Arctic Cat Introduces the 2017 Prowler 500 Side-by-Side

The new 2017 Prowler 500 from Arctic Cat

The new 2017 Prowler 500 from Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat recently introduced the new 2017 Prowler 500. With an MSRP of $9,499, the Prowler 500 is priced considerably less than the 2016 1000 XT ($15,299) and the 700 XT ($13,999). Compared to the 700 XT the 500 has a smaller engine, no electronic power steering, less suspension travel, 25″ tires, no LED accent lights, less underhood storage, bench rather than bucket seats and slightly less cargo bed capacity. Key features of the Prowler 500 include:

  • 443cc, SOH, 4-stroke, 4-valve EFI engine
  • 2-passenger bench seating
  • 2/4 WD with electronic front differential lock
  • Automatic CVT with engine braking system
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • 7.5″ of front and rear suspension travel
  • 10″ of ground clearance
  • 25″ tires
  • 1,500 lb. towing capacity
  • 500 lb. cargo box capacity
  • Halogen headlights
  • Side restraint nets
  • Tilt steering
  • Digital sport gauge
  • 3.5 gallon underhood storage

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Comment:  With their lowest priced Prowler at $14,000, Arctic Cat did not have a Prowler for the lower priced segment. While this price point is crowded with competitive offerings from imports to brands like Cub Cadet as well as the larger players, Arctic Cat needs to have some presence in this part of the market. Not everyone that wants a utility vehicle can afford to spend $14,000 or more on a vehicle, but models under $10,000 are much more affordable and can offer a good value depending on the feature set.

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