ARCTIC CAT 300 ($4299)
Arctic Cat’s basic 4x2 has been around a very long time
and has proven to be a reliable machine at a good price.
The 300 has a 270cc liquid-cooled motor that drives a CV
transmission with high, low and reverse. The suspension
is fully independent with double A-arms on all four corners. The front rack can carry 50 pounds; the rear, 100. The
300’s towing capacity is 500 pounds.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 350 4x4 (2014 model $5599)
You generally don’t see this much technology paired
with a simple, 348cc, air-cooled motor. The Griz 350 chassis has almost all the same features as the 700. It starts
off with a CV transmission and has 264 pounds of rack
capacity, plus 1102 pounds of towing ability. The standard
model has a straight axle, although there was an IRS version a few years back.
ARCTIC CAT 150 ($3699)
This machine is very similar to the Kymco 150. It has
steel racks and a towing capacity of 300 pounds. It’s
powered by a basic, air-cooled, two-valve motor with a
carburetor. In the rear it has a swingarm, single-shock
suspension, and in the front it has double A-arms with
preload-adjustable shocks. It also features a digital gauge
and real headlights and taillights. The 150 is rated Y- 12 for
KYMCO MXU 150 ($3099)
This is a simple, inexpensive and very functional ATV.
The MXU has a 149cc air-cooled motor with a carburetor and a chain final drive. It still has reverse, electric
start and a CV transmission. There’s also a kick-starter
backup. It has drum brakes and full racks. And, the MXU
150 is rated Y14 for riders who are 14 years old and older.
Available in red, green or blue.
KYMCO MXU 300 ($3999)
Kymco’s 270cc two-wheel-drive utility quad has become
a staple in the industry. It’s reliable and has functional
features for a very good price. The MXU 300 has dual
A-arms in front, swingarm suspension in the rear and
500 pounds of towing capacity through a towing-hitch
bracket. It’s a compact machine that fits easily in virtually
all pick-up truck beds. Available in red, black or green.
HONDA RANCHER ($5199)
The Rancher isn’t one specific ATV, but rather a family of quads. All have the 420cc longitudinally mounted
motor with shaft drive. The base model is a 2WD unit that
offers a choice in transmission. Honda remains skeptical
of belt-and-pulley transmission systems; instead, either a
dual-clutch transmission or the electronic-shift program.
The 2WD Rancher doesn’t offer a power-steering option.