Shocks are set on the lowest preload setting
and are tuned for a smooth ride; loads or fast
trail speeds will require stiffer preload settings.
Is this a Polaris or a Lexus? The stereo is satellite with Bluetooth and
MP3 compatibility, and there are two 12-volt DC power ports and
blanks in the dash for Carling switches to power and control accessories.
The Deluxe has four drink holders and a center storage console, in
addition to the glovebox and under-dash bins, and the bucket seats
hold occupants much better than the base-model bench seat.
climbing hills and mud bogging, and
the front diff locks automatically for
rock crawling; however, no Ranger is
equipped with EBS or Active Descent
Control (ADC), so the CVT either
freewheels down hills, or you can feed
enough throttle to keep the clutch
engaged and the rear tires do receive
some engine braking.
HOW ABOUT THE EXTREME SUSPENSION?
It’s on par with the best utility UTV
WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLING?
suspension. Dual front and rear A-arms
work with preload-adjustable shocks to
provide 10 inches of travel all around,
and the shocks are tuned for a smooth
ride in most conditions. Cranking up
the preload helps resist bottoming,
especially with a load in the bed, and
unloaded, the balance is good. Can-Am
Commanders have rear trailing arms
with less scrub during travel, but the
Ranger XP 900 is right there with it,
It’s excellent. The XP 900 has a good
combination of straight-line stability
and turning prowess, and EPS makes
snaking through twisty trails easy. Its
60-inch width allows it to corner harder
than trail-width RZRs, and the rear
torsion bar helps keep the chassis flat
in turns. The Ranger 900 is fun to drift
on forest-service roads and is a little
loose on slick surfaces, so use 4WD in
HOW IS THE XP IN ROCKS?
It’s trustworthy. The throttle
modulates well for delicate climbs,
and the on-demand AWD maximizes
traction. The suspension articulates
well, and it has a foot of ground
clearance plus a full skid plate. Better
yet, the Deluxe has half doors and
bucket seats for more confidence in the
cabin, plus EPS. And, it also has the
power to spin taller tires.
IS IT A MUD MONSTER?
You bet. Air ducts are at the level
of the top frame rails or higher, as the
Ranger XP 900 has filtered intakes, like
a RZR XP 900. It has excellent CVT
seals and protected wiring, a foot of
ground clearance and fairly aggressive
A foot of ground clearance, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and a velvet-smooth motor give the
Ranger XP 900 excellent rock-crawling manners, and the headlights have 60-watt high and
55-watt low beams for night rides.