HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s comfortable on the trail and can
handle heavy hauling. The Ranger
ETX is a sport utility machine, so its
suspension lets the machine handle
speeds and bumpy terrain that are too
much for pure utility UTVs. It’s bouncy
compared to a pure sport machine,
but it’s fine for trail riding. When there’s
work to be done, the spring preload on
the rear shocks can be adjusted to deal
with the extra weight. The tilting bed
can carry 500 pounds, and a gas strut
assists dumping. The front struts aren’t
adjustable, but they worked well for
everything we did with the Ranger.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s nimble and predictable. The
Ranger ETX weighs only 1045 pounds
dry, which is very light for a UTV, so
it has a sporty, willing feel. There’s
no power steering, but the steering is
light, and the Ranger corners securely
without too much body roll. In slippery
turns, the ETX even drifts predictably if
you like. This machine’s compact size
and tight turning radius make it perfect
for tight trails and confined work areas.
It’s 58 inches wide, so it’s not trail-legal
at all locations.
HOW IS IT FOR HILLS?
It’s a good climber. The ETX isn’t a
HOW ABOUT MUD AND WATER?
machine you go hunting for hill-climbs
with, like some high-powered UTVs,
but it has enough muscle to handle
what comes your way on typical trails,
and the 4WD system provides plenty of
grip on slippery or soft climbs. With no
engine braking, downhills call for some
more care from the driver than on some
vehicles, but the Ranger’s brakes are
more than up to the task of slowing the
machine in any condition.
The ETX is ready for it. This machine
has 10 inches of ground clearance, and
the air intakes are ducted to handle
The Ranger ETX
have fun on the
trail. It’s not as fast
as some machines,
The MacPherson strut front end has 9 inches
of travel to smooth out bumpy trails.
Dual-A-arm rear suspension supplies 10 inches of travel, and a sway bar limits body roll.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
There’s enough power to tackle
tough trails. We climbed some tall,
steep hills with the Ranger, and it
didn’t fly over the top, but it climbs
confidently. There’s also plenty of low-speed grunt for slow, tight, challenging
terrain where it’s hard to use
momentum. It’s impressive how relaxed
and smooth the engine is at a normal
trail-cruising pace, and there’s some
reserve power on tap when you need it.
This thing is a fun, capable machine for
cruising trails, exploring or hunting.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
MacPherson struts up front with 9
inches of travel and double A-arms with
10 inches of travel in the rear. A rear
sway bar limits body roll.