2019 Kawasaki Teryx4 LE Review – Trail Fun for Four

The 2019 Kawasaki Teryx4 LE offers a unique configuration in the four-place recreation segment that sets it apart from its competition. 

The Teryx offers 11.2-inches of ground clearance, an overall length of 125.4-inches, an overall width of 61.6-inches, an overall heigh of 79.7 inches, a curb weight of 1628 pounds and a wheelbase that sits at 85.6-inches.

The interesting thing that Kawasaki does is keep the wheelbase the same between the Teryx2 and Teryx4, sacrificing the size of the cargo bed for the sake of the two rear seats. That bed measures in a 17.9-inches long, 47.6-inches wide and 8.7-inches tall, offering more than enough space for enough gear to take you for a day on the trails.

This is where the Kawasaki Teryx4 LE is truly different than the Yamaha Wolverine X4, Honda Pioneer 1000-5, Polaris General 4 or the Can-Am Maverick Sport MAX. The Kawasaki offers a short wheelbase, slightly longer than the Honda and Yamaha, and way shorter than the massive 100-plus inch wheelbases found on the Can-Am and Polaris. For that reason, the Can-Am and Polaris aren’t even truly competition here, as the three Japanese side-by-sides are so much shorter.

Unlike the Honda and Yamaha, which both have rear seats that fold up, the Teryx4 is a fixed configuration, so the rear seats and bed are accessible at all times. The other two brands offer more storage space once the seats are folded up, but while they are in play, the storage is practically nonexistent. Kawasaki doesn’t ask you to make the choice between passengers and cargo, and that’s a good thing.

The other main aspect of this Teryx4 thats stands out is the suspension, mainly the shocks. This model uses Fox Podium shocks that can be adjusted with about 20 different settings on the clickers, so you can tailor the ride to whatever you’ll be hitting. With just over 8-inches of wheel travel, the Teryx4 shouldn’t feel as smooth as it does, and yet the Fox shocks do such a good job that the travel feels longer than it really is.

Switching from full firm to full soft makes a pronounced difference on the trail. At soft, it likes to lean through the corners and the handling feels less precise, but the suspension soaks up the trail quite well. On the flip side, full firm offers precise and direct handling, at the expense of a plush ride. I found myself taking it to full soft and then backing it off a few clicks, allowing me to hit things at speed with just a hint of that tight handling coming back into the mix.

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