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I enjoyed reading this test and watching the videos because the vehicles tested were ones I would potentially buy. No sport models were tested, all were sport utility type machines. A lot of good info.

The Ultimate UTV Evaluation
 

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I thought the Honda did pretty well. I complied the results on another forum, here they are:

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Rating	Rank	Machine
47.57	1	Polaris Ranger XP 900
47.04	2	John Deere Gator RSX 850i
46.65	3	Honda Pioneer 700-4
46.13	4	Yamaha Viking
46	5	Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX
42.82	6	John Deere Gator XUV 825i
42.3	7	Bobcat 3400
35.8	8	kubota RTV X900
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Rating	Rank	Machine
48.18	1	John Deere Gator RSX 850i
47.7	2	Honda Pioneer 700-4
47.66	3	Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX
47	4	Yamaha Viking
45.9	5	John Deere Gator XUV 825i
43.83	6	Polaris Ranger XP 900
40.5	7	Bobcat 3400
36.75	8	Kubota RTV X900
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Rating	Rank	Machine
95.22	1	John Deere Gator RSX 850i
94.35	2	Honda Pioneer 700-4
93.66	3	Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX
93.13	4	Yamaha Viking
91.4	5	Polaris Ranger XP 900
88.72	6	John Deere Gator XUV 825i
82.8	7	Bobcat 3400
72.55	8	Kubota RTV X900
 

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My father gets Successful Farming mag and brought it to the shop about 3 weeks ago to show me how well the Pioneer did. Big cover pic: "UTV Shootout" however about 1.5 pages of writing and info. Mostly just test numbers. I believe the new JD was better. They are built about 10min away from my house, neighbors son is an engineer there and helped design it. Our land butts up with theirs and we run the same trails, He had test models out here. It runs an Aprilia 850 twin which is very impressive. However I would'nt feel confident taking it to a JD dealer to get worked on if you had issues. Unless the mechanic speaks Italin/takes his time/and smokes heavily!
 
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My father gets Successful Farming mag and brought it to the shop about 3 weeks ago to show me how well the Pioneer did. Big cover pic: "UTV Shootout" however about 1.5 pages of writing and info. Mostly just test numbers. I believe the new JD was better. They are built about 10min away from my house, neighbors son is an engineer there and helped design it. Our land butts up with theirs and we run the same trails, He had test models out here. It runs an Aprilia 850 twin which is very impressive. However I would'nt feel confident taking it to a JD dealer to get worked on if you had issues. Unless the mechanic speaks Italin/takes his time/and smokes heavily!
It's also JD Green which means its expensive :)
 

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Just to add price comparison to this...

MSRP (base model, no options)

Polaris Ranger XP 900 $13,199
John Deere Gator RSX 850i $12,999
Honda Pioneer 700-4 $ 11,699
Yamaha Viking $13,249
Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX $13,699
John Deere Gator XUV 825i $11,999
Bobcat 3400 Can't find price
kubota RTV X900 Can't find price
 

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I was in a our doctors office and saw the utv shootout in a successful farming mag. In the mag article they gave the pioneer the award for best utv for the money....or something like that. since I don't get successful farming mag I thought I might find it online. I think they tested the pioneer 4 basically because its all new and such a great concept. they wanted to test it, because if it did well the 2p would do just as well. I thought they praised the pioneer, not much negative besides power.
 

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I almost bought a rsx 850 with the fox shocks. It is very fast, but noisy. It seats you very well, it like driving a sports car. The steering is harder than the Pioneer. The throttle control is very touchy. If you like to go fast over rough terrain its an impressive machine. To me the Pioneer is more versatile and still performs well. I saved some money too.
 

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they all had comparable cargo carry capacity and I believe they only loaded them to half of their capacity. I think if you look under each machines specs they should show capacities.
 
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