On winding trails the XR cruises
very nicely, even when you get into the
more open areas. The option of standard 4WD and the front diff-lock is a
great feature. You can ride around all
day and climb with ease in standard
4WD, but when you want to really push
the limits, you can engage the front
diff-lock and have confidence climbing.
Steering is nice and smooth with the
help of the electronic power steering
system. The steering does get stiff to
turn when in 4WD diff-lock on rocky
SUSPENSION & MORE
The XR features all-new suspension geometry, lowered seat height
and the engine was moved forward in
the footwell area to increase the foot
area. Double A-arms will be found in
the front and rear to optimize suspension travel at 10 inches. The newly
designed chassis achieves 11 inches of
ground clearance. We tested this new
machine in Utah over rocky terrain,
sand washes, snow and gravel roads.
To help keep the ride plush, Arctic Cat
equipped the XR with a set of coil-over
shocks at each corner that feature a
To keep you moving down the trail,
you will find a set of Duro Kaden 25x8-
12 front tires and Duro Kaden 25x10-12
rear tires all mounted on aluminum
On our test ride we ran into some snow
and really got to test the handling and
4WD system out in that. With 11 inches
of ground clearance, the new XR worked
great when we got in the deeper powder.
Arctic Cat changed the ergonomics on the XR lineup to give it a more comfortable
riding position compared to older models. We felt comfortable all day out on the
trails, whether we were sitting down or standing up.
As found up front, the XR also has dual A-arms in the rear, with 10 inches of suspension travel dampened by a coil-over shock at each corner. Stopping power is
controlled by hydraulic disc brakes at each wheel.