First Dirt Review: 2020 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000

Kawasaki is now in the sport side-by-side game with the all-new Teryx KRX 1000 and we had the chance to take the unit out on the trails of Moab, Utah to find out if it’s any good.

First up, the facts. The KRX uses a 999cc liquid-cooled four-stroke parallel twin that makes 112 horsepower, sending power to all four wheels, selectable via a dashboard switch. The rear end is constantly locked, while the front end differential can be locked by turning the switch.

For dimensions, the KRX is 130.1 inches long, 68.1 inches wide and stands at an overall height of 75 inches. Curb weight tips the scales at 1896 pounds, a few hundred pounds heavier than other side-by-sides in this category. The wheelbase on the KRX is also pretty long at 98.8 inches.

The transmission is a CVT, but what is interesting is the centrifugal clutch that the power goes through before it gets to the belt. This makes sure that the power delivery is incredibly smooth at all times.

Off the line, the KRX doesn’t come on with a massive hit of power, but wait two seconds and the mph begins to climb rapidly to match the already screaming rpm. Midrange power is strong, and once you’re up to speed, there is a nice bit of power under your right foot.

Supporting the unit are 31-inch Maxxis Carnivore tires, a great set of rubber for all around performance. Full speed runs through the whoops is handled just as well as climbing the rocks and these big meaty rubbers are a big part of that. And thanks to them being pushed out to the corners, the KRX has an approach and departure angle of 90 degrees.

Suspension travel measures in at 18.6 inches in the front and 21.1 inches in the rear, another big part of why the KRX can eat up rough terrain so well.

If you want to hear all our thoughts on the Teryx KRX 1000, make sure you go watch the video above.