ARCTIC CAT 150 ($3,799)
Arctic Cat’s 2WD 150 features racks and 300 pounds of
towing capacity. The air-cooled, 149cc SOHC, four-stroke
engine is reliable. Single-A-arm front suspension and a
swingarm rear handle bumps. An automatic CVT transmission transfers power. The quad does 20 mph stock,
but can be adjusted to go 30 mph after the rider gains
HONDA FOURTRAX RECON ($4,049)
The FourTrax Recon has a durable, 229cc, air-cooled,
four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that is electronically
started and requires low maintenance. It has an automatic
clutch system that still allows you to shift gears. For $250
you can step up to the Recon ES (Electronic Shift) model
and have push-button shifting on the handlebar.
HONDA FOURTRAX RANCHER ($5,299)
Honda has many variations of this ATV, which includes
a 4x4 version, but if you want a strong engine and only
require two-wheel drive, the Rancher is a great machine.
It utilizes a 420cc, single-cylinder engine with a manual
five-speed transmission that has reverse. The base-model
Rancher has a solid rear axle with 6. 9 inches of wheel
KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300 ($4,299)
This reasonably priced utility ATV is capable of towing
up to 500 pounds with a 271cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder
engine that is liquid-cooled and electronically started.
There is a back-up pull starter if needed. An automatic
CVT-style transmission with reverse helps propel the two-wheel-drive quad. There are cargo racks on the front and
rear of the Brute Force 300.
KYMCO MXU 270 ($3,899)
The Kymco MXU 300 is closely related to Kawasaki’s
Brute Force 300. Both machines have electric start for the
single-cylinder four-stroke engines. The Kymco has a
270cc displacement and 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 back-up
kickstarter in case the battery dies while you’re out on the