ARCTIC CAT 500 ($6199)
Arctic Cat’s 500 is a crossbreed between two other models. It has the same chassis as the higher-priced models,
but it has the motor from the 450, actually displacing
443cc. The 500 moniker simply provides an easy way to
give this model its own identity. The core model is $200
less for 2014. There’s also a 500XT for $7399 that gives you
upgraded wheels, tires and paint but no power steering.
ARCTIC CAT XC450 ($7299)
This is a different breed of ’Cat, designed to not only get
through tough terrain, but to do it quickly. The XC is rooted
in the same kind of thinking as the Can-Am Renegades and
the Polaris Scrambler, but with a much smaller motor. The
Arctic Cat has a 443cc, OHC, four-valve motor with a CV
transmission. Travel at both ends is 7 inches, The XC comes
with 12 inch aluminum wheels and a front bumper.
ARCTIC CAT 450 ($5999)
This has the same 443cc motor as the Arctic Cat 500, but
it has a very different personality. It’s smaller in most
dimensions and about 50 pounds lighter. Both racks are
steel and have a combined capacity of 225 pounds. All the
Arctic Cat 4x4s have a 2-inch receiver as standard equipment, and it can accept a variety of Arctic Cat’s
SPEEDPoint attachments or tow a 1050-pound trailer.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000X mr ($14,399)
This has to be the most wicked-looking 4x4 there is. The X
mr line is Can-Am’s way of dealing with bottomless mud.
There’s an 82-horsepower V-twin Rotax motor in a SST G2
frame at the core of a chassis designed for slime survival.
The radiator is relocated, power steering is standard, and it
comes with a winch, Air Control Fox suspension and 30-
inch Silverback tires on cast-aluminum wheels.
ARCTIC CAT 400 ($5699)
For an entry-level 4x4, the Arcitc Cat 400 has pretty
good credentials. It has push-button four-wheel drive, digital gauges, steel racks and double-A-arm suspension all
the way around. The motor itself is a modest, 366cc, air-cooled four-stroke that uses a carburetor to mix its fuel. It
does have an overhead cam and four valves. The racks
are steel, and the towing capacity is 1050 pounds.
CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000R X xc/
800R X xc ($13,549/$12,499)
Racing a big 4x4 isn’t that unusual; whenever there are
two of anything, they get raced. But to have a big V-twin,
four-wheel-drive ATV that was designed with racing in
mind, that’s unusual. The Can-Am Renegade X xc models
are competition-oriented at heart and are offered in 976cc or
800cc. Both have power steering, Fox suspension, beadlock
wheels and bumpers in striking yellow and black styling.