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Yamaha Side x Side Buying Guide

Yamaha Side x Side Buying Guide

When it comes to off-roading, riders have the choice between all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-sides (SxS). Utility task vehicles and side-by-sides reign supreme for anyone who wants to ride with family members or friends, because they come with built-in seats and plenty of space for multiple passengers. Choosing which brand and model to buy, on the other hand, is a challenge on its own. However, one brand in particular has won of the hearts of off-roading enthusiasts across the globe with each and every model it introduces to its UTV lineup. Yamaha offers a wide variety of side-by-sides to choose from. In this Yamaha side-by-side buying guide, we take a closer look at all the latest models!

Yamaha’s Sport Side-by-Side Lineup

These sporty side-by-sides strike the perfect balance between head-turning style and class-leading performance. In every sport side-by-side that Yamaha offers, you will find an assortment of features that allow you to go fast, shift without limits, and take on any type of terrain. Whether you are headed for the desert, dunes, woods, or muddy trails, the 998cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinder engine in every YXZ1000R model will help you get there. This beast of an engine was built to deliver high-revving power with the flexibility and character that only an inline triple can provide. Yamaha’s state-of-the-art engines have compact, counterbalanced, twelve-valve cylinder heads, aggressive compression ratios, and dry-sump lubrication to ensure fantastic mid-range torque and a thrilling redline for riders.

Both the YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS feature five-speed sequential Sport Shift (SS) and automatic clutch to provide a driving experience unmatched by anything on the market. Only the YXZ1000R SS and YXZ1000R SS SE come with Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift (YCC-S) technology. The YXZ1000R SS SE also takes the pure sport side-by-side class to the next level with fully adjustable dual-spring shocks and bead lock wheels. Every sport model features an agile, adjustable, and capable side-by-side chassis. No matter which sport SxS you choose, you’ll enjoy unparalleled thrills.

  • 2019 YXZ1000R: $18,999*
  • 2019 YXZ1000R SS: $18,999*
  • 2019 YXZ1000R SE: $20,599*
  • 2019 YXZ1000R SS SE: $20,599 – $21,799*


Yamaha’s Recreation Side-by-Side Lineup

When you want to traverse through the roughest and toughest terrain, a recreation side-by-side is the vehicle you want. Recreation side-by-sides fall somewhere between pure sport and utility, allowing you to take on any adventure you set your sights on. At the heart of this lineup is the Wolverine, which features an aggressive, compact look that’s designed to provide the best blend of off-road capability and value in the side-by-side segment. This iconic machine also features Yamaha’s signature blend of chassis components, drivetrain, handling, and suspension to ensure that every venture onto new terrain is comfortable. The Wolverine’s independent suspension comes with long-stroke shocks to ensure a quality damping feel, dependable bottoming resistance, and preload adjustability for a wide range of riding styles.

The Wolverine X2 features an adventure-seeking chassis to deliver the smoothest, quietest off-road experience, especially when exploring in tight, technical terrain. The Wolverine R-Spec takes things up a notch with a balance of work-ready functionality, refined comfort, and trail-proven capability. All R-Spec models come with top-of-the-line, fully adjustable suspension, driver-centric On-Command 4WD, and speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering. The Wolverine X4 is in a league of its own with room for up to four adventure seekers. Which side-by-side will you choose for the trail?

  • 2018 Wolverine: $10,999*
  • 2019 Wolverine X2: $12,699*
  • 2018 Wolverine R-Spec EPS: $13,499 – $14,099*
  • 2019 Wolverine X2 R-Spec: $14,499 – $14,949*
  • 2019 Wolverine X2 R-Spec SE: $15,299*
  • 2019 Wolverine X4: $16,449 – $16,899*
  • 2019 Wolverine X4 SE: $17,249*


Yamaha’s Utility Side-by-Side Lineup

Utility side-by-sides are designed to help anyone tackle everyday tasks, make hunting in remote locations easier, and they can handle the unexpected. These utility task vehicles are built tough with Yamaha’s tried-and-true three-seat platform and dependable powertrain combination, which sets the standard in comfort and convenience with a smooth, comfortable ride that never quits. Every Viking side-by-side is powered by a 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engines with a four-valve cylinder head and an Ultramatic transmission with all-wheel engine braking. Every Yamaha model in this class features a large-capacity air intake system that improves overall engine performance. When there’s real work to be done, the Viking EPS Ranch Edition is as capable as it is comfortable to ride in. If you need more space to fit the whole crew, the Viking VI EPS has room for six people. With a Yamaha SxS, you can get the job done in no time at all.

  • 2019 Viking: $11,999*
  • 2019 Viking EPS: $12,999 – $13,899*
  • 2019 Viking EPS SE: $13,999*
  • 2019 Viking VI EPS: $13,999 – $14,899*
  • 2019 Viking EPS Ranch Edition: $14,199*
  • 2019 Viking VI EPS Ranch Edition: $15,599*


With such a long-standing history of excellence in off-roading technology, Yamaha inspires passion in all types of riders. From conquering the trail to exploring new terrain, you can never go wrong with choosing a Yamaha side-by-side from the sport, recreation, or utility segment. Hopefully this Yamaha side-by-side buying guide gives you a good idea of what side-by-side is best for your needs. At Yamaha Parts Nation, we offer a vast selection of Yamaha side-by-sides from current and previous years. We also supply a wide range of OEM parts to help you keep your new UTV in tiptop shape. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.