WHO IS CUB CADET?
Cub Cadet is an American company
that was established in 1961. The brand
is best known for power equipment and
has 1400 dealers.
Challenger 550 and 750 recreation
utility UTVs are built on an entirely new
platform that’s more recreation-focused
than previous Cub Cadet machines. The
550’s engine is an enlarged version of
the Challenger 500 powerplant, but the
550’s chassis is entirely different from
the 500’s. It has a longer wheelbase
and is 60 inches wide rather than 64
inches. More suspension travel and fully
adjustable piggyback reservoir shocks
handle rougher terrain and higher
speeds than the 500.
Like the new Challenger 750, the 550
has a formed cab frame over the ROPS
cage that makes it simple to weather-
seal the vehicle. A quick-release full
windshield is standard, and optional
upper sections for the full doors and a
rear window can be added in minutes.
Sculpted seats, car-like instruments
directly in front of the tilt wheel and
side mirrors give the Challenger an
automotive feel. The 550 comes with
the same impressive list of extras as the
750—a 3500-pound winch, aluminum
wheels, LED headlights and turn signals
are all standard. The Challenger 550
doesn’t have power steering, but it is
available as an option. A power-steering
version is on the way.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Challenger 550 is $9999 or
$10,299 in camo. The full-size Polaris
Ranger 570 starts at $8999. Can-Am’s
Defender HD5 starts at $9999. Hisun’s
Sector 550 is $8999.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A single-cylinder, 546cc, fuel-injected,
single-overhead-cam, four-valve engine.
The Challenger 550 has a 6.5mm-larger
bore than the 500 with the same 84mm
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic, belt-type, continuously
variable, dual-range transmission with
engine braking. A centrifugal clutch on the
drive clutch protects the belt from abuse.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM HAS IT GOT?
Selectable 2WD/4WD, and the front
and rear differentials are lockable. Leaving
both differentials unlocked allows the
Challenger to cruise delicate turf without
hurting it and allows for tighter turns.
Locking one or both differentials provides
extra traction for slippery surfaces and
HOW FAST IS IT?
Top speed is a respectable 45 mph.
Fully adjustable piggyback
reservoir shocks make
the Challenger 550
comfortable at speeds and
on rugged terrain that’s out
of the question for some
The Cub Cadet comes with a winch, aluminum wheels, and
other extras like doors and a full windshield at the price of some
manufacturers’ plain base models.
With its tilting bed and 2-inch hitch receiver, the Challenger is ready
for work. Compression, rebound and spring preload-adjustable
piggyback reservoir shocks make it ready for play.