Two is better than four, right? In the world of side-by-sides it is. Riding a UTV down a dirt trail is an absolute blast. Unfortunately, with most UTVs, it's a ride that only two people can enjoy. In 2012 Kawasaki is solving that problem with its Teryx4, a UTV that provides an exhilarating ride for you and three passengers.
Kawasaki Teryx4 Expectations
Kawasaki invited journalists from off-road magazines, hunting magazines, motorcycle magazines, and mechanics magazines out to the Brimstone Recreation Area in Tennessee to try out the new Teryx4.
Before we got a chance to ride, Kawasaki walked us through all the features of the new Teryx4. One point that they continually emphasized was how the Teryx4 was designed after talking to several customers.
So what did customers want?
- Well, first off. Four seats. The Teryx4 is designed with the father or grandfather in mind. Someone who is going to cart the whole family down to the lake or bring some buddies on a hunt.
- Doors. A UTV can be a fast, fun, and dangerous ride. With families being the target of the Teryx4, safety was a top priority.
- Enough storage space for a big cooler.
After the walk through, I have to say that my enthusiasm was slightly diminished. I mean, how much fun could one guy have with a glorified golf cart?
Turns out, a hell of a lot of fun.
Kawasaki Teryx4 Ride
The Brimstone Recreation Area was the perfect place to show off the capabilities of the Kawasaki Teryx4. Streams, mud holes, thick forest trails, and flat dusty straights, the Teryx4 had the opportunity to show what it was capable of. And, to say the least, it was extremely capable.
I've ridden my share of dirt bikes, street bikes, cruisers, and scooters, but my experience on four wheels is limited to my 2001 Ford Focus (one hell of a ride). So my enthusiasm may be a little higher than experienced UTV riders. But I found that the Teryx4 was more than capable of keeping me entertained on the trail.
What was most impressive to me was the Teryx4's stability. During my ride, I floored the Teryx4 to keep up with the other riders. My lines weren't perfect, I hit a few trees, and put the Teryx4 into some sticky situations, but surprisingly, I hardly lost any time. The Teryx4 bounced off or ran over any obstacle that came in my way.
Eventually, that became the game. What would stop the Teryx4? In my experience, there isn't anything the Teryx4 can't handle.
Kawasaki Teryx4 Basics
The 2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 will be available in four models. The standard Teryx4, the Teryx4 EPS, the Teryx4 EPS Camo, and the Teryx4 EPS LE.
EPS - All of the models come with Kawasaki's Electric Power Steering System except for the standard model. The standard model is a very capable model, but if you're debating if you should spend the extra grand for EPS, you should definitely take a test drive. You'll be surprised at how much easier the EPS models are to drive.
Engine - Kawasaki's 749cc V-Twin engine delivers plenty of power to the Teryx4. Even when loaded with four people the Teryx4 has no problem climbing hills or shooting through the mud.
All new frame - When Kawasaki added two more seats to the Teryx they changed the weight ratio of the UTV. Kawasaki redesigned the frame to evenly distribute the weight. Kawasaki's frame also does a pretty good job of protecting the plastic. The Teryx4 got pretty dirty during our ride, but after a quick clean they looked as good as new.
Added extras: The Kawasaki Teryx4 isn't a luxury item, but it does have some added extras that show Kawasaki put a lot of thought into the design. The passenger grab bar, for instance, gives the driver-side passenger an extra place to hold on to. The Teryx4 also has cup holders, front and rear DC outlets, full length rear grab bar, and an easy to read display.
The Kawasaki Teryx4 is designed with the family in mind. It's made to take hunters deep into the woods. It's designed to bring the family to a hard to reach fishing hole or just to transport them from one piece of the property to the other. This, the Teryx4 will be able to handle with ease.
The Teryx4 should also be able to please the younger crowd, and I predict, it will the vehicle of choice for many countryside joy rides.
You can get more information and see a few more great pictures of the Teryx4 in action in our 2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 gallery.