The best 300cc ATVs in the world (that will shock you)


A 300cc ATV is one of the best options for ATV riders. While most 300cc models are suitable for beginner riders, there are also a few individual models that are suitable for advanced riders who want to compete.

In this guide, I will show you the 10 best 300cc ATVs in the market.

So, let get started.

Here are they on a list.

ATV model Price
1. Arctic Cat Alterra 300 $4,299
2. Kawasaki Brute Force 300 $4,299
3. Honda 300EX $4,749
4. Yamaha Raptor 350 $4,999
5. Suzuki King Quad 300 $5,499
6. KYMCO MXU 270 $3,899
7. Honda FourTrax Recon $4,299
8. Can-Am DS 250 $3,600 to $4,199
9. Apex Pro 250F $7,500
10. SUZUKI OZARK 250 $4,600 to $4,000

1. Arctic Cat Alterra 300

The Arctic Cat Alterra 300 is by far the best 300 cc ATV for beginners while some say it is the best ATV for beginners, and even GoRollick gave it the title, ‘the best ATV for beginners.’

The Arctic Cat Alterra 300, in general, can fit almost any rider, can be used for various purposes such as service work or fun riding and is simply amazing. It doesn’t even have a single downside and it offers exactly what a beginner needs, not slow or too fast, safe for stable riding and many other features.

However, it is important to note that the Arctic Cat Alterra 300 is designed for adults between ages in the form of performance and size.

Price

You can buy the Arctic Cat Alterra 300 for $4,299 which is a little bit expensive for a few hundred dollars than the other 300cc models, but in my opinion, it is definitely worth the price and the few hundred dollars makes it one of the best in the market.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • Heavyweight that gives excellent stability – The Arctic Cat Alterra 300 weighs about 477 pounds (216 kilos) on dry weight which gives excellent stability when riding. Remember that in the case of a beginner rider, the heavier the ATV it is, the more suitable it is because it will be slower and much stable. It is also important to note that the short wheels also give excellent stability in the field.
  • Excellent engine for beginner riders – The Arctic Cat Alterra 300 engine is a Single Lever Front, 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disk 270 cc with a surprisingly 4.3-wave fuel capacity. The engine is not too fast or too slow, very perfect for novice riders.
  • Excellent Brake System – I was very surprised by the Arctic Cat Alterra 300 Brake System that really does an excellent job which I am sure is important for any beginner rider. The size of the rear and the front brake is 22 x 7-10.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Arctic Cat Alterra 300 was an excellent ATV for any rider over 18 who wants to start riding. This Arctic Cat will be very safe for beginners because it has everything needed and is even close to the perfection level.

In addition, although it’s relatively expensive for a few hundred dollars than its other competitors, it is definitely worth the investment and it should not stop you from investing in the Arctic Cat Alterra 300.

2. Kawasaki Brute Force 300

The Kawasaki Brute Force 300 is definitely an excellent 300 cc ATV that provides excellent power and is more designed for both beginner and intermediate riders because it is considered to be more powerful. I am not surprised that Kawasaki always produces very powerful ATVs with the latest technologies in the market.

It is also important to note that Kawasaki greatly invests in the Brute Force 300 and upgrades it every year which gives it a lot of advantage over other 300 cc ATVs in the market.

Price

You can buy the Kawasaki Brute Force 300 for $4,299, exactly the same price as the Arctic Cat Alterra 300, which is quite surprising. In my opinion, it worth its price and of course, you have the option of buying it used. I have found the used of Brute Force 300 models on craigslist to be sold for lower prices that shocked me, and I’m sure you will be surprised too, so it is worth checking them out.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • The Kawasaki Brute Force 300 engine is the king of 4-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC 271 cc ATV while using excellent CVT transmission that works wonderfully. It is absolutely amazing for intermediate and beginner riders and speeds up smoothly with no problems. It is just great!!!
  • What surprised me the most about Brute Force 300 is definitely the way it tackles hard-to-ride areas like sandy mud areas or anywhere you just want to ride. It can easily withstand any challenge, plus it provides very comfortable riding and a spoonful and quiet ride.
  • The weight of the Brute Force 300 is quite heavy. It weighs 535.8 lb. (243 kg) which provides more stability and most importantly, the ability to stop when riding at high speed due to its dual 180mm disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power.
  • It is important to note that the seat height of the Brute Force 300 is 33.3 inches, which is not too high or too low and simply means that most people of average height can ride with it.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Kawasaki Brute Force 300 is definitely an excellent ATV that Kawasaki has done a great job with. I would recommend it more for riders who want to continue riding on ATVs, even though it is suitable for beginner riders. I would also recommend it for medium riders because it is a little bit stronger for beginners, and for beginner riders, I would recommend the Arctic Cat Alterra 300 which is a lot better for them than the Brute Force 300 in my opinion.

3. Honda 300EX

The Honda 300EX is one of the best ATV sports Honda has ever built. It’s just perfect and has tons of reviews, and guess what? It is rare to find someone to tell you just about the Honda 300EX which proves great reliability that Honda has had over the years.

The Honda 300EX is sold at a higher price than all other ATVs on the list and more generally in the 300cc market, while it is also the strongest in the 300cc market. So, be sure to justify the higher price it charges with the best in terms of performance. It is suitable for both beginner and medium riders and it is very easy to learn compared to its competitors.

Price

You can buy the Honda 300EX for about $4,749 that some will say is too expensive for a 300 cc ATV. Although it is true, know that it worth its price because it will give you a lot of performance better and higher than the rest of its competitors that are sold at lower prices.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • Amazing Engine – Undoubtedly, the heart of the Honda 300EX is the engine that is considered one of the best on the market with an air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder four-stroke 282 SMC that works superbly on all types of surfaces. Honda really made its breakthrough with the engine, so I don’t think there can be anyone who would say a bad word about the 300ex engine. It is really close to perfection because it’s so good.
  • Excellent mud riding- If you are looking for an ATV for mud riding, hard surfaces, and even service jobs, believe me, the Honda 300EX is by far the best choice for you. It is simply outstanding in hard mudguards especially mud, and its automatic gearbox and knobby tires give perfect stability and keep the rear mud with leg rests.
  • Excellent design and construction – I really like the design of the Honda 300EX and I think it is one of the most beautiful designs. Together with the design, it has a very high-quality construction from a steel frame that provides strength, toughness, and lightweight. The best thing about it is that it is red in color, so it is not easily contaminated which means you will need less to clean it.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Honda 300EX is definitely a 300cc ATV that is great for both beginner and medium riders, and for its high price, it’s worth it because it is rare to find an ATV with a 300cc engine that gives such a high performance that the Honda 300EX gives. It is suitable for beginners in that it knows how to run at low speeds and is not super powerful, so it is excellent for beginners as well as for medium riders.

4. Yamaha Raptor 350

The Yamaha Raptor 350 is a very well-known competitor of the Honda 300EX and is best known for its speed. It has a 348cc engine which is 48cc more than 300, can accommodate both beginners and advance riders while also offering lots of great features and can handle any surface.

In addition, it is important to note that the most dominant thing in the Yamaha Raptor 350 is by far its design that looked simply amazing, especially the black and white version that looks simply stunning while the blue version also looks excellent, but in my opinion, not up to the black and white version.

Price

You can buy Yamaha Raptor 350 for about $4,999 which is a very lucrative price in my opinion and some will say it is expensive, but I personally really think it is a lucrative price because the Yamaha Raptor 350 gives a lot compared to its price. So, I will recommend you buy it if you can afford its price.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • Agile and fast – The Yamaha Raptor 350 really impressed me in terms of its speed and agility. It is very fast and can be perfect for racing, which is mainly what it is designed for. It contains all the features that an ATV for racing has.
  • In addition to the Raptor 350, it has an excellent 4-stroke air-cooled engine with a diameter of 348 cc SOHC, 2 valves that do extremely good work in any area and work with 6 different gears in an excellent way. This shows that the Raptor 350 engine is excellent for tough riding and racing.
  • What impressed me the most is that the Raptor 350 has undoubtedly hydraulic front and rear disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power even in wet and dry conditions which means you are safe to ride even if you lose control because you have the brakes that will save you.
  • In addition, be aware that if you are really tall, the Raptor 350 may be less suitable for you because its seat height is about 32.3 inches and weighs only 396 lb (179 kilos) which is considered to be more suited to low riders.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Yamaha Raptor 350 is definitely one of the best ATV you can find for racing, and in general, it offers all the features a rider needs and is very reminiscent of the Honda 300EX. Despite its high price, I personally think it is worth investing in.

5. Suzuki King Quad 300

The Suzuki King Quad 300, in my opinion, is the most reliable ATV you can find in the market. Suzuki has been proving for 20 years with the King Quad series which continues to be a leader and popular in the market, especially the Suzuki King Quad 300 which has made a very big success worldwide.

The Suzuki King Quad 300 is the best ATV in the 300cc market for service jobs such as farm work or hunting. It can also cope with obstacles such as mud and large rocks while being less recommended for people wanting ATVs for fun riding or sport because it is not very fast. If you want an ATV for fun rides at high speeds, then I would recommend the Honda 300EX Or Raptor 350.

Price

The Suzuki King Quad 300 will cost you about $5,499 which is a price you may initially consider expensive but it is not because the King Quad 300 is not an ATV for sport and more suitable for service work than the rest, so Suzuki has added many other features that are not included in other ATV which adds to its price.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • The Suzuki King Quad 300 has a 280cc, SOHC, four-stroke, excellent single-cylinder engine that can handle all types of surfaces and works with a 3-speed gearbox that ranges between high, low and very low. It is important to note that this engine is not crazy and fast but it is enough to allow you to go through difficult obstacles while riding which is what I think is even an advantage because you do not have to ride so fast when working on a farm or any other job.
  • In addition, the Suzuki King Quad 300 weighs about 272kg (599 lbs.), allowing it to carry very heavy equipment for various purposes such as hunting or anything else. This is a very big advantage because there is no much ATV like the King Quad 300 that can carry heavyweight equipment and still keep working very efficiently.
  • What impressed me the most about the King Quad 300 is its 24-inch front and 25-inch rear tires that work excellently and on any area such as dense, rocks, or slopes, and it really does a great job, which is very important for service work.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Suzuki King Quad 300 is by far the best 300cc ATV for servicing jobs, while it is considered relatively cheap, especially considering that other ATVs designed for servicing jobs cost several thousand dollars more than the King Quad 300 and with no such big differences compared to the King Quad 300 that makes them worth their price. So, if you are looking for an ATV for service work, then the King Quad 300 is the right choice for you.

6. KYMCO MXU 270

The KYMCO MXU 270 is a 300cc ATV that is quite cheap compared to the rest of the ATV on the list, and the truth is that it is the least good in terms of performance while in my opinion, it has more advantages than disadvantages because it makes it perfect for youth and especially riders who are just starting out.

In addition, I would not recommend it for medium riders or general people who want to get a more powerful ATV because it is really not at the level of other 300 cc ATVs like the Honda or Yamaha that perform better.

Price

You can buy the Kymco MXU 270 at a very low price of just $3,899 which is really cheap but you know the reason for that just because the MXU 270 does not have a crazy performance. So, understand that for this low price, you will also get lesser performance.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • The KYMCO MXU 270 has a good 270cc SOHC 2-valve liquid-cooled engine that delivers a pretty good speed range, but at the same time, it is still considered slow. It can give you good enough speed to enjoy and is very sure that when you give it to your son, you will be very calm as a parent because you are very sure that he is safe and cannot ride at scary speeds.
  • In addition, I was quite surprised to see some advancement in KYMCO MXU 270, such as a speedometer, fuel level, and very high-quality headlights with excellent illumination power, which is a great advantage that proves that the MXU 270 is the safest 300 cc ATV to youth.
  • Plus a very big advantage of the MXU 270 is that it hardly requires much maintenance because it doesn’t have so much engine that requires so much maintenance. This makes the KYMCO MXU 270 money-saving even in the long run compared to other expensive 300 cc ATVs that require a lot more maintenance. So, take that into account.

Opinion

In my opinion, the KYMCO MXU 270 is by far one of the best ATVs that youth can ride and I believe that any teenager between the ages of 12 to 17 will deeply love to ride this ATV while also considering it is cheap, it does not require maintenance and is also very safe to ride. All of these things simply make the KYMCO MXU 270 perfect for any beginner or youth rider.

7. Honda FourTrax Recon

The FourTrax Recon is another ATV designed for service work, while it is especially good for transporting equipment and objects. I would less recommend it for fun riding, I would advise getting the 300EX instead, which is a more sporty model, designed for fun riding on the ground.

The FourTrax Recon offers everything you need to get from ATV to do service work. It is very easy to sell at a low and very reliable price and also gives a great performance. In my opinion, it is the biggest competitor of KYMCO MXU 270.

Price

You can buy the FourTrax Recon at a price of just $4,299 which is a bit more expensive than the KYMCO MXU 270 but the truth is that the FourTrax is considered better in terms of performance than the KYMCO MXU 270. So, it is important to take this into account and it is important to note that it will only be suitable for youth aged 16 and above.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • The most notable feature of the FourTrax Recon is that it is very powerful and can really cope with any possible failure. For this, thanks to its amazing 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine that works superbly with the gearbox.
  • In addition, Honda offers two types of FourTrax Recon – the first type is EPS that comes with a Shift Electric Program that easily allows the rider to change to desired gear instantly via a control center by pressing the up or down arrow button. The other type of FourTrax Recon is the usual one that simply comes with a leg automatic clutch system which I think is less comfortable.
  • In addition, like the KYMCO MXU 270, FourTrax Recon manages to carry and move equipment in a very simple manner while weighing only 434 lbs which is relatively light that allows it to carry equipment superbly. It also has steel suspensions behind that it uses to carry equipment very well.
  • Another advantage that FourTrax Recon has is that it is quite narrow and compact. Its dimensions are 31.2 inches in height, 42.1 inches in overall height, and 40.7 inches in width, which allows it to pass through any narrow area. This is a very big advantage, especially when riding in a forest that includes rocks or trees and you have to go through them.

Opinion

In my opinion, the FourTrax Recon is a very good ATV for service jobs and it offers everything you need. Know what you like more because there are two versions of the FourTrax Recon model, which are: the usual model and EPS. Both are sold for the same price and it is very worth buying them.

8. Can-Am DS 250

The Can-Am DS 250 is, in my opinion, the best and most friendly ATV for beginner riders. It drops below 300 cc which makes it much better for beginner riders while being more suitable for youngsters and less for adults because of its compactness and smallness, and is also considered to be relatively weaker in performance than the rest of the ATV on this list. So, being better and safer for beginners is an advantage of this ATV.

In addition, it is important to note that the Can-Am DS 250 is one of the best choices for children and is also very safe and reliable, so if you want a good ATV for your child, the Can-Am DS 250 is definitely the best choice for you.

Price

The Can-Am DS 250 models are usually sold for a price between $3,600 to $4,199 which is a great price and considered very cheap, but with this, I would recommend you buy it mainly because it can last for at least a year and a half of use, from where I am sure your child will want more power. So, I suggest buying it used to make your child a better rider, which you will then buy him a better and stronger ATV after.

In addition, it is important to note that it is sold at quite low prices, especially on sites like craigslist, so it is worth checking out the prices.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc motorcycle

  • The Can-Am DS 250 has a 249.4 cc engine, and a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve SOHC valve engine that works superbly and properly. It does not deliver crazy speeds but provides enough power and speed that will make any rider start to feel good. It provides a speed of nearly up to 51 mph.
  • In addition, the crazy benefit of having the Can-Am DS 250 is its ease of use for 2 main reasons which are very important for beginner riders, especially kids. First is its ability to automatically change gears, which means the gears will always be in the right position according to the rider’s level, i.e., the rider does not need to take care of the gears. This is a great advantage because beginners or children can experience difficulty with changing of the gear. Second is the electrical start that makes it easier to start the ATV.
  • Also, the Can-Am DS 250 is very safe for children. I am very impressed with the Dual Hydraulic Disc steel brakes that are very rigid for precise braking, the option of parental control for speed, and built-in throttle limiter that limits the speed. All these give parents peace of mind.

Opinion

In my opinion, the Can-Am DS 250 is definitely an excellent ATV for kids and youth as well as beginners. It is also an ATV that is only suitable for children over 10 years, so as a parent, be sure the Can-Am DS 250 is one of the best options for your child, knowing that it is an ATV that is close to 300cc.

9. Apex Pro 250F

The Apex Pro 250F is one of the ATVs designed for racing and considered to be the best 250 cc ATV for racing. The best thing is that the Apex Pro 250F can also accommodate kids and teens, which makes it ideal for both advanced and medium riders and anyone that just want to start competing in ATV races.

In general, the Apex Pro 250F made a lot of change in the ATV market, especially in the 250 cc market, because no company considered producing KMT racing models, which gave lots of people who wanted to compete, to ride a dirt bike rather than an ATV. However, the Apex Pro 250F has greatly helped increase the number of people who choose 250 cc ATV for racing.

Price

You can buy the Apex Pro 250F at a costly price of about $7,500 and guess what? The Apex Pro 250F is also expensive to maintain in the long run because it is an ATV for racing that provides higher performance than the rest of the ATV on the list. So, it will require more maintenance and that is precisely why you are not supposed to buy it if you do not intend to use it for racing.

For used ones, I wouldn’t recommend buying it because most used Apex Pro 250F models do not come in good condition. This is because their owners either destroyed important parts or the engine, which is mainly due to riding at a crazy speed. So, it is better to buy a new one.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc ATV

  • You will be surprised to hear that the Apex Pro 250F did a great collaboration with the Yamaha engine which means the engine itself is from the technology of the original Yamaha YZ250cc engine, Liquid-Cooled, 4 Stroke, DOHC, 5-Valves, Forward Inclined Single Cylinder with 37 horsepower. Great for racing, but considering the power, it will require as much money on maintenance throughout the year as any ATV designed for racing.
  • Also, the Apex Pro 250F has a full-size display that can accommodate both a child and an adult. Its seat height is about 31.0 inches and is only 49.0 inches in width by just 360 lb which, by the way, is quite light in weight, and this makes it fast when riding a race.
  • In addition, the Apex Pro 250F is very powerful and stable and can pass through any block and surface that you want to ride, especially the excellent 51-inch wheelsets and the high-quality tires that give it a lot of stability when riding which is very important for racing.

Opinion

In my own opinion, the Apex Pro 250F is one of the best ATVs in the market. Although it has a 250cc engine, don’t let that fool you because it is very fast and powerful and suitable for only advanced riders with experience. And for riders that do not intend to use it for racing, it is quite a waste of money because it would require more money for maintenance than any other ATV on the list. So, just buy it if you really need a powerful ATV for racing and at the same time willing to invest the money.

10. Suzuki Ozark 250

The SUZUKI OZARK 250 is a very special ATV and the best thing about it is that SUZUKI did not create it specifically for a particular purpose, which means that the SUZUKI OZARK 250 can fit two main purposes, namely for service work and for riders who want to ride an ATV for fun.

In general, the SUZUKI OZARK 250 is definitely an excellent ATV that shows simple performance and can cope well with any failure. Overall, Suzuki has done an excellent job with it, so it is highly recommended.

Price

You can buy the SUZUKI OZARK 250 at a price of about $4,000 to $4,600 which is considered to be pretty expensive for an ATV that has a 250 cc engine, but with this, the SUZUKI OZARK 250 justifies its high price by giving an amazing performance.

In addition, there are a lot of used SUZUKI OZARK 250 models in excellent condition sold very cheap compare to its original price, so buying it used can also be a great option.

Notable features & why it is a good 300 cc ATV

  • The OZARK 250 has an excellent 246 cc 4 stroke engine that gives various excellent speed and can provide you with quiet riding without any problems.
  • What surprised me most about the SUZUKI OZARK 250 is undoubtedly its build quality that is engineered and built perfectly and truthfully, even the largest ATV companies do not have a build quality like Suzuki and OZARK 250 in particular. The advantage of this build quality is that it will even make the used models look well, and that is exactly why I so much offer to buy the used OZARK 250.
  • In addition, another area where the OZARK 250 is the best and most effective is undoubtedly riding in the woods. This is mainly because of its small size that can pass through any blockage and because of its front mud pages that keep all the bottom of your body clean of mud, and of course, its ability to handle blocks like rocks and stones.

Opinion

In my opinion, the OZARK 250 is definitely an excellent ATV that will give you everything you need as a beginner rider while I would highly recommend you buy it used because I found lots of used models in great condition and sold very cheap.

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