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Yamaha YFZ 450R and Suzuki King Quad 750AXi – The Best All-Terrain Vehicles in the Market

On top of making great motorcycles, Japanese manufacturers Yamaha and Suzuki have made quite a name for themselves in the all-terrain vehicle segment. They have been building such vehicles for a long time, managing to become some of the most significant players in a market that has been largely dominated by Japanese companies.

While Toyota and Nissan are focusing on their “green” cars, and Honda exploring innovative solutions, these two giants are determined to keep their strong position in this niche.


2017 Suzuki Kingquad 750axi Power Steering Camo Colored

Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Almost a Perfect ATV

About two decades ago, Suzuki was the first company to introduce a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle, when it launched the QuadRunner LT125. Since then, the Japanese manufacturer has built a reputation as a company that makes reliable, high-quality ATVs and UTVs. Now, one of the best ATVs that Suzuki offers is the 2017 KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering.

Features, Specifications of Technology of  KingQuad 750AXi

It’s an extremely powerful, and very capable off-road vehicle, that is equipped with some of the most advanced, sophisticated technologies that allow it to negotiate through the most difficult and demanding terrains. Compared to its predecessors, the 2017 model comes with a new catalytic converter, that helps reduce CO2 emissions, along with an additional spark plug.

Price $9,199
Engine722cc (44.1 cu. in), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke104.0 mm (4.094 in) x 85.0 mm (3.346 in)
Compression Ratio 10.0 : 1
Fuel SystemSuzuki Fuel Injection
LubricationWet Sump
TransmissionCVT (V-belt), with high/low-range and reverse
Driven Wheels2WD, 4WD & 4WD Differential Lock
Final DriveShaft drive
Suspension FrontIndependent, double wishbone, coil spring, oil damped with five-way preload adjustable shock absorbers
Suspension RearIndependent, double wishbone, coil spring, oil damped with five-way preload adjustable shock absorbers
Brakes FrontDisc brakes, twin rotors
Brakes RearSealed oil-bathed multi-disc
Tires FrontAT25 x 8-12, tubeless type x 2
Tires RearAT25 x 10-12, tubeless type x 2
Fuel Tank Capacity17.5 L (4.6/3.8 US/Imp gal)
Curb Weight305 kg (672 lbs)
Rating5 / 5 stars

Engine and Power Delivery

It is a bit more fuel efficient than previous models, thanks to some modifications to the engine. It is powered by a 722cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine, that delivers high torque and an excellent high-rpm output.

2017 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Special Edition

2017 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Special Edition Black Color.

The engine is paired with a QuadMatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), with high-range, low-range, neutral, and reverse, and it features a 4-wheel drive system.

Smooth & Comfortable Ride

One of the greatest things about the King Quad 750AXi Power Steering is the fact that it comes with a four-wheel independent rear suspension, that provides you with a dynamic, yet comfortable and smooth ride.

2016 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Special Edition

2016 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering Special Edition

Also, it’s cool that you have the ability to switch between 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive by pushing a button mounted on the vehicle’s handlebars, which is quite convenient. Additionally, there is an electronic differential lock that provides greater traction.

As far as utility features are concerned, it is equipped with 30W multi-reflector halogen headlights, as well as a 40W multi-reflector, and 5/21W tail light and brake light. You can buy the 2017 KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering for $9,199.

Yamaha 2017 YFZ 450R a Top a Line ATV

2017 Yamaha YFZ450R SE Blue on White

2017 Yamaha YFZ450R SE Blue on White

Yamaha, for its part, has always had an incredible lineup of ATVs, and the 2017 YFZ 450R is surely among the best ones they’ve made so far.

High-tech Features, Specifications of Yamaha YFZ 450R

It’s equipped with numerous high-tech features, such as the 449cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 5-valve, fuel-injected engine, that is paired to a 5-speed manual clutch.

Engine Stroke4-Stroke
Valve ConfigurationDOHC
Displacement (CC/CI)449 / 27.4
Carburetion TypeFuel Injected
Number of Speeds5
Primary drive (rear wheel)Chain
Front tireMaxxis® AT 21 X 7-10
Rear TireMaxxis® AT 20 X 10-9
Front Brake TypeDual Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake TypeHydraulic Disc
Fuel Capacity2.6 gal.
Driveline Type4 X 2
Rating5 / 5 Stars

Camshaft Design for Higher Power Output

Then, there is the new camshaft design, that helps provide higher power output, as well as the new suspension that makes the vehicle much lighter than its predecessors, and provides better handling.

2017 Yamaha YFZ450R SE

2017 Yamaha YFZ450R SE Black with Green Trim

One of the most notable features is the new slipper clutch, which is smaller, compared to the one that was implemented in previous models, and employs lighter clutch springs, resulting in reduced rider fatigue.

The vehicle’s weight was further reduced through the use of aluminum and steel for the frame, which has been bolted together, instead of being welded, making it extremely durable. The minimum starting price for the 2017 YFZ 450R is $8,999, which makes it one of the more expensive all-terrain vehicles in the market.

Runner Up List of Best ATV’s on the Market

RankMake / ModelPriceOverall User Rating
1Can-Am Outlander MAX 570$7,799.00
2Honda FourTrax Rancher 4X4$6,299.00
3Arctic Cat Alterra 1000 TRV XT$12,999.00
4Can-Am Outlander MAX XT 650$11,749.00
5Yamaha Grizzly EPS$9,699.00
6Polaris Sportsman 570 EPS$7,599.00
7Honda FourTrax Rincon$9,299.00
8Honda FourTrax Rancher 4X4 ES$6,549.00
9Can-Am Outlander MAX 450$6,999.00
10Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O.$5,999.00
Jordan Perch

Jordan Perch

Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “safe driving” specialist. His expertise includes subjects like traffic regulations and green car technologies. He is a writer for DMV.com, which is a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.

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