Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) are shifting to the forefront of equipment fleets. The versatility of these workhorses has continued to expand as a wealth of attachments and accessories are steadily introduced to the market.
According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), more than 400,000 UTVs were sold in North America in 2015, and the industry projects that sales will grow even further. On average, customers now purchase more than $1,700 worth of accessories for their UTV.
“Nearly two out of three UTV buyers accessorize their units, and one in three buys the UTV with accessories pre-installed,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI.
The following is an overview of UTVs from leading manufacturers:
American LandMaster 2017 LandStar lineup of utility vehicles
LSC4: This heavy-duty gas crew cab UTV boasts 4-wheel drive and carries up to 6 passengers at a time.
LSC2: This medium-duty gas crew cab UTV can also carry up to 6 passengers at once, but it offers 2-wheel drive.
LS670: This go-anywhere 4-wheel-drive UTV is powered by the company’s largest engine. It boasts enough torque to handle any project and can travel up to 90 miles on a single tank of gas.
LS750: This UTV offers the same features as the LS670, plus independent rear suspension.
LS550: This heavy-duty UTV can conquer the backcountry.
LS48V: This full-size, electric UTV is quiet and eco-friendly yet powerful.
LS450: Capable, durable and functional with a go-anywhere attitude, this rugged UTV packs power and endurance for the long haul.
LS350: This able-bodied UTV is built to handle chores and explore all day at the ranch, farm, home and beyond.
LS202: This light UTV is built to handle day-in and day-out chores with efficiency and confidence.
Bobcat Company 3650 utility vehicles
The Bobcat 3650 utility vehicle offers industry-leading payload and towing capacity, exceptional durability and optimal year-round comfort. Additionally, the 3650 takes utility vehicle versatility to a new level with the ability to operate front-mounted power-take-off (PTO) and non-PTO attachments. The 3650 utility vehicle hydrostatic drive is ideal for tasks that require repetitive back-and-forth movements, such as hauling, mowing, sweeping and snow removal. Operators can drive forward or reverse by pressing their toe or heel to the travel pedal. The vehicles can drive forward to a maximum top speed of 30 mph. A hydrostatic transmission system offers operators the best of both worlds by combining smooth drivability with a durable suspension. The operator can choose the setting that matches the load requirements to achieve optimum comfort and traction without sacrificing durability.
Cub Cadet launches Challenger 400
Cub Cadet’s lineup of utility vehicles continues to expand with the launch of the Challenger 400. Designed to tackle a variety of jobs, the Challenger 400 packs heavy-duty features and dynamic styling into a compact utility vehicle. Powered by a 404cc Subaru engine, it can reach speeds up to 25 mph and tow up to 500 pounds. The 27-inch by 37-inch, 350-pound bed capacity provides power and versatility. The bed also provides a dump bed feature for easy unloading. Measuring just 50 inches wide, the Challenger 400 fits in the bed of standard pickup trucks, and is narrow enough to traverse ATV trails — where other utility vehicles are too wide to go. Heavy-duty coil-over shocks on all four wheels help ensure better on- and off-road comfort and handling. Attachments such as a hard-top roof, light bar, side- and rear-view mirrors, winch, snow blades and enclosures are available. Customers also have the option to order red, blue or camo aftermarket fenders. The Challenger 400 is the latest in a new line of UTVs from Cub Cadet. Launched last year, the Challenger Series includes the Challenger 500, the Challenger 700 and the Challenger 750 Crew, offering a range of options.
Cushman Hauler 1200X
Cushman offers a new truck-inspired Hauler 1200X. The practically designed Hauler 1200X offers more payload, has a larger bed, and is fully customizable with affordable accessories. Cushman vehicles are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company. The new Hauler 1200X has a no-nonsense attitude. With a 1200-pound total load capacity, standard lifted suspension for added ground clearance and ergonomic seats, this vehicle is ready to get the job done. The Hauler 1200X can be customized to include either a sound-dampening 12-cubic-foot durable roto-molded polyethylene bed, or the upgraded 15-cubic-foot fully aluminum bed for extra space. The standard poly bed includes integrated divider slots to allow for increased organization and customizable bed storage. The aluminum bed features an L-track bed system that can accommodate hooks and brackets for convenient tie-down locations and space-saving accessories. The Hauler 1200X can be upgraded to include a power dump; combined with the bed-space, the Hauler 1200X is ideal for hauling sod, mulch or gravel. Versatility extends beyond the bed in the new Hauler design. New features include a standard rear hitch receiver, upgraded premium tires, and optional 12V or USB outlets. The new Hauler 1200X includes a highly functional dash that provides a clean, unobstructed line of sight for anyone behind the wheel.
Hisun Motors Sector E1 electric utility vehicle
Hisun Motors takes a big step forward with the announcement of the all-new Sector E1 electric Utility Vehicle, adding yet another quality vehicle to its lineup. Building on the success of the Sector UTV line’s performance and modern advancements in electric technology, Hisun enters the growing electric UTV market. The Sector E1 4×4 is a mid-size UTV that provides quiet performance thanks to its powerful 48-volt, 36-hp. AC drivetrain. Hisun’s Sector E1 features 4-wheel independent nitrogen suspension, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and industry-best run time. The Sector E1 is the first electric UTV on the market with the Discover EV Traction dry cell battery technology that is maintenance free and designed for longer run times and a longer life. The Discover EV traction dry cell battery is also recyclable, built from recycled parts, and will deliver an estimated 45 miles on a single charge. Hisun has leveraged superior North American technology for integral components such as the Kinetek motor, Delta Q IC1200 chargers, and 450-amp Sevcon Gen IV controllers.
Hustler Turf MDV
Hustler Turf introduced the MDV (Maximum Duty Vehicle). The tough, precision-built utility vehicle is the latest innovation from Hustler and combines the industry’s most popular features with patented Levelift bed technology. Flip a switch and the Levelift brings the cargo box up, back, and down, enabling the user to load at ground level or at any point along the mechanism’s arc of motion. Once loaded, the Levelift brings the cargo box back up and into position on the MDV. With minimum time and effort, the cargo is loaded and on its way. Levelift bed technology also enables loads to be dumped at any height or distance along its arc of motion, providing users with more options for how and where the cargo is unloaded.
Jacobsen Truckster MS/MX Series
Jacobsen’s new Truckster MS/MX Series sets the standard for productivity and efficiency in UTVs. The Truckster MS/MX’s all new operator platform increases functionality with extra space for the operator and passenger, centralized and easy-to-reach controls and more usable dash storage. External gas tank access makes filling up fast and easy and lifted models are available for use on the toughest terrain. The Truckster is also available with electric models.
The Truckster MS/MX is fully loaded and ready to work all day long.
- Available linked suspension allows the Truckster MS/MX to handle rough terrain with ease.
- Powered by a 72-volt electric drivetrain to carry you up to 50 miles fully loaded.
- Each Truckster is equipped with a standard on-board charger, giving you the flexibility to charge at any outlet within your facility.
- With a 1,000-pound vehicle payload, each Truckster has the strength and power to tow what you want, where you want.
John Deere enhances family of Gator utility vehicles with affordable mid-size model
John Deere updated its crossover utility vehicle lineup with the addition of the Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4. The mid-size model is designed for professional landscapers seeking an affordable, comfortable and versatile 4×4 utility vehicle. Outfitted with an ergonomic operator station, quiet V-twin engine, independent four-wheel suspension, four-wheel drive and availability of more than 75 attachments, the Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4 can help you tackle all of the tough tasks on the jobsite. The vehicles are designed for all-day comfort with car-like convenience, increasing operator productivity. The XUV560 and XUV560 S4 offer easy entry and exit through an occupant protective structure, and safety is a top requirement, with three-point seat belts and side grab handles. Both models offer sealed under-hood storage and feature a large, one-piece cargo box made of material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. The tailgate features truck-like performance, only requiring one hand for operation and can be opened or removed for easier cleanout or to carry longer items. The Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4 come standard with four-wheel independent suspension. The Gator models are powered by a 34.8-cubic-inch (570cc), V-twin gasoline engine, and the carburetor is tuned for rapid throttle response, reliable cold-weather starting, smooth mid-range power delivery and quiet idling. They feature swift acceleration with a top speed of 28 mph to quickly get from job to job.
Kubota RTV-X1140 K-Vertible four-passenger diesel utility vehicle
Kubota Tractor Corporation’s RTV-X1140 features the Kubota K-Vertible cargo conversion system, which transforms the vehicle with minimal effort and time from two passengers and a large cargo bed to four passengers and a cargo bed. The new five-point ROPS design increases RTV-X1140’s workhorse characteristics, allowing for more cargo volume and side loading. The RTV-X1140 also comes standard with hydraulic dump bed with 19.1-cubic-feet/9.9-cubic-feet capacity, two-seat and four-seat configuration, respectively. The RTV-X1140 delivers a powerful 24.8 horsepower Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engine. With convenient tilt steering and simple inline shifting, the RTV-X1140 has a variable hydraulic transmission that offers wide torque band and large oil cooler that boost performance and durability. Front and rear independent suspension on all four wheels ensures an exceptional ride, enhancing drivability and handling in most off-road conditions. And Kubota raised the bar on ground clearance with the new RTV-X1140, offering a full 10.8 inches of suspension travel with the ability to glide over bumps and rugged terrain.
Options include alloy wheels and a factory-installed bed liner to protect the cargo bed from dirt and damage. Driving comfort comes standard with an ergonomically designed, split-bench style seat designed to provide hours of smooth riding.
2017 Polaris Ranger utility vehicles
The Polaris Model Year 2017 lineup continues to offer more innovation with new features and models across every price point and consumer application. Polaris welcomed the new flagship Ranger XP 1000, which expands on both hardest-working and smoothest-riding attributes. The vehicle features a new ProStar 1000 engine, with an unprecedented 80 horsepower, 17 percent more power than its predecessor. To balance the hard-working power, the vehicle also comes with an exclusive Three-Mode Throttle Control, with Performance, Standard and Work settings. Performance mode unleashes full power with minor throttle input, while Work mode enables precise throttle control for working situations. Standard mode enables smooth, controllable throttle response for everyday riding. With the launch of the new Ranger XP 1000 and Ranger Crew XP 1000, Polaris will cater to every consumer application with new, innovative, special editions including two new High Lifter mud editions in a three-seat Full-Size and six-seat Crew models; the hard-working Ranger XP 1000 EPS Ranch Edition, built specifically to meet the needs of ranchers; and the industry’s first gas-powered UTV with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) on the Ranger XP 1000 EPS NorthStar HVAC and Crew HVAC editions.
Toro side-by-side utility vehicles
Helping customers drive productivity, The Toro Company now offers a new line of side-by-side utility vehicles (UTVs) designed to tackle tough jobs and demanding terrain. This includes three versatile, gas-powered electronic fuel injection (EFI) models — the 500 EFI, 700 EFI and 700 EFI with power steering — that are now available and support more than 40 different accessories for year-round project needs. These powerful, 4-wheel-drive vehicles offer hard-working hauling and towing capabilities, as well as comfortable seating for three. They can also be customized with a wide range of accessories including windshields, cabs, plow blades, light kits, winches, a stereo, and more. The new Toro UTVs are powered by 4-stroke engines with EFI technology for improved fuel efficiency, and come with Duramatic automatic transmissions, dynamic engine braking, and electronic 2WD/4WD selection as standard. Additional features include a digital display that provides instant access to critical operating information such as fuel level, temperature, oil pressure, speedometer/tachometer, and more. The transformable design of the tilting rear cargo box allows conversion to a flatbed in minutes to enhance hauling versatility. The 700 EFI models have a total payload capacity of 1,500 pounds (1,100 pounds for the 500 EFI), and both models are equipped with a standard front brush guard and adjustable CAM-style shocks for 10 inches of ground clearance to handle rough and challenging terrain. Integrated front and rear two-inch receivers give users the ability to hook up trailers or attachments at either end of the machine.
[Editor’s note: Top photo provided by Hustler.]