WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
The Teryx4 800 gets Super Black
livery, and the LE gets a new color
choice (Candy Matte Burnt Orange),
in addition to Candy Lime Green and
Metallic Stardust White. Graphics
changes round out 2017, as the Teryx
and Teryx4 saw revisions in 2016 and
The Teryx/T- 4 got a total makeover
with a double-X frame and a
3mm-longer stroke in 2014, bumping
displacement to 783cc. For 2016 the
Teryx4 got another styling upgrade.
The tilt hood was replaced by more
aggressive fenders and a removable
hood panel for airbox and battery
access, plus a new, replaceable fender
brace. This bar was required because
the camo and Limited Edition got quad
LED headlights with separate high/
low toggles on the dash and 20.4-watt
high- and 10.2-watt low-beam output.
The base Teryx4 EPS has outer halogen,
35-watt lights and blank housings for
optional upgrades. A larger steel-tube
front bumper protects the new front end,
and the Fox Podium X 2.0 piggyback
shocks got new valving for optimized
ride quality and performance.
Base and camo models have 26-inch
Bighorn 2.0 tires on black steel 12-inch
wheels, while Limiteds upgrade to
27-inch Bighorns on two-tone, cast-aluminum, 14-inch wheels. A roof comes
on the camo and LE. The cabin got the
majority of the attention with tool-less,
three-position driver’s seat adjustment,
infinite-position tilt steering, and a tool-adjustable passenger seat. The steering
wheel is over-molded for better grip
and comfort, and the dash has centrally
located controls and a multi-function
digital display tilted towards the driver.
There are four blanks for accessory
switches in the two-piece dash with
textured plastic. The rear transfer case
got new bevel gears, and the multi-
disc wet-pack rear brake has a manual
parking brake on the center console,
which also has a rear-facing 12-volt
outlet for powering a sprayer or other
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The base-model Teryx4 800 EPS
is $15,799. The Realtree Xtra Green
Camo Teryx4 is $16,299, and the
Limited Edition is $16,999. Honda’s
Pioneer 1000-5 is $16,399, and the
Pioneer 700-4 is $12,099. The Polaris
Ranger Crew XP 900 EPS is $13,699
to $15,499, while the new General 4 is
$20,999. Can-Am’s Commander
Max 800 DPS is $15,299, while
the Defender Max HD8 DPS is
$14,599 and up. The two XT
packages start at $17,199.
HOW FAST IS THE V-TWIN?
It’s quick enough to be fun,
and the 50-mph top speed in
high is ample for faster Moab
trails. The long-stroke 783cc
V-twin has a lot of torque ( 47
foot-pounds) for tough obstacles,
and it puts out 26 percent more
power than the original Teryx
750. It’s a great powerplant that
is practically unstoppable in low
range where top speed is 25
mph. Throttle response is quick
yet manageable, and the two
36mm EFI throttle bodies sip gas.
It gets up to 25 miles per gallon,
making range almost 200 miles.
WHAT ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s luxurious. Servos carry out
quickly, and the gated range selector
is nice and positive. The CVT has a
Since 2014 the Teryx has been powered
by the Brute Force 750’s V-twin with a
3mm-longer stroke boosting displacement to
783cc. Twin 85mm pistons ride on a 69mm
stroke with 10.7:1 compression, and four-valve Hemi heads are fed by two 36mm
Mikuni EFI throttle bodies.
Width is 61. 6 inches. Front travel is 8.0
inches, and the Teryx4 has a front torsion
bar to fight body roll in turns. Only the
camo and LE Teryx4s come with four LED
headlights and a roof, and only the Limited
gets 27x9-14 Bighorn 2.0 front tires on two-tone aluminum rims. Base and camo models
have 26-inch 2.0s on steel rims.
Rear travel is 8. 3 inches, and Fox Podium
X 2.0 shocks have 24-position compression
adjusters. The Teryx has two rear storage
bins and a 600-pound-capacity tilt bed,
while the T- 4 has a small bed behind the
rear stadium seats with a 249-pound cargo
capacity. Towing capacity is 1300 pounds,
and the torquey V-twin can easily turn tires
taller than the OEM 27x11-14 Bighorn 2.0s.
Kawasaki’s 2017 Teryx4 Limited
Edition is our weapon of choice
for exploring technical trails,
as it has one of the shortest
wheelbases of any four-seat UTV.
The double-X frame is upswept
with a 79-degree approach angle
and has upswept sides and rear
for additional ground clearance.