locking 4WD and electronic locking front differential.

This two-seater, high performance bolt of lightning can be found here.

Can-Am Defender Max XT

Can Am 560x373Dynamic Power Steering
Having that extra assist for such a big, brilliant machine truly puts every ride in your control.

If you need friends, crew or family, there is space for everyone. Even Fido.

4-Mode Traction System
With the options of rear power open differential 2WD or 4WD, and locked differential 2WD or 4WD- your options and uses are almost endless.

976cc HD10 Engine
You want heavy duty, bold AND brilliant? Check out the growl on this bad boy. If you really need to get the job done and require a great amount of power, this is what you want.

The Defender Max XT (and personalizations) are here.