We looked very hard at the X4 when we shopped and in the end, it came down to these two. We test drove both extensively. Here are a few thoughts, mostly on the X4.
- The X4 is quieter no question. Yamaha clearly spent a lot of time on making it quieter and smoother as a machine and I give them a lot of credit for it.
- We thought the fit and finish was very good. They appear and feel well put together and well made. From Yamaha, this is not a surprise to us.
- On paper, the X4 has more power. I say on paper because the delivery felt soft to me. No punch off the line. Just my .02. I have not yet felt I needed more power in the Teryx. Would I like it? Yes. But, will take what I have.
- I really did not like that you had to sacrifice the two rear seats to get meaningful bed space. We usually have people in the back row, so this was not a trade-off we could live with. I throw an RTIC cooler in the back of mine, whether I have 1 person or 4.
- The X4 is more expensive... No roof included and this was a $500 add... smaller stock tires that we would have had to change from immediately... the cost comparison started to go the wrong way.
- Interior is well finished and has some modern nice touches. Gauge cluster is good and easy to see and read.
- Front seat was comfortable, but my left arm hit the door badly on the oversized shoulder bolster. Same for my wife. We struggled to think we could ever get comfy in it.
- The back seats are terrible. Add to this to the this the crazy hump in the back--got to put the engine somewhere*--and the rear leg room in the X4 is awful.
- Self adjusting rear shocks... Not sure what to make of these. But I do know that my eyes tell me the X4 isn't following my Teryx in some tough places---not stock versus stock.
But, without a doubt the biggest knock on the X4 and what caused us to firmly cross it off the list was the very difficult and tight entrance and exit. Especially in the back row. This again is the stupid large shoulder bolsters designed to keep a rider in. Well, they're a gigantic PIA. My dad often rides us and he is in his 80s. He could barely get in the X4--front or back--and we could not imagine being on a trail ride where you're in and out of the machine. We had been on a few test rides and then we took him to get his thoughts.
When we got to the Kawasaki dealer and he saw the T4, he asked if he could drive it! He loved it then and now.
*The engine has to go somewhere and that is why you have heat and some added noise in the Teryx. It's a mid engine machine and it is short and nimble because of this. Move the engine rearward a bit and you either add length or reduce the bed space.
I have no opinions on the X4 reliability... I suspect it will be a good machine long term. But, you still see rental places at Moab (for example) with all Kawi T4 fleets. I wouldn't think twice about taking my family anywhere in the Teryx.
Good luck with the decision.
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