Polaris vs. Kawasaki: Who Makes the Better UTV?

Are you in the market for a workhorse utility vehicle or a powerful off-roading machine? Learn more about Polaris and Kawasaki and determine who makes the better UTV.


When it comes to designing and manufacturing utility terrain vehicles, no one does it quite like Polaris. The Polaris Ranger is an ideal workhorse UTV with suitable towing (2500 lb) and hauling capabilities—the Ranger EV provides these same utility functions all on electric power! Alternatively, the Polaris RZR is purely designed for off-roading performance. Both the RZR Pro R and Turbo R feature advanced suspension systems and robust drivetrains to ensure stability and sustained acceleration, regardless of the environment. Overall, UTV enthusiasts agree that the Polaris RZR boasts the fastest-feeling driving experience compared to all other contemporaries.


Much like Polaris, Kawasaki carries both utility and sport UTVs. The Kawasaki Mule is a pure utility vehicle with a payload capacity of just under 1600 lb and a towing capacity of 2000 lb. Additionally, all Kawasaki Mule UTVs boast a rubber casing around the suspension system to ensure better stability and comfort overall. The Kawasaki Teryx, meanwhile, excels at sport, recreation, and off-road activities. Specifically, the Teryx KRX is a fast and extremely durable off-roading vehicle with further upgraded suspension systems and stability technology. Unlike the Polaris RZR, the Teryx KRX prioritizes traction and weight over speed and pure acceleration.

The Final Verdict

So, who makes the better UTV?First, let’s compare the utility-specific UTV models from each brand—the Ranger and Mule. Compared to the Kawasaki Mule, Polaris’s Ranger boasts superior towing, hauling, and overall payload capabilities. However, the Mule is nearly $3,000 cheaper and still more capable than other UTVs with similar prices. If you require the ultimate workhorse vehicle, shell out the extra cash for a Ranger. Otherwise, the Kawasaki Mule is arguably the more valuable UTV.

As for sport and recreation UTVs, determining which brand makes the better machine is quite difficult. Both the Polaris RZR and Kawasaki Teryx KRX are ideal for off-roading activities, thanks in part to their quality design, powerful engines, and superior suspension technology. Once again, Polaris makes the faster and more expensive UTV, while Kawasaki offers a slightly more affordable and durable option. In this instance, however, it’s clear that the pricier Polaris RZR is worth the investment since its performance abilities are far greater than that of the Kawasaki Teryx KRX.

The final verdict is clear—Polaris makes the ideal off-roading machine, while Kawasaki produces durable, dependable workhorses. However, there is no objective answer to the question of who makes the better UTV. Instead, shop around for different brands and find the features that fit your desires and budget the best!

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.