Polaris Ranger XP Review
2009 Polaris Ranger XP
2009 Polaris RANGER XP - More rugged styling, improved
ergonomics, easier steering, more cab space and exclusive Adjustable
Dual A-Arm front suspensionThe new 2009 models feature more seat and leg space, reoriented gas and brake pedal
for improved operator comfort, new angled-back seat that is similar to a car and
a relocated brake lever for operation inside and outside of the vehicle. Polaris
also redesigned the steering wheel for better steering with gloves and added
standard tilt steering with the highest range of motion for maximum comfort.
Along with tilt steering, the new models have a 50 percent easier steering
effort which helps maneuverability in tight areas such as farm yards or woods.
Exclusive to RANGER, the new models feature motion ratio and
preload suspension adjustment front and rear. The new Dual A-Arm front
suspension has two upper shock mounting points on each wheel giving a
motion ratio adjustment that dramatically increases stiffness of
suspension. The preload adjustment, available on each wheel, increases
the initial spring compression for a 30 percent stiffer ride when
We kept all the features that make a RANGER great, Electronic Fuel
Injection, Independent Rear Suspension, Polaris True All-Wheel Drive;
and completely re-engineered the rest to include more rugged styling,
improved ergonomics, easier steering, more cab space and exclusive
Adjustable Dual A-Arm front suspension, to create the next generation of
RANGER utility vehicles that work even harder and ride even smoother.
It is hard to call the Polaris Ranger XP a
"side-by-side" when it is the only UTV with seating for three straight
from the factory. We have seen six in them at the sand dunes in Glamis with a
custom roll cage and seats in the bed.
The big thing about the Polaris Ranger is its size. This
thing is just a lot bigger than a Rhino or RZR. About the same size as the
113" Long, 60" Wide and 75" Tall.
Dry weight is 1185 lbs, but it is built to carry 1000lbs. in
The lap belt in the Polaris Ranger is fine for utility work,
but for sport use, a lap belt is dangerous. If you are going to use for
sport/recreation, plan to install a 4 or 5 point harness.
There is a lot more storage in the 2009 vs. 2008.
Under the hood you will find a small area that is great for tow strap or
tools, but it also is setup so you can easily add another battery.
Plus there is a bunch of room under the seat and also several new cubby type
areas in the dash.
Polaris did a great job improving the styling of the 2009
Ranger XP. Much more aggressive looks really set off the vehicle.
If you are looking for a UTV that is built to do work, but
can still get out on the trail and handle the sport side of things, the 2009
Polaris Ranger XP is worth a look. I was very impressed with the cargo
handling, braking, ride and fun that can be had in the 2009 Ranger XP.
Polaris did a great job with all the refinements made for the 2009 models.
- Engine: 683cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve,
- Lubrication: Wet sump
- Fuel Capacity: 8.8 gal.
- Oil Capacity: 2 qt.
- Coolant Capacity: 3.25 qt.
- Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection
- Starting: Electric
- Alternator: 500W
- Transmission: CVT Polaris Variable
- Drive: Lockable rear differential
- Wheelbase: 76
- Turning Radius: 158
- Dry Weight: 1,237 lb.
- Length / Width / Height: 114 x; 60 x
- Suspension, Front: Dual A-arm w/9.6
- Suspension, Rear: Independent w/9.0
- Brakes, Front / Rear: Foot-activated
4-wheel hydraulic disc; hand-activated
mechanical parking brake
- Tires, Front (XP): 26x8-12
- Tires, Rear (XP): 26x11-12
- Cargo Box Load Capacity: 1000 lb.
- Payload: 1,500 lb. (includes weight of
operator, passenger(s), cargo and
- Hitch Tongue Capacity: 150 lb.
- Towing Capacity: 2,000 lb.
- Headlights: Standard (2 x 50W)
- 12V DC Plug: Standard
- Brake Light: Standard LED