In the market for a brand new Utility Terrain Vehicle, or UTV? There will be plenty of options for you to choose from! However, a factor that may go into your purchase might include how loud they can get, or rather how quiet they can be.
Different reasons exist as to why someone may want a quieter UTV. Whether it is for their health, such as ear damage, or to move quieter when hunting. Or even to reduce noise pollution, these UTVs are among the quietest of the pack.
Although you may think that electric UTVs are the only way to go for quieter vehicles, this is simply not true.
10 of the Quietest UTVs in the Market
While, inherently speaking, electric models do tend to be quieter, I have carefully picked a few gas-powered options that do not emit noises above an average of 92 dB which is no louder than your average lawnmower. It may sound noisy, but understand that there are plenty of other UTV options on the market that emit way more noise than this.
With this, I shall now go into the 10 quietest models of UTVs including both gas and electric powered.
The Kawasaki Mule 4010 is a powerful UTV that has a 1200 lb towing capacity, an 800 lb cargo box capacity, and a v-Twin 4-stroke engine. Not only is this engine built with performance in mind, the design of the UTV allows for quieter rides but also helps to get any job done.
A special feature in the newer models includes the Trans Cab system. This makes it possible for you to convert your UTV from a four-person seater to a two-person seater for more space for towing.
This can also be performed without any need for tools. This model is built with intuition in mind for storage and hauling. Although the performance was built in mind with this model, the fuel tank runs a bit small at only 6.3 gallons.
- Includes Trans Cab system
- Makes it easy to convert from four-seater to two-seater
- Easily hauls whatever is needed to get the job done
- Not the fastest UTV on the market
- very small fuel tank
This UTV, although only sits two people (three people max, but it may be cramped), is also another fierce competitor. This UTV makes up for the lack of seating space with a powerful towing capacity of up to 2000 lbs, a payload capacity of 1500 lbs, and even a whopping box capacity of 1000 lbs.
With this much in mind, one would think this would be one of the louder machines but much like the other UTVs on this list, the engine never goes above 92dB.
This UTV also has one of the largest fuel tank capacities on the list, sitting at ten gallons, with no reserves. This model also features a beast of an engine with 68 horsepower in a 4-stroke twin cylinder DOHC.
- Provides a smoother ride
- Quieter but powerful engine.
- Very large hauling capacity.
- A bit on the wider side, which gives limited trailer space
This model of UTV among the quietest has more all-around utility including four seats and a towing capacity of up to 1500 lbs. The back seats can also be folded down to allow for more storage in the backseat.
This model also features a cargo box with a capacity of 1000 lbs. Not only does this model have a 7.9-gallon engine, but it also has a 1.2-gallon reserve just in case of emergencies.
Honda Pioneer 700 features a liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine and three driving options. It lets you switch between two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive with a differential lock.
Deluxe models of Honda Pioneer 70 allow switching between automatic and manual transmissions with paddle shifting.
- A very reliable vehicle
- Comes with a fuel reserve
- Allows for several driving functions.
- Problems with performance and transmission
- Problems with the engine not starting
The Gator XUV590E offers yet another quiet ride. It is equipped with a cargo box featuring a weight capacity of 500 lbs. This model also features a pretty standard towing capacity of 1500 lbs. Along with four-wheel drive, this UTV also comes in John Deere’s signature green and yellow colors in a sleek design.
While all of these features may seem nice, the model has one of the lower horsepower ratings on this list at only about 32 hp. This may seem like enough for your everyday UTV but there are some competitors with almost double in their engines.
- Reliable UTV
- Sufficient towing capacity
- Gear and shifting issues
- Lower horsepower rating
Much like the Gator XUV590, this is another two-seat ride with a cargo box in the back. Although it may not appear so, this UTV is filled with much more storage space, about 18 cubic feet. Under each seat, there is plenty of space for further storage.
This model is also designed for you to take this completely off-road and explore. Textron Prowler Pro XT not only boasts a 2000 lb towing capacity, but it also has a hefty 1500 lb payload and 1000 lb cargo box capacity. This allows you to carry just about anything no matter what.
- 18 cubic feet storage
- The Turf Mode allows you to drive with care on sensitive terrains
- Problems with shifting
The last of the gas-powered UTVs, the Wolverine X4, is another four-seater UTV with a monstrous towing capacity of 2000 lbs. This is yet another model that allows for more space with a folding backseat. This model also comes with a feature that includes an integrated GPS.
Although the GPS machine itself is not included, this can be added on at a later time. The UTV just comes pre-wired for the unit which allows for some of the easiest installations ever witnessed. Not only this, but this contains one of the quieter engines on the market, especially for a gas-powered model.
- Has one of the more quiet engines
- Comes pre-readied for GPS installation.
- Uncomfortable seating position, though the newer year models promise much more comfort than previous iterations.
The first of the electric UTVs on our list, the Polaris Ranger, is a two-seater UTV built for work in mind. This model has a towing capacity of 1500 lbs and a payload capacity of 1000 lbs. This UTV destroys the competition, and of course, it is electric.
While electrics tend to be quieter, switching from two-wheel to four-wheel drive tends to be noticeably louder. Although this speaks more from the manufacturer than it does for the vehicle itself, you are given the option to customize your UTV to suit your workload. Customizations include racks and storage, winches, lighting, and even adding a plow.
Most of the other customizations on the list for this model are more cosmetic or just other add-ons such as windshields, roofs, audio and tech, cab heaters, and even throwing in a cooler!
- Incredible battery life
- The motor can be louder than some models on the market
Hisun Sector E1 is a pretty standard electric UTV and all-around is a high-utility vehicle. With a towing capacity of 1500 lbs and a 500 lb cargo capacity, this UTV is another one for the books for work.
This model is also relatively low maintenance and Hisun claims the battery is completely maintenance-free. This engine has perhaps the lowest horsepower on the list, sitting at only 27 hp.
With this, the operations of the vehicle may have to work harder causing battery heat issues. This model is also one of the few that provides a two-piece windshield to provide protection and a much sleeker design.
- Low maintenance
- High ratings for both towing and cargo capacities
- There have been reported issues of the battery overheating
- Battery life is not great as it lasts only 6-10 hours
The Prowler, although not equipped with a built-in cargo box, allows for four people to sit comfortably unlike the previous electric UTVs. This is a perfect UTV for transporting you and your hunting pals around the trails without disturbing any game for the hunt. This UTV does not offer the most in regards to towing and cargo capacity as both sit at 1000 lbs and 840 lbs, respectively.
This UTV is made for transporting you and a few friends along for a quiet and reliable hunting vehicle.
- Ideal UTV for hunters
- Sufficient space for up to four people
- Reported issues with the axel and tie rod malfunctioning.
- Lower towing capacity than most UTVs
This could not be a top ten list without mentioning Nikola NZT. This UTV is a top-of-the-line luxury UTV. Not only is this designed for comfort and sport-utility, but it also offers a whopping hitch towing capacity of 3000 lbs.
Being that this vehicle will be electric, there is no doubt that this will be one of the quieter vehicles. Its production begins this year. This model will also include full-colored display monitors, options for winches in both the front and back of the vehicle, Bluetooth capability, and even solar recharging.
The tires are 35″ standard rubber reinforced with Kevlar while the rims are made from cast Aluminum. Keep in mind with the power and luxury of this UTV, the price point is expected to be extremely high compared to most UTVs on the market. After all, all of that luxury has to come at a pretty steep price.
There is not a whole lot to be said about the pros and cons of the Nikola NZT since the model is not yet available on the market. However looking at this as a prospective option, there are some benefits to what this UTV will have in store for us.
According to prototypes and concept models that we have seen of the Nikola NZT, this will be the most comfortable ride of all the UTVs. The biggest downside that has been noted so far is just the price point as the starting price will be at 80,000 USD.
What’s Your Favorite?
There are many reliable UTVs on the market which is ideal for hunting and landscaping. When it comes to getting a UTV with a quiet engine, the Yamaha Wolverine X4 and the Polaris Ranger XP 900 are the best choices for those individuals who like a smooth and quiet drive. Not only do they provide the best rides, but they also allow some of the best haulings for their size.
However, there are many other UTVs that are also top-quality, such as the Polaris ranger EV and the Hisun sector E1. The Nikola NZT, a model that is still on the production line, is also a promising candidate. While these models are not all designed for the heaviest of work, these are still some of the quietest and best models of UTV on the market.
A good quality UTV can make a hunting trip so much easier. Most of the options mentioned on this list not only have smooth and quiet running engines but are also ideal for hunting trips and jobs such as landscaping.
Most of these options allow you to attach add-ons to the UTV which is very convenient. Some of the add-ons that you can attach to a UTV are plows, harrows, and blades, etc.
With this array of options, picking out a new UTV should be a task made easy. Though you may still need some time to think about it, we know that this guide will at least point you in the right direction so that you can find the perfect model for yourself.
Whether you will use it to cruise around the woods for hunting, haul around some lumber, or just take a joyride around the trail with your family, we hope this article helps you find the UTV that suits your needs.