Our very old Polaris 500 Sportman X2 has lost the right rear CV axle and its not able to be replaced as the repair shop worked two full days trying to pull off the part that connects to the transmission. So in short, we are screwed since the right rear CV axle also does reverse while you are in 2 wheel drive.
So a work around is to have it in 4 wheel drive (which now is only 3 wheel drive) and when you need to go reverse, you have to hold the yellow button on the left grip to engage the other wheels.
What I like about the Polaris sportsman 500 X2 is the ability to have a spot for another rider (legally) and the dump box comes in handy as well as the front storage. I haven’t seen any other four wheeler with these capabilities and functionality.
So I started looking at side by sides for the back support and fell in love with the Polaris General. All the reviews just rave about how great the Polaris General is.
It can haul 600 lbs in the bed and tow a trailer up to 1500 lbs which is leaps and bounds more than the x2 can but the price is very high which is around $17,000 and also its 62.5″ wide which won’t be allowed to go on most trails that have a limit of 50″
So another option is the Polaris Ranger since it also has a dump bed but seat is a bench seat (so 3 people) and isn’t near as comfortable as the general. It has a bigger cargo box and can tow just as much since the engine is the same.
Unfortunately its also 62.5″ wide so a no go on trails. I would pick the general between the Ranger and the General for simply Utility and Sport. You really don’t gain a whole lot with the Ranger over a General but you do gain a bunch with a General over a Ranger but either way, they are both too wide. Note: They do have a Ranger 570 but its still too wide at 58″
Now we know our requirement is 50″ wide and we want some utility and comfort what are our options?
POLARIS is out (all they have that is 50″ wide is the RZR and its definitely not made for utility and its primary focus is sport)
Can-Am has a worthy competitor which is the Trail Maverick. It has a box (not dump) and is 50″ wide. Reviews seem very positive.
Price is around $13,000 bare bones and MSRP (so should be some wiggle room)
Honda has a UTV called the Pioneer and its on several TV shows. Lots of positive feedback but its stated how under powered it is. The width of the 1000 is 63″ and the 700 is almost 60″ so you would have to go down to the 500 before you find something that is only 50″ wide. Unlike the Maverick, it doesn’t appear to have any Utility and compares more closely to the Polaris RZR.
This is the least expensive at $9000 MSRP.
I’m thinking Can-Am is the winner of the 50″ UTV comparison. It feels you get more bang for the buck.
Here is a nice preview video