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Yamaha Waverunner Buying Guide

Yamaha Waverunner Buying Guide

There is nothing quite like riding the waves with your closest family members or friends. Among the top manufacturers of personal watercraft, one brand stands out as having a long history of excellence and innovation. Since debuting its first marine jet in 1986, Yamaha simultaneously created the PWC market you know today and secured its position as a fan favorite across the globe. WaveRunners are more diverse than ever, with an array of options to choose from.

Whether you are in the market for your first personal watercraft or the time has finally come to trade up, this Yamaha WaveRunner buying guide will teach you everything you need to know before making such a big investment. We take a closer look at all the features and specifications of Yamaha’s latest watercraft models, so you have the upper hand when you are ready to buy.


Yamaha WaveRunner Buying Guide

On the water, there is a world of excitement just waiting to be explored. Yamaha makes that possible with each personal watercraft they add to the impressive lineup of WaveRunners. This powersports legend sought to make these marine vehicles something to be enjoyed and shared around the concepts of fun, functionality, and reliability. Although every WaveRunner features the same Yamaha DNA, you will want to take some time to consider what best fits your needs.


EX Series: Rec-Lite WaveRunners

Yamaha’s EX Series is designed to provide an unforgettable experience on the water for an affordable price. These WaveRunner models may be agile and fun to ride, but don’t let that fool you. Every EX Series model comes fully equipped with a more powerful engine than you might have ever thought possible and better durability than anything else offered in the rec-lite segment. EX Series also the only option in the rec-lite segment to offer a marine-grade fiberglass hull and deck. Whether you are looking for an entry-level PWC or a high-performance PWC for thrills, the EX Series has you covered. The EX is nimble and full of fun for one to three people. The EX Sport takes it up a notch with a reboarding step for all those times you will want to dive right in. The EX Deluxe allows drivers to switch from forward to neutral to reverse with just one pull of the throttle. The EXR combines NanoXcel 2 technology with a TR-1 Ho engine for quick acceleration and playful handling. Enjoy a thrilling experience that is anything but entry-level.

Models: EX, EX Sport, EX Deluxe, EXR
MSRP: $6,799 – $9,299*


VX Series: Recreation WaveRunners

Yamaha’s VX Series strikes the perfect balance between high-end style and technology for a lot less than competing models. When you are ready to take recreation to the next level, the VX Series has all your needs covered. Every VX model features an award-winning, high-output marine engine for maximum fuel economy and unparalleled fun in the sun. The VX provides the perfect value package. The VX-C comes with waterproof wireless Bluetooth speakers, so you can take your tunes with you when you pull up on the beach. The VX Deluxe includes a remote transmitter with the ability to control both Low RPM Mode and Security Mode. The VX Cruiser can comfortable seat up to three people for all-day touring. The VX Limited features an upgraded trim level and comes with everything needed for a fun-filled day, including a single-rider tube. The VX Cruiser Ho delivers more power and performance to take on big waves.

Models: VX-C, VX, VX Deluxe, VX Cruiser, VX Limited, VX Cruiser Ho
MSRP: $8,999 – $11,499*


FX Series: Luxury WaveRunners

Yamaha’s FX Series offers unparalleled design, performance, and technology, all in one luxurious package. These models feature the world’s first multi-mount system for accessories, so you can take your music and navigation along on every adventure. Both the FX Ho and FX Cruiser Ho feature an ultra-lightweight hull and deck as well as watertight storage for all your necessities. The FX SVHO features a 1812cc high-output marine engine for more of a supercharged experience. The FX Cruiser SVHO combines luxurious style with powerful performance, but the FX Limited SVHO offers the ultimate package with all the towing accessories and technology you could possibly need on the water.

Models: FX Ho, FX Cruiser Ho, FX SVHO, FX Cruiser SVHO, FX Limited SVHO
MSRP: $13,499 – $17,399


Performance Race Series WaveRunners

When you have an insatiable need for speed, Yamaha’s Performance Race Series might be the only solution that can satisfy. These WaveRunner models are the top choice of championship riders and racing enthusiasts who won’t settle for anything less than victory. With race-inspired components, both the GP1800R and VXR are ready to take on any level of competition. These WaveRunners also come with enhancements that provide sharper, more predictable handling with better hook up in rough water. The SUPERJET is ideal for closed-course racing. No matter which model you choose, you will be ready to dominate and take charge of every turn with confidence for next-level thrills.

Models: VXR, GP1800R, SUPERJET
MSRP: $8,499 – $14,199


Hopefully this Yamaha WaveRunner buying guide has gotten you that much closer to finding the perfect personal watercraft for your experience level and riding style. At Yamaha Parts Nation, we offer a vast selection of WaveRunners from current and previous years. If you have any questions or would like help choosing the right WaveRunner, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or further assistance.