Po­laris RANGER 500

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

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.

81.7 $8,999

The Po­laris Ranger 500 is a work­horse util­ity ve­hi­cle and a great value.

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