Yamaha Golf Carts Vs. E-Z-GO Golf Carts

By Chad Buleen

Yamaha and E-Z-GO are two of the top manufacturers of golf carts. Although either of these golf carts would work to get you from one hole to the next, there are differences in the functions and abilities of these carts.

Power Usage & Mileage

Yamaha and E-Z-GO both have golf carts that run on gasoline or electricity; however, the Yamaha carts use less energy.

Yamaha's "The Drive" electric cart uses approximately 2,600 DC watt-hours per every three rounds of golf. This is about 10 percent less energy than the E-Z-GO TXT DSC which uses approximately 2,900 DC watt-hours over the same 54 holes.

When it comes to gas-powered golf carts, the Yamaha cart averages 38 percent more mileage per gallon than the E-Z-GO cart. Yamaha's "The Drive" averages more than 28 miles per gallon. E-Z-GO's "Freedom TXT" averages just less than 22 miles per gallon.


Yamaha golf carts have no filter, whereas E-Z-GO carts have oil pumps and filters included in them. Yamaha uses a splash-style lubrication system. This system makes a fuel pump unnecessary. If you are hoping to save money on maintenance, the Yamaha golf cart might be more cost-efficient because there is no need to maintain fuel pumps or replace filters.

Ride Smoothness

Yamaha uses coil-over-shock struts to maximize comfort and minimize the amount of bounce you feel as you drive over the golf course. E-Z-GO golf carts use coil over spring shocks, which makes for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Key Switches

Yamaha key switches are made of Teflon and protected with rubber to help keep out moisture. E-Z-GO golf carts feature metal switches, which can be prone to rusting if they get wet a lot.

Replacement Parts

While both E-Z-GO and Yamaha make durable carts, it is worth noting that eventually golfers will need to get a replacement part. Due to E-Z-GO's popularity, it is generally easier and cheaper to find replacement parts for their carts. However, that gap is continuing to narrow as Yamaha expands production with their increasing popularity. 

About The Author

Chad Buleen is a Society of Professional Journalists-award winning newspaper and magazine writer and editor with more than 10 years' experience. He has been published in "Utah Spirit," "Charleston Gazette," "Idaho Falls Post Register" and numerous other publications. Buleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


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