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The Top Utility Vehicles for Outdoor Chores

Written by David Glassman

Outdoor chores are a necessary part of owning a large parcel of land or having a great garden or orchard. When you have a utility vehicle to help with the chores they become a lot more manageable and less time-consuming. Whether you use your vehicle for farming, landscaping, or simple property maintenance, we've found the top 3 models that can handle these tasks with ease.

We took a look at a few features that are must-haves for any utility vehicle worthy of your consideration and focused on the following:

  • Towing capabilities
  • Bed capacity to carry equipment
  • Payload and the ability to transport heavy materials
  • Durability and strength to navigate a variety of terrain and keep up with the toughest tasks

Polaris Ranger XP® 1000 EPS

The Polaris Ranger is the #1 trusted vehicle as voted by farmers, hunters, and homeowners for over a decade. The Ranger lineup includes a number of different models to meet your needs: typical 3- and 2-seaters, along with the CREW models that have 4–6 seats as well as the Special Edition and Youth models.

The XP line has also enjoyed 100+ enhancements inspired by consumer suggestions and it is considered the top premium side-by-side available today.

Key Specs of the Polaris Ranger XP® 1000 EPS

Suspension: Industry-leading 11” of suspension travel that lets you navigate rough terrain with ease
Ground Clearance: 13” of ground clearance that allows you to traverse bumpy and uneven paths with ease
Towing Capacity: 2,500-lb towing capacity that lets you move anything that's in your way
Payload Capacity: 1,500-lb payload capacity allows you to carry equipment, gear, and supplies
Tires: 26" PXT Tires & Stamped Steel Wheels help to prevent sticks, rocks, and debris from slowing you down
Steering: Electronic Power Steering (EPS) gives you the handling that you need to get around in tight spaces and fast turns

Important / Key Features of the Polaris Ranger Line

Engine: ProStar 1000 engine with 82 horsepower and 62 lb-ft of torque lets you keep moving, even up hills
Storage: Ample storage with 13.5 gallons of storage including under-seat driver storage, flip-up passenger seat configurable space, and in-floor features for D-rings
Extreme Comfort: Legroom enhanced by 5”, seats that are 25% thicker and feature a cut-and-sew, contoured seat

Check out our 2017 Polaris Ranger Inventory!

Can-Am Defender XT

Engineered to minimize problems and maximize a hard day’s work, the Defender XT gives you the oomph that you need when you're out in the fields or hauling gear across your fields. There are several models available, depending on your needs, with both 3-seat and 6-seaters offered in the line.

Key Specs of the Can-Am Defender XT

Suspension: 10” of suspension travel that keeps your engine safe from damage
Ground Clearance: 11” ground clearance lets you fly over rutted trails and debris-strewn pathways
Towing Capacity: 2,000-lb towing capacity gives you the power you need for stump removal, getting a friend out of a jam, or clearing brush and trees
Payload Capacity: 1,500-lb payload capacity lets you carry plants, shrubs, supplies, and people with ease
Tires: 27” Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires are a great spec that gives you the protection you need from punctures
Steering: Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) lets you navigate all types of terrain

Important / Key Features of the Can-Am Defender XT

Engine: 72 hp, 976cc Rotax V-Twin engine that gives you the power to keep up with your hectic schedule
Selectable Drive Modes: Options for various drive modes depending on the task at hand:
  • Eco saves fuel
  • Work let's you dig in and get the job done
  • Normal Driving for when you're using your utility vehicle for transportation
Winch: 4,500-lb winch that makes towing a breeze
Storage: Storage equaling 16.9 gallons and includes:
  • Handy, removable, and water-resistant 1.7-gallon toolbox (industry exclusive)
  • 6 gallons of under-dash storage with an enclosed pocket
  • Under-seat storage
  • Enclosed storage about the gauge

Check out our 2017 Can-Am Defender Inventory

Yamaha Viking EPS

Variety of models including 3-seat and 6-seat models and the fan-favorite special ranch edition. These vehicles are smooth and quiet, and they offer Yamaha’s proven reliability, capability, and comfort to exceed your expectations. The Viking EPS option is great for anyone who spends a lot of time working the land and needs a vehicle that provides the comfort they want along with the toughness they need.

Key Specs of the Yamaha Viking EPS

Suspension: 8.1” of suspension travel gives you the handling you need and want
Ground Clearance: 11.8” ground clearance gives you the space you need to easily get over rugged land
Towing Capacity: 1,500-lb towing capacity lets you get everything moved that's in your way
Bed Capacity: 600-lb bed capacity gives you the payload you need to move your gear
Steering: Electronic Power Steering (EPS) keeps you going in the right direction no matter how challenging the course

Important / Key Features of the Yamaha Viking EPS

Engine: Torque 700-Class Engine, 686cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected SOGC power plant keeps you moving
Work in comfort and quiet: Handholds, padded headrests, and 3-point seat belts for all riders
  • Extensive noise and vibration reduction measures provide a smooth and quiet ride
  • Superior seating position, adjustable driver's seat, and an offset middle seat

On-Command® 4WD: Industry-exclusive three-position On-Command® 4WD system lets you quickly dial between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and fully locked differential 4WD

There you have it, 3 of the best options for utility vehicles that help you get the job done! Are you looking for a new utility vehicle, or want to upgrade the one you've been using? Stop by Tousley Motorsports today, and we will get you into the right utility vehicle for your needs.

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David Glassman

David Glassman

David Glassman is President of Tousley Motorsports.

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