Yamaha UMAX Review


    Key Highlights

    price

    Starting at $7,699

    power

    Electric, Gas

    speed

    19.5 mph

    condition

    New, Used, Refurbished

    Yamaha UMAX Review

    The Yamaha brand has long been associated with power, performance, innovation and reliability. One only needs to look at their track record with motorcycles, Waverunners™, outboard motors, all-terrain vehicles and both fleet and personal golf cars. It is only natural, then, to discover their UMAX Utility golf cart fits perfectly on the family tree.

    This distinctive vehicle is offered in both gas and electric versions with upgraded seats compared to a golf cart, an automotive-style dash and some impressive specifications. A gas-powered model can haul over 800 pounds of cargo in the rear dump area, can tow up to 1,500 pounds and will operate at a top speed of 19.5 mile per hour. It is ready for serious work with a lifted suspension, 23” tires, a front brush guard, fender flares, a large dump bed tailgate that can be opened with one hand and four-wheel brakes. While the electric version is as quiet as a golf car, the electronic fuel injected gas powered engine creates surprisingly less noise than most gas-powered units thanks to their innovative Yamaha-exclusive QuieTech EFI® technology.

    The Yamaha UMAX is a great entry into the emerging market of electric utility vehicles. It should be noted that Yamaha’s primary background is the design and building of gas powered engines. Over the years, however, the company has acquired experience in manufacturing electric vehicles and their performance and reliability has greatly increased as a result. Handling and maneuverability are aided by automobile-type rack and pinion steering. Maintenance is simplified by an easy-access engine compartment and a side-fill gas tank.

    The design is well-suited for use on a farm, on a campus, in an industrial setting or on a construction site. Many educational campuses use these units for more than just transportation. These units can be used to move furniture and provide maintenance staff easier access to buildings than can be achieved with a truck. Airports utilize the compact vehicles to haul items out to the tarmac and to parked aircraft. Even professional sports teams find an electric or gas utility vehicle as ideal for transporting equipment and even injured players. That said, the configuration also works well for camping and for general work and hauling in a residential setting. The accommodating bed is well suited for wilderness trips, hunting and moving landscaping tools and supplies.

    The private-use adaptation is amplified by the offering of the UMAX Rally in a 2+2 configuration which replaces the aluminum cargo bed with two additional bucket seats that can be folded down to create more cargo space. Like the standard LUV (light utility vehicle), the four-passenger version offers under hood storage and 23” tires. The 2+2 is a people mover with exceptional durability and a design that shows it means business. Both versions provide an efficient way to move things and people with a compact vehicle that can go places a standard truck cannot easily access.

    For an inside look at the Yamaha UMAX utility golf cart, check out the exclusive interview we had with Yamaha at the 2019 PGA Show.

    Specifications

      Gas EFI AC
    FRAME HybriCore™ chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat HybriCore™ chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat
    BODY Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane

     

      Gas EFI AC
    SEATING CAPACITY Up to 4-Person Up to 4-Person
    SPEED 19.5 mph 19.5 mph
    STEERING Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion
    FRONT WHEEL SUSPENSION Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension
    REAR WHEEL SUSPENSION Unit swing arm with heavy duty coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers Unit swing arm with heavy duty coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers
    BRAKES Self-adjusting mechanical, front and rear wheel drum brakes Self-adjusting mechanical, front and rear wheel drum brakes
      Gas Electric
    SEATING CAPACITY 2-Person 2-Person
    SPEED 12-15 mph (19.3 - 24.1 km/h) 12-15 mph (19-24 km/h)
    STEERING Self-adjusting rack and pinion Self-adjusting rack and pinion
    SUSPENSION Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks
    BRAKES Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake

    Specifications

    FRAME

    Gas

    HybriCore™ chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat

    Electric

    HybriCore™ chassis features a robotic welded automotive ladder-style steel frame protected with a multi-step full-immersion phosphate treatment, electro-deposition epoxy-based coating, and an electrostatic applied polyester/urethane powder topcoat

    BODY

    Gas

    Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane

    Electric

    Custom-formulated thermoplastic olefin painted with a two-part top coat of high-luster automotive-grade polyurethane

    POWER SOURCE

    Gas

    4-cycle OHV, 286 cc, 9.5 maximum hp @ 3600 RPM (per SAE J 1940/1349), single-cylinder, air-cooled, with pressure lubrication system

    Electric

    Direct drive, 48 volts DC, shunt-wound, 3.2 hp

    HORSEPOWER (KW)

    Gas

    3600 rpm (14.25 hp)

    Electric

    8.5/11.4 hp (KW/RPM)

    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)

    Gas

    One 12v

    Electric

    Eight 6-volt Trojan T-105 Batteries

    FUEL CAPACITY

    Gas

    5.2 US GAL (20 LITERS)

    Electric

    N/A

    SEATING CAPACITY

    Gas

    4-Person

    Electric

    4-Person

    SPEED

    Gas

    19.5 mph

    Electric

    19.5 mph

    STEERING

    Gas

    Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion

    Electric

    Self-compensating double reduction helical rack-and-pinion

    SUSPENSION

    Gas

    Front – Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension, Rear – Unit swing arm with heavy duty coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers

    Electric

    Front – Tru-Trak II™ fully independent automotive-style strut suspension, Rear – Unit swing arm with heavy duty coil springs over hydraulic shock absorbers

    BRAKES

    Gas

    Self-adjusting mechanical, front and rear wheel drum brakes

    Electric

    Self-adjusting mechanical, front and rear wheel drum brakes

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    author-Chad
    Chad has been in the golf cart industry for 5+ years utilizing his skills in sales and marketing as well as producing various online platforms for dealers and OEMs. He resides in a golf community in La Quinta, CA where he takes at least one golf cart ride a day around the neighborhood with his family.