In the off-roading world of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs), Yamaha is one of the biggest names in the business. Yamaha was an early player in the ATV game. In 1980, during the three-wheeler era, Yamaha released its first ATV in the United States, the Tri-Moto. In 1985, Yamaha released the YFM200 Moto-4, keeping pace with the industry trend toward four wheels.
They followed these models up with a series of firsts in the industry, including the first ATV with a cargo bed and the first ATV with electronic power steering. For 2004, Yamaha introduced its first UTV, the Rhino.
Types of Yamaha ATVs and UTVs
Yamaha breaks its ATVs into two broad categories: sport and utility. The Raptor series comes in several performance-oriented configurations, with the YFZ series topping the sport range. The Kodiak and Grizzly models can bear any tough task you throw at them, be it work or play. There’s also a sporty-looking Raptor 90 and YFZ50 for young riders.
Yamaha’s UTV (or SXS, for side-by-side) vehicles come in three basic flavors, with many available customizations. YXZ sport models are built for speed, Wolverine recreational ATVs are made for trails, and Viking utility vehicles have plenty of room for crews and cargo.
Yamaha ATVs and UTVs Prices
The least expensive Yamaha ATVs are also the smallest, with kid-friendly models of the Raptor, YFZ, and Grizzly starting at $2,199. Raptor models range from $3,099 to $9,399, while YFZ models start at $9,199. Prices for the Kodiak and Grizzly utility ATVs start at $6,199 and go up to $10,999 before adding any further options or packages.
Yamaha utility side-by-sides in the Viking series have starting prices between $11,999 and $15,699. Wolverine recreational UTVs start at $14,499 and have a top end of $25,299. The performance-oriented YXZ models have a floor of $18,999, and their starting prices go up to $21,799.
Yamaha ATVs and UTVs Lineup
With decades of history behind its ATVs, Yamaha has developed a full range of ATVs for most uses, from chores to trails. The Raptor series of sports ATVs boasts one of the best-selling models in the segment and several podium finishes in off-road racing. The Grizzly and Kodiak models are well-rounded and customizable, with trims for chores or trails – or both.
Fans of side-by-sides have plenty of choices from Yamaha. The YXZ series is ready for racing, while the Wolverine comes in a variety of sizes for tight trails or bringing a few friends along on your off-road adventure. The Viking series is built for work with a side of play, with editions made for ranch work and carrying the whole crew.
Yamaha UTVs are available for just about any use and at several price points. It’s possible to find a basic workhorse for about $11,000, or to build a race-ready machine for twice the price. Your needs and budget will help guide you to the right Yamaha SXS.
The Viking can take to the trails on weekends, but it really shines at the weekday worksite. It has a 686-cc four-stroke engine and four-wheel drive, with seating for three or six passengers. It’s capable of hauling 600 pounds in its cargo bed and towing 1,500 pounds. Electronic power steering is available, and Ranch Editions come with a sun top to protect passengers and underseat storage to protect valuables.
The Wolverine series is available with two seats in the X2 trims and four seats in the X4 trims. It starts with an 847-cc engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and four-wheel drive. There are lots of packages and options to choose from, including the Adventure Pro GPS system with a 7-inch display.
The YXZ’s name might prove confusing to those learning their ABCs, but there’s no mistaking its performance cred. It starts with a 998-cc three-cylinder, 12-valve engine with a manual foot clutch and four-wheel drive. Paddle shifters are available, as are performance Fox dual spring shocks.
Yamaha has been building ATVs since the Carter administration, and its years of expertise show in its current lineup. These vehicles are capable and customizable for almost any use cases.
The Grizzly series is happiest on the trail, though it can put in a day’s work. It has a 686-cc four-stroke engine with four-wheel drive, and electronic power steering is available. Full-body skid plates are standard, and accessories include a Warn winch and Maxxis tires. The Grizzly 90 is sized for riders aged 10 and up with a 90-cc engine, an engine limiter, and a CVT.
2020 Yamaha Kodiak 450/700
The Kodiak comes with either a 421-cc engine or a 686-cc engine, each paired with a CVT. The Kodiak 450 is Yamaha’s entry-level ATV, with prices starting just above $6,000. Electronic power steering is available, and the new SE trims include a Warn winch and alloy wheels. The 700 EPX XT-R adds skid plates and Maxxis tires for serious off-road capability.
The Raptor 700 series has a 686-cc engine with four valves paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Aggressive Maxxis tires are standard, as are high-visibility headlights and a larger 2.9-gallon fuel tank. The Raptor 90 for riders aged 10 and up has a 90-cc engine and a CVT.
The YFZ series has a 449-cc engine with five titanium valves and a five-speed manual transmission. It’s built around a lightweight cast-aluminum frame and a steel chassis, and its body panels come off without tools for easy access. The SE trim adds splashy graphics and a grab bar. The YFZ50 is suitable for riders age 6 and up with a 49-cc engine, a CVT, and a throttle limiter.
Yamaha ATV and UTV Warranty
Yamaha covers its models with a six-month warranty, and also includes a ten-year V-belt limited warranty.
Yamaha vs. Other Brands
Yamaha vs. Can-Am
Design-wise, Yamaha has a more distinctive and aggressive look for its ATVs and UTVs than Can-Am. The Can-Am lineup has slightly higher average starting prices than Yamaha, though the side-by-sides have more comparable price tags. Like Yamaha, Can-Am includes a six-month warranty, though Yamaha adds a ten-year V-belt limited warranty.
Yamaha vs. Polaris
Yamaha and Polaris both have years of experience in building recreational vehicles, and they have similarly robust product lines of ATVs and UTVs. Polaris offers more special editions and factory packages for specific needs, such as larger tires for extreme trail riding or a gun boot for hunting. Its lineup of side-by-sides has lower starting prices, particularly the Polaris sport models.
Yamaha vs. Honda
Honda brought its first ATV to the United States a few years before Yamaha, but the two have kept pace with off-road offerings over the decades. Their model ranges and prices are similar, with Yamaha having a more performance-oriented lineup. Honda has the longer warranty, with one year of coverage. Yamaha’s limited warranty covers the more typical six months, though it does include a ten-year V-belt warranty.