If your riding preference leans toward the sporty side, you might want to consider Arctic Cat's DVX 400. Imagine, if you will, Suzuki's QuadSport Z400 with slightly different bodywork, and you have a DVX 400. You can get a Cat in four color combinations, including the Tony Stewart Limited Edition orange. (Tony Stewart is one of the top NASCAR drivers, and he was an Arctic Cat owner long before he signed on as a spokesman.)
When it comes to 650s, Arctic Cat gives you a choice of either a V-twin (V2) or its H1 single-the first AC-produced engine, of which the company is justifiably proud. Both are liquid-cooled SOHC motors with automatic transmissions, and you can electronically switch from 2WD to 4WD on the fly. In addition, both come with locking front diffs and FIS front and rear. As with the 400s and 500s, the 650s come with 2-inch receivers and the SpeedRack system, as well as a full-length plastic skid plate in case the class-leading 12.0 (H1) or 12.5 (V2) inches of ground clearance aren't quite enough. Though the H1 is available only in black, the V2 comes in dark green, lime green, red or the Tony Stewart Limited Edition orange (down to the color-matched recesses in the machined aluminum wheels).
Arctic Cat realizes that lots of people buy ATVs for nonrecreational purposes, and as a result, it offers the TBX (truck box) line, available in either 400 or 500cc models. Think of them as ATVs with small, tilt-capable pickup beds. Both are built on a longer frame (a 58.0-inch wheelbase instead of 50.0 inches), and the sturdy bed (with its pickup-style tailgate) is rated for 300 pounds-100 more than the rack capacity of the regular 400s and 500s. You can remove the bed quickly if required and replace it with the SpeedRack system. While both have two- or four-wheel-drive capability, only the 500 TBX has a front diff-lock.
Although most manufacturers insist that ATVs are single-person vehicles, Arctic Cat acknowledges that some folks like to ride along. So it introduced its TRV (two-rider vehicle) 4x4 models, available with 400 or 500cc singles. Like the TBXs, the TRVs utilize an electronically selectable 2/4WD system as well as an automatic transmission, FIS with 8 inches of travel front and rear and a 5.5-gallon fuel tank. While we couldn't convince any bystanders to hop aboard when we rode the 500, it was peppy enough to keep us entertained on the Dogwood loop. You wouldn't want to jump it, of course. Arctic Cat designed the TRV so that you can remove the seat and install either the SpeedRack or the TBX's box, making it a triple threat.
As a new Arctic Cat entrant into the utility vehicle market, a lot of thought went into the Prowler XT. Utilizing AC's own liquid-cooled 641cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke engine, this side-by-side two-seater comes with an automatic transmission and user-selectable 2/4WD with differential lock. A storage compartment under the front hood carries up to 25 pounds of stuff (including ice, if desired, though it's not a fully insulated cooler), and Arctic Cat boasts that the dump box in back holds more than anything else in the class (thanks in part to its 600-pound rating). In addition, the Prowler XT can tow up to 1250 pounds. In the cab, dual bucket seats (with seat belts) are complemented by dual 12-volt power outlets, cup holders and a reverse-gear speed-limiter bypass switch. All the cargo-carrying ability is enhanced by use of cast-aluminum 14-inch wheels shod with Goodyear MTRs, providing 12.5 inches of ground clearance.