My Little League baseball coach had a baby blue Mazda pickup truck back in the day. One day, just as we were about to leave for a game, I slammed his fingers in the door so hard that it jammed and we couldn't get it open for a few minutes. That day, I heard a grown man scream many words that I had never heard before. I also witnessed first-hand (see what I did there) a gnarly hand crunched into the shape of a Mazda pickup door jam.
I remember that truck, not only for the vocabulary lesson I received in it, but also because it struck me as odd, even as a 10 year old. The truck had no radio, no air conditioning, and it didn't even have a rear bumper. It was a "base model" truck and that's how many of them looked back in the day. That base model Mazda was cheap looking, but easy on the wallet. Nowadays, there are plenty of base model ATV's that are both feature laden and value priced. If you're in the market for a new ATV, starting at the bottom of the price ladder doesn't also mean you'll need to give up all the great features of modern day ATV's. Here's the Top 2018 Model Year Base Model ATV's.
2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS: $9699 - Yamaha took the guesswork out of deciding whether you need power steering or not, because the base Grizzly 700 is one of the few base models to come standard with Electric Power Steering (EPS). This ATV also has a long history of being one of the most reliable ATV's on the planet. If you can live with the color graphite (which we love), you'll be able to snag one for under $9700. An extra $200 buys you the choice of blue or white and Yamaha throws in cast aluminum wheels.
2018 Yamaha Kodiak 700: $6999 - Yamaha's mid-size Kodiak goes against the norm of the "middle-child' syndrome" in many families across the world. It's well-behaved and focused on being a solid performer. The Kodiak 7000 shares a great deal in common with the more expensive Grizzly, including the the engine/transmission combination. If you must have power steering, there is a Kodiak EPS version available for an extra $1500.
2018 Yamaha Kodiak 450: $5,999 - Yamaha's all-new Kodiak 450 is one of the best performing, best priced ATV's you'll find. A fuel-injected 421cc single overhead cam engine is paired with Yamaha's legendary Ultramatic transmission, which will provide the lucky owners years of trouble-free service. The compact chassis and 10" of ground clearance should make the Kodiak a favorite of hunters looking to sneak their steed through the tight woods.
2018 Can-Am Outlander X MR 570: $8699 - One of the more interesting machines on tour list, the Outlander X MR 570 is Can Am's entry level mud machine.. For less than $9k, you'll be rocking a 48HP Rotax twin cylinder with a relocated radiator to keep cool when the mud action is hot. A Visco-Lok QE locking front differential and Tri-Mode Dynamic power steering (DPS) round out some of the highlights.
2018 Textron Off-Road Alterra VLX 700: $5999 - The Alterra's 700 class, fuel-injected engine is impressive itself. The fact that 's it's value priced in the same range as most of the 450cc class market makes it an even more impressive choice.
2018 Polaris Sportsman Touring 570: $7699 - Polaris' entry-level 2Up ATV rocks Polaris' excellent 44HP ProStar powerplant. The integrated passenger seat makes it simple and easy to safely haul a passenger on the ATV.
2018 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i: $8999 - For Team Green fans, Kawasaki's Brute Force 750 has a long history of reliability and excellent performance from the powerful V-twin. If power steering doesn't matter for your riding situation, you'll be hard-pressed to find another four-wheel drive ATV that's more fun to ride! If you have an extra $1k, you'll be able to upgrade to the EPS model.
2018 Yamaha Raptor 700: $7999 - The only remaining manual transmission, open-class sport quad on the market comes in several flavors, including the outstanding base model. Long travel suspension, a super-durable manual transmission, and a long history of dominating both the trail and the desert make the Raptor 700 as impressive now as it ever was.
2018 Yamaha YFZ450R: $8999 - Sad as it may seem, the YFZ450R is the lone 450 sport quad still left in production Even in base model trim, the YXZ450R is loaded with great features like a high-performance four-stroke engine and long-legged, race inspired suspension.
2018 Honda TRX90X: $3049 - I learned on a little Honda, my kids learned on a little Honda, and if you're smart, you're kids will also learn on a little Honda. The base TRX90X is the least expensive ATV in Honda's lineup, and it is also on of the most popular they offer.