Winter 2017 Snowmobile Roundup Dec 29, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Snowmobiling is a favorite winter sport of many who live in parts of the country that receive a fair amount of snow each year. There is something about whizzing over the cold, white grounds that is exhilarating. There is a sense of freedom in driving a snowmobile that doesn’t come with driving a car. If you’re looking for your first snowmobile, or if you’re just ready for something new, you may want to take a look at some of the top-rated snowmobiles for this winter season.

Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX SE

Yamaha Motorsports

If power and speed are your game, the Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX SE with more than 200 horsepower is one snowmobile you’ll want to check out. Its unmatched power comes from the 998cc turbocharged engine with a surprisingly smooth delivery of horsepower and torque. The extra track on the vehicle hugging the ground will keep you safe, and the factory warranty will give you peace of mind.

Polaris 600 Rush Pro-S

Designed for those who love to zigzag through the forest or across a wide-open field, the Polaris 600 Rush Pro-S is a good choice for winter fun. The lightest machine in the 600-Class, the Rush weighs a mere 432 pounds. You’ll love the agile handling and the newly designed gauge that is easier to read while you’re on the fly.

Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 900 ACE


If speed and power aren’t high on your list, but rather you enjoy a relaxing cruise through the snow, the Ski-Doo MS Z TNT 900 ACE may be your winter toy of choice. The 900cc engine is quiet and easy on fuel, and the rMotion rear suspension will make your ride seem as though you’re floating on clouds. With its ease of handling, this might just be the perfect snowmobile for the beginner rider or cross-country tourer.

Yamaha RS Vector

Elevated to the Top 10 by Snow Goer magazine for an incredible nine times over a thirteen-year period, the Yamaha RS Vector is sometimes one of those machines that are sometimes overlooked just because they have been around for a while. It is so thoroughly dependable that people tend to bypass the Vector and look at other options. But its dependability, quality, and stability make it one snowmobile that you shouldn't ignore. The Yamaha RS Vector may be ideal for consistent use for multiple riders.

Polaris 800 Switchback Assault 144

Want something a little less tame? Take a look at the Polaris 800 Switchback Assault 144 for 2017. The 800 horsepower engine along with the Ideal Geometry X-Over 144 rear suspension provides superior handling in most any terrain. This snowmobile is definitely for more advanced riders who know how to handle themselves in the snow. The agile Axys chassis allows for log-jumping, sled-like snow carving, and more fun than you’ll know what to do with.


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