Recreation Utility Vehicles  Recreation Utility Vehicles (RUV)

The Recreation Utility Vehicles market has really expanded over the past few years.  More RUV models are being added and existing models are being revamped and re-designed to compete in this hot new market.  For the person looking to buy, it can be a bit confusing when considering all the new recreation utility vehicles on the market.  Many of the manufacturers seem to tout their machine as being the "best".  When researching the various recreation utility vehicles on different web sites, it can be difficult to make a comparison of some of the key features since the information is spread out all over the Web.  So, this page will attempt to list out some of the most popular RUV models and give a direct comparison of some of the key features and specifications.  This page will not attempt to list out ALL the different utility vehicles that exist today, but just to focus on some of the most popular ones.  These RUV models are popular for a reason... many of them have advanced features and performance not found on the other utility vehicles.  Also, this comparison will focus on 4WD models (not 2WD), since the 4WD models are the most popular.  Information will be focused on the base models of each of these machines, and it will not focus on every limited edition model available from a given manufacturer.  Keep in mind that this information is being compiled in an effort to be helpful and accurate, but some data is not clearly available so it is carefully estimated.  If a good estimate or approximation is not known, then the term "unknown" will be displayed.  And as always, manufacturers reserve the right to change the design and specifications on their machines at any time.  This is a reference chart to help people make some quick comparisons while they try to decide which of the recreation utility vehicles is the best choice for them.


Yamaha Rhino 450 660 RUVPolaris Ranger EFI 500 RUVPolaris Ranger XP 700 RUVArctic Cat Prowler 650 RUVKawasaki Mule 610 RUVKawasaki Mule 3010 RUV

Yamaha Rhino 450/660    Polaris Ranger 500   Polaris Ranger 700    Arctic Cat Prowler 650  Kawasaki Mule 610  Kawasaki Mule 3010   Kawasaki Teryx 750

2007 RUV MODELS Yamaha Rhino 450 Yamaha Rhino 660 Polaris Ranger EFI 500 Polaris Ranger XP 700 Arctic Cat Prowler 650 Kawasaki Mule 610 Kawasaki Mule 3010 Kawasaki Teryx 750
 MSRP $7,999 $9,599 $9,499 $10,499 $9,299 $6,699 $8,799 $9,799
TOP SPEED (APPROX.) 35mph 45mph 40mph 50mph 50mph 25mph 25mph 45mph
ENGINE (APPROX. HP) 421cc single cyl. liquid/oil cooled, 2 valve (26HP) 660cc single cyl. liquid/oil cooled, 5 valve (40HP) 499cc single cyl. liquid cooled, 4 valve (30HP) 683cc twin cyl. liquid cooled (40HP) 641cc single cyl. liquid cooled, 4 valve (unknown HP) 401cc single cylinder air cooled (15HP) 617cc twin cylinder liquid cooled (20HP) 749cc V-twin liquid cooled (44HP)
FUEL DELIVERY Mikuni 33mm carb. Mikuni 42mm carb. Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection 36mm carburetor Nikki carburetor Mikuni 26mm carburetor Dual Keihin 34mm carburetors
FUEL CAPACITY 7.9 gal. 7.9 gal. 9 gal. 9 gal. 8.2 gal. 4.1 gal. 5.3 gal. 7.9 gal.
TRANSMISSION Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse Automatic CVT, high/low range with reverse
DRIVE SYSTEM 2WD/4WD, manual engage, all wheel locking 4WD 2WD/4WD, manual engage, all wheel locking 4WD 2WD/4WD, on demand, auto locking 4WD 2WD/4WD, on demand, auto locking 4WD 2WD/4WD, manual engage, all wheel locking 4WD 2WD/4WD, manual engage, rear wheel lock only 2WD/4WD, manual engage, rear wheel lock only 2WD/4WD, manual engage, all wheel locking 4WD
GROUND CLEARANCE 11" 11" 11" 11" 12" 6.7" 7.2" 11.3"
SUSPENSION TRAVEL 7.3" Front/Rear 7.3" Front/Rear 8.0" Front/ 9.0" Rear 8.0" Front/9.0" Rear 10.0" Front/Rear 3.1" Front/Rear 3.9" Front/2.8" Rear 7.5" Front/Rear
TIRE SIZE 25x8-12 Front, 25x10-12 Rear 25x8-12 Front, 25x10-12 Rear 25x10-12 Front, 25x11-12 Rear 26x8-12 Front, 26x11-12 Rear 26x9-14 Front, 26x11-14 Rear 24x9-10 Front, 24x11-10 Rear 23x11-10 Front/Rear 26x8-12 Front, 26x10-12 Rear
BRAKES Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Drum Hydraulic Drum Disc Front, Wet Brake Rear
DRY WEIGHT 1038 lbs. 1049 lbs. 1185 lbs. 1185 lbs. 1160 lbs. 979 lbs. 1,314 lbs. 1,276 lbs.
LxWxH 113.6"x54.5"x73.0" 113.6"x54.5"x73.0" 113.0"x60.0"x75.0" 113.0"x60.0"x75.0" 115.0"x61.0"x77.0" 107.1"x52.6"x70.9" 112.6"x57.5"x76.2" 115.4"x58.7"x75.0"
TURNING RADIUS 12.8 ft. 12.8 ft. 12.3 ft. 12.3 ft. unknown 10.8 ft. 11.2 ft. unknown
CARGO BED SIZE 44"x32"x12" 44"x32"x12" 54.0"x36.5"x11.5" 54.0"x36.5"x11.5" unknown 41.4"x35.4"x9.6" 46.3"x51.6"x11.3" 44.1"x32.7"x11.2"
BED CAPACITY 400 lbs. 400 lbs. 1,000 lbs. 1,000 lbs. 600 lbs. 400 lbs. 800 lbs. 500 lbs.
TOWING CAPACITY 1,212 lbs. 1,212 lbs. 1,500 lbs. 1,750 lbs. 1,500 lbs. 1,100 lbs 1,200 lbs. 1,200 lbs.
ALTERNATOR (APPROX.) 200W 250W 250W 500W 300W 150W 250W unknown

UPDATE:  As the recreation utility vehicles have increased in popularity, the number of manufacturers and models has been rapidly increasing.  Yamaha has discontinued the Rhino 450 model and the newest Rhino 700 with fuel injection replaces the old carbureted Rhino 660 model.  Honda has come out with their Big Red utility vehicle.  The Arctic Cat Prowler now comes in 550, 700, and 1000 models.  Polaris is probably the most prolific of the utility vehicle manufacturers.  Polaris has the Ranger series with 400, 500, 800 models as well as a diesel powered model.  There is the Polaris Ranger 6x6 six wheel utility vehicle. Polaris even has a unique electric model called the Ranger EV.  On the sportier side of things, Polaris has the RZR series of recreation utility vehicles that include the RZR 170 model for youth, the RZR 800, and the RZR 900 high performance models.  Kubota has come out with the RTV500 with a water cooled 2 cylinder gas engine.  The rest of the Kubota utility vehicle line up comes with heavy duty diesel engines and includes the RTV900, RTV1100, and the RTV1140 (4 passenger).  John Deere also offers a large number of different models in what they call the Traditional series and the sportier Crossover (XUV) series.  John Deere even has a military line of utility vehicles.  There are so many different models that it's very difficult to even list them all here!  You get the point, the recreation utility vehicles market has exploded and the number of choices for the consumer has really increased over time!  This is beneficial to the consumer who now has many more models of utility vehicles to choose from. 



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Yamaha Rhino        Polaris Ranger        Arctic Cat Prowler        Kawasaki Mule        Kawasaki Teryx

 

 

 

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