A UTV, or “Utility Task Vehicle” is just as durable, steadfast and useful as its name implies. These machines are beasts that can trek through just about any terrain and encounter any weather condition without faltering, which is why you, we and anyone who rides wants one. Unfortunately, UTVs are not exactly affordable. Okay, the higher end ones are very unaffordable.
Higher-end UTV models have a price point of about $30,000 or higher. Considering you can buy a new car for that cost, we understand if you’re less than willing to shell out that kind of dough for a vehicle you can’t even take to work much less transport the family in. So, does that mean you’re destined to a life void of the joy that a UTV brings? Absolutely not. We’re passionate about helping you find the best riding gear – the best aftermarket parts – the best OEM parts – and now, the best UTVs for the price you can afford. To get you started on your shopping journey, check out these top five UTVs for less than $12,000.
Can-Am Maverick Trail 800
The Can-Am Maverick Trail 800 offers power, style and trill all in one package. If you’re familiar with the company’s Maverick X3 line, you’ll recognize the sharp lines and sleek features of the other models but in a more compact body. This particular model features a tough travel-sized frame that is a mere 50 inches in width. However, just because it’s compact doesn’t mean it can’t pull its weight. The Rotax V-twin 700cc engine and 51 horsepower won’t disappoint. This UTV packs a lot of oomph and will take you wherever your heart desires. The all-day seat, controls and cockpit are perfect for traveling outside of your comfort zone.
Though we encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone when riding, we understand your desire and need to stay within it when shopping. This particular model starts at just $10,999, making it an ideal, budget-friendly option.
At 61.8 inches in width, the Yamaha Viking is exponentially larger than the Maverick Trail 800. This particular UTV features a 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke engine. This type of power doesn’t go unnoticed. You can fit three full-sized adults in the cabin of this machine and carry up to 1,431 pounds of water weight. As for towing, you can haul up to 1,500 pounds behind this beast and it’ll still run strong. The bed can hold up under up to 600 pounds of weight.
The ground clearance and turning radius are also pretty impressive on this vehicle. The turning radius is 14.75 feet while the ground clearance is 11.8 inches. It features an impressive fuel capacity of 9.7 gallons. The Viking starts at $12,999.
Kawasaki Mule SX XC
When it comes to price points, you can’t beat that of the Kawasaki Mule SX XC. Starting at just $8,799, this model is the ideal entry-level option that will work hard for you without breaking the bank. If you purchase this UTV, you will get a single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled engine that boasts 401cc displacement. It also comes with a three-year manufacturer warranty.
That said, expect some limitations in exchange for the great price. The Mule seats two people, which is standard but still less than the Viking, has a fuel capacity of just 4.2 gallons and features a load and towing capacity of 884 and 1,100 pounds respectively. The cargo bed capacity is significantly less at 400 pounds.
Honda Pioneer 500
This UTV/ATV hybrid is the ideal tool for hunters, off-road adventurers, farmers and ranch-hands alike. It’s also perfect for aging and beginning riders, making it one of the most versatile UTVs on the market today. This rig features a 464c fuel-injected four-stroke engine. Rubber vibration-isolation mounts provide riders with a smooth ride and more comfort than one might expect from a utility vehicle.
In terms of power, this compact machine doesn’t disappoint. Though it features mid-bore displacement, the Honda Pioneer 500 has a tow rating of up to 1,000 pounds when you use the rear receiver hitch. If you want to ditch the trailer and haul cargo in the bed, you can comfortably carry up to 450 pounds of payload. The cabin seats two full-sized adults but is an impressive 50 inches in width. You can buy this model new for as low as $9,099.
Polaris Ranger 500
The Polaris Ranger 500 is comfortable, capable and smooth. In terms of size, the Ranger 500 falls somewhere between the compact Honda and Cam-Am versions and the larger Yamaha model at 58 inches wide. The 500cc ProStar® engine isn’t as powerful as the other models on this list, achieving only 32 horsepower, but that doesn’t mean this UTV won’t work for you. You can tow up to 1,500 pounds with this rig and carry up to 1,000 pounds in payload. The Lock & Ride bed extender gives you more space to haul cargo if you don’t feel like wasting horsepower on towing a trailer. A dual A-Arm, front and rear suspension and a ground clearance of 10 inches provides for a surprisingly smooth ride.
The Ranger 500 has an MSRP of $9,499, making it a great steal in terms of UTVs. It’s also important to note that Polaris is an established name in the industry, so you’re sure to get an impressive vehicle regardless of how much or little you pay.
Your Go-To Source for UTV Maintenance
Whether you decide to invest $8,000 into a UVT or $30,000, it’s important that you have a source to which you can turn to purchase quality replacement, aftermarket and OEM parts. Maintenance is a huge part of owning a UTV, and when you can purchase the parts yourself from a reliable dealer, you can save exponentially on upkeep and repairs. You can find the best UTV aftermarket parts in our inventory, along with all the tools and accessories you might need to maintain your new rig. If you want your UTV to work harder for you, you can also find the parts you need to make it do so.