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when we rolled this six-wheeled beast off the trailer at the test lo­ca­tion, there were a few snick­ers. Then we drove it, and the scoff­ing stopped. The ma­chine’s ad­di­tional axle makes it sig­nif­i­cantly longer (and louder, which cost it some key points) than the oth­ers in this cat­e­gory, and testers ini­tially wor­ried that the length would make the ma­chine too un­wieldy in the woods. But by the end of the first run around the course, those fears were al­layed.

The Big Boss proved sur­pris­ingly nim­ble, thanks to its power steer­ing sys­tem. Yes, the ad­di­tional length does make for a larger turn­ing ra­dius than that of a stan­dard two-axle ma­chine, but the dif­fer­ence was less no­tice­able in the field than ex­pected. And that ex­tra axle cre­ates room for a se­cond rider.

This is a true six-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle— we could not find any ter­rain or ob­sta­cle to stop it.

The Big Boss 6x6 fills the void be­tween ATVS and UTVS. With an MSRP of $10,999, it’s not in­ex­pen­sive. But its vastly su­pe­rior stor­age ca­pac­ity, all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity, and po­ten­tial util­ity over other ATVS tested made it the unan­i­mous choice for Great Buy hon­ors.

score: 82.3 Price: $10,999

Tester Gabe Van­wormer on the six-wheeled Sports­man Big Boss.

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