4 Popular UTV Models with A/C | Or install an aftermarket climate control?

Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar

There are several different types of UTV with heating and air condition options. Below we have listed a few options that are available from current and recent year models. These come with the options already included as package options or pre-built in.

The aftermarket options for turning your UTV into a climate-controlled powerhouse are limited, so if you are looking for a new vehicle, then perhaps think about getting one of these models. This is not an exhaustive list of all UTVs that come with A/C.

John Deere Gator XUV835M HVAC

This is a three-seater crossover utility vehicle with a flatbed for transporting materials. The full-cab windows roll down to let in cool air, and there are vent options as well for propping the windows open. It comes with HVAC built in. An ideal utility UTV for job sites and work around the house in any weather.

Kubota RTV 1100 C

Equipped with heating, air conditioning, and full-cab enclosure straight from the manufacturer. The climate-controlled cab allows you to keep the interior at your desired temperature no matter what nature has in store. This is a utility UTV with an open back bed that comes with a hydraulic dumping option. Soundproof, rattle free, and water-tight, this side by side has some great features. Perfect for working in the sweltering summer heat or winter chill.

2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Northstar Edition

A perfect off roading vehicle that can work double-time as a utility or a sports UTV. The built-in climate control includes heating and A/C. It has a lot of perk features like a 4,000 lb winch, a reinforced cargo box, and an extra large steel bumper. This UTV is a great workhorse but is also great for off roading with its extended height allowing it to traverse even the toughest of terrains.

You can find more specs and information about the XP 1000 Northstar at Polaris website.

2020 The Defender HD10

The Limited Edition comes standard with heating and A/C inside a full-cab enclosure providing great climate control. The Limited package is perfect for sports riding or utility work and can easily be outfitted with extra accessories for either option.

Altering Your Current UTV for Climate Control

If you already have a great UTV and do not want to upgrade to a new model, but still need some shelter from the weather and heat then you can have aftermarket cabs kits and an A/C unit installed. To fully climate control your vehicle you will need to choose the right cab kit.

Cab Enclosure Options

Soft and hard cab options are available in full-cab enclosures which are ideal when trying to keep the cool air in and the heatwave out. These come in both sports and utility UTVs. The aftermarket door kits run from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on which kind you require. They also come in see through materials and traditional black panels for both the hard and soft cabs.

Hard Cab

These typically come with four main elements and are designed out of hard, durable plastics. Generally, they will include a roof, doors, and both front and back windshields. This is the best option for someone who will be doing a lot of off roading in inclement weather. The harder shell also gives some extra protection to the riders in case of an accident.

Soft Cab

Although they can give similar protections from the outside weather the soft cab kits are a fraction of the cost because instead of being made of the hard plastics, they are made of flexible vinyl. This is great for the occasional windstorm or heatwave but will not hold up as well against rugged abuse due to the more fragile nature of the material.

A/C Installation Process

Aftermarket A/C or HVAC installation can be done by your dealership or a local UTV workshop. The price will vary depending on what A/C unit you choose. There are many to choose from when it comes to how much power you want from your unit and whether you are cooling a two-seater or four-seater cab. You can get high grade air conditioner units for under $1,000, which makes them much more affordable than buying a whole new model for the convenience.

If you are going to drive your UTV in the winter, check out our article about Side by Side Winter Driving Tips.