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Crossover vehicle features cargo bed, parental controls

Product review: The 2020 Envy marries the best of a UTV and a golf car into one.

My younger brother is a golfer and owns his personal golf car, but living on a small farm, he wanted it to do more than carry two people and golf bags. So, this year he transformed it, complete with larger wheels, a back seat that folds flat and a new paint job.

Golf cars are becoming favorites around farmsteads. They have the appeal of a smooth ride, with the convenience of an electric plug for overnight charging. But golf cars have limitations. Unless you have them “jacked up,” as my brother says, you are not getting much use other than transporting people around the farm. But that is all about to change.

The Intimidator Group is rolling out its new crossover that takes the best of a UTV and a golf car and marries it into one vehicle — the 2020 Envy.

I had my first look at the Envy in September at the production plant in Batesville, Ark. And as a self-professed UTV snob, I was impressed with what the Envy offers to farmers. It can transport four people, or drop the back seat down and haul two people, feed and farm supplies. Also, it has parental controls that allow adults to put the Envy into kid mode and set speed parameters.

Here are a few more cool features about this Envy crossover coming in 2020:

1. Rugged body. It has all the stylings of a UTV, making it appear to be a farm vehicle. It has that automotive quality acrylic plastic body — none of this "I ran into the tree branch and tore the front fender of my golf car." It comes standard with a 75-inch tube bumper-brush guard. The outside of the Envy is built to withstand the pasture and woods.

2. Tough tires. These are not your golf car tires. It comes with four-ply 24x12R12 tires that are ready to grip in any weather conditions.

3. Turns on a dime. The turn radius of the Envy actually was better than most UTVs I’ve driven. It was tight without feeling like you were going to tip over.

4. Electric engine. No worrying about running out of gas on the farm. The Envy plugs in for charging. Electric is just convenient. It has four 12-volt deep cycle lead acid batteries with a watering kit for a long battery life.

5. Parental controls. Perhaps one of the best features is the ability to program the Envy for adult or child use. Under the kid mode, a parent can set speed restrictions. Still, parental oversight is a must.

6. Interior perks. The LCD touchscreen allows for displaying speed and reviewing battery life. Inside the Envy is a 12-volt auxiliary plug and a double USB port keeping your smart devices charged on the go. People can buy Bluetooth speaker options, and since it is a quiet ride, you can hear the music.

7. Multipurpose mode. You can order the Envy in a two- or four-person model. The two-person model has the bench forward-facing seat in the front and a flat cargo bed in the back, offering a little more than 11 square feet of space. In the four-person model, there are two bench seats — one front- and one rear-facing. However, the back seats fold down flat for the same cargo space. For the extra money, I would invest in the four-person model that offers the flexibility of hauling kids or cargo.

8. Price point. With the folks at Intimidator, cash is king. The cash price for the two-person Envy is $8,999, and the four-person model is $9,999. Retail prices are about $1,000 higher.

At first, I thought perhaps this is just a machine that resonates with me because of my age demographic. I’m an empty-nester with no kids and need to haul a few things around the farm.

But then I remembered my brother and his golf car. He has five kids and wants a vehicle to transport them to the lake down the lane, as well as haul feed to the pasture. So, if you have either scenario at your home, this may be a farm vehicle worth the look.

For more on the Envy, visit intimidatorutv.com.

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