Twin-piston front calipers have steel-braided brake lines,
and a front torsion bar fights body roll, which is minimal
anyway with only 8 inches of front travel. A deflector on
the lower A-arms protects the CV boot from damage, and
the Teryx is winch-ready.
The Teryx corners well with its squatty suspension, wide width, anti-sway bar
and EPS assist, and it’s a blast to drift into turns in 2WD. Lined half doors add
confidence when whipping the 800 FI through turns.
The Teryx line got an all-new dash in 2016, and the new digital
instrument panel is tilted towards the driver for easier viewing. Blanks
in the new dash are for accessories, like the Jensen sound system
($599.99) with marine-grade, 60-watt, 3-inch speakers; LED light
bars ($399.99); or Warn winch. We like the gated range selector.
Sharing the same frame as the Teryx4, the Teryx has large storage
bins instead of rear seats, and each bin holds a helmet, large
backpack or plenty of tools and spares. A center platform is designed
to secure a small cooler, and access is easier with the bed tilted up.
quick, and the two 36mm EFI throttle
bodies sip gas. It gets up to 25 mpg,
making its range almost 200 miles.
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s awesome. The Continuously
Variable Transmission has a centrifugal
clutch to keep the Kevlar CVT belt
engaged, and it also has belt-protection
features. A switch on the new dash
selects 2WD, 4WD and 4WD/front
diff-lock, and servos engage the
command instantly. A full four-wheel
Engine-Braking System is also standard,
making the Teryx a sure-footed rock
crawler and mountain machine.
HOW DOES THE TERYX HANDLE?
Predictably. With a wheelbase of 85. 8
inches, the Teryx and Teryx4 have a
good combination of cornering prowess
and stability. The 61.6-inch width and
front torsion bar provide turning stability,
and the EPS assist map is excellent.
Turning radius is a wide 16. 7 feet, but
engine braking helps set up drifts into
turns in 2WD and also helps bend it
around mountain switchbacks.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?
Although the Teryx only has 8 inches
of front travel and 8. 3 inches of rear
travel, the Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks
have revised damping for a smoother
ride on rocks and better bottoming
resistance. Each piggyback shock has
a 24-position compression adjuster,
and stock settings are 12 clicks out
right in the middle of adjustment range.
For really rocky terrain, we softened
the ride by going all the way out. You
could also tune the rear shocks stiffer to
compensate for a loaded bed.
WHAT ABOUT ROCKS AND MUD?
They don’t faze the Teryx until the
mud ruts get deeper than the 11.2-
inch ground clearance. The Teryx is
an awesome rock crawler with a great
2WD/4WD/diff-lock system, engine
braking and independent suspension. A
very controllable throttle and half doors
add to the confidence, but the tall seating
position detracts from the vehicle’s
performance on off-cambers. EPS soaks
up terrain impacts too. Adding a long-
travel kit makes the Teryx an off-road
limousine and our weapon of choice
for Moab’s rock trails. As for mud, the
bodywork and roof (LE and camo only)
do a great job of keeping goo out of the
cabin, and the torquey motor and low
range keep it churning. It also has the
torque to turn taller 30-inch tires.
HOW STOUT ARE THE BRAKES?
Pretty stout. Twin-piston hydraulic front
calipers and a multi-disc rear brake are
backed up by the excellent EBS and a
parking brake on the console. Put it in
4WD and the EBS slows all four tires
for control and confidence on steep
hills; however, adding a bunch of weight
(winch, loaded bed, etc.) to the Teryx
taxes the OEM brakes.
WHAT ABOUT CREATURE COMFORTS?
Aside from engine noise in the cabin,