— Testing a fun youth machine —
Polaris was the first major manufacturer to produce a youth-sized sport UTV nearly 10 years ago—the RZR 170. This year Polaris has introduced another youth model styled after the utility-oriented Ranger line—the Ranger 150. Although this machine is a two-seater, the chassis and engine are nearly identical to the single-seat Ace. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun, because it’s two times the fun.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE?
For 2019 Polaris set the retail price at $5499 for the Ranger 150. The Ace 150 is a substantial $1500 less at $3999. The RZR 170 is $5299.
Both Hisun and Massimo have offered utility-style youth UTVs for a few years now, and Hisun sells its Sector for $5299. For $300 more, you can get a camo option. The Polaris Ranger only comes in red.
IS IT SAFE?
There are more safety features built into this youth UTV than any other. This list begins with a passcode-protected starter. Parents have to allow the ignition to fire by entering a code into the Polaris Ride Command app. If your kid is out riding, a restart option allows you to restart the vehicle within a pre-determined time frame without having to reenter the passcode.
Through the app, parents can also control the speed limiter from as slow as 5 mph up to 30 mph. Finally, through the Polaris Ride Command app, parents can set a geofence perimeter ride area. When in the area, the speed can be set throughout the range. Once the kid drives out of the mapped area, his or her speed drops to 10 mph max. All of the features through the app are simple, and the information is communicated to the car via Bluetooth, so no cell service or Wi-Fi is needed, except for setting up the initial geo-fencing parameters.
WHAT ENGINE DOES IT USE?
It uses the same air-cooled, chain-driven, powerplant as the Ace 150. It’s fuel injected and has plenty of ponies to put smiles on faces of kids 10 and over. The motor is connected to an automatic CVT transmission with forward, neutral and reverse gears.
HOW BIG IS IT?
Overall, the vehicle is 85 inches by 48 inches wide and 58 inches tall, so it will easily fit in the back of any pickup truck so you can haul it to a riding area if you don’t have a big backyard at home. Inside the cockpit, the driver’s seat has a slider that moves 9.5 inches, so a variety of kids can fit in it. Even adults can squeeze in for the initial driver’s training.
HOW’S THE POWER?
Not bad. It’s a little tamer than the Ace, but the passengers probably appreciate that fact. It goes excellent on flat ground and can get up to 30 mph quickly, so if you have long dirt roads to travel, your kids won’t have to push the pedal through the floorboard. Small hills and sand can be tackled without issue. The Wanda tires provide good floatation and work well in all conditions. We have been letting 10- to 12-year-old testers drive the Ranger 150 for several months, and we haven’t heard one complaint about the power or speed, unless there are faster youth UTVs around.
HOW ARE THE BRAKES?
The disc brakes, front and rear, work well and are hydraulic, so the kids don’t have to have adult-sized calf muscles to operate them. There is a little more back brake dialed in than front, so kids can slide the car sideways when coming to a stop if their parents are okay with those types of stunts. Furthermore, the parking brake is easy to reach and use.
HOW’S THE SUSPENSION?
Compared to other youth UTVs we have tested, very good. It doesn’t do anything wrong. It doesn’t kick or buck unexpectedly. It rolls over small bumps and bounces controllably over larger ones. We cranked the front preload up to the max to get it to turn a little flatter, and it seemed to help bump absorption too. The suspension doesn’t stand or lock up like the suspension on some minis might.
HOW FUN IS IT?
Out of the current fleet of youth UTVs we have tested, it’s the most fun. The kids we know like to share the experience with a friend, making the whole journey more enjoyable. Plus, full-side netting keeps the passengers safe. Sure, our kids fight over who gets to drive, but we expected that. It may not be quite as fast as a Hisun Strike 250, but we doubt your kids will even notice.
If racing or a sporty look is not what your family is into, and Rangers are more commonplace than RZRs in your neighborhood, this UTV is going to work perfectly. It’s a micro version of the bigger Ranger in function and fun. It’s the go-to machine for all of our testers. Just the fact that it’s another option to keep the kids outside and away from video games is a winner in our book.
2019 POLARIS RANGER 150
Engine type Air- & oil-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Air fan
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch w/brake on
Type Paper pleat
Access Under cargo bed, tooless
Transmission CVT w/reverse
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system 2WD
Final drives Chain
Fuel capacity 2.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 85”/48”/58”
Ground clearance 8”
Claimed dry weight 673 lb.
Bed box dimensions 21”/42”/5”
Bed weight limit 50 lb.
Towing limit N/A
Frame Steel round tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ preload adj. shocks/5.1”
Rear IRS swingarm w/ prel adj. shocks/6”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic disc/left-side pedal
Parking Lever on floor
Front 22×7-10 Wanda
Rear 22×10-10 Wanda
Lighting LED daytime running lights, single rear
Instrumentation Digital display with gear
indicator, odometer, trip meter, voltage,
engine temperature, engine hour meter,
programmable service hour interval,
ground speed, engine RPM, geo-fence status,
clock, or speed limit status.
Minimum recommended operator age 10
Suggested retail price $5499
Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS