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Top 2017 Base Model UTVs

A few weeks ago, we tickled your senses with an article about the top base ATV models for 2017. This time around, we're back at it with the top UTV base models for 2017. As mentioned in the precursor to this article, a "bargain" to some folks may mean the cheapest price. To others, it may mean the base model that also comes with the most standard features. Either way, we scoured the current 2017 UTV models and compiled a list of the most impressive machines that meet our stringent criteria the best. Also see our new list of 2018 Top Base Model UTVs.

Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail - $12,999

Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail - $12,999

Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail - $12,999: If you're in the market for a narrow UTV capable of negotiating tight trails, the Wildcat Trail might be your feline of choice. A fuel-injected 700cc inline twin cylinder engine produces north of 60HP, while the the Team Rapid Response CVT clutch helps get the power to the ground. The Fox shocks keep the ride compliant and give owners the possibility to tune the suspension for optimal performance in their own neck of the woods.

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Bad Boy Stampede - $13,799:

Bad Boy Stampede - $13,799

Bad Boy Stampede - $13,799: A newcomer in the sporty UTV game is Bad Boy. The Stampede derives power from a fuel injected twin cylinder capable of 80HP. The Stampede is also the only UTV with a standard extended cab. Rounding out the reason for a solid look is a two year warranty and an excellent starting price on the base model.

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Can Am Maverick XC - $15,699

Can Am Maverick XC - $15,699

Can Am Maverick XC - $15,699: Powered by the legendary 1000cc, 101HP Rotax V-twin, the Maverick XC is an absolute blast to drive. Electric Power Steering(EPS) is absent on base models, but they didn't forget the exceptional Fox 2.0 Podium shocks. Built with a Torsional Trailing arm rear suspension and 27" Maxxis Bighorn tires, its no wonder the Maverick runs at the top of the GNCC UTV class.

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Honda Pioneer 1000-5 - $16,399

Honda Pioneer 1000-5 - $16,399

Honda Pioneer 1000-5 - $16,399: Honda entered the market this year with their impressive Pioneer 1000-5 with the 999cc liquid cooled twin, and a six-speed DCT(Dual Clutch Transmission). One of the few sporty UTV"s with the ability to carry more than four passengers, it also has a 2000lb towing capacity and comes standard with Electric Power Steering(EPS).

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Kawasaki Mule Pro FXT $12,999

Kawasaki Mule Pro FXT $12,999

Kawasaki Mule Pro FXT $12,999: Packed with an inline triple-cylinder engine, the Mule Pro FXT has a ton of torque, making it an excellent "work mule". The Trans Cab allows the Mule to be converted from 3 passenger to 6 passenger mode and back by a single person in under a minute. The Mule features Kawasaki's 3 year warranty, which is nearly unheard of in the UTV industry.

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Kawasaki Teryx4 - $15,799

Kawasaki Teryx4 - $15,799

Kawasaki Teryx4 - $15,799: The legendary Kawasaki V-Twin powering the Teryx4 works in conjunction with the standard adjustable Fox shocks and Electric Power Steering (EPS), making it a phenomenal sporty UTV. Factor in Kawasaki's killer 3 year warranty and the ability to carry four passengers, and the Teryx4 becomes a serious offering.

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Polaris Ranger XP 900 - $12,299

Polaris Ranger XP 900 - $12,299

Polaris Ranger XP 900 - $12,299: Powered by Polaris' 68HP ProStar twin cylinder, the Ranger is both powerful and comfortable. With the capability to tow 2000 pounds and a 1500 pound payload capacity, the Ranger is a serious workaholic.

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Polaris General 1000 EPS - $16,299

Polaris General 1000 EPS - $16,299

Polaris General 1000 EPS - $16,299: A 100HP ProStar twin cylinder is the heart of the General, as it allows the machine to either be wheeled conservatively, or with the throttle mashed and your heart thumping. The standard integrated half doors, a rear dump bed, and standard Electric Power Steering (EPS) make this a feature-rich offering at a reasonable price.

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Yamaha Wolverine - $10,999

Yamaha Wolverine - $10,999

Yamaha Wolverine - $10,999: Those hunting for a sporty UTV to dominate the trails should give a solid look to the Wolverine. The 708cc liquid-cooled four-stroke utilizes a bulletproof Ultramatic CVT transmission. The ultra-reliable drivetrain and excellent handling make the Wolverine a legitimate value and a blast to wheel through the woods.

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Yamaha YXZ1000R - $19,999

Yamaha YXZ1000R - $19,999

Yamaha YXZ1000R - $19,999: If speed and performance is the name of your game, the 1000cc inline triple cylinder engine, 5 speed sequential manual transmission, and long travel suspension with Fox Podium RC2 shocks make the base YXZ a great option. The manual clutch on the base model helps keep the price down and the revs up when roosting the dunes.

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