The front end of the Brute Force is light enough not to need power steering. It turns
sharp and precise on the ranch or on the trail
The gear selector on the smallest Brute Force is smooth and easy to operate. We
like the small cup holder/storage pocket on the right front fender so much, we wish
one was on the left too.
BRUTE FORCE 300
With a retail price of $4299, the
two-wheel-drive Brute Force 300 is
a back-to-the-basics machine that
doesn’t skimp on quality or amenities.
You will find common features such
as a fully automatic CVT transmission, full-coverage floorboards and
electric starting, along with front and
rear racks. Not-so-common features
include a front storage box and fend-er-mounted storage area; both are
items you rarely see on a low-cost
machine. There is no under-seat storage. However, you will find the battery and tool-less access to the air
The closest competition to the Brute
Force 300 is Yamaha’s Grizzly 300.
Both machines were developed right
when the economy took a big hit,
just so each manufacturer would
offer a super low-cost offering. The
Grizzly 300 had a retail price of $4199
in 2013 but has mysteriously disappeared from Yamaha’s lineup this
year. Yamaha claims vendor issues
as the reason.
At the rear end of the Brute Force, a solid-axle single-shock
swingarm moves 5. 6 inches of travel. The flat-profile Maxxis
tires help add stability to the little quad.
A total of 110 pounds of cargo can be divided between the
front ( 44 pounds) and rear ( 66 pounds) racks. The front rack
has a handy storage box mounted in the center for additional
items you may want to carry.