SUZUKI KINGQUAD 400ASi/400FSi ($6499/$6499)
The difference between these two models is the transmission. The ASi is automatic and the FSi has a manual
five-speed. They both carry the same retail price. There
are no other differences; they both have double A-arms
in front and a swingarm in the rear with two shocks
mounted side by side. The motors are both air-cooled with
single overhead cams. Camouflage editions are available for $400 more.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 450 (2014 model, $6899)
It’s tough to tell the difference between a Grizzly 450 and
a Grizzly 700 at a glance. In features and specifications,
the two are nearly twins. Both have CV transmissions,
independent suspension and have 1322 pounds in towing
capacity. But, the 450 is smaller in every dimension and
has a 421cc, liquid-cooled motor with a conventional carburetor. Power steering is available for $600.
SUZUKI KING QUAD 500AXi (TBA)
The 500 King Quad got a new motor for 2015. It’s still a
big DOHC single with fuel injection. Like the 750, it has a
dual-spark-plug head and anti-wheelspin programming
in the ECU. The 500 has the same chassis as the 750, with
independent suspension and a sealed, multi-disc rear
brake. Power steering is $600 extra, and a camo version
is $400 more.
SUZUKI KING QUAD 750AXi ($8899)
Suzuki recently gave the 750 some mild updates just
below the surface. It now uses a twin-spark-plug head,
which promotes better combustion efficiency. It also got a
new pulsed secondary air-injection system for improved
emission. The engine’s CPU has an anti-slip feature that
acts sort of like traction control. This is still the biggest
single-cylinder motor in the business. Power steering is
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550 FI (2014 model, $7999)
Yamaha took the 700 Grizzly and downsized it to arrive
at the Grizzly 550. In every other way, it’s the same. It
features push-button 4WD that lets you choose between
limited slip and full lock. It has 1322 pounds in towing
capacity, plus 286 pounds of combined rack capacity.
The Grizzly 550, like the others in its cave-bear clan, is
assembled in Georgia.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 FI ($8899)
There’s a reason that Yamaha names most of its 4x4s
after big bears. The 700 Grizzly is pretty much at the top
of the ATV food chain. The American-made Yamaha
remains incredibly popular, with a relatively lightweight
single-cylinder motor that has a top end derived from
the Raptor 700. It has independent suspension and a CV
transmission. You can get a power-steering option for
$600. That’s a deal.