Founded in 1954, Polaris got its start making snowmobiles in Rosseau, Minnesota. To prove their new machines were more than frivolous toys, the three founders climbed aboard, and embarked on a 1,200-mile journey through the Alaskan wilderness in bitter cold temperatures. They completed the trip in 21 days.
From there, things took off. The company expanded its portfolio to include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in 1984, and later, utility task vehicles (UTVs), motorcycles, boats, and electric and military vehicles. Today, Polaris is a global entity, and encompasses more than 30 brands including RZR, Ranger, Sportsman, General, and ACE off-road vehicles, along with Indian motorcycles and GEM electric vehicles.
One of the dominant names in ATVs and UTVs, Polaris makes off-roaders to fit just about any need. The extensive Polaris range includes recreational and sport models that are great for play, and some utilitarian models designed for work, along with some that blur the lines between work and play. Polaris also sells some four-wheelers designed for children as young as six years of age. The lineup also includes an electric model, and workhorses that can carry a crew of up to six.
Types of Polaris ATVs and UTVs
Whatever type of ATV or UTV you’re looking for, Polaris probably has it. Polaris makes ATVs and UTVs under five separate brands for different applications, from casual recreation, to workhorses big enough for a crew, to uncompromising performance machines.
Polaris is particularly worth a look if you’re shopping for young riders, with seven different ATVs and UTVs for kids as young as six years old.
Polaris ATV and UTV Pricing
Polaris ATV and UTV base prices range from about $2,299 to $26,599. That's a wide range, and it make Polaris both more affordable and more expensive than most competitors.
That’s due in part to the huge number of models in the lineup. Between the extremes, Polaris' mainstream models tend to be on the more expensive end compared to some competitors, and a wide range of accessories can quickly add even more to the cost.
Polaris ATV and UTV Lineup
The Polaris lineup includes ATVs and UTVs designed for recreational, utility, and sport use, with separate brands for different categories.
ATVs are divided into Sportsman branded models designed primarily for recreational and utility use, while the ACE series is made up of purely recreational models.
Sportsman models offer seating for one or two passengers depending on trim, while ACE models are single-seat only. Within the Sportsman lineup, a total of 17 separate trims are offered, further divided into categories labeled Recreational/Utility, Touring, Sport, Special Editions, and Youth. ACE models include four trims, designated Base, Premium, Ultimate Trail Performance, and Youth.
ATV prices range from $2,299 for the Youth Outlaw 70 EFI, to $14,999 for the Scrambler XP 1000 S. The least expensive model for adults is the Sportsman 450 H.O. at $6,399.
On the UTV side, RZR models fall under the sport category, while Ranger models are designated for utility use. The General series includes models for both utility and recreation.
RZR models are offered in 17 trims, with models for one, two, or up to four passengers and varying degrees of performance. Base prices start at $5,299 for the RZR 170 EFI for young riders. The least expensive model for adults is the two-seat RZR Trail 570 at $10,599. At the top of the range, the RZR Pro XP 4 starts at $25,699.
The Ranger series includes 16 trims, with seating for two, three, or up to six passengers. All feature a cargo bed. The smallest is the Ranger 150 EFI for young riders, with prices starting at $5,499. Next up is the Ranger 500, a basic two-seat workhorse that starts at $9,499. The Ranger Crew XP 1000 NorthStar Edition tops out the range, starting at $26,699.
The General range includes four trims, including both two- and four-seat models. Straddling the line between recreation and utility, General models offer increased performance and utility, with plenty of power, added suspension travel, and greater towing and hauling capacity. Base prices range from $15,999 for the General 1000, to $24,999 for the General XP 4 1000 Deluxe.
The Sportsman 570 ($6,699) ups the power ante with a 567-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine. It has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is a type of automatic. Its other equipment and features are similar to the Sportsman 450. The towing capacity is 1,350 pounds, and the weight is 705 pounds.
The Sportsman 570 EPS ($7,999) adds electronic power steering, twin tail lights, and a 12-volt outlet. The Sportsman 570 Premium ($8,399) includes unique graphics and paint. The Sportsman 570 Hunt Edition ($10,299) includes a gun boot and mount, among other upgrades. The Sportsman 570 Trail ($8,999) gets a winch and upgraded tires.
For riders needing yet more power, the Sportsman 850 ($8,899) is equipped with an 850-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine and a CVT. Lockable storage is increased to six gallons in two compartments, and the towing capacity is increased to 1,500 pounds. The weight rises to 772 pounds.
Other specs and features are similar to the Sportsman 450 H.O and Sportsman 570. Stepping up to the Sportsman 850 Premium ($10,399) adds electronic power steering, engine braking, and fender flares.
Sportsman XP 1000
At the top of the Sportsman Recreational & Utility range, the XP 1000 ($12,099) includes all the features of other models but gets a 952-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine paired with a CVT. Power steering is standard. The towing capacity is 1,500 pounds, and the weight is 801 pounds.
The Sportsman XP 1000 Hunt Edition ($13,299) is outfitted with a camouflage graphics package, a 3,500-pound winch, brush guards, a gun scabbard, and hand and thumb warmers.
Sportsman Touring 570
Sportsman Touring models add the capacity for two riders without giving up the features or capability of single-seat models.
The Sportsman Touring 570 ($7,799) is powered by a 567-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine, matched with a CVT. One-touch on-demand all-wheel drive is standard. The suspension is independent front and rear, and brakes are hydraulic discs. Other standard features include eight gallons of sealed storage space, front and rear cargo racks, digital instrumentation, and dual headlights and tail lights.
The dry weight is 728 pounds, and the towing capacity is 1,225 pounds. The Sportsman Touring 570 EPS ($8,799) adds power steering. At the top of the range, the Sportsman Touring 570 Premium ($9,699) includes all the features of lower trims, plus close ratio all-wheel drive, active descent control, increased suspension travel, and more.
Sportsman Touring 850
With just one trim, the Sportsman Touring 850 ($11,499) comes loaded with features while packing additional power for two riders or hauling. The engine is an 850-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder paired with a CVT automatic. One-touch on-demand all-wheel drive is standard, along with an independent suspension front and rear and hydraulic disc brakes.
Other standard features include power steering, close ratio all-wheel drive, active descent control, eight gallons of sealed storage space, front and rear racks, digital instrumentation, and dual headlights and tail lights. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds, and dry weight is 804 pounds.
With plenty of power, a sport-tuned suspension, and aggressive oversized tires, Polaris Sport ATVs are built for performance. The Scrambler 850 ($10,299) gets an 850-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine, matched with a CVT automatic transmission. One-touch on-demand all-wheel drive is standard, along with disc brakes and independent suspension front and rear.
Other standard features include front and rear racks, digital instrumentation, headlights, and a lockable one gallon dry storage compartment. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.
Outlaw 70 EFI
The smallest ATV in Polaris’ lineup, the rear-wheel drive Outlaw 70 EFI ($2,299) is designed for riders between six and 10 years of age. Features include an adjustable speed limiter, single-lever disc brakes, and LED lighting. Powered by a 70-cc, fuel-injected, four-stroke single cylinder engine with electric start, the transmission is a CVT. The dry weight is 278 pounds.
Intended for riders 14 years of age and up, the Phoenix 200 ($4,199) is a youth model ATV with full-size features. The engine is a 196-cc, carbureted four-stroke single cylinder, paired with a CVT and rear-wheel drive.
Other standard features include front disc and rear drum brakes, dual A-arm front and rear swingarm suspension, a headlight, a tail light, an adjustable speed limiter, a helmet, and a training DVD.
Polaris ACE 500
Polaris’ entry-level single seat UTV, the ACE 500 ($7,299) is powered by a 500-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine matched with a CVT. One-touch on-demand all-wheel drive is standard, along with independent front and rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Other standard features include a tilting steering wheel and an adjustable seat, three gallons of lockable dry storage, a cargo bed, digital instrumentation, side nets, and dual head and tail lights. The dry weight is 846 pounds, and the towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.
Polaris ACE 900 XC
At the top of the ACE range, the 900 XC ($13,299) features added ground clearance and an upgraded suspension with increased travel. It also has the most powerful engine in the lineup. The powertrain consists of an 875-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine, paired with a CVT. One-touch on-demand all-wheel drive is standard. In addition to all standard ACE 500 features, the ACE 900 includes power steering, quarter doors, a long travel dual A-arm front suspension, stabilizer bar, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Polaris trail UTV lineup starts with the RZR 570 ($10,599), an entry-level 50-inch wide model with seating for two. Power comes from a 567-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine, paired with a CVT automatic transmission. On-demand all-wheel drive is standard, along with a dual A-arm suspension and disc brakes front and rear.
Other standard features include halogen headlights, digital instrumentation, and side nets. The dry weight is 996 pounds, and the towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.
Similar to the RZR 570, the RZR 900 ( $13,999) gets more power with a 875-cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission. In addition to all standard RZR 570 standard equipment, additional RZR 900 features include tail lights, side doors, bolstered seats, larger wheels and tires, and suspension upgrades.
A single-seat performance machine, the RZR RS1 ($14,999) is a powerful and agile off-roader. Powered by a 110-hp, 999-cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine matched with a CVT and on-demand all-wheel drive.
The dual A-arm front and trailing arm rear suspension system has 21-inches of travel and adjustable shocks all around. Standard features include four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, a digital instrument cluster, LED headlights and tail lights, and an adjustable seat.
RZR XP 1000
The RZR XP 1000 ($18,599) combines performance with room for a passenger, with the same powertrain and similar features to those found with the RS1.
The $20,599 RZR XP 1000 Premium includes Polaris Ride Command technology to communicate with other riders, and more additional features.
RZR XP 4 1000
The largest of the RZR XP variants, the XP 4 1000 ($21,499) combines the same powertrain and similar feature set as the XP 1000, with room for up to four passengers.
RZR PRO XP
At the top of the Xtreme Performance range, the PRO XP ($22,999) delivers the most power, performance, and features. Along with a 181-horsepower, 925-cc turbocharged, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled two cylinder engine and a CVT, the PRO XP gets other upgrades including quick-ratio power steering, up to 22-inches of suspension travel, and four-way adjustable bolstered bucket seats.
Compact yet capable, the two-seat Ranger 500 ($9,499) is a basic UTV that’s built for work. Powered by a 500 cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine paired with a CVT, standard equipment in the Ranger 500 includes four-wheel disc brakes, on-demand all-wheel drive, and independent suspension in the front and rear.
Additional standard features include a cargo box, an adjustable tilting steering wheel, analog and digital instrumentation, and headlights and tail lights.
The Ranger 570 ($10,199) includes the features and equipment of the Ranger 500, but with a larger, 567-cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke single-cylinder engine.
The Ranger 570 Premium ($11,899) adds power steering. The wider Ranger 570 Full-Size ($10,499) gets a larger cargo box and seating for three. The Ranger Crew 570 ($11,499) has room for four passengers in two rows.
Combining a 48-volt electric motor and lead-acid batteries in place of a conventional engine, the Ranger EV ($11,899) provides the capability and features of a gasoline-powered Ranger in a quieter and low-maintenance package.
General 1000 Base MSRP: -$22,799
Combining comfort, capability, and performance, the General 1000 ($15,999) offers seating for two or four, and lots of customization options. Powered by a 100-horsepower version of the 999-cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected four-stroke two-cylinder engine paired with a CVT, all General 1000 variants feature on demand all-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes, and front and rear independent suspension. Other standard features include side doors, a rear dump box, analog instrumentation, a 4-inch LED display, and LED headlights and tail lights.
The Premium trim adds larger tires, and a 4,500-pound capacity winch. Deluxe models get adjustable shock absorbers, a roof panel, Bluetooth connectivity, and an audio system. General 4 1000 models offer seating for four in two rows, and are also offered in standard, Premium, and Deluxe trims.
Polaris ATVs and UTVs Warranty
Polaris covers most of its models with a six-month warranty, though some models have a one-year warranty.
Polaris vs. Other Brands
Polaris vs. Honda
Polaris and Honda are two of the most dominant names in ATVs and UTVs, with a wide variety of models, trims, and features. But even the breadth of Honda’s offering can’t match the dozens of Polaris models to choose from.
Polaris also has a greater variety of choices for young riders, with models designed for children as young as six years old. Honda doesn’t make any ATVs or UTVs intended for riders younger than 10 years of age.
Polaris warranties vary by model. Sportsman and RZR models come with a six-month limited warranty, while Ranger models include one year of coverage. Honda provides one year of limited warranty coverage. Polaris base prices range from $2,299 to $26,699, both cheaper and more expensive than the $3,199 to $23,999 range for Honda. Mainstream adult models from Honda are generally more affordable than their Polaris counterparts.
Polaris vs. Yamaha
Like Polaris,Yamaha offers a variety of ATVs and UTVs, including sport, recreational, and utility models. While the Yamaha lineup is not as extensive as Polaris’ it also includes sport and utility ATV models for kids.
Base prices for Yamaha models range from $2,199 for the YFZ50 ATV to $21,699 for the performance focused YXZ10000R SS XT-R. Polaris base prices range from $2,299 to $26,699. Yamaha ATVs and UTVs come with a six-month limited warranty, and some include ten-year coverage for the drive belt. Polaris warranties vary by model. Sportsman and RZR models come with a six-month limited warranty, while Ranger models include one year of coverage.
Polaris vs. Can-Am
Both Polaris and Can-Am cover just about every segment of the ATV and UTV market, offering models designed for recreation, performance, and work.
The basic Can-Am lineup includes five UTV models and four ATVs, and as many as17 separate trims for some models. Still, Polaris has an even wider selection, with dozens of models and variants to choose from.
Can-Am prices range from $2,349 to more than $32,000. Polaris base prices range from $2,299 to $26,699. Can-Am offers a six-month warranty on most models. Polaris warranties vary, with a six-month limited warranty for Sportsman and RZR models, while Ranger models include one year of coverage.