In the chop, the Teryx was a little
jarring. We played with its shocks the
most, trying to smooth out the ride.
The stiffest setting seemed the best. In
Kawasaki’s defense, they did revise
the shock steering on the Teryx for
the 2016 model year. Our test unit is
a 2015 model. The Wolverine was
as plush as the long-travel cars, but
would definitely find its limits earlier
in the whoops. If you stay away from
big bumps in the Wolverine, it gave
a very plush ride. The Arctic Cat
handled the big bumps slightly better
than the RZR S, but the shocks provided a lot of feedback and clunking
noises when driven really aggressively.
FIT AND FINISH
You can tell Yamaha has put the
most thought into the Wolverine. It
has an exposed bottom frame rail
that won’t destroy its bodywork when
it high-centers. Plus, small kick-outs
at the back of the frame prevent the
rear tire from connecting with trees.
The seats are low, as is the center of
gravity, and it’s the easiest to get in
and out of. The new dual-overhead-
cam engine is much quieter than
the Viking. However, there are a few
issues we have with the Wolverine:
One is that you cannot unbolt the
skid plate. The entire center section
is welded in place. You can only
remove the plates directly below the
differentials. Our second issue is that
it’s very hard to access the CVT drain
plug, and removing the cover for a
belt change is even harder. The belts
on the RZR and Arctic Cat are easily
accessible. The Teryx belt is a bit
tough to change as well.
The RZR S has proven to be very
durable. Our test unit has over 2500
miles on it and is still using the same
belt. The only thing we have changed
is the air filter and the tires so we
would have newer ones for this test.
Those GBC tires are the best of the
group. The Kawasaki and Yamaha
both use Maxxis Big Horn tires, which
are a good all-around tire.
The Arctic Cat has the sparsest
cabin with no glovebox door (just
mesh), but it does have an under-hood storage box, which is nice. It’s
the only car with a full door, but
they open awkwardly, and the plastic
levers look like they will break; how-
The Sport 700 from Arctic Cat is the only machine in the contest with full-coverage doors. They work well, but we don’t
like the way they hang down when open.
The Teryx has great torque and throttle response. It can be
used to pull a huge load uphill, then you can race back down.
If you are looking to jump or race a mid-sized UTV, the RZR
is our number-one choice. We have also raced the Arctic Cat,
and it would win any 700cc class.
We like how low you sit in the Wolverine and how much room
there is in the cab. Even with a low cockpit, it has good ground
clearance at 11. 4 inches.