Need some help in picking out a new ATV. I want a reliable and strong atv that is 4WD. I am going to play in snow, tow people on the snow and also use it for Search & Rescue. I have been looking at the Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 Automatic, versus the Artic Cat 400 4x4 Automatic and other suggestions.
I agree with 450 (of corse).
The Kodiak I ride with does just as well in the snow but after the snow gets deep all quads get stuck if not on the trail.
I run stock tires & throw a set of chains on for winter. Super agressive tires seem to be a pain in the snow while mudbugs seem to do real good.
Have not seen much to talk about with Arctic cat in the winter, most folks here put them away for winter.
My 450 goes year round.
Just to add to the list I recently bought a Suzuki Eiger. It's a 400 automatic with a selectable 4x4, hi and low gear with reverse. It also has a Warn winch. I was real suprised at how capable these mid sized wheelers are. Plenty of power for anything I'll ever need it for. Plenty quick on the road. I believe that all the manufactures have been building these things long enough to know what their doing. They are all pretty reliable and plenty strong. For me it just came down to a couple features and the looks.
I have ridden alot of 4x4 Atv's and I came to the conclusion that the Honda Rancher ES 4x4 was for me. I love it because it is light and nimble and smooth and will go just about anywhere. My last ATV was a 2000 Polaris 500 which is a smooth nice machine, but you will play hell once you get a beast like that stuck. I will never own a big heavy atv again.
I am new to this forum and i can see that I am a rare breed here. an arctic cat fan. they make an excellent machine. not only are they number one in low maintainance but they are also number one in "consumer reports" customer satisfaction(even passing old honda). id say the arctic cat 400 with the new for 03 duamatic transmission would be your best choice. i have two acrtic atvs and they have treated me very well. and altough honda is legendary AC is right up to there level maybe even beyond.