Polaris RANGER 500
the Polaris ranger 500 was the fullback of this year’s test. If you’ve got work to do and don’t want to bust your budget, this is your machine. The rig earned high marks for its overall quality of build, with a stout, strong frame and a 500cc Prostar engine that produces 32 hp. The AWD system allowed for switching from 2WD to 4WD with the push of a button; it can operate in 2WD with a differential lock or without, allowing for sharper turns and less turf damage when you’re driving it on lawns (or food plots). The dumping cargo box had plenty of room, and the gas assist made dumping heavy loads a bit easier.
Our test model lacked power steering, and that omission cost it a few points in the handling category, and the absence of engine braking was bothersome. Its 9.75 inches of ground clearance was a bit less than that of others tested, while its top speed of 46 mph was on par with the rest of the field.
This no-frills work machine featured adequate storage. With Polaris’ reputation for durability and an MSRP of $8,999, it was an obvious choice for the Great Buy award.
The Polaris Ranger 500 is a workhorse utility vehicle and a great value.