As 2018 winds to a close and the new year rapidly approaches, you might be asking yourself “Should I get a 2018 Polaris Ranger 570 Mid-Size Crew, or should I pop on the 2019 edition?”. Or perhaps, you’re questioning other Polaris Ranger models like the 900 or 1000 -- which do have more power, but also cost more. While you compare and contrast the price differences (which, at present, amount to around $3,000 between the 2018 and 2019 Polaris Ranger Mid-Size Crews) and performance specs, a quick look into the economics at play may also aid you in your decision making process.
Typically, Polaris dealers -- and all vehicle dealerships for that matter -- offer close-out prices near the end of the year, discounting the previous year’s models during the latter weeks of December. If the yearly sales were anything but exceptional, there will likely be a number of 2018 Ranger 570 Mid-Size Crews left in the inventory, leading dealerships to lower the prices for their old stock in order to make room for the next year’s models -- usually through large rebates and cash-back offers that are hard to ignore.
Furthermore, with competitive financing options and low interest rates, you may be tempted to go all out on the newest yearly edition. However, if you carefully consider all the aftermarket side-by-side accessories you can add on to the Polaris Ranger 2018 Mid-Size 570 Crew with the money saved, the latter option becomes increasingly compelling from both a performance and savings standpoint.
2018 Mid-Size 570 Crew Accessories
Keeping the above in mind, let’s consider some aftermarket upgrades that could tip the scale in favor of the 2018 Polaris Ranger 570 Mid-Size Crew. Tires and wheels are accessories that many side-by-side riders simply must upgrade. Twenty-seven-inch tires are about as big as you can go on the 570 Mid-Size Crew without a lift kit -- any bigger and the machine will drag and rub. If money is no option, a full blown 3” lift kit is the best option for a better, smoother, ride. However, if you are on a tight budget, forward a-arms with a bracket lift will do the trick.
One should also consider that with the new Polaris Ranger Mid-Size Crew comes a new body style. And while more aftermarket accessories have become available for the new body style in recent months, they were -- and to a certain extent still are -- limited to Polaris branded parts at the high prices associated with the Polaris brand. More and more manufacturers are beginning to create aftermarket UTV gear for the new Mid-size Crew body style, but there are undoubtedly more options for the old body style.
Is The 2018 Mid-Size 570 Crew Right For Your Needs?
In addition to the body style, when comparing the 2018 Polaris Ranger Mid-Size 570 Crew to other options in the Polaris Ranger lineup, there are several other pros and cons that should be fleshed out in order to make the right decision. For example, the Ranger 570 Mid-Size is narrower than the Polaris Ranger 900. This can be beneficial if you plan on riding 4-wheeler trails or wooded areas where wider-stance models wouldn’t fit. True there is less room in the cab, and fitting three full-grown passengers in one row would be difficult, but if you opt for the crew cab, you should have enough seating with the additional row of seating in the back.
The 2018 Polaris Ranger 570 Mid-Size Crew is also noticeably louder than other Polaris Ranger models, which is of particular importance to hunters. But don’t let that be the determining factor, as there are many aftermarket mufflers and exhaust systems that can reduce your noise output as well as increase performance.
Last but certainly not least the 570 motor is also an issue of contention among Polaris Ranger enthusiasts. It has been around for a long time, so it is obviously dependable, tried and true, and has all the kinks worked out. While it is geared for lower power -- without turf mode and the related problems that other Polaris lines experience -- it is still more than capable of tackling pretty much anything that a 900 or 1000 motor can. And while we could go on and on about the differences between UTV motors -- and Polaris Ranger motors in particular -- we’ll digress and leave this topic aside for another day.