Golf carts are an important part of the golf game and, on many courses, a required element of play. In country club communities, personal carts often function as second cars. These vehicles are often used for shuttling on corporate and institutional campuses as well as on golf courses, leading some companies to label their vehicles "golf cars." Performance, reliability, comfort and style are all important criteria for judging the best golf cart. In this article, we review EZ Go Golf Carts, which have a long and successful history.

EZ Go Golf Carts has been a leader in the design and production of golf carts since 1954. Now, with the introduction of the EZ Go Golf Carts RXV Series, the company continues to bring vehicles to the market which meet the demands of today's players and golf club managers.

EZGO RXV Golf Cart Cowl Kit, Black, 41.25-Inch - 645759G0011
  • Used on 2008-Current E-Z-GO Gas and Electric RXV Golf Carts without Lights
  • Revitalize the appearance of your RXV Golf Cart with a color change to the front body with a new cowl
  • Provides the structural body assembly for the vehicle's front exterior Available in an assortment of appealing colors

The EZ Go Golf Carts RXV Series represents a completely re-engineered line from a company that has been a pioneer and trendsetter in the golf cart industry for over 60 years. Three fuel options have been developed for the RXV line: electric, gas-powered and a hybrid combination of the two with an auxiliary gas motor supporting the electrical system. This gives both private owners and golf courses real choices

 

Energy efficiency and low maintenance were key goals in the development of the RXV carts. Testing has demonstrated they have achieved great success in the performance of the RXV cart in these areas.


EZ Go Golf Carts RXV Product Specs


The Electric Version

EZ Go Golf Cart Electric Version

The EZ Go Golf Carts' exclusive AC drive uses an alternating-current motor and electrical power train. This gives the cart outstanding hill-climbing power while at the same time operating with increased energy efficiency. The cart's parking brake automatically engages whenever the vehicle stops. The electric RXV features an innovative 48-volt AC power system. With four 12-volt batteries, the RXV has the power to last through many rounds of golf.


The Gas-Powered Version

gasoline powered RXV

The gasoline powered RXV features a 13 horsepower, 401 cc single-cylinder engine. This engine gets 50% more miles per gallon and conforms to EPA and CARB standards.


Exceed Hybrid Technology

Exceed Hybrid Technology logo

The Exceed Hybrid Technology™ is a fully integrated supplemental power source for EZ Go Golf Carts electric vehicles. This system is now available on the EZ Go Golf Carts Freedom RXV as well as on a street-legal vehicle made by the company. With this supplemental fuel system, the RXV can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge. The cart's 48-volt electric power train is backed up with a small, 6 horsepower, gas-powered generator.

Pricing For Golf Carts

Optional features affect the final price. Some pricing is available on the Internet but there are lots of options and a dealer will quote a price based on the feature choices of the customer. Golf carts are a product that can be subject to seasonal or end-of-season sales as well. The EZ Go Golf Carts are compact carts designed specifically for golf course use and are at the low end of that price range, which also includes the larger carts used for shuttling and golf.


How EZ Go Golf Carts Compare To Other Brands

We picked several other golf carts available on the market to see how EZ Go Golf Carts compare. We chose these models from other established companies in the industry:

  • Club Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart
  • Electric Golf Cart Hybrid UTV HJS
  • Yamaha Concierge Golf Cart

E-Z-GO RXV Body and Cowl Golf Cart Package
  • Used on 2008-Current E-Z-GO Gas and Electric RXV Golf Carts without Lights
  • Revitalize the appearance of your RXV Golf Cart with a change to the front cowl and rear body with E-Z-GO's Body and...
  • Provides the structural body assembly for the vehicle's front and rear exterior Available in an assortment of appealing...

This golf cart model gets high praise from dealers who carry multiple lines of golf carts. The longevity of the EZ Go company, its commitment to technology improvements, its pride in its warranty program, and a long-standing good reputation make the brand an important one to consider. The RXV model has been engineered to be as efficient and energy-saving as possible.

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These vehicles are sold by dealers who will quote a price once the optional feature choices have been determined.

Efficiency/Energy Costs  

The RXV model earns a  high score for its energy efficiency. EZ Go Golf Carts has engineered the RXV models with dramatic improvements over earlier models, cutting energy costs by as much as 30% at the same time giving the cart a 10% improvement in range. This is an especially attractive benefit for carts in club fleets. The gasoline model of the RXV cart, with its 13 horsepower 401cc single-cylinder engine, gets 50% more mpg and conforms to both EPA and CARB regulations.

Design Quality     

This cart has a compact, sporty look. There is a good color selection available.

Warranty

The EZ Go RXV has an excellent warranty plan. They offer a lifetime warranty on the frame of the cart, two years or 7,000 miles on the battery, and two years or 10,000 miles on remaining parts and components (whichever comes first - the miles or the years). They pride themselves on the excellent terms of their warranty program..

Pros

  • Three fuel options
  • Energy saving improvements
  • PowerWise QE charger means recharging is faster and battery life extended

Cons

  • Designed primarily for golf course use
  • Not well-suited for street travel
  • Rear seat safety has been questioned by some techs

Club Car Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart

Club Car Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart

Club Car is another company with a long history of innovation and performance in the golf cart industry. In the Precedent i3 model they introduce their Connected™ Technology, a communication innovation that offers advantages both for players and club managers. This digital communication system means players can email their scores to themselves.

For club management, it is a powerful tool to manage the flow of play over the entire course. It also can assist club managers with coordinating tournaments and special events, developing club databases and designing new and creative ways to communicate with players. This model has superior fuel efficiency and power thanks to its single-cylinder EFI engineIt is highly rated for the range of the engine and for its on-board chargerThe 48V Club Car Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart has a rear seat that flips to accommodate two additional passengers.

Price (Approximate Only) 

Pricing available online ranges from a sale price of around $$. Contact a local dealer for a price quote.

Efficiency/Energy Costs

The Club Car Precedent earns high marks for the excellent fuel efficiency of its engine. Its on-board charger is a great feature that makes this an efficient model for the user.

Design Quality

The Club Car Precedent has the look of a rugged, classic car. It has a rear seat for the option to accommodate four people. It has been designed to provide a stylish ride around both the golf course and the neighborhood. In many golf course communities, golf carts function as second cars.

Warranty

This golf cart has a warranty program that compares favorably to its competitors. This model has a two-year bumper to bumper warranty, with a three-year warranty on the battery and three-year warranty on the power train.

Pros

  • Large selection of commercial grade accessories
  • Rustproof aluminum frame for corrosion resistance
  • Rear flip seat offers seating for four persons
  • Connected™ technology offers communication with the club house

Cons

  • Not comfortable for more than two people even though it has the rear flip seat
  • Technology system may be more than the average golfer cares about

Electric Golf Cart Hybrid UTV HJS-EV5 Big Horn

Electric Golf Cart Hybrid UTV HJS-EV5 Big Horn


This Utility Task Vehicle, UTV for short, is a hybrid model that offers an auxiliary gas motor and tank as backup to the powerful electric system. This cart has a 5000 watt motor with vehicle voltage of 60 V DC. It has two-wheel drive and operates on five 12v batteries. It's capable of a maximum speed of 25 mph. Roof and convertible rear bench seat are standard equipment. The brake system is hydraulic disc and there is a manually operated mechanical parking brake. Optional features available include turn signals, a set of side mirrors, a folding windshield, winch and Dump Bed kit.

Price (Approximate Only)

Pricing available online for this model shows a range from under $$. Contact a local dealer for a price quote.

Efficiency/Energy Costs

This golf cart has a high-efficiency, 4-stroke overhead cam engine, which is EPA approved.

Design Quality

This is a practical-looking vehicle with a utilitarian style.

Warranty

The warranty period for parts including electrical components (some exceptions may apply) is one year from purchase date. Engine warranty is one year from date of purchase. The other models we are comparing offer two- to three- year warranties.

Pros

  • High-performance charger: 60V 1.2KW
  • 5000W motor for increased torque
  • Hybrid function

Cons

  • One-year warranty is shorter than competitor warranties
  • Limited color selection of white, blue or green

Yamaha Concierge 4 Golf Cart

Yamaha Concierge 4 Golf Cart

The Yamaha Concierge 4 Golf Cart is highly regarded by professional golfers. This true four-seat cart is perfect for carting a four-some on the golf course or shuttling in settings like private airports, resorts and large campuses. It provides plenty of comfort with its wide, cushioned seats. It has a smooth, quiet ride and is designed to provide a luxurious, first class experience. With its 48-volt AC motor, the Yamaha Concierge 4 is capable of a forward speed of 19 mph. It can climb a 20° incline. The battery configuration can be either six 8-volt batteries or eight 6-volt batteries.

Price (Approximate Only)

Contact a local dealer for a price quote. This model may be higher priced than the others we are comparing, but this is a larger cart intended for comfortably transporting four people. It works as well for shuttling as for playing golf.

Efficiency/Energy Costs

The Yamaha golf cart has a 4 cycle 24.5 cubic inch engine which has a rating of low emissions. It has a two-stage urethane foam pre-cleaner and a high capacity pleated cartridge.

Design Quality

Quality design is a priority in this model. There is a wide range of color selection for both the frame and the roof canopy. With its permanent four seat design, it has an elegant and substantial look. Paint color options reflect the classy image of this cart: Glacier, Emerald, Garnet, Tanzanite, Moonstone Metallic, Onyx Metallic, and Sandstone Metallic. The seat upholstery and sun top color is Stone.

Warranty

The Yamaha Concierge 4 has a standard 2-year Limited Vehicle Warranty.

Pros

  • Wide, comfortable seats
  • 5 mph energy-absorbing bumpers on both front and rear
  • Comfortably seats four people

Cons

  • At 128 inches long, it may seem a little unwieldy in some golfing situations

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E-Z-GO RXV Body and Cowl Golf Cart Package

Club Car Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart

Club Car Precedent i3 Electric Golf Cart

Electric Golf Cart Hybrid UTV HJS-EV5 Big Horn

Electric Golf Cart Hybrid UTV HJS-EV5 Big Horn

Yamaha Concierge 4 Golf Cart

Yamaha Concierge 4 Golf Cart

Conclusion

The E-Z-Go RXV Golf Cart stands up well in comparison to other carts. Its emphasis on energy efficiency has been very effective. Price-wise it is competitive with other brands. The development of the hybrid option indicates the company's continuing interest in upgrading its products. We give the E-Z-Go RXV Golf Cart 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend that people in the market for a golf cart look for a local dealer who can answer their questions and give them a price quote on this model with the options they want.