A Complete Review of the Yamaha Kodiak 700

May 26th, 2020 by

As the ATV industry continues to grow and the technology evolves with it, ATVs that once made sense to people are starting to appear more complex and less understandable.

On the flip side of this, ATVs that once appeared to confuse consumers are now starting to make a lot more sense.

You might be thinking, what the heck does that mean? Well, the best way for us to show you is by an example. And the best example would be the Yamaha Kodiak 700.

Interested in learning more? Continue reading and we’ll walk you through a complete review of the Yamaha Kodiak 700.


An Alternative to the Grizzly

It’s impossible to give a complete review of the Kodiak 700 without also talking about the Yamaha Grizzly.

If you were to ask Yamaha lovers what they want most out of their Grizzly, they would say a bigger motor, for sure. Yamaha has a motor that fits this description – the 700 single motor. The problem is that the 700 wouldn’t fit right in the Grizzly.

That motor would work perfectly in the Kodiak, though.

The Kodiak was originally designed to be a cheaper and more basic version of the Grizzly. When it was first introduced, it was arguably too basic and didn’t provide riders with much of anything.

Now, with it’s 700 single motor, it can take its rightful place as the perfect alternative for Grizzly fans.


The Motor

The most important aspect of this vehicle is definitely the motor. Practically all hardcore ATV riders love the 700 motor. Its got great character to it and is extremely tough, especially when you combine it with Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission.

This big single motor also has impressive torque at low RPM. And it pulls rather hard at top-end and revs quite fast as well.

The Yamaha Kodiak 700 is its own platform at both 9.1 and 7.6 rear and front from its independent double-wishbone setup with rear sway bar.

With nearly a foot of ground clearance, this ATV gives up very little to its bigger brother, the Grizzly.

This vehicle has two different engine types available although the 700cc class is most popular.

The liquid-cooled four-stroke is connected to Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission and also has a 10:1 compression rate. This engine is made for low-end grunt and is thus a great pick for towing and similar work.



One of the most interesting parts about riding the Kodiak is how small it actually feels once you sit on it.

This seems to be mainly because the rider sits more on top of the vehicle rather than down in the center of it.

When you’re sitting on this ATV, you feel like most of the vehicle is below you, with just the handlebars sticking out at the top.

This is quite different from how it feels to sit on ATVs from other brands, but since there’s less bulk surrounding you, the ATV feels both lighter and smaller.

It’s a fantastic vehicle, ergonomically speaking. The seat is extremely comfortable and soft to sit on.

The handlebars are in an easy to hold position and the floorboards provide a great grip for your feet.

Everything just feels like it fits right.



The aesthetically pleasing and functional gauge, smooth shifter, shift gear that works perfectly, and dual-lever braking all round out how the user interacts with the vehicle. It all leaves the rider with very little to complain about.



The Kodiak 700 EPS SE can tow exactly 600kg (1322 lbs).

It can hold 198 pounds on its rear cargo rack and 110 lbs on its front rack. This is great for any ranchers out there who need to load their vehicle with feed or hay or anything else they need to move.



The Kodiak 700 comes in three types of tiers.

First, there’s the base model w,hich is extremely stripped down.

The mid-level model comes with all of the same mechanical features that the high-end model does but with less bling.

And then there’s the high-end Yamaha Kodiak 700 EPS SE model. With this tier, you’ll get plastics painted in what some will argue is one of the best looking colors on any ATV on the market today.

Yamaha’s slick-looking aluminum wheels and on-command three-way locking differential also look great.

The base model of this vehicle can definitely be seen as a great value for a full-size ATV.

The mid-level model is going to get you an even bigger increase in value over the base model. It offers you incredible performance at a reasonable price.

With all that said, the high-end EPS SE model is certainly the best of the bunch. Although, for the average user, the mid-level model still might get you the most bang for your buck.

The Kodiak 700 is certainly the star of Yamaha’s utility ATV lineup at the moment. In terms of features and performance, this vehicle makes the most sense for the majority of riders out there.


Is the Yamaha Kodiak 700 Right for You?

When it comes to picking the right ATV, it’s important to consider what your situation and budget are. But for many, the Yamaha Kodiak 700 is an excellent pick.

Of course, buying an ATV is a serious investment. So even if you do decide to go with the Kodiak, you definitely want to put some thought into which model is right for what you’re aiming to accomplish. Luckily Westshore Marine offers some of the best Yamaha Financing options around.

Interested in getting a new or pre-owned ATV? Contact us today and see how we can help you!


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