ARCTIC CAT 400 ($5799)
This remains the most affordable four-wheel-drive ATV
offered by a major company. Arctic Cat has resisted the
urge to fluff up the 400, allowing the price to stay low.
It still has a 366cc air-cooled motor hooked up to a CV
transmission with high, low and reverse, in addition to
push-button 4WD. The suspension is fully independent
with double A-arms that provide 7 inches of travel.
ARCTIC CAT 450 ($6199)
This is a 500 that was blasted by a gigantic shrink gun.
It’s physically downsized. It is driven by the same 443cc
SOHC H1 motor as the 500, but the chassis is slightly smaller in every dimension. The suspension travel is 7 inches
at both ends, and the dry weight comes in at 613 pounds
according to Arctic Cat, which is almost 50 pounds lighter
than the 500. No upscale packages of the 450 are offered.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000 X mr/800R X mr
There’s something about a massive mud quad that
brings out the kid in all of us. The 1000 X mr is Can-Am’s
take on the ultimate mud machine, starting with either the
850 or 1000 Rotax V-twin motor and including features like
the 30-inch Gorilla Axle Silverback tires on 14-inch alloy
wheels. It comes with a Warn winch and elevated intake
and radiator positioning. The 1000 has upgraded shocks
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 650X mr ($10,499)
Even though a quad that costs over 10 grand can’t
be called cheap, the 650X mr is a great value once you
analyze its features. If you tried to build a mud quad with
comparable wheels, tires, suspension and accessories,
you would have much more invested. The X mr has
design features that make it a virtual submarine, like the
elevated intake and radiator.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 6X6 XT ($13,649)
This is like having an ATV and a half. The Outlander
6x6 is new from Can-Am, designed to compete wheel
for wheel against the Polaris Big Boss six-wheeler. The
wheelbase, as measured from the front-wheel centerline
to the second rear-wheel centerline is 82 inches, making
for an overall length of 122.8 inches. The 6x6 is available
with either the 976cc motor or the 650.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER XT-P 1000/800R ($14,249/$13,199)
The term “loaded” doesn’t really do the XT-P justice.
It has everything that you might consider installing on
your own quad—Can-Am just saved you the work. It
can be had with either the 71-horsepower 800R motor or
the 82-horsepower 1000 engine. The premium features
include Fox Podium X shocks, power steering, auto-locking front differential, aluminum beadlock wheels, a Warn
winch and painted plastic.