Best Side by Side Manufacturers

As a perfect cross between the comfort of a vehicle and the fun of an ATV, side by sides have become one of the most popular ways to explore the trails. Not only do they offer a wealth of fun in recreational use, but they also offer a great deal of help with their hefty towing and cargo capacities for odd jobs around the farm or house. Side by sides have become a love of all powersports enthusiasts and are a very fast-growing market. Companies have been outdoing each other over the years in performance and quality, and side by sides have become more advanced than they have ever been.

So, what companies stand at the very top of the side by side manufacturing world? Let’s take a look at who has gone above and beyond and pushed the limits of side by side capabilities to rise to the top in recent years, and what their most impressive models feature:

Polaris

Polaris has risen to the top of the market with their impressive line up of side by sides. They make side by sides that can accommodate passengers from 2 riders up to 6, with impressive towing capacities and great features. With 3 lines of Side by Side’s, the RZR, the General and the Ranger, Polaris has mastered the manufacturing of different types of vehicles for different occasions.

The RZR is by far Polaris’s number one selling model with success in racing and recreational use. These vehicles are fun and powerful and will provide you with a heart racing and exciting thrill while travelling the trails with your friends. Polaris has a broad array of accessories and add on features available so you can customize your side by side just the way you want. Let’s take a look at Polaris’s top model RZR and see what kind of features you can expect:

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RZR Pro XP

At 181 horse power and 925cc, this is one of the most powerful side-by-sides on the market, so you can’t go wrong choosing this vehicle if power is what you need. Not only is this vehicle tough, it is comfortable, has a wealth of storage, and has awesome entertainment features. If you love music as much as I do, you’ll appreciate the Rockford Fosgate speakers, and the option to add 12” Rockford Fosgate Subwoofers for an even louder experience.

The RZR Pro XP also has a touch screen display that is glove friendly so you won’t have to stop and take off your gloves every time you need to touch it. The two front seats are adjustable, lowered cockpit bucket seats for added comfort. For storage, you’ll be happy with the 1,500 square inches available to you with one of the most unique features in UTV’s today, fold-down rear seats. You’ll be able to fold down the back two seats for additional storage space if you are not using them for passengers. Check out some more of the standard and optional features this vehicle has to offer:

Features and Specs:

• 22-inch suspension

• Dynamix 2.0 Shocks

• Open clutch design for longer belt life

• One-piece frame of pure steel for noise reduction and strength

• 14.5- inch ground clearance

• 900-watt electrical output from the motor

• 4 half-doors

• Optional LED light bar

• Optional aluminum or poly roof

• Optional front or rear cargo box

• Optional Spare tire carrier

• Optional 4,500-pound winch

• Optional low-profile bumper

• Optional shoulder storage

• Optional 30- quart Northstar cooler

• Optional full windshield

• Optional 7.25- Liter door storage

• Optional high coverage bumpers

MSRP: Starting at $25,699.00 USD

Honda

Honda is a very large company ranging from powersports, to automobiles, to power equipment. Honda is a worldwide company that is known to offer some of the best equipment and vehicles on the market in all of their categories, so it’s no surprise that their side by sides are some of the greatest as well. Honda offers a variety of sport side by sides, and also utility side by sides. In the sport category you can choose from 5 different options, and from the utility category there are 5 different options. Let’s take a look at their top sport model and see how it competes with the other top models on our list:

Talon 1000R Fox Live Valve

Available in both 2-seater and 4-seater options, the Talon lineup offers fun for any size group. The new Talon 1000R Fox Live Valve offers a choice of suspension options to accommodate every person individually, and they feature a one of a kind Honda designed and built high output engine. Built with top comfort in mind and the technology to keep you entertained for your whole ride. This Talon is equipped with FOX Live Valve suspensions, which offers you the best off-road handling you will ever experience. Let’s dive into the specs and see what makes this Talon the best in their lineup:

SPECS:

  • 6- speed Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • FOX Live Valve Suspension
  • 999cc engine
  • 17.7 inches of travel
  • 46mm throttle body
  • 250mm hydraulic disk brakes
  • 299-pound bed capacity
  • 13-inch ground clearance
  • 7.3- gallon fuel capacity
  • 1.1-gallon fuel reserve
  • 2.5- inch shocks
  • Roller Rocker Arms

Since this vehicle is new for 2021, Honda hasn’t released any accessories for it just yet, but we can imagine that once they do, they will be mind blowing!

MSRP: $23,099.00 USD

Yamaha

Yamaha is another big named company who excels in everything from motorcycles to snowmobiles to UTV’s to PWC’s. Through their extensive inventory, the have definitely excelled in manufacturing equipment of all types, which makes them ahead of the game when they are looking for new things to improve their side by sides. A wealth of knowledge and a long history of quality work puts Yamaha at the top of the list when it comes to side by side manufacturing.

They offer 3 categories of side by sides: Sport, Recreation, and Utility. This will allow you to choose whether you want the fastest and most powerful side by side on the market, you want something fun to cruise in with your friends around the forest, or you want something to help you out with chores around the house or farm. Let’s see their top sport model and see how in compares to the others on our list:

YXZ1000R SS XT-R

With enhanced underbody protection and exclusive Maxxis Carnage tires, you will be able to tackle the toughest terrain in this beast. The standard model will include a heavy-duty Warn winch package with integrate driver controls. This model also features a high output inline-triple engine paired with Yamaha’s Sport Shift, which is famous for its 5-speed manual transmission with Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift technology for one of the most unique driving experiences on the market. The high spec chassis is sure to catch the eye and the FOX shocks will provide you with exceptional ride quality. Let’s take a closer look at all of the specs that make this side by side great:

SPECS

  • FOX Shocks
  • Yamaha Electric Power Steering
  • All-wheel 255mm disk breaks
  • Exclusive 29-inch Maxxis Carnage tires
  • Smart cooling system
  • Industry-first Three-cylinder engine
  • High Flow intake and exhaust
  • Plush high back cockpit seating
  • Forward mounted cabin cooling system
  • Warn 4,500-pound winch package
  • LED lighting
  • 300-pound cargo capacity
  • 998cc engine
  • 12.4-inch ground clearance
  • 9.0-fallon fuel capacity
  • Optional audio enhancements
  • Optional lighting enhancements
  • Optional Turbo kit

MSRP: $21,699.00 USD

Can Am

Can Am is a company that excels solely in ATV and UTV production, which is what makes them one of the best. They found what they were best at and they stuck to it. Over the years Can Am has put forth some of the best equipment for performance, utility, and recreation. Can-Am offers 5 different models of side by sides that each have a number of their own sub models. These options will make it easy to pinpoint what kind of use you are looking for, then choose the number of seats desired, and then the power. The mechanical perfection and beautifully crafted designs will have you wanting more and make your choice an easy one. Let’s take a look at the best Can Am has to offer:

Maverick X3 Max Mr. Turbo RR

If you are looking for a true beast when it comes to UTV’s, this is the vehicle for you. The 195 horsepower, 900 cc engine is one of the toughest out there offering power that will navigate you through your toughest obstacles. Not only does it have power and good looks, it sports one of the highest ground clearances in the world and the biggest tires. Did we mention the features? Can-Am includes an amazing number of features that you would normally have to pay extra for. With unmatched power and wealth of top-quality features, this vehicle will entice you every step of the way. See more of what makes this vehicle one of the best in the business:

SPECS:

  • Smart Lok front differential
  • 900cc engine
  • 195 horsepower
  • Fox 2.5 Podium Piggyback front and rear shocks
  • 4 Link Torsional Trailing arm with sway bar and arched lower links
  • Steel Chassis cage
  • 3 gallons of total storage between the glove box, center console and cup holders
  • 10.5- gallon fuel tank
  • LED lights
  • Anti- Theft system
  • 4,500-pound winch
  • 200- pound rack capacity
  • 16-inch ground clearance
  • 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires
  • 22 inches of travel
  • Front bumper
  • Half doors
  • Front and rear tow hooks
  • Full underneath skid plate
  • LED headlights
  • 6-month warranty

MSRP: Starts at $29,099.00 USD

Conclusion

Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, and Can Am are the most impressive companies on the market right now for side by side manufacturing. As you can see, no company on this list has cut corners to provide you with the highest quality parts money can buy. With excellent manufacturing and a long history of success worldwide, you won’t be disappointed with your equipment purchase under any of these big names.

Our 4 top companies are proud to have produced a vast majority of their own parts and products for their side by sides and have outsourced the best of the best to sub in for what they couldn’t. So, whether you are searching for the best vehicle for recreational use or the most powerful side by side for working, these companies will not fail to deliver you exactly what you are looking for. Check out all of their websites to see all of their side by sides and their specs to pinpoint your exact needs and makes sure the specs are what you are looking for. From youth, to recreational, to sport, to utility, these companies are sure to impress you with their wealth of options.

Wherever you want to go, these companies will get you there. Good luck on your search! You will not be disappointed.

Have fun finding your next new side by side!