Polaris Sportsman 570 vs. Yamaha Kodiak 700

Polaris Sportsman 570 vs. Yamaha Kodiak 700

Posted by Caleb Werhman on 5 January 2016 | Comments

Polaris 570

How the Yamaha Kodiak 700 stacks up to the Polaris 570.

If you’re looking for an ATV for trail riding, hauling loads around your property, or both - you know there are plenty of ATVs for sale and numerous models to choose from. The Polaris Sportsman 570 and the Yamaha Kodiak 700 are two very similar vehicles - both a great choice for anyone looking for a high quality ATV. Decide which features are most important to you, and let that help you determine which of these vehicles might be right for you!

Ground Clearance/Suspension

The Polaris 570 and the Yamaha 700 both have similar ground clearances (11 inches for the Polaris 570 and 10.8 inches for the Yamaha brand). While this difference may not be all that significant, the suspension on the Polaris 570 model travels significantly longer than the suspension on the Yamaha model. The Polaris 570 suspension travels 8.2” in front and 9.5” in the back as opposed to the Yamaha’s 7.1” front and 9.1” back travel. A higher ground clearance plus a longer travel in suspension allows the Polaris Sportsman 570 to cover terrain a bit more rugged than the Yamaha model could handle.

Cargo System

If you’re interested in ATV sales because you want to use an ATV for hauling items around your property, or are taking your ATV out for a camping weekend or long ride - you’ll likely want a decent cargo system to ensure you don’t lose any items you’re carrying. The Polaris Sportsman 570 comes standard with a Lock & Ride cargo system - allowing you to attach any accessories you deem necessary to your ATV - whether it be gun racks, coolers, plows, or even trailers - the Polaris 570 model has you covered. The Yamaha has a ball mount trailer hitch along with front and rear steel cargo racks - and you can add custom cargo items to your unit when you buy it. However, Yamaha’s cargo accessories are not interchangeable like the Polaris 570’s - which allows you to go from hauling a loaded trailer to hauling a cooler full of beverages in no time at all - giving you more time to enjoy the trail!

Power Steering

Both the Yamaha and the Polaris 570 have power steering available. The Polaris model does have a slightly more advanced power steering system included. This system allows for variable assist, meaning the more power needed to make the turn, the more your power steering system assists you. The Yamaha has a similar power steering system, but at a higher price than the Polaris 570.


Both models have superior braking systems, however the one-lever braking system on the Polaris 570 means that you can slow down safer on the Polaris. The Yamaha features front and rear brakes operated by independent levers. This can be dangerous if you get yourself into a sticky downhill situation. The Polaris 570 only requires one hand to operate the brakes whereas if you hit the wrong braking lever on the Yamaha - it could send you sailing over the handlebars.

The Polaris 570 is a better value - offering similar features as the Yamaha Kodiak 700, but at a lower price. The Polaris Sportsman 570 Lock & Ride cargo system makes this affordable ATV extra versatile - allowing you to equip it for any job or outdoor adventure. The Polaris Sportsman 570 is a clear choice for those looking for versatility, safety, and power in an affordable ATV.

If you need more information or have additional questions, S&H Farm Supply is the top Polaris dealer in Southwest Missouri and we are more than happy to help. Contact us today!