There have been a lot of changes in the off-road world in the last five to ten years, and if you bought your last machine when Bill Clinton was still president, you’ll be floored by the innovations churned out by manufacturers in 2014.
To help you catch up, we’ve gathered the best hunting-capable models on the market right now. Go forth and tackle tight woods, rocky canyons, downed timber, or whatever you please.
- There are seven new Arctic Cat side by side Prowler models, ranging from the 500 HDX up to the 1000 XTZ. Our favorite is the 700 HDX, and it’s an excellent choice not only for going to camp, but also for year-round use. All of the HDX models come with a chassis that is 10 inches longer than the standard Prowler, and the extra length means a smooth, stable ride. Unique to the HDX line is a transformable rear cargo bed that can quickly be converted to a workbench or flat bed for hauling oversized items. Under the bed are two side storage compartments, and Arctic Cat was the first to utilize space under the hood for another giant storage bin. Inside the crew compartment, the HDX comes with a three-person bench seat, tilt steering, a combination digital/analog gauge, a dash-mounted shifter, and power steering, which is especially welcome when using front mounted attachments like a snow plow. The Cat side by sides are known for powerful, smooth-running engines, and the HDX 700 comes with a 695cc liquid-cooled, EFI-equipped SOHC engine mated to Cat’s Duramatic CVT transmission. We love the sound of the 700’s engine on the trail. MSRP: Starting at $13,699