Dual A-arms at the front of the Ranger offer the largest
wheel-travel numbers of the group at 9. 6 inches. It’s soft and
plush but doesn’t feel the most planted over choppy terrain.
The Yamaha Viking uses a steel dump bed while the other
two machines use plastic. Yamaha didn’t give the rear shocks
any adjustment. They ride a little stiff if the bed is empty.
It’s easy to pack the Honda four-seater with lots of loose
items, thanks to the high-side netting out back. We didn’t
have one test driver complain about the Honda not having
The Polaris four-wheel-drive system senses when it needs to
activate. We would rather tell it when to activate, especially
when approaching tricky situations like this.
In the drag-racing tests, the Honda would get the early jump but then get overtaken quickly. The Yamaha would lead next until
the engine hit its speed limiter of 48 mph.