the Sportsman Touring is much like the
old 500 Touring, with a MacPherson
strut front and IRS dual-A-arm rear
suspension. It also has a new one-piece
seat with backrest and grab handles for
the passenger, plus the engine not only
gives the 570 Touring a new personality,
it has extra electrical power for running
accessories like a winch.
As for the base-model Indy Red RZR
570, it is unchanged for 2014, except
for a $300 higher MSRP. The 570 Trail
LE is Blue Fire for 2014 and $12,299,
which includes EPS, blue paint and
matching graphics, Turf-mode 1WD,
and optional EBS/ADC.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
MSRP for the RZR 570 jumped to
$10,299 for 2014, and the Sportsman
570 Touring is $7699 (the same as the
2012 XP 550). The Sportsman 550
Touring with EPS is $9299, while the
Can-Am Outlander 500 Max starts at
$8799 and jumps to $10,299 for the
Max XT-EPS. Arctic Cat’s TRV500 is
$7999, while the TRV550 XT EPS is
$10,199 and the TRV550 Limited EPS
is $11,199. The 570 Touring is even
less than the base Grizzly 550, which
is $7999. The Wildcat Trail 700 is
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014?
Mostly the engine on the ATV.
Compared to the carburetor-fed 500
engine, the ProStar 570 has a modern,
DOHC, four-valve head and 42mm EFI
throttle body, and it makes 22 percent
more horsepower at 44. More compact
castings and a CVT cover make the 570
Touring a full 3. 25 inches narrower than
the 500, and the wheelbase is 3 inches
longer than the high-end Sportsman
550’s. The new 570 Touring even weighs
less than the Sportsman 550 EPS, but
it comes with 25-inch Carlisle 489s
instead of the 550’s 26s. Besides the
narrower midsection and new engine,
Which offers more bang for the buck, the 2014
Polaris RZR 570 EFI or the Sportsman 570 EFI
Touring? We gathered four test riders and passengers
and hit the sand, rocks, mountains and woods to see
which performs better and offers the most comfort
and confidence. If you’re really sporting, the 570
Touring will do wheelies, but the RZR won’t.
Both the 570 RZR and Sportsman Touring are great mounts for 50-inch
USFS trails, but the ATV has a third 50-watt headlight that follows the
front wheels for better night vision around turns. The Sportsman also has
under-rack storage, front and rear, while you have to get the Trail LE
RZR for the glove box or under-hood waterproof case.
Bed capacity on the RZR is 300 pounds, and it has Polaris’ Lock-and-Ride accessory system and tie-down loops. The Sportsman 570
Touring hauls 270 pounds of cargo on its front and rear racks, and it
only tows 1225 pounds, while the RZR tows 1500 pounds. Both have
9. 5 inches of independent rear-suspension travel.