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Polaris Ranger XP Review

Polaris Ranger - UTV
2006 Polaris Ranger XP

The RANGER XP takes the 4 x 4 off-road utility vehicle to the next level. RANGER XP is powered by a liquid-cooled Polaris 700 twin-cylinder EFI engine pumping out 40 hp the highest allowed by law. Its specs shatter the status quo and include a 50 mph top speed and 1750 lb. towing capacity. Its the first utility vehicle with Electronic Fuel Injection for fast starts even in extreme temperatures and altitudes.

The Polaris Ranger feels more at home on the farm or out hunting than it does in the dunes. But if you are looking to haul around more people, and aren't wanting to do any real hard core duning, this could be the UTV for you.

There are lots of aftermarket accessories for Polaris Rangers, but more of them tend to be geared towards work.  Snow plows, weed eater racks and winches.  Not much in terms of long travel kits.


Three person front seat - Polaris Ranger

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.

Polaris Ranger Seat Height - 34"

The Polaris Ranger has a seat height of 34".  This moves the center of gravity up quite a bit from the Rhino and RZR.


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 Prowler.

113" Long, 60" Wide and 75" Tall.

Dry weight is 1185 lbs, but it is built to carry 1000lbs. in the bed!

Seat Belts

Lap Belt in the Polaris Ranger - No Shoulder Harness

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.


Displacement/HP 683cc / 40 HP
Cooling Liquid-Cooled
Engine Type Polaris twin cylinder
Lubrication Pressurized wet sump
Oil Capacity 2/1.9 qts/ltr
Carburetion Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Fuel Capacity 9/36 gal/ltr
Coolant Capacity 3.3/3 qts/ltr
Alternator 500 watts
Starting / Battery Electric / 12V - 30 AH
Drive Train
Transmission Auto - PVT (Polaris Variable Transmission)
Gear Range In-line, Dual-range forward and reverse
Drive Switch-engaged on-demand true 4-wheel shaft drive
Front 26 x 8 - 12 PXT Radial
Rear 26 x 11 - 12 PXT Radial
Front Suspension MacPherson strut with 8.0 in of travel
Rear Suspension Independent 9.0in of travel
Turning Radius 148in / 376cm
Wheelbase 76in / 193cm
Front / Rear Brakes Foot-activated 4-wheel hydraulic disc, stainless steel lines
Parking Brake Foot-activated dedicated mechanical disc
Dry Weight 1185 lbs / 539 kg
Length/Width/Height 113x60x75in / 287x152.4x190.5cm
Ground Clearance 11 in
Load Capacity
Box Dimensions 54x36.5x11.5 in / 143x101.5x31.5 cm
Box Volume 13 cubic feet
Box Capacity 1000lbs / 454kgs
Hitch Towing Capacity 1750 lbs / 794 kg
Vehicle Payload Capacity 1500lbs / 681kgs
DC Outlet Dash Receptacle
Brake Light / Taillight Standard/Standard
Headlight 2-Dual beam (hi / lo) - 35w quartz - halogen

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