4 Seater UTV Comparison
Anyone paying attention to the UTV market knows that the popularity of the 4 seater UTV market has exploded in recent years. With UTV owners increasingly using their vehicles for recreation, the utility uses are becoming less common with time. Of course, there are still half a dozen excellent utility-dedicated vehicles to choose from, and the selection is growing every year.
The sport UTV 4-seater market is still dominated by Kawasaki and Polaris, with growing speculation that both Can Am and Yamaha will introduce their own 4-seaters in the next year or two. The Polaris RZR 4 800 has impressed enthusiasts since its introduction in 2010, with a fuel- injected 760cc High Output 4 stroke twin 875 rotax motor and two speed automatic PVT transmission. The RZR 4 800 features on-demand AWD and 2WD, and dual A-Arm front and rear suspension with Fox shocks and a rear anti-sway bar and a full 12” of suspension travel. There are hydraulic discs on all four corners, and dual bore front calipers. The 27-inch front and rear tires are the largest in the industry and come mounted on 12 inch cast aluminum ITP wheels. The 900 lb load capacity and 1500lb hitch towing rating make it an excellent vehicle for many of the utility uses often reserved for the Ranger Crew and Kawasaki Mule. The extra stable 103” wheelbase has made this a very popular vehicle with desert racers, as it handles the terrain with considerably more confidence than the 2 seater RZR. With a dry weight of just 1255 lbs, stripped down RZR 4s are finding popularity with racers all over the US. The RZR 4 800 includes a digital gauge, speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter, hour meter, clock, gear indicator, fuel gauge, and high temp/low battery lights as well as two DC outlets.
The Ranger RZR XP 4 900 was one of the most anticipated UTV models in years, and it does not disappoint. With a 4 stroke DOHC twin cylinder 875cc fuel injected motor, this vehicle set a new standard for performance 4-seaters. However, Polaris did not limit itself to increasing horsepower, with substantial improvements to the front and rear suspension with a dual front A-arms and Walker Evans 2” compression adjustable gas shocks to increase front travel to 13.5” and the rear to 14”. The rear suspension features trailing arms that are also an industry first, and Maxxis Bighorn tires are mounted on all 4 corners with cast aluminum wheels. There is a base model available in red, and a liquid silver model that also features Electronic Power Steering to make all types of driving easier. A limited edition model was just released with a gloss black painted dash, lightning painted hood, Indy Red painted front and rear suspension springs and custom 3 color stitched black and red seats with RZR emblem.
The Kawasaki Teryx 4 750 has finally given Polaris some 4 seater sport competition, and they upped the ante with a slightly revised engine, as well as power steering. The liquid cooled 90° 4 stroke V-twin is exclusive to the Teryx 4, and the 749cc displacement offers plenty of power to haul 4 full-size adults. The standard fuel system features a fuel injection system with two Mikuni 36 mm throttle bodies and a TCBI ignition with electronic advance.The transmission is a CVT belt drive system with high and low, plus reverse and a wet centrifugal clutch. The final drive features a four-wheel drive system with locking front differential and the frame is a double X reinforced design using large diameter, thin-walled tubular steel. The Dual A–arm front suspension and independent rear suspension feature adjustable gas charged shocks, and there are Maxxis 26 inch tires on all 4 corners. Front brakes are dual hydraulic discs with 2 piston calipers, and rear brakes are a sealed, oil bathed multi-disc system. Kawasaki decided to go with a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Ranger Crew, with an overall length of 125” for better cornering and maneuvering through trails. It’s towing capacity nearly matches the RZR 4’s at 1300 LBS. The cabin features a multifunction digital speedometer, fuel gauge, clock and hour meter, odometer, trip meter and parking brake as well as CVT belt, water temp, and oil pressure indicators. Electronic power steering system uses input from vehicle speed and torque sensors to determine the exact amount of steering assistance that is required. Electric motors inertia reduces bump steering kickback to the steering wheel for a more comfortable driving experience.
Dedicated 4-seater utility vehicles have been around for some time now, and the Ranger crew maintains its spot at the top of the heap. The Ranger crew is available in both 500 and 800 and models. The 500-based model includes a 4 stroke single cylinder 498cc fuel injected engine and automatic PVT 2 speed transmission with on-demand AWD/2WD drive system. The front suspension is handled by Macpherson struts with 8 inches of travel, and the rear suspension features a dual A-arm set up with 9 inches of travel. Hydraulic disc brakes are found on all 4 corners with dual bore front calipers. A large 9 gallon tank allows for longer rides, and both payload and hitch towing rating are 1250 pounds. The Ranger comes with a standard 2-inch hitch receiver and lock and ride cargo system.
The Ranger Crew 800 features a 40 hp 760cc fuel injected engine and automatic PVT 2 speed transmission. The dual A-Arm front suspension allows for 9.6” of travel and the independent rear suspension has 9” of travel. The Crew 800 will tow a full 2000 lbs, and it is the only multi-passenger option with seating for six full-size adults.
Kawasaki’s workhorse utility UTV is the Mule 4010 Trans 4×4, available in both gasoline and diesel models. The gasoline version features a four stroke, liquid cooled, overhead valve v-twin 617cc engine.
The diesel version features a 953cc displacement three-cylinder OHV motor with an automatic power drive system transmission. Both vehicles come with a roll over protection structure roll cage and a 400lb cargo bed capacity. The CVT transmission includes high and low range, and the front suspension uses Macpherson struts, with a semi-independent leaf spring axle. The Mule comes with standard electric power assisted rack and pinion steering and four wheel hydraulic drums. It also features a front bumper and brush guard to protect the Mule’s front end. The Mule’s load capacity is 1330 lbs, and Kawasaki offers a standard 12-month warranty and additional 24, 36 or 48 months “Good Times” Protection plan for owners who value an extended warranty. Both versions are available in Dark Royal Red and Scout Green.
John Deere has been making tractors since the 1800s, and in a way it was the first maker of a true UTV, with the introduction of the Gator in the 1980s. John Deere’s entry into the 4 seater UTV market is the XUV 550 S4. Powered by a 16 HP 570cc gas motor, the S4 is anything but sporty, but more than capable of hauling around 4 adults with a top speed of 28 MPH. The air cooled engine simplifies the drivetrain, and an on-demand four wheel drive system features a limited slip front differential and positive locking, hand-operated rear differential. The CVT transmission with clutch enclosure drives a 31 mm drive belt, and two speed, oil-bathed transaxle transfers the power to the wheels. Braking comes from four wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and the suspension uses coil over shocks on all four corners and a two-inch rear receiver hitch is standard. The S4 is available in Green/Yellow, or Camo pattern.
4 Seater UTV Comparison
Bad Boy Mowers has made its own unique brand of high quality zero turn mowers for fifteen years, and they’ve taken their expertise in this field and applied it to UTVs. Their entry into the four-seater market with the 1500E 4 PASS is unique in that it represents the only electric model currently on the market. Built on one of the strongest frames we’ve ever seen, a powder-coated fusion bonded solid steel bridge frame, and powered by a 30 peak horsepower AC Electric Single motor, this vehicle has earned the name BAD BOY! Twin tube front bumpers are standard. The drive train includes two speed shaft drive front and rear differentials, activated by a push button 2WD/4WD system with limited slip. The battery system uses eight 6 volt Interstate liquid Acid batteries and a Smart Charge onboard charging system. Best of all, the 1500E 4 will go 50 miles on a single charge! 25 inch street tires on 12” aluminum wheels are standard, and the front A-Arm suspension features coil over struts with 8” of travel, with an articulating rear axle and coil over shocks and 10” of travel out back. The Bad Boy 1500E 4 Pass includes a one year limited warranty.
We expect an appearance from both Arctic Cat and Can Am in the 4 seater UTV market in the next few years, but until then there are more than enough options to choose from, no matter what your application may be. The 4 seater segment is closing the gap between both golf carts and UTVs and dune buggies and UTVs, so expect to see a saturated market by the end of this decade. For more information on these and other models, stay tuned to www.side-by-side-blog.com