There are many things to consider when buying a UTV. A lot of it comes down to personal preference and what you are trying to accomplish with your vehicle.
Some people really like power and speed and versatility. While others get UTVs for work around the ranch or just to race, everyone has one thing in mind when they look at buying a UTV…comfort and space.
Above we listed some of the best UTVs with the best cabs on the market. Before looking up these UTVs and thinking, “but Matt, I want more out of my cabin…”
Just keep in mind most of these UTVs listed are base models or certain models that have led them to have the great cabs that they do. There are a few that we will mention that are more “special edition models.”
Of course those special edition models will be much more expensive than the original base models, seeing as they will offer more and even fully enclosed cabin options.
We will explain a little farther on in the blog about different accessories you can buy to give yourself a full cab enclosure for protection against mud, dirt, or safety in general, as well as great cabs for winter driving.
Can-Am Defender MAX X HD10 – $20,799
So we are starting with Can-Am Defender Max X HD10, particularly the 2018 model. I have always loved the Can-Am brand and really stand behind their products and vehicles.
This particular Defender MAX X HD10 model is fit for four riders. Two in the front and two in the back. What makes this model great is that the seats and cab are just really spacious.
In a particular review, the rider talked about how the Defender MAX X HD10 would give even the larger ranch hands a “sigh of relief.”
What makes this Can-Am Defender so great is that it has these dual Advanced Versa-Pro bench-style seats with the X-package trim.
The seats function very similarly to the 40/20/40 style seating in most modern pick up trucks today which, I believe, shows the pure genius of Can-Am.
Another great aspect to the cabin of the Defender MAX X HD10, is the cargo space that it has, even within the cab itself.
There is a removable dash storage box, as well as multiple, spacious, storage cubbies on the dash itself. So if you are a hunter/gun guy like me then you just might be liking what this UTV is offering.
With that being said you will certainly have enough space in the cab for ammo, ammo, and more ammo, as well as space in the Defender MAX X HD10’s cargo bed for all of your guns.
That bed by the way will hold up to 1,000 pounds and will tow a base limit of 2,500 pounds on most models.
The Defender MAX X HD10 doesn’t just have space for the rider but also boasts some grizzly like power with its 72 horsepower, 976cc Rotax Engine. It will be sure to get you where you need to go and get you there quickly.
Now while this is a great model it would be necessary to mention that the Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 edition, notice the XT in the name, does have a fully enclosed cabin.
It also has a full glass windshield, wiper/washer kit, full doors with electric windows (front) and hinged windows (rear), hard roof with liner, interior dome light, and a sliding rear glass window. It also has heating and A/C.
The XT edition also offers a slightly improved stability and new front A-arms.
Granted this fully enclosed cab edition will run you $26,499 as it’s base with any extra’s costing more. So you do get the fully enclosed cab from Cam-Am themselves but as you’ll learn later in the post there are other options.
Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR – $14,999
The Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR is a great fit for someone who loves to work hard, and then once the work is said and done, play even harder.
Kawasaki has really busted out some great models over the past few years all great quality, and even better affordability with that ever inticing three-year limited warranty that other companies don’t include.
Fans of the Kawasaki brand might remember models such as the PRO-FXT™ and PRO-FX™ models. This Mule PRO-FXR model, however, is Kawasaki’s best and most powerful by far and goes a great distance cab wise.
The interior of the Mule PRO_FXR features under the 13-gallon water-resistant seat cargo areas so that you can store all of your tools and such in an easy to reach location.
There are also three separate cubby holes on the dash for added storage as well as a glove box compartment and two cup holders.
An interesting thing to note is that the largest center cubby hole on the dash is large enough for an audio system if desired.
Inside the cab is an easy to read display center that will function like a speedometer, odometer, hour meter, fuel gauge, dual trip meters, water temp, 2WD/4WD operation, clock, and parking brake indicator.
Kawasaki also offers over 60 various accessories to add to one’s vehicle. Once again this is just the base model and therefore offers the base amenities.
If the buyer would like they can purchase doors, flip-up windshields, audio systems, mudguards, a winch package, skid plates, and much more from Kawasaki themselves.
Really for the price, Kawasaki offers a simple, yet comfortable and spacious cab, even without the additional features added on. The real beauty of the machine comes with its motor and bed features though.
The Mule PRO-FXR shares the same engine in some of the other Mule models, which is the three-cylinder 812cc engine. Certainly, it isn’t the biggest engine we’ve seen in other UTVs but it still packs a punch.
The best part about this 3 cylinder engine with its 48 pounds of torque is that even when it is fully laden, you will get the same amount of power. It truly is a mule.
This engine really is a masterpiece for Kawasaki though seeing as it runs 60.8 amps at 2,000 rpms through a high-output alternator.
With that much power, you can safely charge your cell-phone all day while still getting work done through the Mule Pro FXR’s built-in 12V outlets.
The engine is run by a belt is driven CVT transmission that helps with natural breaking down decreasing terrain, as well as a selectable 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive option on the dash.
There is also a rear lock differential which can come in handy in those tricky situations.
The cargo bed on this Mule PRO-FXR is a thing to be marveled at honestly. It has a stable diamond-plate steel cargo floor and can carry up to 1000 pounds.
With a cargo bed that measures 37.5 inches x 53.3 inches x 11 inches and has integrated steel cargo rails and internal ridges, it is big and wide enough to carry the essentials and get the job done.
The tailgate is easy to operate and lifts and lowers with much ease. It also has two cup holders integrated into it, so having that backwoods tailgate party is always a possibility.
With an integrated 2″ receiver the tailgate can tow up to 2,000 pounds. Needless to say, this little UTV packs a huge punch.
Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede XTR – $15,999
The Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede XTR probably has one of the largest and coziest cabs on the market.
If you follow some of the other blog posts I’ve written you’ll see this isn’t the first time this vehicle has been mentioned by me, because it was also selected as one of the best UTVs for families with kids. (Plug: Best side by side UTVs for families with kids)
The Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede XTR has the industries first ever extended cab with extra storage space underneath the front seats. So if you are looking for a large cab with lots of storage this is the UTV for you.
The under-front seat storage is 6 cubic feet and that brings the total storage space of the vehicle to 30 cubic feet which is the most in its class.
Earlier when we mentioned power and comfort being at the top of peoples lists for UTVs, this one has both.
It features an 846cc, liquid-cooled, electrically fuel injected, 80 horsepower engine that features 59-ft-lb torque.
It too, like most other UTVs, offers a selectable wheel drive option of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
This awesome UTV has a ride clearance of 11.25 inches, which is slightly higher than the other UTVs we have mentioned above which usually have around 11 inches flat of ride height.
The vehicles high-quality springs and shocks which feature an A-arm suspension of 9.5 inches in the front and 10.5 inches in the rear will make sure the vehicle is stable and clears most objects in its the path.
Since this beast of a vehicle is so big and long it has front and rear sway bars that help it keep its stability when cornering. So don’t worry about taking those sharp turns and tipping, you’ll be just fine.
Another great thing about this vehicles cab space is the amount of space you have when getting in and out of the vehicle with its doors. It has a 10 sq-ft opening in the front and the back, so there is plenty of room.
The Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede XTR also has an industry-leading LCD display that will give the information about the cars speed, mileage, fuel levels, and much more.
The price of this “Bad Boy” is actually really nice. It will only run about $15,999 on the EPS edition and 16,799 for the EPS+ that offers some larger wheels and tires, as well as, color accents.
Did I mention that this vehicle also comes with a limited two-year warranty? That’s also a huge factor for this vehicle for as we stated before, it’s not all too common that we see included warranties.
All in all, if you want some large, spacious, comfortable cab space the Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede XTR should be the perfect fit for you and your family.
Yamaha Wolverine X4 – $15,999
Here is yet another UTV mentioned for UTVs for families with kids, and it is here again for its great cab space and accessories.
This 2018 Yamaha Wolverine X4 is another new four-seater UTV that has just hit the market and it is truly a beautiful machine, with all the grace and furry of a wolverine.
The comfort levels on this vehicle are frankly outstanding. In a particular review, the driver who was a 6-foot-2 200-pound man said that he felt very comfortable in the vehicle.
One of the great parts about this Wolverine X4 is that the seats are stadium style, meaning that the back seats are slightly higher than the front seats.
This is a great addition because the back-seat passengers can see out the windshield in front of them and still have enough space to be comfortable.
As for the Power on this wild animal, it has an 847cc parallel twin-cylinder engine and it has a belt driven CVT transmission with a centrifugal clutch, one of the few UTVs that have one.
The engine is actually very quiet on this particular UTV.
That is great because even if you were to have a full-windshield on this UTV and make it fully enclosed then you still wouldn’t have so much cabin noise to deal with. Honestly a smart move for Yamaha.
There is also extra storage space on this UTV. The back seats can slide forward making for extra cab space, and space for the cargo bed.
The suspension is great with its self-leveling shocks and overall there is a reason this was on my list for top UTVs for families with kids.
That also why it is here for best UTVs with cabs, it’s smooth, quiet, and spacious a great well rounded UTV.
Cub Cadet Challenger – $10,999
The Cub Cadet Challenger is definitely one of the cheapest UTVs on this list. And while Cub Cadet has only been in the UTV industry for the past decade, they have still found a way to create a good quality and well rounded UTV.
The real reason I have this UTV on this list is because of all the vehicle accessories and cab accessories that it comes with stock!
The Cub Cadet Challenger is one of the few UTVs to come with full doors, roof, full windshield, two side mirrors, aluminum wheels, 6-ply tires, bumpers, fully adjustable by the way.
It also comes with turn signals, front, and rear 2-inch receivers, shocks, and a 3500-pound winch all as standard equipment included in that $10,999 price.
If you are looking for a good quality, full-stocked, ready-to-go, UTV this would be the best choice for you on the market.
The Cub Cadet Challenger comes in 750 and 550 models that have 735cc or 546 liquid cooled engines.
They also go 50 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour respectively, and the Challenger can tow up to 1,200 pounds and carry up to 500 pounds.
It does have 4WD and a differential lock and turf mode drivetrain. Really while the Cub Cadet Challenger doesn’t boast some of those higher specs as do the other UTVs, for what it comes with it is a steal!
Best Side by Side UTV Accessories: (Full Cab Enclosures)
So if you end up buying a UTV at its base model and don’t have a lot of those extra cab features, such as fully enclosed areas there are some great after-market items that you can buy and install yourself.
UTV Cab Enclosures is one place to get some aftermarket things for your UTV. They usually include Aero-Vent windshields, doors, and rear windshields.
They cover a wide variety of manufacturers as well such as Honda, John Deer, CF Moto, Can-Am, Polaris, Bob Cat, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and many more. So go ahead and check them out.
Usually you can work with your vehicle’s manufacturer and get enclosures and cab accessories specifically for your make and model directly from the company.
I would always advise to shop around though. Often times you can find what you are looking for, for a bit cheaper through a third-party manufacturer, or simply buying used from someone else.
Full Sized Cab Enclosures (Winter Edition):
Winter is a season where most people want to stay indoors. If you truly have a sense of adventure, however, or just still have those pesky winter chores to do around the ranch, you’re going to want to stay warm and dry.
Once again getting winter cab gear or heaters for your UTV is going to be a must, and you can usually do it directly through the manufacturer, or through third-parties.
However, if you are looking for some great UTVs specifically decked out in winter gear, or at least have the option to be so, check out this list of specific UTVs, as well as heaters, and full enclosure options.
UTVs With Full Enclosures:
- CAN-AM DEFENDER HD10 & HD8 XT CAB:
- POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 NORTHSTAR HVAC SE:
- AQUA-HOT CABIN HEATERS
- FIRESTORM CABIN HEATERS
- ICE CRUSHER CAB HEATERS
- MOOSE UTILITIES CABIN HEATERS
- QUADBOSS CAB HEATER
- KOLPIN UTV HEATERS
- HEATER CRAFT UTV HEATERS
- MOOSE UTILITIES EXPEDITION CAB ENCLOSURES
- QUADBOSS UTV CABS
- KOLPIN FULL CABINS