Suzuki or Polaris: Can You Identify These ATVs from a Photo?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Youtube via Polaris Off-Road

About This Quiz

The All Terrain Vehicle or ATV for short has been in existence for around five decades. 

The first recognized ATV was the Sperry-Rand Tricart. Like most of the early ATV models, it had a tricycle arrangement with three wheels. The Tricart first hit the trails in 1968, but it was Honda that gave us the first popular off-roader ATV, the ATC90.

Why ATC? Well, as they were three-wheelers, early ATV's were actually called ATC's, which stood for All Terrain Cycle. It was only where four wheels were introduced that the term All Terrain Vehicle was coined. 

Did you know, however, that some consider the history of the ATV to go back even further, to the early '60s when farmers, loggers and other workers used six-wheel amphibious vehicles? Although these were able to go almost anywhere, they were not technically recreation vehicles. 

Enough of a history lesson! These vehicles are popular. In fact, in 2012, a little over 70,000 dirt bikes were sold in the United States compared to the 225,000 ATVs. Now that is impressive!

Two of today's popular producers of these machines are Suzuki and Polaris, and in this quiz, we will show you an image of an ATV, so you can tell us which manufacturer produced it.

Easy? Not always!

Good luck!

The Polaris Hawkeye 4x4 has a 299 cc single cylinder motor and was first introduced in 2004. It has both a 4x2 and 4x4 drive option.

The Suzuki LT 230 first hit the trails in 1985. This five-speed machine was powered by a 229 cc engine and had a top speed of around 50mph.

This enclosed ATV is perfect for a working environment in tough off-road conditions. It is powered by a 999 cc engine capable of 100 brake horsepower. The 1000 EPS from Polaris can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

With a 376cc engine, the Suzuki Eiger offered punchy performance up to a range of around 60 miles. This manual 5-speed ATV was available in a 4-wheel drive version as well.

Marketed between 2005 and 2007, the 700 Twin is powered by a 683 cc liquid cooled four-stroke engine. It has since been discontinued by the company.

Incorporating design concepts from many other Polaris models, the Sawtooth was produced between 2004 and 2007. The 200 cc engine provided excellent acceleration while impressive handling made it easy for beginnings to get to grips with, on trails and in rougher terrain alike.

A 450cc ATV, the LT-R450 was produced by Suzuki from 2006 to 2012. Due to breaches in emission controls in the United States, the LT-R450 was not sold in the United States from 2009 onwards. Suzuki was fined close to $1 million for their environmental transgressions.

First introduced in 1982, the LT-125D was the first ever ATV four-wheeler. The 124 cc motor produced around 11 brake horsepower.

The Scrambler 500 is now discontinued, but was a model in the Polaris range from 2010 to 2012. This was a 4x4 ATV.

A liquid cooled 250 cc motor powered the LT-250R that was first marketed by Suzuki in 1985. The model was available for a seven-year period.

Released in 2006, the Browning Edition of the Polaris Sportsman 800 includes an electronic throttle control that stops the throttle from sticking.

Aimed at new ATV riders, the Polaris Youth is a wonderful way to get your children into the off-road adventures.

Perfect for track or trail riding, the Suzuki QuadSport Z400 was first released as a model in 2011. It includes disk brakes for excellent stopping power and is known for its exceptional handling.

With extra ground clearance, the Trail Boss lives up to its name. It is a rear-wheel drive powered by a 330 cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engine.

The Suzuki QuadSport Z250 offers incredible handling and high maneuverability as well as high levels of rider comfort. It is powered by a 246 cc engine coupled to a 5-speed gearbox.

The special edition of the Suzuki QuadSport Z50 mini-ATV is especially built with kids in mind and offers an exclusive livery and safety features including a throttle limiter.

A perfect ATV for experienced and new riders alike, the Trail Blazer from Polaris has an automatic transmission and 330 cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engine.

A perfect ATV for experienced and new riders alike, the Trail Blazer from Polaris has an automatic transmission and 330 cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engine.

The QuadSport Z400Z not only offers the overall performance package of the base machine but it also looks incredible, thanks to its exclusive livery.

This 2018 model from Suzuki offers excellent torque, an impressive powerband, clean emissions and impressive performance. The KingQuad 400 FSi is a real winner on the trail.

Designed for the military, the Polaris Dagor A1 is a 9-man ATV tactical vehicle able to carry up to 4,000 pounds. It is powered by a turbo diesel engine.

The limited edition of the QuadSport Z400 included updated trim and a livery only found on this model, setting its rider apart from the pack. It also featured an improved chassis and completely adjustable suspension settings.

The QuadSport Z90 from Suzuki is the perfect entry-level ATV for those looking to enter the sport of off-roading, especially children. A throttle limiter is also added for extra safety.

Packing a powerful punch thanks to its 450 cc motor, this impressive machine is not aimed at newbies. The Suzuki R450 has a mean look to back up its brilliant performance.

The Polaris MRZR D2 is a two-seat diesel ATV and is a combat vehicle designed for military use. It is powered by a 993cc turbo-diesel engine.

Excellent suspension, great handling, brilliant performance and with a livery that makes it stand out, the limited edition QuadRace R450Z is an incredible machine.

Excellent over tough terrain, the Polaris Magnum 330 is a great allrounder, capable of hauling as well. It is powered by a 330cc motor and offers 4x4 drive as well.

Another excellent Suzuki ATV model aimed specifically at youngsters, the QuadSport Z50 is a great and safe machine to get kids into off-roading. This mini-ATV is powered by a 49cc four-stroke engine.

The special edition of the QuadSport Z90 has an eye-catching livery that makes it stand out from the pack.

An ATV aimed for use in extreme conditions, this model has an engine capable of producing 70 brake horsepower. It also has an all-wheel-drive option available at the flick of a switch when needed.

Available only with an automatic drive train, the 700 EFI was first released by Polaris in 2004 and remains a model in their lineup today.

This ATV has plenty of extras to go with brilliant power and exceptional handling. Throw in some power steering, 4x4 ability, and the 750 AXI is the best Suzuki ATV currently available.

Part of the Polaris Ranger range of models, the diesel Ranger is aimed as a working quad, more for hard labor than for fun. It is powered by a 900cc 3-cylinder diesel engine.

Aimed at kids, the Polaris Outlaw 50 is powered by a 50cc engine. It offers an electric starter as well as automatic transmission.

This 454cc machine is fun out on the trails, but it is a worker at heart, great on farms and other areas where mobility is a must. A fuel-injection system also means the KingQuad 450 has excellent performance figures.

This Polaris model debuted in 2016. It is powered by a four-stroke 1,000cc motor with belt driven powertrain and an automatic transmission.

A 700cc 4x4 ATV, the KingQuad 700 is built for hard work and offers incredible torque figures.

First introduced in 2010, the Phoenix 200 is a great ATV that is perfect for younger riders. This 200cc model is ideal for trail riding in particular but is no slouch in tougher terrain.

Polaris marketed the Brutus for two years between 2012 and 2013. More of a work-focused ATV, the Brutus is powered by a 999 cc diesel engine. The Brutus can load over 500 kg and tow around 1 ton.

First introduced in 2004, the QuadSport 80 is still a popular Suzuki youth ATV.

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