We test out and compare these 50-inch trail-friendly Sport UTVs
Polaris ATVs and UTVs – Models, Prices, Specs and Reviews
After 30 years of building snowmobiles, the first Polaris ATVs began showing up on dealer floors in 1985, throwing a wrench in an industry that up to that point was completely dominated by Japanese brands. Not only were these 1985 models the first Polaris ATVs…they were the first American-made ATVs.
The first Polaris ATVs were the four-wheeled Trail Boss 250 and the three-wheeled Scrambler 250. The Trail Boss was equipped with MacPherson strut front suspension, which Polaris continues to use to this day.
Polaris ATVs have pushed the boundaries ever since and the brand saw huge success with the venerable Sportsman 500 and its innovative front storage system. But when most people think of Polaris, the first thing that comes to mind is the RZR. The first ever Sport-UTV was released for the 2008 model year and it has completely changed the industry with innovations and power increases coming at a breakneck pace.
The industry’s first UTV designed for young drivers (10 years old and up), the RZR 170 features a 169cc engine that comes equipped with electronic power steering. Each model comes with seat belts, safety nets, tilt steering, adjustable seat, two helmets, and a training DVD. Prices start at $5299.
The most affordable RZR for adults, the RZR 570 retails for $10,599 and features a 45-horsepower ProStar 570 engine, 9 inches of suspension travel, 10.5 inches of ground clearance, and is just 50 inches wide so it is trail legal in width-restricted trails. A 570 Premium model is also available with power steering, Maxxis tires, aluminum wheels, and more.
The most power 50-inch RZR available is the RZR 900, which comes with a 875cc engine that produces 75 horsepower. Other features include 10 inches of suspension travel, 11 inches of ground clerance, and 26-inch tires. A RZR 900 Premium model with power steering and a RZR 900 Fox Edition with upgraded suspension are also available. Prices start at $13,399.
RZR S 900/S 1000
Featuring the same 75-horsepower engine as the RZR 900, the RZR S 900 is 10 inches wider for a more planted feel and its shocks dole out 13.2 inches of travel. Upgrade to the RZR S 900 Premium for power steering and Walker Evans shocks. Prices start at $15,299. You can also move up to the RZR S 1000 and get all the same featuers with an extra 25 horsepower.
The RZR RS1 is a single-seat UTV that boasts ProStar 999cc engine that produces 110 horsepower. Other features include 21 inches of front/rear suspension travel, Walker Evans Needle shocks, 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires, center-cockpit seat, and 64-inch width. Prices start at $14,999.
The deepest line of RZR models is the RZR XP family. The base model ($18,599) features a 110-horsepower engine, 20 inches of suspension travel, 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires, and Walker Evans Needle shocks. A host of other XP models are also available, including the RZR XP Turbo (168 horsepower), and RZR XP Turbo S (168 horsepower, 72-inch width, 25 inches of suspension travel, 32-inch tires). All three are offered in four-seat versions and there are trim variations for each.
RZR XP Pro
The current flagship of the RZR family is the RZR XP Pro. It comes standard with a 181-horsepower engine, Walker Evans 2.5 Needle shocks, 20”/22” suspension travel, and 30-inch Maxxis Carnivore tires. Premium and Ultimate trim options are also available, which add things like LED accent lighting, DYNAMIX 2.0 suspension, and Fox shocks. Four-seat versions of all three trim levels are also available. Prices start at $22,999.
RZR Special Editions
For those that want something a little different, there are a handful of RZR Special Edition models available. Included on this list are the RZR XP 1000 Trails & Rocks and the RZR XP 1000 High Lifter, which is ready for action in the mud. Prices start at $22,299.
Polaris’ other Youth UTV is the General 150, which features a 150cc engine, geofencing technology, digital speed limiting, seat belts, adjustable seat, two helmets, and training DVD. Prices start at $5499.
The only electric vehicle in the Polaris family, the Ranger EV is ultra quiet, making it perfect for hunting trips or operation in sound-restricted areas. It offers up a 500-pound cargo bed capacity and 1500-pound towing capacity. Its single 48-volt electric motor produces 30 horsepower. Prices start at $11,899.
With a more compact footprint, the Ranger 500 can carry two people and is the most affordable non-Youth model in the Ranger family with a base price of $9499. Features include a 500cc ProStar engine that produces 32 horsepower, 500-pound cargo bed capacity, 1500-pound towing capacity, and 10 inches of ground clearance.
A more powerful two-seat option is the Ranger 570. Features include a 44-horsepower ProStar 570 engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, 800-pound cargo bed capacity, and 1500-pound towing capacity. An EPS version is also available, as is a stretched-out four-person Ranger Crew 570-4. Prices start at $10,199.
Ranger 570 Full Size
Sharing the same engine as the two-seat 570, the Ranger 570 Full Size has a wider footprint to make room for three people. It comes with an 800-pound cargo bed capacity and 1500-pound towing capacity. If you need to carry even more people, the six-seat Ranger Crew 570-6 is also available. Prices start at $10,499.
Ranger 1000/Crew 1000
The Polaris Ranger 1000 is designed to offer flagship performance at a more affordable price point. It features a 999cc engine that produces 61 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque, 1000-pound cargo box capacity, and 2500-pound towing capacity and the base model sells for $12,999. EPS and Premium trim levels are available, as is the six-seat Ranger Crew 1000.
Ranger XP 1000/Crew XP 1000
The Ranger XP 1000 shares all the same towing and cargo bed capacities of the Ranger 1000, but features a more robust powerplant that delivers 82 horsepower and 62 lb-ft of torque. It also offers up 13 inches of ground clearance, 11 inches of suspension travel, three drive mode throttle control, power steering, and more. Prices start at $16,899 for the three-seat version and $18,099 for the six-seat Ranger Crew XP 1000. There are also a number of Special Edition models like the NorthStar Edition, Texas Edition, and HighLifter Edition.
The Polaris General fits in between the RZR and Ranger lines as an all-purpose machined equally at home on the jobsite or on the trail. The General 1000 features a 100-horsepower engine, 600-pound cargo box capacity, power steering, 12 inches of ground clearance, and standard half doors. A Premium trim level offers up a front bumper and winch, while a Deluxe trim features Fox 2.0 Podium shocks, roof, and Rockford Fosgate audio system. Four-seat versions of the base General and the Deluxe are also available.
General 1000 XP
The flagship of the General lineup is the General 1000 XP. This machine has the same 100-horsepower engine and adds a host of features like 30-inch Pro Armor Crawler tires, Walker Evans Velocity Shocks, 13.5 inches of ground clearance, 4500-pound winch, roof, convex rear mirror, low-profile bumper, and Rockford Fosgate audio system. The two-seat version retails for $22,999, while the four-seat model has an MSRP of $24,999.
There are an impressive number of Polaris ATVs available designed for young riders. The Outlaw 50 (6 and older) and 110 (10 and older) bring back memories of the old Outlaw 450/525 Sport ATVs. The Outlaw 50 relies on a 49cc carbureted engine, while the 110 has a 112cc fuel-injected mill. Both come standard with a helmet and training DVD with parent adjustable speed limiting and a safety tether. Prices start at $2199.
For young riders (10 and older) who want a machine that can work and play, the Sportsman 110 has front and rear racks and relies on a 112cc engine. It also comes standard with a helmet, training DVD, parent adjustable speed limiting, and safety tether. Prices start at $3399.
Bigger kids (14 and up) looking for an ATV that is a bit more capable can look at the Phoenix 200. It features a 196cc engine, dual A-arm front suspension, swingarm rear suspension, helmet, training DVD, and parent adjustable speed limiting. Prices start at $4199.
Polaris ATVs for adults start with the Sportsman 450 and 570. These machines share the same chassis, with the 450 being powered by a 33-horsepower 500cc engine and the 570 by a 44-horsepower 567cc engine. Both offer 485 pounds of payload capacity and 270 pounds of rack capacity. You can tow 1200 pounds with the 450 and 1500 pounds with the 570. Multiple trim levels are available for each machine, including a two-seat Touring 570 model. Prices start at $6249.
The next level up in Power is the Sportsman 850, which boasts a 78-horsepower engine. Other features include 360 pounds of front/rear rack capacity, 1500-pound towing capacity, and 11.5 inches of ground clearance. Also available is the two-seat Sportsman Touring 850. Prices start at $8899.
Sportsman XP 1000
Offering a whopping 90 horsepower, the Sportsman XP 1000 is the most powerful ATV in the industry. Features include 10.25 inches of suspension travel, 12 inches of ground clearance, 360 pounds of rack capacity, 1500-pound towing capacity, and 14-inch aluminum wheels. A two-seat Sportsman Touring XP 1000 is also available. Prices start at $12,099.
Sportsman XP 1000 S
The current king of Polaris ATVs is the new Sportsman XP 1000 S, which shares the same engine as the XP 1000, but takes everything else to another level. Features include a 55-inch width, fully adjustable Walker Evans Premium shocks, 27-inch Duro Powergrip tires, 14.5 inches of ground clearance, 500-pound rack capacity, 1750-pound towing capacity, and 3500-pound winch. Prices start at $14,999.
The Scrambler 850 is a Sport machine that doesn’t skimp on comfort. It features a 78-horsepower engine, 26-inch CST tires, 11.5 inches of ground clearance, wide floorboards, and 75 pounds of rack capacity. Prices start at $10,299.
Scrambler XP 1000 S
As you would expect from the name, the Scrambler XP 1000 S takes a lot of cues from the Sportsman XP 1000 S. Features include an 89-horsepower engine, Walker Evans 3-way adjustable shocks, 55-inch width, 14.5 inches of ground clearance, 27-inch Duro PowerGrip II tires, 11-inch Pro Armor lightbar, and front differential and half shafts borrowed from the RZR XP 1000. Prices start at $14,999.
Sportsman 6×6 570
For Polaris ATVs that can really work, look no further than the Sportsman 6×6 570. This ATV has room for two people and features six-wheel all-wheel drive, dumping cargo box that can hold 800 pounds, 1500 pounds of towing capacity, and 11.5 inches of ground clearance. Prices start at $11,399.
Sportsman X2 570
The X2 has been a staple for many years and for good reason. It has versatile 1-up or 2-up configuration and features a 400-pound dumping cargo box, and 1225 pounds of towing capacity. Prices start at $10,199.
The Polaris ACE family is small, but offers up models in a variety of power levels. These machines fall somewhere between ATV and UTV, offering a single seat with a protective ROPS. The ACE 150 ($3999) is a youth model and comes with a helmet and training DVD. The ACE 500 ($7299) provides a 32-horsepower engine with a compact 61.5-inch wheelbase. The ACE 570 ($9299) includes a 45-horsepower engine and electronic power steering. The flagship is the ACE 900 XC ($13,299), which boasts a 78-horsepower engine, Walker Evans compression adjustable needle shocks, more than 12 inches of wheel travel, and three gallons of front storage.
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