KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 750 ($9299)
Kawasaki’s biggest Brute has become its only 4x4 model
for 2014, as the 650 and the 360 models are on hiatus for
now. The Brute Force 750 remains Japan’s biggest, most
powerful ATV, with a fuel-injected V-twin motor similar to
the one in the Teryx UTV. The 750 comes in two different
packages. The standard version is fairly upscale, with
alloy wheels, and the EPS gets power steering for $10,599.
HONDA RANCHER 4X4 ($6199)
Honda has seven different models that are called
“Ranchers.” The various versions are defined by a series of
options: you can have a manual gearbox, push-button
shifting (ESP) or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. You
can have either swingarm rear suspension or IRS. And,
there’s also a power-steering option. The price can be as
low as $5199 for a 2WD base model to $7799 for everything.
KYMCO MXU 700i ($8599)
Taiwan-based Kymco is a step higher on the quality ladder than most products from “over there” and even builds
products for companies like Kawasaki, Arctic Cat and BMW.
The 700i can go toe to toe with other premium 4x4s, with fuel
injection and a CV transmission that offers high, low,
reverse, park, on-demand 4WD and diff-lock. The LE version
has upgraded paint, wheels, tires and a winch for $9300.
KYMCO MAXXER 450i ($6899)
The Maxxer remains kind of a cult favorite among eastern woods riders. It starts off as a fuel-injected MXU 450i,
but it’s stripped of its racks and has dual-spring shocks,
upgraded aluminum wheels and tires, and new bodywork. The Maxxer is kind of a cool recreational ride, but it
still has some of its utility credentials with a 2-inch receiver and 1050 pounds of towing capacity.
KYMCO MXU 500i ($7499)
This is a fairly new Kymco model with a fuel-injected,
double-overhead-cam motor that produces a claimed 36
horsepower. It shares its chassis with the new-last-year
700i. That chassis has independent double A-arm suspension all the way around and is surprisingly high quality.
Kymco is holding its price steady for 2014. The LE version is
$8299, giving upgrades in wheels, tires, paint and a winch.
KYMCO MXU 450i ($6399)
Kymco gives you the fuel-injected 450 as kind of a cross
between the older 500 and the newer version. The 433cc motor
makes power similar to the carbureted 500, and it’s in a chassis similar to that of the 500 too. So, it’s lighter and has more
suspension travel than the new 500i. The 450i also has an LE
version for the asking that gives you paint, upgraded wheels
and tires, plus a winch. All that sells for only $300 more.