The Kawasaki Teryx is the latest pure sport side-by-side to hit the market and it does some things exceptionally well, though it won’t come cheap.
Our Teryx test model was outfitted with a long list of accessories, making it more functional, capable, reliable and fun, though all of that comes at a cost. Base price for the KRX 1000 in Canada is $26,999, while the accessories on our unit brought the price up by $10,000. Here’s a complete list of all the accessories on our KRX and what they cost in Canada:
- Accessories: Rear View Mirror $102.90
- Spare Tire Y-Strap $38.16 38″
- LED K-Glow Light Bar $653.67 38″
- LED K-Glow Light Bar Installation Kit $147.54
- Sport Front Bumper $255.17
- HMW Rock Slider Set $346.92
- Sport Rear Bumper $354.02
- Warn VRX 45 Winch $519.50
- Winch Installation Kit $411.83
- KQR Half Windshield $390.57
- Nerf Bar Set $456.77
- Fender Flare Set $786.64
- Tail Light Guard $266.74
- KQR Premium Roof, Polycarbonate, Green $773.52
- Seat Belt Harness Kit $916.35
- Audio System $1,667.92
- Rear Cargo/Tire Rack $781.65
- Spare Tire $1,341.15
- Premium Side Mirror Set $232.38
- TOTAL ACCESSORIES: $10,443.40
- TOTAL PRICE AS TESTED: $37,442.40
In the US, this same KRX is roughly $10,000 cheaper, as the starting MSRP is $20,499, and the accessories are also less expensive, adding on about $7,000 to the price.
That all means that in the US and especially in Canada, there are some cars and trucks that you can have cheaper than a fully outfitted KRX. So which would you rather take?
Going for the KRX brings along a 999cc parallel twin, making about 112 horsepower, sent through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A curb weight of just under 1900 pounds does the KRX no favours, making takeoff a less than exciting affair. The CVT winds up and the RPMs climb quickly, and yet you don’t feel strong acceleration for a full beat, offering a disappointing powertrain experience. But don’t think that this unit isn’t great.
The suspension underneath the KRX 1000 offers 18.5-inches of travel in the front and 21 in the rear, swallowing up anything in its path with confidence. Nice steering wheel weighting and front tires with lots of bite help this big machine handle better than its weight suggests. That rubber is a set of 31-inch Maxxis Carnivore tires, offering maximum grip in every situation.
Flying through the trees of Ontario, the KRX certainly feels big as well, with overall length, width and heigh measuring in at 130.1-inches, 68.1-inches and 75-inches respectively.
After a day on my local trails, it’s clear to me that this Kawasaki is most at home in the open desert and dunes, though that isn’t to say you won’t have an absolute blast cutting through the thick forests and climbing the big rocks.