WINNER: Arctic Cat Prowler 550 Flat Deck
Yet again the Arctic Cat Prowler takes charge and pulls out on top. The new 550 Flat Deck takes Prowler work-ability to a whole new level.
A new EFI equipped 550cc mill runs strong and pulls hard and the new electronic diff switch makes getting out of almost anything even easier.
The flat deck feature means that more people can do more things with this versatile UTV, and with a two and a half inch lower loading height, the flat deck is easier to drag stuff onto.
Opt for the wooden side stake inserts and you can still keep untied cargo safe.
When it comes to hauling a big load, the super strong steel deck is ready for the task with a tough perimeter frame and big bracing.
We love this UTV because it’s priced right and opens up the market to floods of new people and possibilities.
RUNNERS-UP: Polaris RZR S, Yamaha Rhino 700
POLARIS: If we had a class called Best Sport UTV, the RZR S is so out front it would require us to create a third category.
This buggy-like off-roader has the showroom appeal of a Ferrari and the behind-the-wheel thrill of a fully prepped pre-runner truck. Its 800HO mill delivers 30 percent more power than the stock RZR, and, yes, it’s definitely noticeable.
Stretched out suspension with Fox Podium gas shocks and huge tires provide a 10-inch wider stance and incredible ground clearance. If you’re looking strictly for sport, there’s nothing better.
RHINO: The Rhino suits the balance between work and play like no other UTV.
Multiple option packages will take you from a hardcore outdoorsman to a tricked-out desert rider in style while still retaining your factory warranty.
Typical Yamaha classy execution and tight engineering make the Rhino experience seamless while blingy features like LED taillights, chrome shift knobs and piggyback shocks will satisfy the most demanding off-roader.
Add to this its potent 700 EFI mill and you’ve got a sporty ride that can still work the yard, farm or construction site.