_Yamaha VX Cruiser
The mission was not so simple. Build a watercraft with an economical four-stroke engine, a soft contoured "cruiser" seat and features found on high-end PWCs. Up to that point, no problem. But Yamaha wanted the new VX Cruiser to carry a value-oriented price tag. That's where the competition falls short.
We think the three-passenger VX Cruiser ($8,299) is poised to take the title of the number-one selling PWC away from its stable mate, the VX Deluxe. The contoured seat from the luxury FX Cruiser transforms the VX Cruiser into a capable and comfortable long-distance touring watercraft. It even has two backrests for the driver and back-seat passenger, allowing riders to sit "in" instead of "on" the saddle. This important distinction gives passengers a more secure feeling when riding.
The motivation for the VX Cruiser comes from Yamaha's reliable MR-1 engine that develops 110 hp at 8,000 RPM. Top speed comes in about 53 mph, plenty fast for most buyers, especially when you consider the fuel economy.
Standard features include a glove box, dual cup holders, mirrors, reverse lever, multifunction digital display and Yamaha's Security Mode and L-Mode transmitter to disable the ignition or reduce top speed for beginners.
• Cruiser seat has backrests for long-distance cruising.
• Extended rear platform has an optional reboarding step.
• MR-1 engine runs smoothly and is miserly with fuel.
Dry Weight: 712 lb.
Engine: Four cylinder, four stroke
Fuel Capacity: 15.9 gal.
Best of the Rest
The $7,599 VX Sport has a more traditional seat, but still has the MR-1 engine and multifunction display of the more expensive VX Deluxe and VX Cruiser.
FX Cruiser High Output (HO)
For exceptional comfort and performance, this $11,299 PWC sports 160 hp. The 18.5-gallon fuel tank, efficient engine and comfort make it perfect for long trips.
For more information: **www.yamaha-motor.com**