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Melissa Erickson

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2014 Yamaha Viking

The all-new 2014 Yamaha Viking is ready to conquer whatever comes its way with Yamaha’s most powerful 686cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected power plant. The powerful new engine delivers strong low-end acceleration and pulls hard through the RPM range to deliver excellent power delivery for getting the job done or hitting the trails.

Fun and easy to drive, the Viking EPS side-by-side boasts impressive features and abilities. “A massive amount of thought and research went in to each component. From comfort to power to usability — nothing was left to chance in the 2014 design,” wrote auto blogger Stephanie Mallory.

With superb handling and an uber-comfortable ride, the Viking’s coolest feature may be its pass-through bucket seating that provides plenty of shoulder room for three occupants, padded headrests.

The Viking features a large-capacity air intake system that improves overall engine performance. Ultramatic transmission with dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive and reverse is the most advanced drive system available. An automatic centrifugal clutch maintains constant belt tension for reduced belt wear and uses a sprag clutch for all-wheel downhill engine braking in four-wheel-drive mode and reverse.

MSRP: Starting at $11,499

Polaris Ranger XP 900 Deluxe

For off-road enthusiasts who want to work hard and play hard, the Polaris Ranger XP 900 Deluxe is a smooth-driving innovation.

The original Ranger XP 900 debuted in 2013. The 2014 Deluxe model is the ultimate combination of sport and utility. It combines the best of the previous model with a freshening up. The ProStar 900 engine, chassis, restyled cockpit, more suspension, accessory integration, easier serviceability and a quieter ride of the Ranger XP 900 remain with additional upgrades, such as such as a new cockpit to appeal to a recreational rider. The big change was that the more-utilitarian bench seat was replaced with bolstered cut-and-sew bucket seats featuring an adjustable driver’s seat and center console with integrated storage for improved comfort and ergonomics.

Color-matched half doors provide trail riders with more protection from branches and mud, while the factory-installed audio system in the dash provides endless tunes on the trail.

Polaris offers the smoothest, most responsive EPS system available, with variable assist for easy handling at lower speeds. Other key features include all-wheel drive, 1-ton towing and a 1,000-pound box capacity.

MSRP: $16,499

Polaris Sportsman Ace

Are you ready to go solo? The revolutionary Polaris Sportsman Ace is a single-seat UTV that combines the nimble handling of an ATV and the security and comfort of a side-by-side in a rider-centric design. The compact, comfortable and centralized seating position connects the driver directly with the machine for the ultimate trail-riding experience. The Sportsman Ace features the same step-in bucket seat style as Polaris’ side-by-side models and it’s only as wide as a typical ATV.

A 32 horsepower single-cylinder engine features fuel efficient, vibration-free power with internal counter balance shaft, dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, while electronic fuel injection precisely delivers the fuel charge instant predictable throttle response. An automatic transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive eliminates the guesswork by automatically selecting two-wheel or four-wheel drive. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

A fully-independent rear suspension delivers 9.5 inches of travel for a terrain-capable ride, and high performance rear shocks smooth out the bumps.

There’s also a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, rear cargo box, adjustable steering wheel and seat, and even a cupholder.

MSRP: Starting at $7,499

2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail

Dubbed Wildcat’s little brother, the 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail is aiming to take the top spot in the 50-inch ATV market currently held by Polaris’s RZR 800.

“If you’re looking to get something to have fun in the woods or other tight trails and put a smile on your face, you won’t be disappointed with the Wildcat Trail,” wrote UTV Underground. “The trail sets a new standard in power, ground clearance and suspension travel.”

Usable power is everything, and the Wildcat Trail boasts the highest weight ratio in its class, beating the competition in a head-to-head comparison. This all-new Arctic Cat-designed 700 inline twin engine features electronic fuel injection, four valves per cylinder and liquid cooling. This next-generation 60-plus horsepower engine was designed specifically for the Wildcat Trail chassis.

More traction means more action for the Trail, and the fun starts with selectable on-the-fly two wheel drive/four wheel drive and a lockable front differential. The advantage is that the driver gets to decide when four-wheel drive or front differential is needed. The 12-inch Carlisle tires, available in steel or aluminum, were designed specifically for the Trail, which weighs in at less than 1,000 pounds.

The Wildcat Trail handles so well in large part thanks to the low center of gravity. Riders sit three inches lower than the competition. Couple that with its high ground clearance (10 inches) and premium shocks, it’s quite obvious why this side by side delivers such a big advantage.

MSRP: Starting at $10,999

Polaris’ Scrambler XP 1000

Responding to customers who wanted more power, Polaris introduced the 2014 Scrambler XP 1000, which is essentially a pumped-up version of the Scrambler XP 50LE.

“The Scrambler is a blast to ride, with good handling, superb suspension, paired with a 77 horsepower, twin cylinder. The engine is amazingly manageable, although it possesses more power than most riders will make full use of,” reviewed ATV On Demand.

With a single overhead cam 1000 twin engine, the fuel-injected big bore features a 270-degree offset crankshaft and dual balance shafts for in-your-face power that remains incredibly smooth and vibration free.

From the instant the Scrambler XP 1000 EPS fires to life, the deep growling exhaust speaks extreme performance. An all-new dual exhaust system allows the engine to breath deep and produces maximum power and performance.

For ultimate control on the trail, the unit features electronic power steering and Fox Podium X 2.0 compression adjustable shocks, to tackle any trail obstacle in its way.

MSRP: $13,299