First Ride: 2014 Kawasaki Teryx 2-Seater Side-by-Side


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What’s Good
The fully-adjustable, high-quality shocks, combined with the stiff, strong frame, good seats, and EPS make for a great ride with fine control. This machine is easy to drive well.

Mountains of torque add to the fun and let the machine pull away hard. Though we were just ridging recreationally, the engine and CVT’s performance should give the Teryx great versatility as a workhorse, too.
All the storage is very handy and would make it a great choice for day trips, camping, or hunting.

Despite its size, the combination of the EPS, CVT, power-band, and ergonomics make this vehicle easy to handle and indeed intuitive.

Kawasaki offers a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty on the Teryx, something you don’t usually see in this category.

Kawasaki Teryx
2014 Kawasaki Teryx

What’s Bad
Gearing may be too low for some of the recreational market. As Snider said, “This machine has a customer base that is somewhat utility-focused, so this is positioned as an in-between vehicle.” That’s a hard balance to strike. With all that torque, the throttle is a little punchy, so when going over bumps quickly, it can be easy to jab it inadvertently.

The automotive-style doors seem to be there solely for psychological effect. They seem a little flimsy, as does the glove box and a few of the other plastic components. This seems out of place on a machine that is generally so tough.

We would like more feedback in the steering, but many users might prefer it the way it is.

The brakes could be stronger. The Teryx has dual 200mm front discs and a single, sealed multi-disc wet brake on the rear. Given how much punch there is on acceleration, we expected more grab on the stop.

2014 Kawasaki Teryx
2014 Kawasaki Teryx 2-Seater Side-by-Side

The Price
The base model Teryx, in blue, is $12,999. The camouflage upgrade is $14,299, and the LE model is $14,999.
With the camo, buyers also get a hardtop and LED headlights. Both of these can also be retrofitted onto the base model. The LEDs are practically a must.

Many of the LE upgrades are cosmetic: it comes in Kawasaki Green (if you dig that) or camo, has body-color matched suspension components, cast aluminum wheels, and 3-tone seats. It does come with an extended front brush deflector, which people taking this out in the woods may want, but again you can purchase that for the cheaper models.

2014 Kawasaki Teryx
2014 Kawasaki Teryx 2-Seater Side-by-Side

The Verdict
For this price, you should expect a lot, and you will get it. This is a big machine on the trail and is the do-all side-by-side Kawasaki was shooting for. Snider said, “The theme of this machine is the versatility to tackle any adventure.” That’s a good assessment. We’ve come a long way since the original Mule.

RideApart Rating: 8/10

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