The Ultimate Showdown: Yamaha YXZ 1000 Vs. Polaris RZR XP 1000

Yamaha YXZ 1000 Vs. Polaris RZR XP 1000

So you want to know which SxS is better – the Yamaha or the Polaris. When it comes to UTVs, there’s tons of specs to compare. But more importantly, how you’ll use it matters most. Your plans for one of these bad boys is ultimately what decides who’s the winner. That doesn’t mean we can’t take ‘em out and beat ‘em up for a bit, though.

The further down this page shows both of these monsters tearing it up in the backwoods of Southern Ontario, Canada.

Yamaha YZX 1000

Mind you, this Yamaha isn’t stock. They modified it with a new transmission from Tubeworks at a whopping $9000. You’d essentially have to buy it twice, and it still didn’t overtake the Polaris on this trail. That’s scary. The owner said it performed poorly on these trails before the transmission. They rebuilt it with a 70% gear reduction for first gear and 30% for second-fifth gear. It’s not looking too good for the Yamaha right now. Keep in mind though, that for dune racing, high-speed trail racing, and racing, the general population agrees that the Yamaha can turn into quite the monster especially when big HP and turbos come into play. That being said, this video doesn’t show any of those situations. Even though the Yamaha isn’t doing too shabby in the video, that extra $9k plays a part.

Polaris RZR XP 1000

There’s two of these monsters in the video. Right out of the box, the Polaris is the all around high performer. This kind of flexibility is attractive to a potential buyer. As you can see, it scales easily and has a great gear ratio. One of the added bonuses is the ride height. It’s higher than the Yamaha by about 1-2 inches on average, depending on the model. This can be adjusted on the Yamaha, but it helps when you don’t have to. There’s a couple places where the Yamaha does better than the Polaris, but for the most part the RZR takes it.

Some people will place the Can-am Maverick in the running between these two, but mostly the rivalry remains between the Yamaha and the Polaris. If you enjoyed this video, you can check out another cool video here on the UTV Shootout between the two.

At the end of the day, we’re still a bit jealous, because these guys had some good ol’ fun either way. There’s nothing like riding the trail in side-by-sides with a couple of your buddies.

Which UTV took the trophy? Which one would you buy?

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