The Best Snowmobiles For 2016 Dec 13, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

With winter getting into full swing, it is past time to find the best snowmobiles of 2016 and 2017. As soon as the snow hits your favorite trail, you want to be able to enjoy it, and the best way to do so is behind the controls of a snowmobile. That said, everyone is looking for something different in a snowmobile. Some want power while others want extra storage, seating comfort, or a great warranty. Regardless of your priorities, the following are some of the best snowmobiles for 2016 and 2017, and each would be an excellent purchase for the holidays.

Polaris 800 Rush XCR


This Polaris is among the best performance snowmobiles for 2016 thanks to its quick-revving 795cc engine. Experts praise this model for its ability to combine the Pro-S ride height with the suspension on a Pro-X. It is powerful, capable, and stout enough to tackle heavier conditions. Active Pitch Control helps stabilize your ride by controlling the pitch via suspension geometry instead of just relying on a high spring rate. The 800 Cleanfire H.O. The engine has the class-leading acceleration, and the snowmobile was designed for comfort. The AXYS Performance Seat is comfortable and light with excellent stability and ergonomics, and the snowmobile includes an intuitive digital display with high resolution and full color. There is also integrated storage, wind protection, LED lighting, and more.

Ski-Doo Summit X 850 E-Tec 165”


Those in search of the best snowmobiles to tackle mountains will appreciate this model from Ski-Doo. It has a redesigned chassis and track that help it perform like its longer counterpart, the 174. It builds on that model, however, with better responses to your input and increased power. This snowmobile has an E-Tec engine, which is the most powerful two-stroke ever with 165 horsepower, 10 more than its predecessor had. The pDrive clutch is efficient, quick, and easy to use while the tMotion rear suspension flexes laterally, minimizing the effort to start a roll and improving comfort on trails. This model was designed specifically for the mountains with predictable handling in all types of conditions.

Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX LE

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Yamaha is a big name among outdoor enthusiasts, producing snowmobiles, motorcycles, and more. The Sidewinder L-TX LE has been recognized by experts for its ability to deliver high horsepower with a 4-stroke engine. It is the most fun trail snowmobile that Yamaha has created thanks to the Genesis 998 Turbo 3-cylinder engine with its dominating performance and new YSRC roller secondary system for clutching. The shocks have been upgraded, and riders will appreciate things like the standard goggle bag, the heated trail seat, the push button reverse, LED trail light, and digital gauge.


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