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Everyone,

My UTV purchase decision has been complicated by sitting in a Kawasaki Teryx 4 which adequately fits a tall person like me. As stated before, finding a UTV that can fit someone of my stature is difficult and the only one that can do it to date is the Can Am Commander -  the other option I am considering. Please note this vehicle will be used for some utility in addition to taking it out on trails. I am looking to spend between 10-15K on this vehicle.

Question 1: Between the Commander and Teryx, which would you choose? The Teryx seems to be a little more capable on trails based on what I have researched. Some here will be quick to point out the locking front differential; but honestly, this doesn't bother me as the Torq Locker can be had for the Commander for around 400 dollars to help remedy this. Then there is the wheelbase. I have a friend who rides local trails here and says the shorter wheelbase is more important - he doesn't even think I should consider a four seater. Being a family man, having a 4 seater is very important as I don't have the money for two separate vehicles. I have researched what others have to say about wheelbase and this seems to be a personal preference. Yes - you get high centered with a longer wheelbase; however, a longer wheelbase can be an advantage when climbing a hill for example. Plenty of people ride these trails in RZR 4 and other such vehicles with long wheelbases. Then there is value. The Commander has better power, a better ride, a better price, better rear bed; and, the only place the Teryx 4 is superior is in build quality and off-road performance. I have limited experience on trails around here (Northeast US); so, I thought I would get some additional feedback here. For the money, which would you choose? Any opinion is appreciated based on what you have observed. As a side note, I have tried a Yamaha Wolverine and am too big for it.

Question 2: I have only been able to sit in a 2 seat Commander as inventory is limited around where I live. I may have to order one brand new and have it shipped to a dealer. Having said that, those of you who have sat in a 4 seat Commander, how did you find the rear seats? I would prefer if the seats are able to fit a normal sized adult in comfort.

Thanks for your help.

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