HOW IS IT FOR HILLS?
It’s up to the Challenge. The 750’s
torquey, controllable engine and versatile
4WD system provide plenty of climbing
power for difficult hills. Engine braking
and the Cub Cadet’s impressively strong
brakes make downhills no sweat.
HOW ABOUT MUD AND ROCKS?
Locking front and rear differentials
and the Challenger 750’s 12 inches of
ground clearance let it motor through
mud and rocks without snags, and the
under-hood air intake provides plenty
of clearance for deep crossings. This
machine’s bodywork also provides
excellent splash protection.
HOW ARE ITS WORK CREDENTIALS?
Solid. The 750’s tilting bed
can carry 500 pounds, and the
machine can tow 1200 pounds
from its 2-inch hitch receiver.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are very impressive, especially
for a machine at this price. The range
selector has a vague feel at times, but
the Challenger 750 is otherwise free
of rough edges. The sealed, quick-release windshield is slick, and the
sculpted seats are comfortably shaped
and well padded. The Challenger’s
doors are sturdy, open and close well,
and easily accept upper sections to
create a sealed cab. The automotive-like instruments are among the best
on any UTV. The battery and air filter
are easy to access under the seat.
Getting a roof, winch, aluminum wheels,
mirrors and turn signals is great,
but getting them on a machine that
costs only $10,999 is outstanding.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Cub Cadet’s Challenger 750 offers
top-notch suspension performance
and comfort, an outstanding
list of standard features, and a
remarkably affordable price. ❏
• Suspension offers excellent ride
quality and adjustability
• Comfortable seats and cab
• Excellent instrumentation
• Long standard features list
• Low price
• Lack of power steering allows
some harsh feedback through
the steering wheel, but power
steering is available.
The Cub Cadet’s smooth, strong engine pulls well even at low revs, which makes difficult
sections on the trail easy to deal with.
Sair piggyback reservoir shocks are used front
and rear. They offer adjustable compression,
rebound and spring preload, and provide a
refined, well-controlled ride.
On the Cub Cadet, the rear and front differentials are lockable.
Along with the high-mounted air intake, there’s a huge storage space
under the hood.