HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
The Polaris Ranger ETX costs
$8799. Honda’s Pioneer 500 is $8499.
Kymco’s UXV 450 starts at $7999.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A fuel-injected, 325cc, double-overhead-cam, four-valve, single-cylinder engine. The engine may sound
small for a UTV, but it puts out 31
horsepower. As we discovered, that’s
more than enough for fun on the trail
and getting chores done.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A belt-type, fully automatic,
continuously variable transmission
with high and low range, neutral and
reverse. It’s the same type used in most
larger UTVs, but there is no automatic
engine braking feature to help slow the
machine on downhills.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an
HOW FAST IS IT?
automatic-locking front differential. In
4WD, the system remains in 2WD until
the rear wheels turn faster than the
fronts. Then, the front differential locks
automatically, and power is applied to
the front wheels. It sounds strange, but
it works well, and there’s less to think
about than on some systems where
you select one setting to engage 4WD
in limited-slip front differential mode and
another to lock the front differential.
It’s surprisingly quick. We didn’t
expect to be thrown back into the seats
by the ETX’s acceleration, but we were
truly surprised by how well it moves.
The Ranger ETX quickly motors to a top
speed over 40 mph. The engine pulls
hard enough to handle normal hauling
and towing chores.
Forget that the
engine is 325cc. The
fuel-injected, double-overhead-cam, four-valve engine’s 31
horsepower gives the
ETX plenty of grunt.