2014 Polaris Ranger XP 900 Delux

Polaris unleashed the Ranger XP 900 in 2013 in several forms, with and without EPS, and the ProStar engine and RZR styling injected a lot of performance into the utility UTV segment. The Pro-Fit cab system and attention to detail are excellent, and the 2014 Ranger XP 900 Deluxe takes styling and features to yet another level. Only the $20,299 Commander 1000 Limited comes with more standard equipment, but the Ranger XP 900 Deluxe has more accessory options and an MSRP that’s $3800 less. Let’s check out the Deluxe’s luxury!

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The base Ranger XP 900 in Sage Green or Solar Red is $13,199 (up $200 over last year), and the Polaris Pursuit Camo is $13,999. The XP 900 EPS starts at $14,199, with the Sunset Red or White Lightning Limited Editions going for $14,999 and the Browning LE being $15,999. The new XP 900 Deluxe with special graphics is $16,499. Can- Am’s Commander 800 DPS is $12,899, and XTs are $14,499 to $17,499 (XT-TT), while the Commander 1000 DPS is $14,199, XTs are $15,799 to $16,649, and the XT-P TT is $19,599. Arctic Cat’s Prowler XTZ1000 EPS is $14,999.

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014?
The Ranger XP 900 was new for 2013 with Turf mode, and the Deluxe is new for 2014. The Ranger XP 900 engine puts out a claimed 60 horsepower and propels the Ranger XP to more than 60 mph. It’s wrapped with an all-new frame with twice the rigidity of the Ranger XP800 chassis, and the engine rides under the palletsized dump bed with a huge muffler for quiet running. The new frame increases suspension travel by an inch and the wheelbase by 5 inches to 81 inches, like a RZR XP 900. Tilt steering is standard, and the XP 900 is available with or without EPS. Limited Editions also have an adjustable driver’s seat, and the Deluxe sports a Bluetooth/MP3 stereo with speakers at both ends of the under-dash, like the 2103 Bronze Mist LE.

The Nuclear Sunset Orange Ranger XP 900 Deluxe EPS has a new cockpit to appeal to the recreational rider, with bolstered cut-and-sew bucket seats, an adjustable driver’s seat, and a center console with integrated storage. Colormatched half doors replace nets and rods and provide more protection and ease of use. I-Beam ROPS cages on all XP 900s accept the Polaris Pro-Fit cab systems, while the bed accepts Lock & Ride accessories.

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HOW IS THE PROSTAR POWER?

Plentiful and predictable. While the 875cc engine is detuned compared to the RZR XP 900’s, it still puts out 60 usable horsepower, and the CVT clutch and EFI are tuned for quick engagement and crisp acceleration. It launches forward with authority, gains speed like it doesn’t weigh over 1300 pounds, and it’ll top out in the low 60s. In slick conditions, the driver will need to use mental traction control when applying the throttle and/or use 4WD, as the motor overpowers the rear tires in 2WD. The ProStar motor makes this one of the fastest utility UTVs, along with the Prowler XTZ1000.

WHAT ABOUT 4WD DELIVERY?
It’s amazing. The CVT and EFI react almost instantly, and the launch is smooth and predictable. In 4WD, the front differential doesn’t engage until sensors detect the rear wheels spinning faster than the front wheels, which eliminates the dreaded 4×4 push when entering turns. It’s also great for climbing hills and mud bogging, and the front diff locks automatically for rock crawling; however, no Ranger is equipped with EBS or Active Descent Control (ADC), so the CVT either freewheels down hills, or you can feed enough throttle to keep the clutch engaged and the rear tires do receive some engine braking.

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HOW ABOUT THE EXTREME SUSPENSION?
It’s on par with the best utility UTV suspension. Dual front and rear A-arms work with preload-adjustable shocks to provide 10 inches of travel all around, and the shocks are tuned for a smooth ride in most conditions. Cranking up the preload helps resist bottoming, especially with a load in the bed, and unloaded, the balance is good. Can-Am Commanders have rear trailing arms with less scrub during travel, but the Ranger XP 900 is right there with it, performance-wise.

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WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLING?
It’s excellent. The XP 900 has a good combination of straight-line stability and turning prowess, and EPS makes snaking through twisty trails easy. Its 60-inch width allows it to corner harder than trail-width RZRs, and the rear torsion bar helps keep the chassis flat in turns. The Ranger 900 is fun to drift on forest-service roads and is a little loose on slick surfaces, so use 4WD in muddy conditions.

HOW IS THE XP IN ROCKS?
It’s trustworthy. The throttle modulates well for delicate climbs, and the on-demand AWD maximizes traction. The suspension articulates well, and it has a foot of ground clearance plus a full skid plate. Better yet, the Deluxe has half doors and bucket seats for more confidence in the cabin, plus EPS. And, it also has the power to spin taller tires.

IS IT A MUD MONSTER?
You bet. Air ducts are at the level of the top frame rails or higher, as the Ranger XP 900 has filtered intakes, like a RZR XP 900. It has excellent CVT seals and protected wiring, a foot of ground clearance and fairly aggressive OEM tires, although they’re only 25 inches on base and EPS-LE models and 26 inches on the Deluxe. The XP 900 has the power to turn much taller tires too.

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HOW ABOUT THE BRAKES?

They’re worthy of a sport UTV. The XP 900 has four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, and the front calipers are twin puck. Stainless-steel brake lines swell less when pressure is applied, so the Ranger stops as hard as it accelerates. It also has low range to slow it on steep hills, but no EBS or ADC like high-end Sportsman ATVs; it does have park in the transmission.

HOW ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?
“TC” should be its nickname. The Deluxe’s custom seats are awesome, and the doors provide easy entrance/ egress and security on the trail. The satellite radio and audio system are awesome, and there is plenty of storage space in the console and dash recesses. Vibration and engine noise in the cabin are minimal, and the driver has EPS, a custom tilt wheel and an adjustable seat. The passenger has one grab point on the ROPS upright and dead pedals for bracing, and the cage is designed for accessory roofs, windshields and even full-cab enclosures.

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WHAT’S OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The Polaris Ranger XP 900 is a hot rod that also does heavy lifting with a 1000-pound capacity bed and 1-ton towing. The Ranger Deluxe is like an off-road limousine. It has an awesome engine, excellent CVT and 4WD systems, suspension, handling, brakes and trail comfort. As the styling implies, the Ranger XP 900 has a lot of RZR DNA, so it’s as much fun on the trail or a weekend outing as it is effective on the job site during the week. Check out coverage of the High Lifter Mud Nationals to see the heights the XP 900 can be lifted to.

SPECS
2014 POLARIS RANGER XP 900 EFI 4X4
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC, 4-stroke twin
Displacement ………………………………………… 875cc
Bore x stroke ……………………. 93mm x 66.4mm (x2)
Compression ratio …………………………………….9.2:1
Lubrication system ……………………………..Wet sump
Additional cooling …………………………………..Auto fan
Carburetion ……………………………….. 40mm EFI (x2)
Starting/back-up …………………………….. Electric/none
Starting procedure …………………..Turn ignition switch
Air filter:
Type ……………………………………………. Paper pleat
Access ………………………… Tool-less, undo 5 clasps
Transmission ……………….. Dual-range CVT w/ reverse
Reverse procedure………… Move range selector to “R”
Drive system … Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives …………………………………………….Shafts
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS
Fuel capacity ……………………………………… 10.0 gal.
Wheelbase ………………………………………………81.0”
Overall length/width/height …………….. 116.5”/60”/76”
Ground clearance …………………………………………12”
Claimed dry weight ………………………………. 1342 lb.
Bed weight limit…………………………………… 1000 lb.
Hitch ………………………………………… 2-inch receiver
Towing limit………………………………………… 2000 lb.
ROLLING CHASSIS
Frame …………………………………… Steel square tube
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front ……………… Dual A-arm w/ prel.-adj. shocks/10”
Rear ………….. IRS dual A-arm w/ prel..-adj. shocks/10
Brakes/actuation:
Front ……………………. Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear ……………………. Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking …………………………………….Lever on console
Tires:
Front ………………………………….. AT 26×10-12 PXT
Rear …………………………………… AT 26×11-12 PXT
ELECTRICAL
DC outlet ……………………………………………..Console
Lighting:
Front ………………….(2) 55W/60W hi/low headlights
Rear ………………………………… Dual brake/tail lights
DETAILS
Instrumentation ….. Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/
clock/2WD-4WD
Colors … Sage Green, Solar Red, PPC, LE Sunset Red,
Ti Matte Metallic, DLX Nuclear Sunset Orange
Minimum recommended operator age ………………..16
Suggested retail price ………………$13,199–$16,499
Contact …………………………..Polaris, (800) POLARIS

RATINGS
MOTOR/TRANNY

Overall power ……………………………..5
Low ………………………………………5
Mid ………………………………………5
Top ………………………………………5
Throttle response …………………………5
Idling smoothness ………………………..5
Shifting/tranny …………………………….5
HANDLING AND CHASSIS
Overall handling……………………………5
Turning precision………………………….5
Turning stability …………………………..5
Powersliding ……………………………….5
Steering ease ……………………………..5
Off-cambers ……………………………….5
High-speed stability ………………………5
Jumping …………………………………….3
Front brakes ……………………………….5
Rear brakes ………………………………..5
Front suspension………………………….5
Rear suspension ………………………….5
Low-speed ride plushness ………………5
High-speed bump control ……………….4
Ground clearance …………………………5
Undercarriage protection ……………….5
Traction …………………………………….5
Hill-climbing ………………………………..5
Downhilling …………………………………4
Water/mud…………………………………5
Rock hounding……………………………..5
RIDER COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Overall ease of use ……………………….5
Startup ease ………………………………5
Seat comfort ………………………………5
Vibration ……………………………………5
Wheel/seat/footrest ……………………..5
Mud/water protection ……………………5
Air-filter access …………………………..5
Control ease ……………………………….5
Range selection switch ………………….5
Storage box size ………………………….5
Storage box access ………………………5
Rear bed space …………………………..5
OVERALL
Overall design ……………………………..5
Fit and finish ……………………………….5
Overall sport ………………………………4
Overall utility ………………………………5
Overall rating ………………………………5

RANGER XP 900 HIGHS:

• Incredible 60-horsepower motor
• High-end CVT smooths out power
• Stiff chassis upgrades handling
• New high in creature comforts
• Turf mode for tighter turning
RANGER XP 900 LOWS:
• No four-wheel engine braking
FINANCING & INCENTIVES
• 2.99% interest & up to $1300 cash
back at press time

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