or you get stuck, you want the front
differential fully locked. Since you can’t
get a Teryx two-seater with power
steering, you can’t have easy steering
with the front differential fully locked.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s quick for a 750, with better
acceleration and a higher top speed
than a Rhino 700, but bigger recreation/
utility UTVs and pure-sport vehicles can
easily get away from the Teryx in a drag
race. The rev limiter on the Teryx cuts in
at 50 mph.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
There is ample power. The Kawasaki
can take you practically anywhere you
want to go, just not as quickly as some
of the ferociously fast machines around
today. The Teryx isn’t optimized for
whooped-out, wide-open terrain like a
pure-sport UTV, so you can’t even use
all the power it has in those conditions.
If you ride where the trails are tighter,
The Teryx Sport can’t devour whoops at speed like pure-sport UTVs, but its engine
performance and handling make it fun to drive everywhere else.
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
High-performance UTVs like the RZR
XP 900 start at $16,000, so you stand
to save a bundle with a recreation/utility
machine like the $12,599 Teryx Sport.
The base Teryx goes for $10,999, but
lacks the Teryx Sport’s fully adjustable
piggyback shocks and alloy wheels.
In terms of engine performance,
equipment and suspension, Yamaha’s
$12,999 Rhino 700 Special Edition is
the Teryx Sport’s closest competition,
but it’s only available in Tactical Black.
WHAT SEPARATES RECREATION/UTILITY
UTVS FROM PURE-SPORT UTVS?
The major differences are price, utility
features, and engine and suspension
performance. Pure-sport UTVs are
faster and have considerably more
suspension travel— 12 to 17 inches
versus the Teryx Sport’s 7. 5 inches.
Pure sport UTVs also lack the Teryx’s
more conventional cab, which is easier
to enter and exit, and the large tilting
bed, which is handy for hauling or
carrying gear for hunting and camping.
WHAT POWERS IT?
The engine is a fuel-injected, 749cc,
single-overhead-cam V-twin with
four valves per cylinder. It’s a potent
powerplant for its size, but we’d
prefer the higher-performance engine
Kawasaki uses in the larger, heavier
Teryx4 four-seat UTV.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
It uses selectable 2WD/4WD with
a manual, variable, locking front-differential control. It sounds unusual,
because it is. Selectable 2WD/4WD
is common on UTVs, but the variable,
locking front differential isn’t. On the
Teryx, you set the front differential lock
control to the degree of lock you like.
Regular 4WD mode provides easy
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
steering and enough traction for most
tough terrain, but when things get ugly
slower and more challenging, the power
and suspension are well-balanced,
and you’ll be impressed with the pace
the Teryx can maintain. The 750 has
the beans to claw to the top of tall,
scary, technical hills and churn through
The suspension is high-end,
recreation/utility UTV stuff. The Teryx
has double A-arm front and rear
suspension with a rear swaybar to
control body roll like most recreation/
utility UTVs, and its 7. 5 inches of
travel is nothing out of the ordinary.
It’s the shocks that make the Teryx
Sport special. They’re gas-charged,
piggyback-reservoir KYBs with
adjustable compression, rebound
and spring preload. Base Teryx
models come with nonadjustable,
non-reservoir gas front shocks and
adjustable, piggyback gas rears. Most
The Teryx Sport’s seats aren’t very sporty. They’re very upright, with
shorter backs than seats on most recreation/utility and sport UTVs.
A big tilting bed is one of the utility features you won’t find on pure-sport UTVs. It comes in handy for all sorts of jobs.