The new Polaris RANGER 570 is smaller and easier to store.
The powersports world saw unprecedented growth in 2021 and Polaris is hoping to continue the trend into 2022 with a plethora of new machines that appeal to a wider audience and offer tons of versatility as well. We recently got the chance to travel to Minnesota and check out the Polaris Off-Road 2022 line and one of the standouts is their new RANGER 570 UTVs.
This machine is available in a slightly downsized two-seat model, and the RANGER 570 full-size, which is nearly identical in size to a standard RANGER XP 1000, just with more affordable pricing.
This machine may be the perfect entry level side-by-side for an ever-expanding and diverse audience of UTV riders. Whether you are looking for power and handling for eating up the rough terrain of the trails, or simply a machine with superior work capabilities, the 570 is worth an extra look.
Specs of the Polaris RANGER SP 570 and SP 570 Crew.
The main thing to know about this machine is that Polaris made the "mid-size" RANGER 570 more compact than the standard size RANGER vehicles. This gives the 570 excellent maneuverability, and it also reduces the amount of storage space. The Polaris engineers were thinking use for smaller yards and storage in garages when they designed this machine. The first thing you will notice is that the 570 is much narrower. The standard models have a 73-inch wheelbase which is a huge reduction when compared to the 81-inch base on their standard models. Combine that with the reduced overall length of 110 inches and you have a vehicle that can fit in the bed of a pickup truck. No extra trailer needed.
Under the hood, this machine has electronic fuel injection (EFI), and is powered by a 4-stroke, single cylinder DOHC prostar 570 engine pumping out about 44 horsepower. Do not go thinking this machine is the RANGER's underpowered relative though. The reduced overall size of the machine means it still has plenty of pep. The drive system is a true on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) with VersaTrac turf mode. Power is not lacking either. This machine can plow snow and has a 1,500-pound towing capacity and a 1,000-pound payload capacity. There is a two-inch ball hitch included standard. The handy dump box is gas-assist and can handle 500 pounds. This means you can fill the cargo box with dirt, rocks, or other materials and quickly dump it where you need it. The 570 can still work hard for those who need it!
At the same time, many of the features of this machine are nearly identical to the ones on the 1000 models. The 570 has 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and electronic power steering (EPS) and tilt steering standard. Subtle differences are in the suspension system of the machine. The 570 sits on 25-inch tires on aluminum black Xcelerator wheels. This gives the machine about 10 inches of ground clearance. The suspension system is slightly different than 1000 models. Polaris gave the rear suspension Dual A-Arm IRS that give about 10 inches of suspension travel in the back and MacPherson struts in the front suspension that give about nine inches of travel. This machine also has a slightly smaller fuel capacity at 9.5 gallons, but that is still more than enough for a full day of adventure.
Polaris has also made it possible to upgrade this machine to their NorthStar Edition package or their Hunter Edition Polaris Pursuit camo package. These packages offer additional functionality and features. The NorthStar edition features a full cab with glass windshield, heating, and ventilation. Both the NorthStar and the Hunter Editions come with a 3,500-pound winch. The Hunter edition also has Polaris' useful active decent control and dual gun scabbards.
For those who want a vehicle with a greater passenger capacity, Polaris also built the 570 in a crew model with four seats. Most of the features of these machines are identical, just expect a heavier dry weight, greater payload capacity, and a longer 144-inch length. The crew model also has 4 ply rated tires on stamped steel wheels. Almost everything else is standard across models.
Storage and accessories.
We already mentioned some of the upgraded models like the NorthStar and Hunter Editions. We also want to take a moment to mention how Polaris gave this machine plenty of additional functionality. The 570 is compatible with the company's Lock & Ride accessory system. This means you can easily add bed extenders, cargo racks, storage boxes, brush guards and more.
We are also consistently amazed at how efficiently Polaris uses the space inside their vehicles. They manage to pack in a ridiculous amount of storage space without compromising leg or head room. The 570 features 20 total gallons of cab storage under the seat and under the dash. There is plenty of space for your tools, hunting gear, electronics, and more. In truth, we are not sure how they manage to do this year in and year out without making the cab feel overly cramped, but we love it.
How does the 570 handle?
Perhaps the biggest question most riders have is how does this vehicle drive? After getting some hands-on time, we were quite surprised to find it handles much like the RANGER 1000 models. If you have driven one of those machines before, everything about the 570 will be familiar. However, if we are being honest, we may like the 570 more than the 1000 models, and we huge fans of the full-size RANGERs.
The differences are extremely subtle in the handling, but the big thing here is the tighter turning radius of the 570 thanks to that narrower wheelbase. It just makes this machine much nimbler than the full-size RANGERs. It is easier to corner this thing down a tight, twisting trail, which we think is going to make this an extremely attractive option for newer riders with little prior UTV or ATV experience. Especially for women and younger riders who will probably find the controls a tad more responsive than some of the larger machines.
From a power standpoint, the 567cc ProStar 570 engine hits that perfect sweet spot between work horse and play machine, which should give it a wide appeal with riders both new and experienced. The machine is peppy without being as intimidating on the gas pedal as something like the Polaris RZR might be for someone brand-new to the powersports world. For a youth driver just graduating from youth machines to adult ones, it feels like the perfect transition point. In the end, all these factors may make the 570 the most versatile machine Polaris has ever built.
Who is the 570 for?
In truth, this machine is for everyone. The RANGER Crew 570 is perfect for the growing family that is maybe not quite ready for a RANGER Crew XP 1000 just yet. The standard 570 is perfect for the small-time farmer who needs a reliable machine to mend fences or check trap lines.
Both machines are fantastic for anyone who is just thinking about jumping into the world of off-road and wants to keep fun up and costs down. The MSRP for the two-seater models starts at just $10,499 and is $11,999 for the crew models. That makes this machine Polaris' most affordable option besides the RANGER 500. Color schemes vary from Polaris Pursuit camo to sagebrush green, Polaris blue, and solar red depending on the model. There is a sharp look sure to fit anyone's tastes.
As we already mentioned, as experienced UTV riders, this may be our favorite UTV option from Polaris yet. This machine just checks all the boxes when it comes to power, handling, cargo space, and storability. If you are a new or experience rider looking for a great UTV at an affordable price, the 570 is worth checking out. See the Polaris off-road website for more information.
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