If you are looking to buy a brand new UTV or a side-by-side (SXS), you need to consider a lot of things. One of the most important decisions is about the UTV’s weight. First, you need to consider your plans for your UTV and then decide on the ideal weight.
For instance, if you plan to tow your UTV for a trip, you should know the weight to ensure that your vehicle can pull it. Similarly, your trailer may also break down if your UTV is too heavy to tow.
Therefore, to help you out with this decision, let us look at how many kilograms or pounds different models of UTVs weigh.
What is a UTV?
A UTV or Utility Task Vehicle is a large vehicle with a side-by-side design that allows a passenger to be seated. In comparison to ATVs, the passenger handles a UTV like a car. They have a four-wheel plan and maximize traction in all terrains, reaching speeds between 25 and 50 miles per hour.
UTVs are a trendy choice for hauling and towing. Some are also specially made for trail riding, heavy-duty construction, and agriculture. They are very versatile; however, that versatility comes with a higher price tag.
Some Important Terms
When it comes to UTV weight, manufacturers use different terms to market their products. This includes weight, size, and models. Some important terms for the weight of different UTVs are:
Most manufacturers use the term dry weight for their models. Dry weight also is the weight you see on UTVs in the showroom. There is no gas or fluid in the UTC, making it ‘dry.’
Another name for dry weight is curb weight or ready to ride weight. Furthermore, the weight mentioned on the stickers on the vehicle is also its dry weight.
Wet weight is the opposite of dry weight. It is the total weight of the UTV with all the necessary fluids such as oil, equipment fluids, and fuel. Some manufacturers like Honda use the wet weight of their vehicles. However, the difference is minor and will not affect your decision.
Occasionally some manufacturers also use the gross weight of a vehicle. The gross weight is the vehicle’s total weight, inclusive of all the riders and equipment it can carry.
This can be misleading and make the UTV seen much heavier than it is. Therefore, you need to subtract the weight of passengers to see the total weight for towing.
Utility UTVs Weight
Utility UTVs are specially designed for towing farm equipment and other tasks. They also have very limited acceleration and engine performance. Furthermore, they do not handle weight as well as sports models due to their utility design. Some standard Utility UTVs weights:
- 976cc Can-Am Commander 1000X: 1,287 pounds or 584 kilograms
- 800cc Can-Am Defender Max: 1,710 pounds or 775 kilograms
- 708cc Yamaha Wolverine: 1,311 pounds or 595 kilograms
- 686cc Yamaha Viking EPS: 1,431 pounds (wet weight) or 649 kilograms
- 875cc Polaris Ranger EPS: 1,342 pounds or 609 kilograms
- 1000cc Polaris General: 1,544 pounds or 700 kilograms
- 475cc Honda Pioneer 500:1,010 pounds or 458 kilograms
- 999cc Honda Pioneer 1000: 1,709 pounds or 775 kilograms
- 570-839cc John Deere XUV: 1,430 pounds or 649 kilograms
- 812cc Kawasaki Mule Pro-FX: 1,832 pounds or 831 kilograms
- 957cc Textron Havoc X: 1,755 pounds or 796 kilograms
- 846cc Textron Stampede: 1,690 pounds or 767 kilograms
- 846 Textron Stampede: 1,905 pounds or 864 kilograms
Sports UTVs Weight
Sports UTV is the highlight of fun activities like racing, climbing dunes, and riding trails. They are high-performance machines and also have more robust engines. They also have better acceleration and handling as compared to utility UTVs.
This is primarily because Sports UTVs do not need to worry about storage and equipment. Therefore, sports UTVs weigh a bit less with better performance. In addition, they come in three different sizes, all with different weights.
Smaller Sports UTVs
They are 48 inches or 122 centimeters wide. Some common Small Sports UTVs examples are:
- 976cc Can-Am Maverick Turbo: 1,399 pounds or 635 kilograms
- 925cc Polaris RZR XP Turbo: 1,495 pounds or 678 kilograms
- 951cc Arctic Cat Wildcat: 1,305 pounds or 592 kilograms
- 998cc Yamaha YXZ1000R: 1,510 pounds or 685 kilograms
Medium Sized Sports UTVs
They are 60 to 64 inches or 152 to 163 centimeters wide. Some common examples of their weight are:
- 783cc Kawasaki Teryx: 1,543 pounds or 700 kilograms
- 925cc Polaris RZR XP Turbo: 1,500 pounds or 680 kilograms
- 875cc Polaris RZR S 900: 1,204 pounds or 546 kilograms
- 976cc Can-Am Maverick DPS: 1,324 pounds or 600 kilograms
- 951cc Textron Wildcat X: 1,305 pounds or 592 kilograms
Four Seater Sports UTVs
They are the heaviest of all UTVs, with varying widths and weight. For instance, here are some examples:
- 976 cc Can-Am Maverick Max: 1,585 pounds or 719 kilograms
- 875cc Polaris RZR XP 4 900: 1,390 pounds or 630 kilograms
- 999cc Polaris General 4 1000: 1,857 pounds or 842 kilograms
- 951 cc Arctic Cat (pre-Textron) Wildcat 4: 1,534 pounds or 696 kilograms
- 951cc Textron Wildcat 4X LTD: 1,536 pounds or 697 kilograms
Youth UTVs Weight
Youth UTVs are among the most lightweight ones in the market. As a result, they are easy to maneuver and relatively safer for children. They can also be put back upright after accidents or pushed out of ditches. Some common youth UTVs are:
- Polaris RZR 170: 532 pounds or 241 kilograms
- Polaris Ace 150 – Single Seater: 556 or 252 kilograms
Once you have decided upon the type of UTV for you, you have solved half the issues you will face when purchasing a new UTV. Other matters like brand, operations, and purpose can be decided later. Having a UTV is not all about horsepower.
Additionally, you might not always need a fast UTV, just like how you do not always need a heavy UTV. Lastly, they also provide a fun mode of transporting between places, with each having its unique advantages. Make sure you check all the specifications before making a decision.