What is a Side By Side?

Side by Side is another name for a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle). A Side by Side is bigger than an ATV or 4-wheeler, but smaller than a car and is commonly used for off road adventures, racing, climbing, or working. Side by Sides often have a strong towing capacity, so they are capable of pulling around farm equipment, getting other UTV’s un-stuck from the mud, or helping you with odd jobs around your house. Some of them even have small dump beds that can hold up to 1000 pounds at times which can be helpful for moving soil, rocks, or anything else you need.

Side by Sides come in many shapes and sizes. Some are smaller and more agile for speed and racing, some have really big tires and features that help them climb more, some have roofs, some are completely enclosed, some are completely opened, some have doors and some don’t, some have dump beds, some don’t have any bed, some seat 2, some seat 4, some seat 6, some are better in sand, some are better in snow, etc. As you can see, there is a side by side to suit just about everyone! Below, we will take a look at some of the different types I described above so you can see what features they have versus others.

Best 2-Seater Side by Side

Polaris RZR Turbo S

Polaris RZR Turbo S

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Polaris is one of the top brands for Side by Side manufacturing. For years they have been putting out top models in the business and cruising past all of their competition in racing events. Every year the models get better and better, and this year the Polaris RZR Turbo S came out and is labelled by Polaris as the “Nastiest RZR Ever” (in a good way). It has some of the biggest tires we have ever seen on a side by side, coming in at a whopping 32 inches and they are an incredible 249% more resistant to punctures than the best brand on the market.

This RZR is one of the widest in its model at an impressive 72 inches. It also features the most Travel in the world right now for side by sides at 25 inches. The RZR Turbo S features exclusive DYNAMIX Active Suspension which is the best in the market. This Side by Side also features one of the highest ground clearances in the entire industry at 17 inches, and features stronger axels and high clearance control arms to support it.

The race inspired seating with full uncompromised sight lines offers a 360-degree view of all of your surroundings and the 4-point harness will have you feeling safe over rocky terrain. The cockpit was race inspired with a 7-inch Ride Command Screen and enhanced storage. You will also get LED lighting inside for amazing detail and enhanced visibility.

SPECS:

  • 925cc, 168 horsepower
  • Isolated Xtreme Performance True On-Demand AWD/ 2WD
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 300-pound box weight capacity
  • 9.5-gallon fuel tank capacity
  • 16-inch ground clearance
  • 740-pound payload capacity
  • Hydraulic disk brakes
  • ½ doors
  • Ride Command 7-inch touch display with build in GPS
  • Lock & Ride Cargo System
  • Blacked Out White LED Lights
  • Bucket Seats with Seat Slider and 4-point harness
  • 30 inch, 8-ply tires
  • High Clearance dual A-Arm Suspension
  • Fox 2.5 Podium Internal Bypass Shocks with Live Valve
  • DYNAMIX Active Suspension System

MSRP: $22,499.00 USD

Best 4 Seater Side by Side

Can Am Maverick X3 Max X Mr. Turbo RR

Can Am Maverick X3 Max X Mr. Turbo RR

This side by side is a true beast when it comes to Side by Sides. The Mr. Turbo is the biggest and baddest when it comes to side-by-sides. This beautifully crafted 195 horsepower, 900 cc engine machine is a powerhouse that will get you through your toughest obstacles. It’s even got more horsepower than the Polaris Turbo S! Not only does it have power and good looks, it almost meets the Polaris Turbo with its 16-inch ground clearance and 30-inch tires. Although this vehicle totes a hefty price tag, you are guaranteed the best quality in the business in every feature. Even though it is more expensive than the Turbo, you do get two extra seats for your friends. And, it comes with a lot of features that you don’t have to pay extra for!

SPECS:

• Smart Lok front differential

• Fox 2.5 Podium Piggyback front and rear shocks

• 4 Link Torsional Trailing arms with sway bar and arched lower links

• Steel Chassis cage

• 3 gallons of total storage between the glove box, center console and cup holders

• Anti- Theft system

• 4,500-pound winch

• Front bumper

• Half doors

• Front and rear tow hooks

• Full underneath skid plate

• LED headlights

• 6-month warranty

MSRP: $29,099.00 USD

Best 6-Seater Side by Side

Yamaha Viking VI EPS- Ranch Edition

Yamaha Viking VI EPS- Ranch Edition

I love this side by side because it is a leader in its class for comfort, which makes it the perfect choice for your family adventures. 6 seats means you can take all of your family and friends with you. With an offset center seat and padded headrests, this vehicle offers maximum comfort for everyone, even the middle rider. Every seat is equipped with a 3-point harness and noise and vibration reduction for a smooth and quiet ride. The Yamaha Viking VI EPS- Ranch Edition also features a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and includes a 600-pound rear steel cargo bed capacity.

It doesn’t have too much power behind it, but it is definitely enough to give you and your passengers an exciting ride. I don’t know about you, but if I’m looking for a 6-seater to take my family out, I want everyone to be comfortable. With enough storage for everyone, and even 8 cupholders, everyone will enjoy a nice long ride in the Viking EPS Ranch Edition.

SPECS:

  • LCD display
  • steel skid plate under the frame for protection from rocks and rust
  • glove box
  • 8 cupholders
  • rubber mat for the cargo bed for reduced noise and vibration
  • 686cc engine
  • 9.70-gallon fuel tank for a longer ride

MSRP- Starts at $15,599.00 USD

Best Enclosed Side by Side

Yamaha Wolverine X4 with Hard Cab Enclosure System

Yamaha Wolverine X4 with Hard Cab Enclosure System

This vehicle is one of the most awesome enclosed side by sides on the market because it was built for climbing a rough terrain. The Wolverine’s most sought-after feature is its advanced self-leveling rear shock absorbers. This makes the Wolverine an extra smooth experience for every rider. This machine was built with all of the riders in mind, that is why they built the Wolverine to give rear riders excellent visibility. To add to your already comfortable ride, they also include noise and vibration reduction inserts so that you can fully enjoy your experience without getting a headache or hear ringing in your ears.

With a 847cc engine, this vehicle has power and can get over and through most anything with its 26” tires and 10.7” ground clearance. Weather won’t be a problem with the Hard Cab Enclosure System. Enjoy heat, air conditioning, and no exposure to harsh weather with the completely enclosed cab. These cabs are particularly nice if you want to go on winter adventures, or plan on driving through a sandy terrain similar to those in Arizona.

SPECS:

  • Fully enclosed cab
  • Anti-sway bar
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity
  • 600-pound bed capacity
  • 3-point seatbelt for every rider
  • Pre wired for Adventure Pro GPS
  • Ability to switch between 4WD and 2WD
  • Fully enclosed doors
  • 600-watt electric output from engine
  • Full underbody skid plates

MSRP: Starts at $16,099.00 USD

Best Unique Purpose Side by Side

BMS Sniper T-1500 4S

BMS Sniper T-1500 4S

This side by side was made for sandy terrain and it is an absolute beast! This unique side by side has features that will make it easy to navigate through the sand and the rocks, and it has a 1500cc engine providing all the power. With 108 horsepower, this vehicle has a lot of power, and one of the smoothest rides! All 4 seats are adjustable racing bucket seats. Although the seats sit a little lower, there is still a 12.5-inch ground clearance with large 29-inch tires. This vehicle has the 2nd biggest tires on the market, which are extremely useful in the sand. BMS includes a lot of features in their base model, so you will look forward to getting all the extras for no extra price.

SPECS:

  • Full roof
  • Roof rack with 4 mounted LED lights
  • Nitrogen Coil-over shocks
  • AM/FM Radio
  • MP3 & Mini SD Card reader
  • 3,000-pound front winch
  • Front A-Arm guards
  • Manual 5 speed transmission
  • 1,200-pound towing capacity
  • 8-gallon fuel tank

MSRP: Starting at $14588.00 USD

Best Working Side by Side

Can Am Defender Max XT

Can Am Defender Max XT

This side by side is the perfect working companion. It has power and it is super strong. It has an 88-horsepower engine. This vehicle leads the industry in towing capacity with a whopping 2,500 pounds and features a 4,500-pound capacity winch. This tough side by side can tow the heaviest equipment and take on quite a load, which makes it super handy on the farm. The Can Am Defender Max XT also features Dynamic Power Steering for less assistance at high speeds and more assistance at low speeds.

The Defender has the ability to seat 6 so that you can bring plenty of help with you to get any job done. The Can Am Defender Max XT also has an adjustable driver seat for added comfort. With an impressive 16.9 gallons of storage including a water-resistant toolbox, 6-gallon under dash storage compartment, and under seat storage, you will have no problem hauling belongings for all 6 riders, and everything you need to complete a job. The 27-inch tires will assure you a smooth ride and have the ability to get over any obstacle in your way.

SPECS:

  • 2,500-pound towing capacity
  • 88-horsepower engine
  • 4,500-pound capacity winch
  • 16.9 gallons of storage
  • 27- inch tires
  • 976cc engine
  • Double A-arm suspension
  • PRO-TORQ transmission
  • Twin tube gas charged shocks
  • 1,000- pound cargo box weight capacity
  • 10.6-gallon fuel capacity

MSRP: Starts at $17,899.00 USD

Conclusion:

As you can see, there is a side by side out there for everyone. There are so many different ways you can customize your side by side whether its by adding doors, a roof, an entire cab, lighting, brush guards, roof racks, windows, extra storage, etc. You can practically design your side by side to be everything you want.

The Side by Side’s on this list are the best of the best, that being said they tote some hefty price tags. You can expect to get a decent Side by Side around $10,000.00 from any of these companies with minor sacrifices in quality.

Side by Side’s are a great way to spend some time with friends and have a lot of fun navigating through the woods or getting some work done around your property. Now that you know what a Side by Side is and what kind of features you might want when you buy one, it’s time to head out to your local dealer to find one that suits you!