You’ve saved up some money and have decided you have about $12,000 to spend on a new UTV. That’s awesome, as there are several good ones to choose from. When you break it down, it becomes a matter of what you really want for your money. On one end of the spectrum is the popular Polaris Ranger XP 900, a machine that set the standard for big-bore utility performance. At the other is the Cub Cadet Challenger 750. Let’s take a look at how they compare…by the numbers.

2018 Cub Cadet Challenger 750 EPS 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900
Price $11,899 $12,299
Engine 735cc five-valve single cylinder four stroke 875cc ProStar Twin
Horsepower 37.5 68
Driveline/Differential Front and rear locking dif On-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf Mode
Transmission CVT Automatic PVT H/L/N/R/P; Shaft
Wheelbase 76.5 in 81 in
Weight 1,580 lbs 1,324 lbs
Front Tires 26×9-14 25×10-12
Rear Tires 26×11-14 25×11-12
Ground Clearance 12 in 12 in
Fuel Capacity 7.6 gal 10.0 gal
Front Suspension Dual A-arm / 9 in Dual A-arm / 10 in
Rear Suspension Dual A-arm / 8.2 in Dual A-arm / 10 in
Front /Rear Brakes Hydraulic disc 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
Bed/Rack Capacity 500 lbs 1,000 lbs
Towing Capacity 1,200 lbs 1,500 lbs

If Horsepower is Your Game…

The horsepower king in this comparison is obviously the Ranger XP 900. These machines have sold so well for Polaris that it has kept it going, even dropping the price several thousand dollars. The machine continues to be one of the best sellers in the Polaris lineup. You can score a base-model XP 900 for $12,299, and there have been some sweet sales going on that can bring that down even more. For that money, you get a 68-horsepower machine, but not electronic power steering. If you want to add that, it’ll cost you another grand. You can get the Ranger up to 60 mph with little effort.

Polaris Ranger XP 900 Working

The $11,899 Cub Cadet Challenger 750 EPS has a 735cc single-cylinder engine that pumps out 37.5 horsepower. This will push the Cubby up to a claimed 45 mph, although most tests have said that is pushing it. However, the Challenger’s engine does have good power for what it does and is a capable machine. It also has power steering and a few other things going for it that don’t come on the bare-bones Ranger.


If you want to accessorize your ride, the Cub Cadet comes with a pile of things as standard equipment. It has a roof, windshield, side mirrors, full doors, 3,500-pound winch, full front bumper, aluminum wheels and aggressive tires.  If you want the same to come on your Ranger XP 900, it’ll run the cost up over $16,000.

2017 Cub Cadet Challenger 750 Action Profile


The Cub Cadet can tow 1,200 pounds and haul 500 pounds in the cargo bed. It has a two-inch receiver hitch, too. Compared to other machines of similar horsepower, this is right around what you’d expect. Add in the stellar accessory package and the Challenger looks to be a serious contender.

Cub Cadet Challenger 750 EPS Studio

The Ranger can haul 1,000 pounds in the cargo bed. It also has a two-inch receiver and can tow 1,500 pounds. With its bench seating, it can hold three people, compared to the Cub Cadet’s two. If you want a bare-bones, horsepower king, take a look at the XP 900. It has proven that it won’t let you down.

Polaris Ranger XP 900 Studio

Learn more about the Cub Cadet at your local dealer, or by going to the website.

To learn about the Polaris Ranger, go to the Ranger website or visit your local dealer for more info.



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csi-tech says:

I bought the Cub Cadet 550 Challenger. Absolutely correct about the shifter being sort of “spongy”. I also have experienced some trouble with the brake interlock being a bit too hard to disengage where I’ve had to pull the parking brake to get it out of park. I have managed to get bound up where I can’t go forwards or backwards and it’s stuck in park. My friend said goose the gas a bit. It totally worked. Most of the issues can be chalked up to my inexperience. Other than that I have gone deep into the woods to recover a deer, all over my farm and over downed trees and through creeks. So far, it is capable, very well equipped and breaking in nicely.

jrgrey says:

My 750 EPS has been at the dealers for 6 weeks now. Can’t seem to figure out why the machine stalls out if hitting the gas very quickly, like on a steep incline. Otherwise we have issues with the shifting lever being very hard to operate going into and out of Park. So hard in fact it takes two hands to operate and some times operating the throttle to succeed. My dealer is of little help so far.

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