People are often worried about the height of their side-by-side because they want it to fit in their toy hauler. That is a legitimate question and I wanted to help. I have provided a list of the different dimension of various UTVs for your quick reference.
|Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo||65.4 in||64 in||132 in||1,470 lbs|
|Can-Am Maverick Sport MAX DPS||76.2 in||60 in||149 in||1,697 lbs|
|Can-Am Commander Limited||72 in||62.5 in||120.2 in||1,291 lbs|
|Can-Am Defender DPS||78 in||64 in||121 in||1,425 lbs|
|Polaris RZR XP Turbo||73.75 in||64 in||119 in||1,448 lbs|
|Polaris General 4 1000||74 in||62.5 in||150.2 in||1,857 lbs|
|Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS||77 in||62.5 in||120 in||1,565 lbs|
|Arctic Cat WildCat XX||68 in||64 in||136 in||1,816 lbs|
|Arctic Cat Havoc||78.5 in||64 in||126 in||1,755 lbs|
|Arctic Cat Prowler Pro||74 in||63 in||126 in||1,585 lbs|
|Yamaha YXZ1000R SE||69.8 in||64 in||123.9 in||1,561 lbs|
|Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec SE||74.8 in||59.1 in||115 in||1,586 lbs|
|Yamaha Viking VI EPS Ranch Edition||76.6 in||64 in||159.5 in||1,761 lbs|
|Honda Pioneer 1000 EPS||76 in||63 in||116.8 in||1,538 lbs|
|Kawasaki Teryx||75.8 in||61.6 in||118.1 in||1,569.2 lbs|
|Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX EPS LE||75.8 in||60 in||110 in||1,594.2 lbs|
|CFMoto ZForce 1000||72 in||60 in||113 in||1,230 lbs|
|CFMoto UForce 1000||72.8 in||63.5 in||117 in||1,520 lbs|
|John Deere Gator RSX860M||73.5 in||56.5 in||115 in||1,443 lbs|
|Kymco UXV 700i LE Prime Edition||74.8 in||59 in||113 in||1,218 lbs|
|John Deere Gator XUV 825M S4||75 in||62 in||154 in||1,992 lbs|
UTVs can be tricky to fit in a toy hauler if you do not have a lot of clearance. It is smart to figure out what kind of toy hauler you want after you have set your sights on a certain UTV. The list was meant to be a quick reference to see what the dimension of the UTVs are and in the next section, I will be going over a little bit of what to buy to fit your UTV in a trailer.
Fitting Your UTV in a Trailer
Most people wonder how tall their side-by-side is because they want to know what kind of trailer to put it in. Most UTVs only have one row of seats and will not be super long. Generally, UTVs fit in a 5 by 12-foot trailer. That is the minimum. I would recommend getting one that is 14 or 16 feet over the 12 foot one. If you really only want the bare minimum, go for the 12 foot.
It is best to look at the dimensions of your side-by-side to see what it will fit in. You want some breathing room for obvious reasons. How are you going to get in and out of your UTV while it is in the trailer? You want that extra space. When checking the size of your side-by-side, compare the size to the size of the trailer. Leave plenty of room for you to maneuver around.
Not only do you want room for yourself but also for extra supplies and maybe some tools. A good-sized trailer with extra space is around an 80-inch wide trailer.
Some people want to carry two UTVs. How big does that need to be? In order to carry two UTVs, you need to have a trailer that is 22 feet. Some say you can get away with 20 feet but just go for the extra insurance and get a 22-foot trailer.
Many people might wonder if they can use their truck bed to haul a UTV. Seems plausible right? Well, you might be able to get it to work on a normal truck bed but only if you have the smallest size available. The smallest width you can find is the 48-inch models. If you have something like 60 inches wide, you will need to the biggest truck bed that money can buy. Personally, I would just go for the toy hauler.
A Note for People Who are Tall
Something that you might have noticed if you read the table is that the sport-type side-by-sides are a little shorter by about 5 inches or more. They are packed more tightly because of the speed and sleek design. The trail riding and utility ones tend to be in the mid-70s in inches.
I thought about including how tall you could be to fit in each of the side-by-sides but honestly, that is like saying which one is better. It is subjective because there are so many different body types and people might find something uncomfortable that others might not. I can’t really decide off of my own experience and I can’t get a consensus of everybody and their opinions either.
Side-by-sides are built to fit most people and generally, it is not a problem. If you are very tall, like 6’5″ or more, than you might have to buy some modifications. Most people will not have a problem though. Many people just make their own modifications to their side-by-sides.
Now that I have said all of that, let’s move on to different side-by-sides, their height, and what is great about them.
Can-Am Maverick X3
Height: 65.4 in
This is one of the shorter Can-Am models. It is a fast one. It can hit somewhere around 80 mph which is really fast for a UTV. This machine was created to go fast. You would think because of its lower height that it might feel tighter but it has enough room and especially enough legroom. Your legs will not rub up against the bottom of the dash.
It was plenty of clearance at 14 inches to do all the crazy things you might want to do. This is a great vehicle for dune riding or just going fast somewhere off-road. Throw all of your cares away and enjoy a fast ride in this side-by-side.
Recently Can-Am has really improved the Maverick X3. You can get it turbocharged to give you even more power to get up to speed. Since you will be going fast, the engine heats up. They have figured out how to cool it better to keep the engine running optimally without heating up too much.
Can-Am Maverick Sport MAX DPS
Height: 76.2 in
If you have a couple of buddies that you want to bring on the trail than I highly recommend the Maverick Sport MAX DPS. It holds four adults and is built for a good time. Since it is a two-row UTV you would need a bigger trailer. A 14 or 16-foot long trailer will do for sure.
This model was built for stability. Its wheelbase is exceptional at 120 inches. the balance in this thing is incredible and you will need that with four adults zooming around corners and riding up and down trails.
The suspension is also great in this vehicle. With 12.5 inches of travel in the front and 13 inches in the back, you will be able to take just about any turn. It has double A-arms and sway bars to support the movement of the UTV and the rough terrain that you will inevitably be on.
Can-Am Commander Limited
Height: 72 in
The Limited Model of the Commander has a powerful 8-valve Rotax 976cc V-twin engine. It puts out nearly 100 horsepower. With that kind of power, you would expect a lot of good times. It comes with Electronic Fuel Injection and Can-Am’s signature Intelligent Throttle Control. It makes for a more smooth ride without clunky shifting. It helps the vehicle perform better in different terrains.
I am not a fan of nets instead of half or full doors. I just do not like it but what I do like is the half windshield that it comes with. The half windshield curves outward at the top of it which keeps floating debris on the windshield out of your face.
Normally UTVs only have the one cargo box in the back but this model has a second one right underneath and is more of a storage box of sorts. It folds down like on a truck and you can throw your stuff in there. The entire cargo area can hold up to 600 lbs.
Can-Am Defender DPS
Height: 78 in
The DPS stands for Dynamic Power Steering and this is the cheapest model that has it. You do not know how useful Dynamic Power Steering is until you do not have it. Your forearms would be on fire if you did not have it. It helps to steer so you do not have to put in as much work. It makes for a better and safer experience.
This is the all-out utility vehicle for Can-Am. There are plenty of accessories for this utility model. It has both 2WD and 4WD to give you the best options while on the job. The Rotax V-twin engines are built to get the job done. It offers 69 lb-ft torque which is pretty incredible for a UTV.
The seating and the storage space is done so well in the Can-Am Defender. Under the seats is a removable container so make more room for bigger things if needed. The dash has a box with a handle for carrying your sandwich or whatever you want. Can-Am does versatile storage space and the ability to modify the interior of the UTV.
Polaris RZR XP Turbo
Height: 73.7 in
The RZR XP Turbo offers one of the best off-roading experiences I have ever had. Everything in this is put together for a great time out on the dirt, mountain trails, or even the dunes on the cape. The turbocharged engine gives your ride more power. It is a thrilling experience.
This may be one of the shorter models but not by much. It will hold pretty much anyone without having them feel uncomfortable. You will have a great time in this side-by-side
This machine is built for performance. It takes corners quickly and efficiently. It handles all-terrain well by cutting deep and quick. It is balanced out by suspension and handling that keeps you in control.
Polaris General 4 1000
Height: 74 in
This 4 seat adventure ride delivers a swell trail riding experience. It comes with the suspension you will need for rocky terrain or even splashing through a creek that cuts through your path. Its 100 horsepower comes through when you need it along the trail. It is durable and will provide days worth of fun and memories.
I honestly would have expected the height of the vehicle to be higher than it is. It is not a big deal and you should be able to fit four people in here, no problem.
The cargo box in the back is a good size and the payload capacity is 1,280 lbs. You could take the General camping and carry all of your camping gear in the back. I love exploring the outdoors and the General 4 1000 will take you and three of your buddies anywhere you want to go.
Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS
Height: 77 in
This is the tallest of the Polaris UTVs that I have provided in the list today. Utility side-by-sides generally are taller. I think they realize that being comfortable is a must when you are working. There are different setups for the cab that you can get you should be able to get this in your trailer. Just get a trailer that is over 7 feet tall.
Generally, people use this model for utility purposes. Because of that, it will not be put in toy hauler often. Unless you are moving a lot for different jobs, do not expect to move this a lot. It generally goes on a farm and stays there for various jobs.
The Ranger XP 1000 EPS is a powerhouse. It can tow up to 2,500 lbs which I believe is the highest on the market currently. There is plenty of storage as well to hold all kinds of stuff. The storage units cannot be moved though. They are stationary and built-in. If you need to move stuff to make room for something long or weirdly shaped, you are out of luck.
Arctic Cat WildCat XX
Height: 68 in
The Wildcat XX has the largest, most ergonomic cab in its class. It is comfortable and well put together. It is a more compact model but it does its cab space well. It is shorter than some other models which makes it easier to fit in a trailer that is shorter than 7 feet. It is about the same length and width as other UTVs.
They have really done their best work on the shocks. When cornering those heart-stopping turns, most vehicle’s wheels camber but Arctic Cat has engineered their front suspension to be more stabilized during those hairpin turns.
With 18 inches of front and rear travel along with the 14 inches of ground clearance makes this an impressive vehicle in its class. You can pretty much drive over anything with the Wildcat XX. This is such an impressive sports side-by-side and I think everybody should at least check it out.
Arctic Cat Havoc
Height: 78.5 in
The Havoc is Arctic Cat’s trail riding model. It is a pretty tall side-by-side so make sure you have a tall enough toy hauler for this thing.
It has great trail riding ability. All four wheels have double A-arm suspension and are precision-tuned to give you the best control and mobility that you need for the rugged terrain. It also has 13 inches of ground clearance to keep your ride safe from rocks and ruts.
Since they knew people would be using this for camping and spending time outdoors, they realized that most people bring a good amount of stuff with them. Not only does the Havoc come with a large cargo box but it has an extended cab to give you more room to carry various things. I do not know why other recreational side-by-sides do this. It is so genius.
Arctic Cat Prowler Pro
Height: 74 in
The Prowler Pro is another utility vehicle so once again you will most likely not be hauling this around more than a couple of times. So nothing to worry about there.
One of the biggest selling points of the Prowler Pro is the noise-reducing design. They designed the engine and exhaust systems to be quieter which I think is really useful. UTVs can be noisy and if you are sitting in one frequently, that could get annoying. What if you like to have a conversation with the people you are driving around with? Do you want to shout the entire time? Having a quieter engine can make all of that go away.
It also does storage well. It has storage behind the bench and boxes that you can fit in the back. The cab has plenty of built-in cubby holes and the glove box is good sized to hold a few smaller things that you might need. I really appreciate the thought out spaces for storage.
The amount of custom accessories for this model is crazy. Lights, doors, windshields, brush guards, winches, and a variety of things can be installed to your preference.
Yamaha YXZ1000R SE
Height: 69.8 in
The Yamaha YXZ1000R SE picks up and goes fast. They are very proud of their industry-first three-cylinder engine. It has high output and it just goes. This thing is awesome and Yamaha is proud of it.
It comes with FOX 2.5 Podium RC2 shocks that are completely adjustable on all four sides. These shocks are meant for sport and are used in so many kinds of sports vehicles. You can trust these to get you through many different terrains.
The seats in this thing have a lot of detail the seats are extra high to fit even the tallest of people. It is built with extra lateral support and shoulder bolsters. It is comfortable to sit in and it has plenty of legroom for you to get into place for a joy ride.
Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec SE
Height: 74.8 in
Make sure you are okay with your trailer getting muddy because that is what you are going to track in with the Yamaha Wolverine X2 R-Spec SE. Since you will be getting on the rugged trails, the suspension is great and it is somewhere between a utility and sports in the way the suspension performs. They did a great job. The shocks are also fully adjustable to your preference or situation as well.
Yamaha has developed a GPS system called “Adventure Pro.” I know, super original. Actually, it is really cool. It is essentially a tablet preloaded with tons of trails and maps to make your experience out on the rugged road incredible. All of their vehicles come with the ability to have this installed for an extra price or later on if you decide you have to have it.
Yamaha Viking VI EPS Ranch Edition
Height: 76.6 in
The Yamaha Viking VI EPS Ranch Edition is one of the best choices out there for a family farm business or for hauling all of your work buddies to and from different work sites. Why is that? Because it has 6 seats. It is a long vehicle because of its size so hauling it will require a longer trailer than normal. Thankfully this is a Utility side-by-side so constantly moving it will not be needed.
It can handle its own. It is built to hold 6 adults. The engine has a 686cc engine that has incredible low-end power. It improves power by having a large-capacity air intake system to produce more power. It is truly strong. It will not be the fastest thing you drive but it will pull more than you think it might. The Viking is a beast.
Honda Pioneer 1000 EPS
Height: 76 in
Honda has made a killer side-by-side with some really cool features. It comes with a brake-traction control system that makes driving optimized and creates a better driving experience. Handing is so important for trail riding. Having the most optimized control rugged roads keeps you safer and more in control of where you are going when you hit the road.
It also comes with a front differential locking system which keeps your wheels turning together even if one gets stuck in mud or spins on the ice. I think Honda did a great job with handling.
The Engine is really powerful. The 999cc twin-cylinder engine has the horsepower and torque to get you through most everything. The design of the engine is a modified version of their motocross bikes. It has all of the good things from the motocross bikes and then adds what is needed for UTVs.
Height: 75.8 in
Kawasaki makes some tough UTVs. These are not the name brand models but they do pack their own punch when it comes to durability. It comes with a guard for the front which many UTVs have as an accessory you can buy for a separate price.
The shocks are the FOX Podium 2.0. The rear has sealed wet brakes that keep the brake system in proper condition. It makes things more durable and keeps you on the road longer. If you are constantly going up and down hills, this is a game-changer. Kawasaki makes a durable and strong UTV. It shows in what they focus on to make your ride last longer.
Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX EPS LE
Height: 75.8 in
The Mule Pro-MX EPS LE is the limited edition of the mid-sized, 2-seater UTV. As the name suggests, it is meant to do the heavy lifting. It comes equipped with electronic power steering which is one of the most useful things a UTV can have in it. It makes steering easier and less taxing on your body as you drive. It improves the driving experience a lot.
It has all the features you might want in a utility side-by-side. The bed tilts. The shifting and transmission are not clunky. It has plenty of storage situated throughout the vehicle. For the price you pay, you get a lot of good things.
CFMoto ZForce 1000
Height: 72 in
CFMoto is a Chinese retailer of UTVs and they actually make a really good product. It has all the basic needs in any UTV for a lower price than some of the more popular brands. It comes with a front differential locking system. That helps your front wheels work together if you are going through uneven terrain.
It comes with a 3,000 lb winch. I think that is incredible especially because this is the sports model and those do not usually have this kind of application. It also comes with a hardtop roof. It just has a lot of things you would not expect from a model that is cheaper in price.
CFMoto UForce 1000
Height: 72.8 in
This is CFMoto’s utility model. It is a three-passenger bench but honestly, It does not hold three adult men well. It has plenty of storage too. I do think the storage could be a little bit better, but for the price you are paying, I can’t complain. It also comes with a winch just like the other model.
The engine is real power at 1,000cc. For the price you pay, that is absurd. I do not know how that works but I will not complain. It does have a roof. The doors are nets which I am not a fan of but I can see why they did not include them on the utility model.
John Deere Gator RSX860M
Height: 73.5 in
John Deere has tried their hand at high-performance UTVs and they have come out with the RSX860M which is close to a mid-range model. They have created this model to function as a car when it comes to its suspension. It has great handling and it takes turns like a charm. It is responsive without exerting too much effort.
The engine is good. It reaches a top speed of around 60 mph which is not bad. It is not the fastest out there but 60 mph feels like a lot when you are riding in a UTV. The placement of the engine is unique in that it is placed under the seats to create a better center of gravity which I think is really smart.
Kymco UXV 700i LE Prime Edition
Height: 74.8 in
I chose the 700i LE Prime Edition because it comes with a hardtop, bed extender, and front and back windshields. The back windshield is hardly ever on a UTV so I wanted to include it. I like how the model does not cost a lot but has all the basic needs in a side-by-side. The only thing really missing is doors that are not nets. Otherwise, a good pick to serve as a very tall UTV.
John Deere Gator XUV 825M S4
Height: 75 in
When it comes to utility, I think of John Deere before anything else. It is such a common thing to see so it must be good. But is it? Well, John Deere does a good job. They have everything down and they know what they are doing.
They have this complex system they have created that has been precision-engineered for the drivetrain that makes more efficient use of the engine power and optimizing all of the capabilities of the vehicle. Whether that is towing or hill climbing or even just carrying a few people and their tools, it is built to handle that efficiently.