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The Honda FourTrax Rancher and Yamaha Kodiak Aren’t the Only Affordable ATVs Worth Your Money

ATVs are an undeniable blast. An adventure on a wooded trail with the sound of your machine and the scent of its exhaust is a type of freedom that isn’t reserved for the rich and famous. There are good affordable ATV options out there. The Honda FourTrax Rancher and the Yamaha Kodiak are two of them. But they aren’t the four wheelers on the market that can fit into a slimmer budget.

a studio photo of a tan Yamaha Kodiak 700 against a white backdrop
Yamaha Kodiak 700 | Yamaha

Sure, for some spending an extra $20 grand on a toy isn’t a big deal. But for those of us that want to add a little fun to our garage for just a few thousand dollars, what are some good ATVs to watch out for? According to ATV.com, these are some great affordable ATVs that you can buy new in a lower price bracket.

The Honda FourTrax Rancher and the Yamaha Kodiak

The Yamaha Kodiak is a perfect example of the fact that you don’t have to get a tiny engine if you have a smaller budget. ATV.com writes that the Yamaha Kodiak 700 is “a 686cc beast that has torque for days. It’s also in the four figures, priced at $7,199, making it a good affordable ATV option.

a red Honda FourTrax Rancher on display against a white backdrop
Honda FourTrax Rancher | Honda

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If you love the Yamaha Grizzly but don’t want to spend $10 grand, the Yamaha Kodiak 700 might just do the trick. In fact, it uses the “same basic frame and suspension components as the Grizzly,” according to ATV.com. Plus, if you don’t need quite as much power as all that, there’s also the Yamaha Kodiak 450 that fits an even skinnier budget.

The Honda FourTrax Rancher is popular and reputed among the best. If you want a reliable four wheeler, this ATV should be high on your shopping list. The starting price is $5,499, though ATV.com recommends the 4×4 which is $1,000 more. Both versions are affordable 420cc ATV options.

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It’s comfortable and easy to handle on the trail. The Honda FourTrax Rancher gets the job done and it’s fun to ride. It is worth mentioning that this is a manual transmission ATV. You’ll have to shift gears with your foot, but the transmission is one of the reasons people say this four wheeler is so reliable.

Other ATV options

The Honda FourTrax Rancher and the Yamaha Kodiak aren’t the only options out there that cost thousands less than $10 grand. The Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. is also a good affordable ATV option. ATV.com calls this four wheeler “a lot of machine for the money” and we agree. It’s the least expensive adult-sized ATV in the Polaris lineup.

“The Brute Force 300 comes with Kawasaki’s legendary toughness and is backed up by a 12-month warranty and is on the short list for the best ATV for the money.”

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a white Kawasaki brute force ATV side view against a white backdrop
Kawasaki Brute Force | Kawasaki

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Next one is the cheapest one that ATV.com chose for their list. The Kawasaki Brute Force starts at $4,299. With a 271cc engine, the Brute Force 300 comes at a low price, but still holds true to Kawasaki’s reputation for quality power sport machines. The price brings a package of simplicity, capability, and fun.