harder in areas where there’s room for
speed. Also, the added confidence of
the cage, bucket seats and shoulder
belts deliver a more comfortable ride
in the RZR, and it has almost an inch
more front travel to soak up bumps. So,
the ATV has a higher level of exposure
as speeds rise, but it has a higher
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?
Both are very good and live up to the
“Hardest working, smoothest riding”
mantra, but the RZR has more and
better suspension. Both have rolled IRS
with 9. 5 inches of rear-wheel travel,
but the RZR has a dual-A-arm front
end with 9.0 inches of travel, while the
Sportsman has the 500’s MacPherson
strut by Sachs and 8. 2 inches of travel.
Combine the eight A-arms and two
anti-sway bars and the RZR 570 takes
the suspension department.
WHICH IS A MUD MONSTER?
Both are, and the Sportsman 570
was one of the few Polaris winners at
the High Lifter Mud Nationals. The RZR
570 has ducting for the CVT and engine
routed to the bed, like the XP 900 and
1000, so it draws air at about shoulder
level (about 3 feet). The Sportsman 570
Touring also has a sealed airbox that
draws air from under the tank cowling
and CVT ducts to the same height,
and the riders sit higher on the seat.
The Touring also has raised rear foot
platforms that act as water-wheelie
pegs when riding alone.
WHICH ROCKS IN ROCKS?
Both are good. The Sportsman
WHICH HAS THE BETTER CVT AND
Touring has a bit more ground
clearance and can get into tighter spots
the RZR by a couple of lengths and
keeps the advantage at speed. It also
accelerates harder from turn to turn
and pulls harder up hills. Shoot, if the
passenger leans back enough, the
Sportsman will wheelie. The RZR is still
pretty quick, but the Touring is quicker.
Both have the same all-wheel-drive
(AWD) system and CVT, although
the heavier RZR has different clutch
tuning to deal with the extra 242
pounds, plus fuel and cargo. In 4WD,
both have rear-wheel drive until the
tires spin, and then the front diff is
engaged and locked. This helps fight
the dreaded front-wheel-drive push
going into corners, and all four tires
pull you out of the turn. It’s a great,
user-friendly system, but neither the
RZR nor Sportsman has an engine-braking system (EBS) or Active
Descent Control (ADC) like an XP
850 or 550. On steep descents, what
engine braking there is slows only the
rear tires, which tend to slew on loose
soils. The only difference here is that
the Sportsman range-selector lever is
longer and has more leverage than the
WHICH HANDLES BETTER, UTV OR ATV?
They’re very close, but the ATV is
more agile, narrower, lighter and 11
inches shorter in wheelbase, so it’s
easier to snake through twisty trails. It
also gets into and out of tight situations
better than the 50-inch RZR with its
48-inch width; however, occupants of
the RZR sit much lower in the chassis,
and the RZR has front and rear torsion
bars to fight body roll, so it can corner
WHICH 570 IS FASTER?
The Sportsman 570 Touring. It has
the same horsepower as the RZR,
which weighs 970 pounds, while the
ATV weighs only 728 pounds. That’s
16. 54 pounds per horsepower (PPH),
while the UTV carries 22.05 PPH. From
a standing start, the 570 Touring pulls
The motor department is almost a tie, with
both the UTV and ATV using the same
567cc, DOHC single with dual-range CVT,
but the RZR has a 40mm EFI throttle body
and its own CVT clutch tuning, while the
Sportsman uses a 42mm EFI throttle body.
The RZR puts out a claimed 45 horsepower,
and the Sportsman produces 44 horsepower,
but the ATV has a much better power-to-weight ratio.
While the RZR 570 has dual-A-arm front suspension with 9 inches
of travel and a front torsion bar, the Sportsman 570 Touring has a
Sachs MacPherson-type strut with only 8. 2 inches of travel. Both have
excellent hydraulic disc brakes and 25-inch tires.
The RZR has the comfort and security of bucket seats and shoulder
belts, plus the tilt steering wheel and adjustable passenger T-bar, and
it has the same instrument package as the Sportsman, but it doesn’t
have an ignition over-ride button for getting unstuck like the ATV.