Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013)
(w/ 1 x 1052cc Yamaha MR-1)

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VX Cruiser (2012-2013)
Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Test Video

We’re tempted to use the term entry level, but with a boatload full of features, it’s anything but. What we will call it... is affordable. It has many features, so it is not a striped-down version of anything. On the other hand, it is not the big kahuna of PWCs either. Rather it is your basic, well-equipped Yamaha ready for beginners or just anyone who want to have the fun of a PWC without having to sell grandma’s jewels. The VX Cruiser is Yamaha’s most affordable Cruiser yet it shares some of the features you’ll find on their top-end FX Cruiser models. This watercraft is aimed to please the family looking for luxury and affordability and, bow to stern, it’s a great package.

Key Features

  • Available in Silver Metallic and Yacht Blue Metallic
  • Yamaha’s exclusive Cruiser seat provides comfort and support to the driver and passengers
  • Remote-controlled security system with Low RPM mode for added fuel efficiency
  • Dual mirrors for maximum visibility
  • Multi-function electronic information center
  • 1052cc, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine
  • Yamaha’s exclusive high-compression molded hull is formed to exact dimensions for the best fit and finish
  • More usable storage that includes a new larger glove box with dual cup holders
  • All VX models are optimized to operate using regular unleaded fuel


Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Specifications
Length Overall 126.8''
Dry Weight 712 lbs.
323 kg
Beam 46.1''
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 15.1 gal.
57 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Engine options
Std. Power Yamaha MR-1 four-stroke
Tested Power 1 x 1052cc Yamaha MR-1
Opt. Power Not Available

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Captain's Report

Yamaha VX Cruiser

The VX Cruiser from Yamaha is an affordable way to get maximum fun on the water, with comfort for the long haul.

The VX Line Redux...

This is textbook Yamaha marketing. Boating families want to get on the water for short money and Yamaha is stepping up to deliver. Their VX line is surprisingly affordable but not lacking in performance or style. These are PWCs made by people who get on the water with regular Joes and listen to what those folks want in a wet day on the water. So it’s no surprise that they’ve re-engineered the VX lineup to keep those customer feedbacks squarely in mind. For example, the hulls have been stretched four inches at a point just abaft the steering column. This gives a better, more comfortable feel to the handlebars, and allows for a more comfortable stance for your feet.

Yamaha VX Cruiser

Check out the comfortable cruiser seat. The hull has been stretched to give better comfort at the handlebars as well as better positioning of your feet. Note the trademark Yamaha waterspout at the stern to make you more visible to other boaters.

Next, Yamaha added to the stern platform making it larger and easier to re-board as well as use for a launching pad for swimming, diving, or boarding a tube.

Yamaha VX Cruiser

Then they loaded in a 1052cc four-stroke four-cylinder power plant driving a 155mm high pressure pump.

Other New Details...

The mirrors were then raised up out of the “hit zone” when docking, and now they’re also easier to see what’s going on behind you as they’re at a much more natural height.

Yamaha VX Cruiser

Throw in a whopping 15.1 gal (57 L) of storage and you have a package that’s ideal for a family aching to get on the water for a fraction of the price of a sportboat. And because they’re so light, they can be towed to the water behind almost anything short of a motorcycle. But... the most notable feature about all watercraft from Yamaha... everything is built by Yamaha. That means that if something should go wrong with your waverunner, Yamaha will stand behind it with no finger pointing to outside vendors.

The VX Cruiser...

At the top of the food chain is the VX Cruiser. Not only is the VX Cruiser built up, it’s loaded with standard features, beginning with the remote transmitter. This device not only prevents unauthorized starts, but also lets you limit the rpms for better fuel economy. (This clever device also helps keep the kids from getting into trouble, but don’t tell them that).

The reboarding step makes getting back onboard after a spill a cinch, and it retracts neatly away when not in use. But the best new feature is the comfortable cruiser seat. This is clearly a waverunner that is not only fun to thrash around in, but take off on the long haul with. It’s that comfortable.

Yamaha VX Cruiser

The VX Cruiser is also roomy enough for three people (so long as they are relatively trim).


The VX Cruiser is 128.7” (3.27 m) long, 46.1” (1.17 m) wide, and she’s 45.7” (1.16 m) high. Her dry weight is only 750 lbs (340 kg) and she carries 15.9 gal (60 L) of fuel.

And now for the good news... you can have this Yamaha VX Cruiser in your garage for as little as $9,599. As we have said for years, everyone ought to have a PWC, and now everyone should be able to afford it.

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 7.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.01 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 10.21 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 146 miles (234.96 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 1052cc Yamaha MR-1.
  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) is 2.6 sec. seconds.
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Standard and Optional Equipment

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Warranty

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 1 year limited warranty

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Price

Yamaha VX Cruiser (2012-2013) Price
Pricing Range $9,599.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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