When it comes to off-road specialty vehicles, few can compete with the quality of Polaris, particularly when it comes to ATVs. Of course, even among the premium products that Polaris offers, certain ATVs stand out.
Each ATV on this list serves a unique purpose, from recreation and utility to racing and touring, and they fair well in side-by-side comparisons with the competition. Here are our top Polaris ATV picks.
Sportsman 570 6x6
If you're into off-roading, you probably like 6x6 vehicles of any variety. With six tires and 44 horsepower, Polaris's 6x6 utility edition is built for work. You should get the smoothest ride possible across your worksite with 9.5" wheel travel, an independent suspension, and 11.5" wheel clearance. You'll have 1,500-lb towing capacity and 1,115-lb payload capacity with this 6x6. And, if you're looking to transport people too, the Polaris Sportsman 570 6x6 offers an integrated passenger seat.
For braking power, the Sportsman 570 6x6 employs an engine-braking system with active descent control, which will prevent that pesky downhill Polaris braking issue of days gone by. The Sportsman 6x6 comes in sage green.
For off-roading at any pace, scramblers are the way to go. And, among scramblers, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable ride than what the Polaris Scrambler 850 offers, with its high-mounted, stainless-steel exhaust with dual-balanced shafts. The high mount keeps your limbs well above obstacles, while the extra-wide footboards, premium bush guard, and narrow knee placement help prevent fatigue.
Sportsman Touring 85-
If you're looking for the same level of power with a long-distance configuration, the Sportsman Touring 850 might be more your speed. And, if you have an off-road riding partner, it might be their speed as well since the Touring 850 has a high backrest seat with handles to keep them secure.
The Sportsman Touring 850 uses a 78hp ProStar 850 twin engine with electric fuel injection (EFI) for some of the hardest working reliability in any climate. It comes in Polaris ATV's premium SP trim with all-wheel drive, 11.5" ground clearance, and rolled independent suspension.
Sportsman XP 1000 S
The Sportsman XP 1000 S is one of the highest-powered production sport ATVs available. This beautiful, massive machine boasts 14.5" of ground clearance, a 55" platform, and 27" duro tires. The rolled independent shocks have impressive 12.5" front wheel travel and 14" rear-wheel travel.
The rack has a 500-lb capacity and the XP 1000 S has an additional 1,750-lb of towing capacity. The Sportsman XP 1000 S uses a new Prosteer steering design for improved maneuverability.
Sportsman XP 1000 Highlifter Edition
If you're looking for even more power, you might look into the top-of-the-line Sportsman XP 1000 Highlifter special edition. This option is especially attractive if you're looking into a Polaris for mudding. The lowered gear transmission is specifically tuned for travel across muddy terrain with legendary performance.
Even among off-roading giants like Can-Am, Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki, Polaris Industries ATVs stand out as exceptional products. Whether you're looking for a piece of worksite equipment, racing machine, or an off-roading and mudding masterpiece, Polaris has you covered. Polaris ATVs offer youth ATVs, as well, if you're in the market. Polaris assembles their exceptional off-road vehicles in Roseau, Minnesota. If you're a powersports enthusiast, you can't go wrong with Polaris.
This post was originally published on October 4, 2019.