Sadly, 2019 will be the last year for the Polaris Ranger 900. But thankfully for all us power sports lovers, Polaris’ 2020 lineup promises to be one for the record books. In the 900s place, the 2020 Polaris Ranger and 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 will leave nothing behind. So if you’re debating on what Polaris Ranger to buy or are just interested in the new lineup of Polaris Ranger UTVs, you’ve come to the right place!
In terms of differences between years, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is the same as last year, also a twin cam engine with 82hp. The new Polaris Ranger 1000, (which is replacing the Ranger 900) is a totally new motor, single cam with the 61-62hp.
With this 61-62 hp ranger and 55 lb ft of low end torque, the new SOHC engine in the 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 has a configuration that makes it a complete torque monster. For Polaris to have actually released torque specs for their 2020 Rangers is a huge deal. If they brag about it publicly, you know it must be something worth letting out there. And despite having horsepower on the lower end, horsepower doesn’t put you back in your seat, torque does. Horsepower is basically how fast you hit the wall. Torque, on the other hand, is how far you take the wall with you. Besides, with a Gilomens tune you can unleash at least 20 more ponies from your engine without even breaking a sweat.
The new 2020 Polaris Rangers will have two different cams, single and dual overhead cams. Polaris also made improvements on the clutch and did away with the reverse chain -- which is now now gear driven. The 1000 level Ranger starts at $13,000, and the Ranger 1000 XP starts at $16,900. This, however, is only the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP,) so you can probably get a better price from a good dealer.
Other than price the biggest thing that you get with the new 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 XP is the dual overhead cams -- more power up top and less torque down low. The non XP Ranger has more torque at 3000 rpm. Compared to the 2017 1000 XP’s -- which had a single chain drive for reverse and a not-so-good stock clutch -- the entire driveline of the 2020 Polaris Rangers is much better (plus, they also have more power at a lower RPM).
Between the extra comforts of the Polaris Ranger 1000s, the fact the 900s will be obsolete now, and the fact that most people want full power, many riders are choosing the XP 1000 as their new toy in 2020. While the standard Polaris Ranger is more economical than the XP 1000, a lot of side-by-side owners still prefer the XP with the better dash and instrument panel. Further, the location of the muffler on the Ranger 1000 is kind of dumb if you ask me. You'll put a hole in it or knock it off when you’re in reverse backing up to hitch up a trailer. So if you do have the 1000 edition, you better be careful hooking up a trailer to it.
The 2020 Polaris Ranger Highlifter edition also comes with a few updates. Ranger HL 2020s come with the turbo s gear driven reverse -- which is also found on the 2019 Highlifter and back country editions -- and a new plow mode -- like the Ride Command editions.
Yes 2020 is going to be a good year for the UTV community. With significant changes to their 2020 lineup, Polaris changed up more than the body style. With relatively reduced prices, Polaris is bringing their UTVs to a lower segment and competing directly with the cheaper Can-Am Defenders. But unlike Can-Am side-by-sides, Polaris machines have differentials that are weak and easy to break, their clutches won’t be garbage, and the heat from the motor won’t burn your bum and cook you like a well done slab of meat.