The 2021 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is the perfect go-to if money is no object. The 999cc parallel twin spits out 82 hp, there’s up to 135 inches of ground clearance available, and a 2,500-pound tow capacity. With seating for three and five packages aimed at specific use cases, Polaris has a Ranger XP 1000 for nearly everyone. Flashy wheels, LED lighting, and nice paint may seem like unnecessary trim on a utility rig, but they help transform the Ranger from a run-of-the-mill buckboard to a side-by-side you don’t mind running around in on the weekend.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
the differentiates itself from the standard 1000 model in a few ways, but the most important is power delivery. The 82 hp 999cc parallel twin is a stout powerplant, delivering nice grunt down low where you need it on the farm. The three-mode throttle control changes the vehicle’s personality from snappy sport machine to torquey work rig. The CVT gearbox is nice and smooth, and the on-demand AWD system makes switching between four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, and turf mode simple.
Like most work rigs, eschews fancy sport suspension for tried-and true bits. Still, we’ve enjoyed wheeling the machine around. Electronic power steering (EPS) is standard, and the dual A-arm suspension front and rear allows for a decent amount of flex. Keep in mind this unit is made to work with big payload and towing capacities, both of which require stiff springs.