Arctic Cat’s Prowler 700 HDX is Cat’s do-it-all machine for the hard working and hard playing crowd. Like the Prowler 700 XTX, the heavy duty HDX comes with an extremely smooth running, 695cc, liquid cooled, SOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valve engine. Electronic Fuel Injection insures excellent starts and crisp throttle response at any temperature or elevation and the engine is both quick and powerful. It’s a blast to drive. While the motor is nearly identical on both machines, the chassis, suspension, and bodywork are worlds apart.
Cat designed the HDX to appeal to sportsman and work crews. One of the HDX’s most unique features and one work crews are sure to love is the huge, transformable rear dump box. The box side panels are made of a tough, pliable plastic that holds up to extreme abuse yet is resistant to scratches, and the panels can be removed for a flat cargo bed and a handy work bench. Inside the cab area, rather than bucket seats, the HDX comes with a three person bench seat, tilt steering, a combination digital /analog gauge package, a dash mounted shifter, and power steering which is especially welcome when hauling a heavy load or using front mounted attachments like a snow plow. To accommodate the three person bench seat, the chassis is ten inches longer than the standard Prowler and the extra room was put to good use with dual side storage compartments ahead of the rear wheels. Under the front hood, there is also a huge storage area. Finally, the HDX is equipped with strong cast aluminum wheels and the same Duro Kaden tires as found on Arctic Cat’s Wildcat Side x Side. Because of its tough, hardworking features, unique transformability, and a smooth running 700cc engine, the ARCTIC CAT 700 HDX is our pick as the best Heavy Duty Side x Side of 2012.