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For precise handling and a confidence-inspiring ride in a variety of terrain conditions, Yamaha built the Kodiak 450 with a compact body design that is significantly less bulky than competitive models.
Front Disc Brakes and Sealed Wet Rear Brake
Hydraulic front disc brakes serve up powerful and consistent feel and braking performance to add to rider confidence, while the sealed rear brake is protected from dirt, rocks and mud.
Heavy Duty Tires
Rugged 25-inch tires feature an aggressive tread pattern and provide a balance of precise steering and optimized comfort to make the most of available traction.
Ready to Tow and Haul
Rugged, large-diameter steel cargo racks with durable wrinkle paint finish can pack a total of 264 pounds combined, and the Kodiak 450 can tow up to 1,322 pounds.
Smooth Fuel-Injected Engine
The torquey 421cc SOHC engine is designed to provide a balance of responsive power and smooth character for long riding days with minimal fatigue. Mikuni® fuel injection means easy cold starts and flawless fuel delivery in nearly any condition, while liquid-cooling and a high-volume fan system ensure reliable, consistent performance for years to come.
Terrain-Tackling Ground Clearance
The Kodiak 450 offers 9.6 inches of ground clearance and full-length composite skid plates to deliver maximum underbelly protection for a wide variety of terrain.
The Ultramatic® transmission is specifically tuned to provide lowered cruising rpm for smooth, quiet operation, and features a gated shifter with park, dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive and reverse gear. Even the position of the gated shifter was carefully considered, being moved forward to provide a roomier rider area.
Yamaha’s Exclusive On-Command® 4WD
The On-Command® 4WD system on the Kodiak 450 lets you switch between 2WD and limited-slip 4WD with the simple push of a button. This driver-controlled system eliminates hesitation or slipping while waiting for computer-controlled systems to engage, a common drawback in some competitor models.
Compact Body, Roomy Ergonomics
The Kodiak 450 offers a riding position with the same roomy feel as the larger Kodiak 700. With tall handlebars, a seat that is long and plush for improved rider comfort, and large textured floorboards, every aspect of the Kodiak 450 was designed to bring class-leading levels of refinement to the middleweight 4x4 ATV segment.
Independent Front and Rear Suspension
The independent double wishbone suspension offers an optimized vehicle stance, light steering and an improved feeling from the shocks across the entire range of travel. With 6.7 inches of front wheel travel and 7.4 inches at the rear, the Kodiak 450 provides excellent rider comfort even in the roughest terrain.
Rubber Engine Mounts
The Kodiak 450 features specifically-developed rubber engine mounts that isolate vibrations from the engine bay and give the rider one of the smoothest rides ever offered in a utility ATV.
Storage and Power
A standard 12V power port makes it easy to keep devices charged over the course of a long riding day. Under seat storage allows for securing added items during your ride.
A compact all-LCD instrument cluster gives the rider a clear display of speed, transmission status, fuel level and more—all in a modern and compact package.
The Kodiak 450 transmission uses its own cooling intake to maintain proper temperatures, an oversized belt to handle the torque of the large motor and Yamaha’s unique sprag clutch to maintain constant belt tension. The end result is a drivetrain built for years of trouble-free service that leaves the competition in the dust, and is backed by the industry's only 10-Year V-Belt Limited Warranty.
Aggressive and Durable Styling
Styling cues are borrowed directly from Yamaha’s industry-leading range of big-bore ATVs, including the uniquely textured, injection-molded fenders which protect against rock and debris damage while remaining good looking season after season.
Built Real World Tough®, Assembled in the USA
As with other Yamaha ATVs and Side-by-Sides, the Kodiak 450 is assembled in the USA to meet Yamaha’s exacting standards for durability and reliability.
High-Mounted Air Intakes
The Kodiak 450 features high-mounted air intakes to ensure that water and debris can’t get into the drive system or engine air cleaner. These air channels provide plenty of cool, clean air for the engine and ensure that the V-belt remains cool in the toughest working conditions. A reusable foam air filter is accessible without tools for added convenience.
Marine-Grade Electrical System
Yamaha ATVs feature marine-grade waterproof connectors for maximum weather-proofing, increased durability and improved serviceability.
Ready to Personalize
With winch wiring pre-installed at the factory and a range of Yamaha Genuine Accessories designed in concert with the machine, the Kodiak 450 is ready to be configured to suit nearly any job, from towing and field work to hunting and recreational riding.
The Kodiak 450 powertrain is designed to make service and maintenance as stress-free as possible. The airbox features toolless access to the air filter element, the engine and differential feature convenient oil drain holes, and vehicle electronics are located high on the chassis under the front center panel for easy access.
Yamaha’s Ultramatic® system earns its place as the most reliable transmission in the market. An automatic centrifugal clutch maintains constant belt tension for reduced wear, and a sprag clutch provides Yamaha’s renowned all-wheel engine braking.
Unlike many middleweight utility ATVs, the Kodiak 450 isn’t just a smaller engine under a full-size body. Yamaha built the Kodiak 450 from the ground up to give riders a compact chassis for precise handling and maneuverability on the trail.
Like all Yamaha ATVs and Side-by-Sides, the Kodiak 450 uses a range of features to improve durability and serviceability, from the toolless air filter design and oil drain ports to the high-mounted air intakes and marine-grade electrical connectors.
To ensure that riders of all sizes can make the most of the Kodiak 450, the ergonomics were designed for maximum flexibility. Riders large and small have room to move around thanks to a long, comfortable seat and wide floorboards. The handlebar bend is shaped for riders of various heights to improve comfort for any rider.
With standard full-length skid plates, nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and independent double wishbone suspension with adjustable shocks, the Kodiak 450 is ready to tackle rough terrain without breaking a sweat—and with the sort of rider comfort that makes long rides a blast too.
Ultramatic® and On-Command®
The Kodiak 450 brings Yamaha’s renowned combination of the industry’s most durable automatic transmission—Ultramatic®—with the rider-centric control and traction of On-Command® selectable 4WD. The result is outstanding capability with the confidence to get you through the most challenging terrain and back again.
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) shown. Does not include tax, title, prep or destination charges. Actual prices set by dealer.
**Fuel Economy is estimated.
***Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.