Often considered the SUVs of snowmobiles, Rec/Utility snowmobiles are built for work and play. They have longer, wider tracks than Trail class snowmobiles, and often feature tall track lugs that provide extra traction when riding off-trail.
Machines such as Polaris Titan and Voyageur models are perfect for transporting or towing gear, firewood and other winter supplies – they’re also a popular way to reach remote ice fishing spots. After the work is complete, Rec/Utility machines can be used for fun and adventurous rides on- or off-trail.
Some Rec/Utility snowmobiles have the Articulated rear suspension for improved traction and mobility when backing, thanks to its rear section that automatically tips-up when it encounters an obstacle like a log. Other common features include racks and tie-down points, tow hitches, a passenger seat and wide skis.
Polaris Rec/Utility snowmobiles are available with liquid-cooled or fan-cooled engines.
Key features include:
- Rack and cargo tie-down points
- Long, wide track with deep lugs
- Low gear ratio
Entry Level & Youth Snowmobiles
Entry Level and Youth snowmobiles are a fun and safe way to show new riders the thrill of snowmobiling. The Indy EVO is designed for use on snowmobile trails where riders can build confidence, thanks to compact ergonomics and an engine that’s electronically limited to 50 mph. As skills and confidence increases, the machine can be adjusted to suit the rider. With a longer track and deeper track lugs, the RMK EVO is designed for new mountain riders.
The 120 Indy is built and sized for youth riders. Safety features include a tether and adjustable throttle. It’s powered by a simple four-stroke engine that will provide years of trouble-free fun.
Key features include:
- Adjustability to accommodate growing riders and improving skills
- Compact size
How Long Do Snowmobiles Last For?
Modern snowmobiles are remarkably reliable and easy to operate, and snowmobilers who follow the maintenance schedule outlined in their owner’s manual can expect many years of trouble-free riding. Routine services include greasing the chassis, servicing the chaincase and replacing consumable items like wear bars and hyfax when necessary. Frequency of those services is based on factors like snowmobile use conditions and number of miles driven.
Other factors that help snowmobiles last long and run well include following the manufacturer’s guidelines for oil and fuel, ensuring the engine has reached operating temperature before driving and following recommended procedures to prepare for off-season storage.
How Much Does a Snowmobile Typically Cost?
Similarly to the pricing of automobiles, features and technology weigh heavily on how much it costs to buy a new snowmobile. Prices of 2021 Polaris snowmobiles in the two most-popular categories range from about $8,000 to $15,000. Two examples: retail price of the entry-level Indy 121 Trail model is $7,899 while the premium RMK Khaos 165 Mountain snowmobile is $15,299. Features like shock technology, gauge package, track and even paint and graphics influence how much a snowmobile costs and are factors to consider when buying a used snowmobile, too.
2021 Polaris Snowmobiles Research Tips
- Polaris has six engines in its 2021 Snowmobiles lineup: 850 and 650 Patriot, 800 and 600 Cleanfire, 550 Fan and 120 four-stroke.
- If a model name includes a number, it refers to the track length – in inches. For example, the Indy XC 137 has a 137-inch track.
- “RMK” stands for Rocky Mountain King. “SKS” is short for Snow King Special. “XCR” means Cross-Country Racer.
There are many options for people who are in the market for a new snowmobile, but hopefully this snowmobile buying guide cleared some of the confusion. Whether you want to work in the woods, explore the backcountry or cruise groomed trails, the perfect snowmobile is out there. A good next step is to visit a Polaris dealer where you can “kick the tires” and learn more about which snowmobile will be right for you. You might even be able to take one for a test ride!