KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300 ($4,299)
The Brute Force 300 is a rear-wheel-driven machine
that has an automatic CVT-style transmission. It can tow
up to 500 pounds, and its steel racks can hold a combined
110 pounds of cargo. The 271cc, four-stroke ATV is a lot
of fun to drive and has good utility features incorporated
into its design at a decent price point.
KYMCO MXU 300 ($3,899)
The Kymco MXU 300 is closely similar to Kawasaki’s
Brute Force 300. Both machines are electronically started
with single-cylinder four-stroke engines. The Kymco has
a 270cc bore instead of 271 like the Kawi’s. The MXU 300
has an automatic CVT-style transmission with reverse.
Hydraulic disc brakes come standard up front and in the
rear of this machine.
KYMCO MXU 150X ($3,099)
The MXU 150 sports a 149cc, air-cooled four-stroke
engine paired with an automatic CVT-style transmission.
This rear-wheel-driven machine has drum brakes in the
front with a hydraulic disc brake to slow down the rear. It
is started electrically, but the MXU comes with a backup
kickstarter in case the battery dies while you’re out on
ARCTIC CAT 300 ($4,399)
This Cat shares the same important ATV values as its
bigger sibling but as a two-wheel-drive ATV. The 300 has
been around for a while and remains reliable with a 270cc
four-stroke engine that is liquid-cooled. Double-A-arm
suspension covers the front, while a swingarm-type suspension smooths the ride in the rear. It can tow up to 500
pounds and is slowed by hydraulic disc brakes.
ARCTIC CAT 150 ($3,799)
This little Cat comes with cargo racks and can tow 300
pounds. The air-cooled, 149cc SOHC, four-stroke engine is
smooth and reliable. Single-A-arm suspension covers the
front of the 150, while the rear rides on a swingarm. An automatic CVT transmission with forward, neutral and reverse is
connected to the Cat’s powerplant.
HONDA RECON ($4,049)
Honda’s Recon is their smallest utility ATV. It is powered
by a 229cc mill that is air-cooled and carbureted. It has a
manual transmission that doesn’t require the use of the
clutch, but you can upgrade to the ES version for $250 that
lets you electronically shift gears through a handlebar-mounted shifting system.