In a battle of six-passenger Utility UTVs, we see how the 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 and Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 compare – by the numbers.

When Can-Am launched the Defender lineup in answer to Polaris’ class-leading Ranger machines, it didn’t take long for the Defender to also make space in the six-passenger arena to take on the mighty Ranger Crew as well. The biggest shot came from the Defender’s HD10 platform with a 72-horsepower 976cc Rotax V-Twin engine, which put Polaris at a disadvantage with its 900-class Ranger motor. The following year, Polaris answered with the Ranger 1000. Also available in the Crew model, the Ranger had the horsepower, but was lacking in other areas like handling and functionality compared to what Can-Am had done with the Defender. Not one to rest, Polaris was already hard at work on the next generation Ranger. Recently, the all-new 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 made its debut. How does it compare to the Defender MAX? Let’s take a look at the numbers to see.

2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 2018 Can-Am Defender DPS MAX
Price $16,299 $16,499
Engine 999cc 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder DOHC 976cc 4-Stroke V-Twin
Horsepower 82 72
Driveline/Differential High Performance On-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf Mode True 4-mode traction system: 2×4 open rear dif., 2×4 locked rear dif., 4×4 open rear dif., 4×4 locked rear dif. Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front dif.
Transmission Automatic PVT H/L/N/R/P; Shaft PRO-TORQ transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Front Suspension Dual A-Arm 11 in. Travel Double A-arm 10 in. travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, IRS 11 in. Travel TTA-HD with external sway bar 10 in. travel
Front /Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers 4-Wheel 220mm ventilated disc brakees with hydrauic twin-piston calipers
Wheelbase 113 in 115.5 in
Overall Dimensions 136.75 x 54.25 x 12.5 in 152.5 x 63.5 x 76 in
Dry Weight 1,936 lbs 1,710 lbs
Front Tires 26 x 9-12; PXT 27 x 9-14; Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear Tires 26 x 11-12; PXT 27 x 11-14; Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Ground Clearance 12.5 in 11 in
Fuel Capacity 11.5 gal 10.6 gal
Bed/Rack Capacity 1,000 lbs 1,000 lbs
Payload Capacity 1,750 lbs 1,750 lbs
Towing Capacity 2,500 lbs 2,000 lbs

We all know about the new Ranger XP 1000 launched late last year. It featured over 100 advancements inspired by feedback from you, the consumer and end user. Polaris let us in on the fact that it had been hard at work developing the new machine when the Defender launched, but weren’t quite ready to release the new model before last fall. The recent introduction of the new Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000, using the same technologies as the three-passenger version, was both expected and welcomed.

The Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 has been around for a couple of years and is an excellent machine. It incorporates many of the advancements of the single-row Defender, such as the in-dash toolbox storage, flip-up under seat storage, thicker seat padding, ergonomic controls and responsive handling.

Engines of Creation

Can-Am Defender DPS MAX Action

As already stated, the Can-Am is powered by a 72-horsepower Rotax V-Twin that is responsive and fun to drive. The Can-Am has three driving modes. Normal is exactly as you’d expect, and Work mode limits the speed of the machine, but allows for full use of the power and torque of the motor. ECO mode maps the fuel consumption to optimize fuel use, making it a great tool for long days of work or play.

Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Working

The new Ranger is powered by massive new 999cc ProStar Twin-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 82 horses. It has a normal and a performance mode with the drive-by-wire throttle that gives you different power curves depending on your driving style and needs.

Functionality

The Ranger has an all-new single piece frame assembly that gives it increased cargo capacity the bed will now haul 1,000 pounds of cargo and the Ranger can tow 2,500 pounds. This bests the Defender, which can carry 1,000 pounds in the bed and tow 2,000 pounds.

Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Profile

The biggest differences are in the interior room. The Ranger has added an additional 5 inches of clearance for getting in and out of the vehicle both in the front and rear passenger areas. They have also bumped up the seat thickness by 25% and added under-seat storage, ala the Defender. The Ranger has 12.5 inches of ground clearance to the Defender’s 11 inches. The Defender MAX runs 27-inchh tires, while the Ranger rolls on 26-inch tires.

Polaris also added a pre-wired bus bar to the electrical system. This allows for simple plug-and-play accessories. Polaris claims you can add an LED lightbar to the Ranger from box to fully installed and wired in less than 20 minutes. There is also the elephant in the room of the new looks of the Ranger. Most either love it or hate it. We admit that the longer look of the Ranger Crew works well with the style.

Can-Am Defender DPS MAX Studio

The new Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 starts out with an MSRP of $16,299. It comes in green, Sunset Red, and Polaris’ Pursuit camo. Polaris also has its HVAC Northstar edition available. The Can-Am Defender Max DPS HD10 starts out at $16,499, hard composite roof and a high-quality finish. Head to your local dealer to take a look at both machines for yourself.

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