smooth ride thanks to well-sorted
Fox Podium X shocks and oversized
tires. The other key here is that you
can stand up in the rough if you
want, and that is a huge advantage.
The Scrambler doesn’t like blitzing
through deep whoops, but will jump
two at a time for a skilled rider, or
wheelie over every other one. We hit a
trail with relatively small but deep and
steep G-outs. These bottomed the
cars and kicked the rear up hard. On
the quad we pulled the front end up
and they were barely an issue.
The Ace has a similar suspension
package with A-arms, but with
shocks that are less adjustable.
And even though the wheelbase is
long compared to a quad, it is very
short for a car. The Ace can handle
rough and choppy conditions fine,
but you feel more of the small and
sharp impacts than you do with the
Scrambler or the RZR.
The RZR XP 1000 has more travel,
larger rear shocks and a trailing-arm
design that all help it be extremely
smooth-riding. It handles the fast rough
like a race car and the slow technical
like a dedicated rock crawler, and there
seems to be no real compromise at
either end of the off-road spectrum. It is
a waste of the suspension’s talents, but
it handles smoother dirt roads and two-
tracks with total confidence as well.
There are plenty of conditions that will
force you to slow down, but the range
of the RZR suspension and the sheer
comfort of it is most impressive.
Oddly, only the quad is rated for
towing, and it has dedicated carrying
racks as well. You will have a hard time
convincing anyone that the Ace is an
effective farm vehicle. It is just limited.
There is some storage under the hood
and there is a small bed as well. Both
the Ace and the RZR have what looks
like a small hitch attached, but neither
are rated for any towing. The RZR will
carry some cargo in the small bed. It is
the largest bed here.
With a smooth ride and plenty
of usable power, the Sportsman
Scrambler 4x4 quad has a lot to recommend it. That trend continues when
you ride it. With the narrowest track at
48. 6 inches, the shortest wheelbase,
and the ability to stand and use body
weight to help it absorb bumps and
change direction, the Scrambler is
very nimble, and will shoot the small-est gaps. It still climbs and descends
well. It is happy on any sort of trail.
We actually worried that it would be
hard to switch, but most of the riders
were eager for turns on the quad. You
definitely do exert more energy riding
the Scrambler than you do piloting the
We did some rock-slab riding, and
one normal line causes machines
without sufficient width or suspension articulation to suddenly pop a
wheel in the air. The quad was just
not happy there if we forced it to take
the UTV line. On the other hand, it
SHOOTOUT This turn looks flat, but it had a dip entering it. The Scrambler allowed the rider to stand over the dip and slam the corner. The cars had to wait for the suspension to
recompose before hammering the gas, and the Scrambler gapped them badly.