Every year we put in thousands of miles over all types of terrain determining what a vehicle can and can’t do. We want to see what it’s made of, how it handles different jobs and how easy it is to maintain. After all, we count on them during hunting season, too, and after another year of prowling around the woods and using them for everything from hauling firewood, whitetails, cinder blocks and hay bales, here is how the lineups compare.
- ARCTIC CAT TRAIL REPORT
HITS: Durability / power / comfort / ground clearance on ATVs / front & rear receiver hitch / huge storage & bench seat / fully adjustable air shocks / huge, transformable cargo bed on Prowler HDX
MISSES: Stock tires prone to cuts in sharp rocks on HDX / could use more storage on ATVs
Arctic Cat’s Prowler HDX 700 side-by-side is aimed for the hardworking and hard-playing crowd, and the HDX 700 comes with a smooth-running, 695cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC engine. Electronic fuel injection ensures excellent starts and crisp throttle response. Rather than bucket seats, the HDX comes with a 3-person bench seat, tilt steering, combination digital/analog gauge package, dash-mounted shifter and power steering, which is especially welcome when hauling a heavy load or using front-mounted attachments like a snow plow.
The chassis is 10 inches longer than the standard Prowler, and the extra room was put to good use with dual side storage compartments. Under the hood, there is another cavernous storage area. A couple of features we really like about the HDX 700 are the premium-quality Fox air shocks, which can be adjusted for whatever load you’re carrying, and the rear dump box that can be transformed into a flat cargo bed or a handy workbench. Finally, the HDX is equipped with strong cast aluminum wheels. We’ve even named the HDX 700 the best Heavy Duty side-by-side two years in a row.