Class-leading enclosed storage, compact UTV dimensions, clear accessory kits offered by Arctic Cat. A front trunk, interior compartments, and rear utility bed with tailgate cubby make for more storage than some full-size side-by-sides.
Slightly more expensive than competitors, smaller dealer network, no real platform changes, halogen lighting, a nonstandard roof accessory, and an always locked rear axle
A solid middleweight-class utility side-by-side for the loyal Arctic Cat buyers. The Prowler 500 gives thoughtful storage, standard towing for its class, and a dump bed.
The 2022 Prowler 500 slots in as Arctic Cat’s smallest two-seater utility machine. The 443cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine mates to a standard CVT drivetrain. The 1,095-pound vehicle weight, paired with 106.4-inch by 56.4-inch compact dimensions, mean the Prowler 500 can be useful in more places. Standard cargo ratings of 1,500-pound towing and 500-pound payload help get jobs done. This middleweight-class UTV doesn’t aim to be budget oriented. With a wide breadth of factory accessories, buyers have plenty of choices when it comes to specializing their machine for their use case.
Updates for 2022
Exterior color changes make up the only revisions for the new model year. The two new choices are Coyote Tan and Smoke Screen Gray.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 MSRP: $9,999
Buyers only have one Prowler 500 vehicle to choose from but will need to pick their color.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A 443cc single-cylinder rear-mounted engine powers a standard CVT transmission with enough liquid-cooled power to work all day. A transfer case gives 2WD and 4WD drive options. The rear drive axle goes without a differential, meaning it’s always locked. The front axle does not have a locking function.
Double A-arm front and rear suspension makes this multipurpose machine a capable vehicle while working or trail riding. Suspension is nonadjustable.
The Prowler 500 comes standard with hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners for predictable braking performance.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
A single bench seat makes room for two adult-sized passengers. Three-point safety harnesses keep occupants strapped into the Prowler 500 when the going gets tough. Door nets are also standard.
Class-leading utility comes in the form of a front trunk, interior glove compartment, and rear utility bed with tailgate storage.
Gross vehicle payload rating is 1,000 pounds, including the passengers. The rear utility dump bed is rated for 500 pounds. And the Prowler 500 retains its 1,500-pound towing capacity, handled by a standard 2-inch hitch receiver built into the rear frame.
A middleweight, budget-oriented interior goes without a premium fit and finish feel. One small noncolor dash screen gives simple gauge reading for the driver. Most onboard functions, like the halogen headlights, are handled by way of a dash-mounted electronic switch.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Arctic Cat offers its 18-month warranty on all Prowler 500 units.
2022 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 Specs:
|Bore x Stroke:||N/A|
|Transmission:||CVT w/ high and low range, reverse|
|Drivetrain:||2WD/4WD; electric actuation|
|Front Suspension:||Double A-arms; 7.5 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Double A-arms; 7.5 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Hydraulic dual disc|
|Rear Brakes:||Hydraulic dual disc, hand-operated parking brake|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Steel; 12 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||25×8-12 / 25×10-12|
|Bed Capacity:||500 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,500 lb.|
|Seating Capacity:||3, 3-point seatbelts|
|Ground Clearance:||10.0 in.|
|Claimed Weight:||1,095 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||8.5 gal.|