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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Bigger & Better Every Year

As ATV manufacturers race to keep up with industry trends and the demands of consumers, vehicles have gotten bigger and better each year. From engine size to accessories, the newest ATVs on the market can help you be more efficient, and have fun while you're at it. Here are some of the choices, and reasons why you might want them on your farm.

Yamaha's Grizzly 660 features a 660 cc SOHC liquid-cooled engine. The Ultramatic automatic transmission system has all-wheel engine braking. The Grizzly has an 11.8 in. ground clearance and boasts no-tools maintenance as well as superior downhill performance, even when loaded with feedbags.

Goodies: A conveniently located DC outlet, under-seat storage, front and rear racks, and a 1,200 lb. towing capacity. — $7,199

The Suzuki KingQuad 700 has a 700 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). An advanced engine-braking system helps the auto-transmission control speed, which minimizes freewheeling when pulling a load.

Goodies: A sporty appeal, 1,000 lb. towing capacity, storage compartment in the front fender and a center mounted trailer hitch. — $7,299

Arctic Cat's 500 TBX has a 493 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine and a Duramatic automatic transmission. The 12 in. ground clearance, 100 lb. carrying capacity on the front rack and a large capacity box make it useful around the farm. The box has an automotive pick-up truck style tailgate handle and latching, which makes it easy to use.

Goodies: Speedracks with many different accessory options, wider seat, digital instrument pods and a 1,050 lb. towing capacity. — $7,149

The Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI has a liquid-cooled, electronic fuel-injected, twin-cylinder Polaris Liberty 800 cc engine and an automatic Polaris Variable Transmission. Its 1,500 lb. towing capacity, 11.3 in. of ground clearance and tough body components are all helpful for even the roughest workout.

Goodies: Lock and Ride accessory compatible, rear toolbox, a DC outlet and an integrated front storage compartment. — $8,599

Kawasaki's Brute Force 650 4×4 is powered by a 633 cc, 90° V-twin engine with single overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It has a fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Variable front differential control to lock the front wheels for maximum traction, a 7.3 in. ground clearance and a 264 lb. rack capacity are all features that make the Brute Force 650 attractive.

Goodies: Digital instrument panel, high and low forward gears, many standard features at a mid-class price, and a standard winch mount. — $6,599

The TRX500FA Rubicon by Honda has a 500 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine and a fully automatic “Hondamatic” transmission that is hydro-mechanical, not belt-driven. A 7.5 in. ground clearance, USDA-qualified spark-arrester/muffler and large front and rear cargo racks that can hold 66 and 133 lbs., respectively, make the TRX500 suited to farming needs.

Goodies: Can be ordered with GPScape, Honda's built in GPS system, heavy-duty rear hitch with 850 lb. towing capacity and water resistant storage integrated into the body work. — $7,299

The Buck 500 Auto by John Deere features a 498 cc, 4-Tec Rotax, liquid-cooled engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Visco-lok, a progressively locking 4WD system that automatically delivers the correct amount of traction. The Buck boasts easy maintenance by removing the seat, which gives the operator access to spark plugs, battery, air filter, dip-stick and carburetor.

Goodies: A 1,100 lb. towing capacity, 175 lb. rear rack capacity, many accessories and a unique sub-transmission with a park feature. — $6,499

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