Consumers Digest honors new entry-level ATV
Consumer Digest has recently named the Yamaha Raptor 250 and Raptor 250 SE Best Buys in the Sport ATV category.
According to Yamaha, the Raptor 250, which has an MSRP of $3,999, set a new standard in entry-level sport ATVs.
“Unlike competing models, which are typically modified from a utility ATV base, the Raptor 250 was built as a sport machine from the ground-up providing superior performance for new or experienced riders,” Yamaha says in a release.
The Raptor 250 and Raptor 250 SE were both selected as Best Buys in the Economy sub-category. This rating designates products that provide the essential performance capabilities but with minimal or no added features allowing for an advantageous price to cost-conscious consumers.
Standards used to determine the Best Buys in ATVs are based on performance, ease-of-use, features and reliability. A documentation checklist was completed as backup to support each Best Buy recommendation. The checklist must include at least three of the following Best Buy sources: personal testing by the author; independent testing at a research facility; reports from governmental agencies, other independent technical expert testing, retail establishments, service outlets, Consumers Digest readers and other consumer surveys; or previously published evaluations in print media.
“The Raptor 250 combines Yamaha’s leading innovation and design with our top quality engineering and manufacturing,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager. “Everyone here at Yamaha is honored to be acknowledged as a Consumers Digest Best Buy in our category.”
Both the Raptor 250 and Raptor 250 SE are equipped with a 249cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke single engine. Additionally, the Raptor 250 and Raptor 250 SE offer the longest suspension travel and lowest seat height in its class.
The Raptor 250 is available in gray/red or Yamaha Team blue/white. The Raptor 250 SE is available in black with a special graphics package, or black/orange with GYTR heel guards and GYTR front grab bar. Both SE models offer additional features including adjustable front brake levers and bright LED taillights.