Top 10 Most Expensive ATVs and UTVs
No matter what you’ve got in your garage, chances are you want something better. Though most of us will never be able to own the best of the best, it’s nice to dream. With that in mind, ATV.com has put together a list of the most expensive ATVs and UTVs available.
These are vehicles available from the manufacturers. We didn’t add any additional accessories that did not already come with the units. We’ll break down this list class by class.
The Sport UTV class is still fairly new and it’s evolving quickly. Each model year brings changes and new technologies, which is great for the gear heads out there. Of course, vehicles on the cutting edge come at a cost and this class is no different.
The Polaris RZR XP 900 H.O., at least as far as cost goes, is the runaway winner in this class. While most classes had a fairly close battle at the top, this very limited edition RZR was thousands more than its closest competitor. You can attribute that to a number of factors, including its unique chassis (taken from the RZR XP 4 900), upgraded ProStar 900 engine (six more horsepower), SLP exhaust, Walker Evans shock package, Walker Evans beadlock wheels, PRP seats and factory-installed doors.
This is an admittedly small class and it’s no mistake the Wildcat 4 1000 and Polaris RZR XP 4 900 LE have the same price tag. These Minnesota-based competitors pay very close attention to each other. On paper the two machines share many similarities, including power steering, big bore motors and long chassis. However, the Arctic Cat has a 17-inch longer wheelbase and carries an extra 64 pounds. Which do you prefer?
Perhaps no individual class is as competitive as the do-everything Sport-Utility UTVs, with just about every manufacturer (except Suzuki) chipping in with several options. BRP has outdone them all with the Can-Am Commander 1000 Limited, which is $7,200 more expensive than the base Can-Am Commander 1000. That $7,200 buys front and rear Air Control Suspension with FOX HPG piggyback shocks, dynamic power steering, two-piece roof, rear net, sound system with four integrated speakers, Garmin GPS, premium painted plastic, cast-aluminum wheels, windshield, Warn winch, custom steering wheel, and much more.
For the 2013 model year Polaris offered nine different multi-passenger Utility UTVs, so it’s no surprise it has the most expensive. Leading the way is the Ranger Crew 800 Pursuit Camo at $14,199 – $1,700 more than the base Ranger Crew 800. The key difference between the two is electronic power steering, though the Pursuit Camo painted hood, dash and glove box also adds to the cost.
While the sport-specific machines with long travel suspension and high revving engines get the majority of the headlines, the most expensive machine we could find from a major manufacturer is the new Polaris Brutus HD PTO at just under $24,000. The key selling feature of this unit is its standard power take-off. This basically turns a Utility UTV into a small tractor, with the ability to power a snow blade, pallet forks, materials bucket, mower and more. It also comes standard with a fully-enclosed, factory-installed cab with heat, defrost and air conditioning.
When it comes to ATVs, nobody offers option packages like BRP. The most expensive one-up machine we could find was the Can-Am Outlander 1000 X mr Camoflage. It’s $3,400 more than the cheapest 1000cc Outlander and $8,100 more than the Outlander 400. This big mud-loving machine features an extended chassis, Fox Air Assist HPG shocks, Gorilla Axle Silverback tires, relocated radiator and Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering. We’re not sure why you’d need a camo paint job on an ATV that’s designed to be covered in mud and can’t sneak up on anybody, but you’ll pay an extra $500 for the privilege.
This is a class long dominated by BRP and the cream of the crop is the Can-Am Renegade 1000 X xc. BRP has five different Renegade models to choose from with prices starting at $8,149 for the Renegade 500. For $2,500 savings, you can still get 1000cc power with the Renegade 1000; however, the X xc version nets you front and rear Fox Podium Performance RC2 piggyback shocks, Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, Visco-Lok locking front differential, 12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels and aluminum skid plates. The X xc package wins race after race in the Grand National Cross Country Series.
While Arctic Cat and Polaris offer a limited number of two-up ATV options, BRP takes things to a completely different level. The Can-Am Outlander MAX is available in 15 different models in 2013 – not including color options. At the top of this list is the Outlander MAX 1000 Limited, which is $2,600 more than the Outlander MAX 1000 DPS. For that extra money you get Air Control Suspension Fox Air Assist shocks, Garmin GPS, Warn winch, handlebar wind deflectors, analog/digital gauge, premium seat finish, premium painted plastics, heavy duty front and rear bumpers, and mudguards.
A few years ago KTM came out with a Sport ATV that was thousands more than anything else on the market. It only lasted one model year. Today the competition is much closer, but the Can-Am DS 450 X mx takes top prize (by just $50 over the Yamaha YFZ450R SE). The X mx package is $1,200 more than the base DS 450, which actually falls on the low end of 450 Sport ATVs. What sets the X mx package apart are ITP Holeshot GNCC 6-ply tires, ITP T-9 Trac-lock wheels, X package graphics and seat cover, extended steering stem with anti-vibe mounts, aluminum front bumper, KYB HPG C40 rear shock and adjustable-width hollow rear axle.
It should come as no surprise that the most expensive Youth machine is the only Side-by-Side made for your riders – the Polaris RZR 170. Designed to look like its big brother – the RZR 800 – this is the only Youth machine designed to hold a rider and passenger. It’s powered by a 169cc engine and features a full cab frame, safety whip flag, side nets, adjustable steering wheel, disc brakes, parent-adjustable speed limiter and comes with two matching helmets.
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