Every UTV has its pros and cons, and the perfect machine for one rider might not be optimal for another. And so the case is with the Polaris Ranger Crew, a larger machine capable of hauling maximum cargo and passengers. Yet the very thing that makes it the perfect machine for handling large loads also makes it underwhelming on tight trails. Is the Crew size Ranger for you? We’ll discuss further this piece of side-by-side engineering, so you can determine for yourself if this rig is the right rig for you and your UTV needs.
Pros Of The Polaris Ranger Crew
With large bench seats, ample room, a big bed, and the power to haul a tremendous amount of weight, there are few occasions where you’ll be overloaded or need to haul more than the Polaris Crew can handle. After all, if you only wanted to haul two people you may as well have gotten a four-wheeler.
Compared to other UTVs and side-by-sides, Polaris machines produce way less vibration and noise. The room inside the Crew is crazy to say the least, and plenty big enough for the whole family plus gear. Hunting is where the Polaris Crew shines though, as it is tough, there’s room for gear, and the exhaust and engine are both very quiet. The ride and power steering is amazing compared to other utility side-by-sides as well, and most of the riders you’ll talk to couldn’t imagine owning anything but a crew Polaris. If you can afford the Northstar edition, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll regret it.
The 2020 Ranger Crew 1000 XP Northstar with ride command is among riders’ favorites. It offers a great smooth ride and is a pulling beast. With air conditioning, heat, and a window washer, most riders who own this machine wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Not only does the Polaris Crew gave the capacity to seat more people (great for job sites, moving crews, etc.) but the seats are larger as well. Add the fact that they have storage under the front seats and you’ve got yourself a vehicle that can be loaded to the brim with cargo, gear, tools, and spare parts. Furthermore, the resale value of the Crew is second to none. If your need change or you’re wanting to upgrade to the latest Crew, you’ll have no problem selling your old one — so long as it’s not loaded with aftermarket stuff that reduces the target market size and makes it less general and more specialized.
Cons Of The Polaris Crew
Yes there’s a lot to praise about the Polaris Crew. But nothing in life is perfect, as is the case with the Crew. One obvious feature of the Crew is it’s large size, which is great if you need the capacity, but not so great in tight trails. The turning radius isn’t great to say the least, and it’s a lot harder to turn around in tight areas. Additionally, some of the older Crew models might feel a little underpowered, and the suspension on the Crew is stiffer than other Ranger models. Add to this that the seats are straight up and don’t recline and your back might be a little sore after a long day of riding.
Another con of the Polaris Ranger Crew is the net doors that come stock on the machine. If you add aftermarket doors and a roof to the total cost of the vehicle, it becomes more expensive than the factory sticker price. But if you install a soft cab and make your own roof you can cut some costs.
With regards to clutching, the Ranger Crew — and most other Rangers for that matter — the clutch and transmission leave a bit of room for improvement. Putting these machines in gear is a bit more difficult than, say, a mid 2000 Rhino, where when you put it in gear you knew it was in sync. However, these issues can be mitigated with a clutch kit — like the Gilomen clutch kit and tune.
Some regard the Ranger as a work side-by-side, meant for tooling around on the farm, in the woods, and just working. They can haul mulch, drag trees, carry gravel, and transport you to your hunting blind. People expressing this opinion would argue that If you want to rock climb, mud bog, or jump hills, you should purchase something suited for that type of riding. However, with the right modifications, the Ranger can be whatever kind of side-by-side you want it to be.
The Polaris Ranger is built off of the 900S RZR, with the same motor and transmission. Just because the plastic is different doesn’t mean it’s not to be played with. Anything can be made to play or work, including the Crew-size Polaris Ranger. After doing some improvements such as adding a Giloman clutch, SuperATV suspension, etc. you’ll fid that the Crew has plenty of power and is more than capable of accomplishing most tasks. Sure it might turn like a school bus, but most people are more than willing to have a larger turning radius to gain the many other benefits that a Crew provides.