POLARIS SPORTSMAN 400 H.O. ($5699)
The Sportsman 400 remains a spectacular value in the
Polaris line. The liquid-cooled motor actually measures 455cc
in displacement. It survives as the only carbureted model in
the company’s 4x4 offerings. The chassis uses MacPherson-strut front suspension and has 6. 5 gallons of integrated storage. The combined rack capacity is 280 pounds, and it can
tow 1225 pounds. No power steering option.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 EFI ($6499)
We’re stunned to report that the legendary Sportsman
500, one of the best-selling ATVs since 1996, is gone. In its
place is a new value-oriented 570. It has a chassis similar
to the 500s, but at its center is the Pro-Star 570 motor
already seen in the RZR 570. It boosts a 22 percent
increase in power over the 500. A power-steering version
is available for $7299, and camouflage adds another $400.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 750AXi ($8899)
Suzuki’s big KingQuad still has the biggest single-cylinder motor in the business with a piston that measures
104mm across. That’s basically a paint can. The standard
package gives you independent suspension and fuel injection. The power steering model sells for $9499. There’s also a
Limited Edition with special trim for $9099. You can get both
in the Limited Edition Power Steering version for $9899.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 400ASi/400FSi ($6499)
Suzuki’s 400 4x4 has a 376cc, air-cooled engine in a
chassis that has independent, double-A-arm suspension
in front and a swingarm in the rear with two small shocks
mounted side by side. The difference between the ASi
and the FSi is the transmission. The ASi has an automatic
CV transmission, while the FSi is manual shift. A camo
version is available for $400 more.
SUZUKI KINGQUAD 500AXi ($7899)
Back when the earth’s crust was still sticky, Suzuki invented the modern ATV four-wheeler, and there’s still some internal company pride that goes with that. That’s why the big
Suzuki 4x4s are called Kings, and the 500 shows that kind of
pride. It has the same chassis as the 750 with independent
suspension, but the EFI engine is less overkill at 493cc. Power
steering is a $700 premium, and camo is another $400.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 FI AUTO ($8899)
Yamaha went a little crazy grooming its big Grizzly for
2014. It got a new cylinder head and ECU settings along
with a new piston and higher compression. The suspension got revamped with longer travel, and the steering
geometry was changed. It’s still a mighty beast, and you
can get it with power steering for an extra $600. The Stealth
Edition is an EPS model in blackout styling for $10,099.