2019 Kawasaki Teryx Review and Test Ride

By Chris Yeloushan

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The 2019 Kawasaki Teryx: A UTV for Any Occasion

Some UTVs specialize in power, some in speed, some in hauling capacity. The 2019 Kawasaki Teryx somehow manages to specialize in all of these while simultaneously providing a comfortable and thrill-seeking ride.
My son and I took out the Teryx 2-seater Base and LE over a hot weekend in Florida to test their limits. We rode through deep sugar sand, fresh mud, hills and several winding trails, all giving us the surprisingly smooth and equally exhilarating ride I had been hoping for.

2019 Kawasaki Teryx Specs and Tech

Mud was not an issue for these well-equipped SXS’s. I tried to get them stuck in a few deep mud holes. However, when I selected the 4X4 and locking front differential easily on the dash it pulled me right out of the hole. With over 11 inches of ground clearance, and a 16.7-foot turning radius, they tackled all of the obstacles we encountered without hesitations. I really liked how the steel tube double X-reinforced roll cage is set-up further outside of the passenger compartment that provided plenty of protection on the narrow trails of the national forest.
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2019 Kawasaki Teryx Engine, Fuel Tank and Horsepower

The Kawasaki Teryx is powered by a 783cc, 4-stroke SOHC, 4 valve, liquid cooled, V-twin engine generating 60hp. Coupled with the automatic CVT belt drive transmission with engine braking and the electronic rack and pinion power steering, this UTV is a power-hungry beast, ready for any obstacle you can think to throw at it.
Kawasaki placed the engine in the center of the unit, underneath the driver and passenger which results in more interior noise and additional heat compared to other similar units like the Polaris, Can-am, and Honda. It made the Teryx more stable, but the noise and heat were very noticeable even when wearing jeans.
The Teryx is equipped with the 7.9gallon fuel tank, two water-proof storage coolers behind the seats, and 600lb cargo capacity which makes searching for firewood after a long day’s ride more exciting at night with the multi-functional LED lights with four unique settings.

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2019 Kawasaki Teryx Windshield, Roof, and Seats

Both units I tested had the roof which was perfect with the hot Florida day. The roof is included with the LE model and optional for the base model. Due to the extremely dry conditions, I was concerned with not having the optional windshield. However, it was not an issue with a great set of Fox goggles.
The high-back matching soft seats make it surprisingly comfortable to take long trail rides without feeling fatigued or that you just got off a bull named Foo Man Chu. The driver and passenger feel secure with the seat belts that are required when you exceed 10mph. Otherwise, the Kawasaki safety feature will not let you take it to the limits without the driver and passenger being buckled up. The Teryx instrument cluster includes the multi-functional digital meter with the speedometer, fuel gauge, clock, hour meter, odometer, dual trip meters, parking-brake, water temperature, and low-oil-pressure indicators. It’s smaller than other comparable SXS and can be hard to read with the dusty trails. It was much easier to see at night.
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2019 Kawasaki Teryx Tires

Built in the U.S., the Teryx’s comes standard with Fox Sport Podium shocks that can be easily adjusted by hand without needing any tools before, after or during your ride. I could really feel the responsiveness floating through the woods at 40 mph or doing multiple donuts on slick gravel roads. Matched with Maxxis Bighorn 27-inch mud tires and disc brakes on all four corners made stopping the 1,500lb side-by-side quick and easy when unforeseen obstacles popped up on the trails.

What is the weight of the 2019 Kawasaki Teryx?
The wet weight of the Teryx Base 2-seater comes in at 1,604.5lbs.


2019 Kawasaki Teryx Top Speed

I was able to find a perfect paved road to test out the top speed of the Teryx until Kawasaki’s engine speed-limiter kicked in at exactly 50mph. This was disappointing as I knew the Teryx should have another 10-15mph from this 783cc engine.

2019 Kawasaki Teryx Prices

The Teryx comes as a 2-seater or a 4-seater. The 2019 Kawasaki Teryx Base 2-seater starts at an MSRP of $12,999 and the LE at $14,999. There’s also a camo version which adds another $1,300 if you want that color. In the 4-seater, the base starts at $15,799, and the LE has an MSRP of $16,999. If you’re ready to buy, you can see a transparent price and a special offer at gorollick.com. Rollick works with hundreds of dealers across the country to ensure you get a great package on your next Teryx, plus have a great experience when you buy. Additionally, you can always see the latest available rebates on the Teryx here. If you are looking to finance the Teryx, you can read our definitive guide to financing an UTV, or if you have lower credit, we have some tips for you as well.

The Final Say on the Kawasaki Teryx 2

Overall, Kawasaki did a great job creating a multi-functional SXS that can tackle almost any trail while also doing some work around the yard if needed. With an MSRP starting at $12,999 that includes electronic power steering and Fox Sport Podium shocks it is a very competitive contender within the SXS segment.
Kawasaki Teryx 2 Likes:

  • EPS
  • Fox Shocks with self-adjustments with no tools required
  • Value – everything you get for the price
  • 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty included

Kawasaki Teryx 2 Dislikes:

  • Center mounted engine under the driver/passenger produced heat in the passenger compartment
  • Center mounted engine under the drive/passenger produces noise in the passenger compartment
  • Smaller instrument cluster


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About the Author:

Chris is a Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Rollick. Born and raised in his family’s outdoor recreational dealerships, he has been involved in everything outdoors since he could walk. His first dirt bike was a 1980 Honda Z50. Since then, he has ridden and owned everything including dirt bikes, ATV’s, SXS, and PWC’s. You will probably spot him on any given Sunday tearing up the trails of the Ocala National Forest. His passion over the last twenty years has been focused on helping dealers increase sales and build customer loyalty through America’s top consumer brands. Some of the top brands include Allstate, USAA, GEICO, Progressive, AAA, and Walmart. Members of these organizations are loyal and looking for a more efficient and straight-forward buying and ownership experience. Chris has been dedicated to connecting members of these organizations with the nation’s top dealerships.

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