The 2014 Teryx4’s larger engine means more power and sharper throttle response, and the
2013 was no slouch.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2014 TERYX4?
A larger, more powerful engine, new
suspension, new color choices, and
LED lights. Kawasaki’s latest evolution
of the Teryx single-overhead-cam, fuel-injected, four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin
uses a longer stroke with the same
bore as the 2013 to take the engine
from 749cc to 783cc. Compression
is increased from 9.3:1 to 10.7:1.
Throttle body size is the same as last
year—36mm. The larger, more powerful
engine is more fuel efficient than last
year’s, and the engine compartment is
also better insulated to keep heat and
noise out of the cabin.
New compression and spring-preload-adjustable piggyback reservoir
Fox Podium shocks replace last year’s
adjustable piggyback KYBs. Front travel
is up from 7. 8 to 8.0 inches. Rear travel
is the same as last year at 8. 3 inches.
All Teryx4s have power steering for
2014, and if you go for the flagship LE,
you can get it in shiny Candy Lime or
Candy Burnt Orange painted bodywork.
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
Our test machine, the $16,999
Teryx LE, is the top-of-the-line Teryx4
for 2014. The base model goes for
$15,799, and there’s a camo Teryx4
for $16,299. The new Teryx two-seater
starts at $12,999. The $15,999 Polaris
RZR 4 800 EPS and the $11,699
Honda Pioneer 700-4 are the four-seaters closest in price to the Teryx4.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic, belt-type
WHAT’S THE 4WD SYSTEM LIKE?
continuously variable transmission
(CVT). It’s the most common kind used
on UTVs, and it’s as easy to use as a
car’s automatic. Unlike many UTVs, the
Teryx4’s CVT has a centrifugal clutch
on the drive clutch that protects the
It has all the important features, and
it’s easy to use. The T4 has selectable
2WD/4WD with a front differential-lock
mode. Locking the front diff is just
one click beyond 4WD on the dash-mounted drive-selector knob.
HOW POWERFUL IS IT?
It’s noticeably stronger than last
year’s Teryx4, and last year’s model
was fast enough to get ahead of last
year’s Teryx two-seater in a drag race.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Responsive with enough in reserve
for high-elevation driving. Kawasaki has
a talent for tuning engines and CVTs
so they provide quick but controllable
response. Our initial testing took us to
11,000 feet on Utah’s Paiute Trail, and
the new T4 had the muscle to go as
fast as we wanted, even on the high-elevation trails. The engine has meaty
midrange power and likes to rev just
like last year’s model. Even at high rpm,
it’s one of the smoothest UTV engines
We encountered plenty of slow,
technical-going, along with fast, open
trails, and the 800 is as capable at a
crawl as it is in a wide-open four-wheel
IS THE NEW SUSPENSION BETTER?
Much, much better. Last year’s T4
had very good suspension, especially
the models with adjustable KYB
piggyback shocks, front and rear, but
the Fox Podium shocks provide a new
level of ride smoothness. The new
suspension is much more plush and
compliant, but it’s not at all mushy.
For 2014, Kawasaki stroked the Teryx4’s 749cc engine to bump it up to 783cc and increased
compression to add even more power. The new engine is happy with unleaded regular.