The four-wheel independent suspension makes for smooth riding, but we noticed when you overload the 2-inch receiver hitch (and most folks will) there's quite a bit of "squat." Still if you stay within Arctic Cat's recommendations all is well. The machine will easily tow any reasonably-loaded trailer.
Four-wheel-drive is available on-the-go at the flick of a switch on the right handle bar. If the going really gets tough, a front differential lock hooks both front wheels together to climb whatever is in their way.
The lights are excellent.
Complaints? On our machine, the thumb-operated throttle had excessive travel. You have to move the lever almost half of its total travel before the engine tips in. You get used to it, but it's an irritation that needs to be adjusted or redesigned.
Because it's a diesel, the 700 uses a small, but very high-capacity battery to power the starter against the engine's high compression. Also, it has to light the glow plugs in cold weather. The machine we received had a defective battery from the factory (which happens to any manufacturer), and, while Arctic Cat immediately paid for a new one, it became apparent AC dealers weren't stocking replacements yet, and that was six months into the production of the 700. The AC dealer in Albuquerque pointed us in the right direction to a battery store that had the item on the shelf.
The 700 Auto Diesel is a big machine and at first it feels "heavy" to maneuver, particularly at very slow speeds. After some seat time, however, we became accustomed to the "feel" and found the machine to be a very faithful companion, and one we would certainly consider if we were buying. The fuel economy and the once-a-year maintenance schedule are very attractive.
You can buy one for $9,299 and it comes with front and back cargo racks, an owner's manual and small tool kit under the seat, and the ability deliver just about anything you decide to do.
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