Checking out the new models for performance, work and play

One all-new model is the trail-specific RZR S4 1000 EPS. It is a new 100-horsepower, 60-inch four-seater that is the biggest gun in the Polaris Trail line.

By the staff of Dirt Wheels


Polaris Off-Road Vehicles has announced its 2019 model-year machinery with major upgrades and added technology options across its Ranger, RZR, General and Sportsman lines. According to Polaris’ president, Chris Musso, the company had a strong 2018. The year’s sales success largely came from interesting machines like the single-seat RZR RS1 and the wide-track, long-travel RZR XP Turbo S, as well as the all-new and radically revised Ranger XP 1000 and their most popular youth vehicle, the Ranger 150 EFI.

This front-end look was first seen on the potent RZR Turbo S, but now it extends to all of the XP 1000 and XP Turbo models. It really freshens the RZR’s looks.
A revised Ride Command/Dynamix touchscreen display is new for 2019. This system is amazingly versatile.


Polaris refreshed the entire 2019 Xtreme Performance line, which means all versions of the XP 1000 and all Turbo models. All get the refined look, large grill opening and glossy front fascia with LED accent lights and brand-new LED headlights seen on the 2018 RZR XP Turbo S. The cockpit features digital instrumentation, more storage, and the XP 1000 lineup now offers all-new technology. For the first time, there is a Dynamix version of the XP 1000 and 1000 4 with computerized smart suspension. Previously, Dynamix was only available on Turbo models. Also, you can choose to have Ride Command in any XP 1000 color combo, including our favorites—sky blue and the LE red/white/blue version of White Lightning. Polaris claims performance upgrades, but none are specifically pointed out. The 2019 Polaris RZR Xtreme Performance lineup starts at $17,999.

The RZR XP 1000 EPS Ride Command is available as a four-seater as well. Again, the roof and lower door inserts are not stock.


It seems that every brand has spent significant effort on dedicated trail UTVs. Polaris has a full line of sporting trail models, starting with the small and nimble RZR 570, the RZR 900 and the 60-inch RZR S 900 and RZR S 1000. For 2019 Polaris has a RZR S4 1000 four-seater with 100 horsepower—the most power in the trail category. It looks like the 2018 XP 4 1000, but it has A-arm suspension all the way around instead of trailing-arm rear suspension. They call it the “only trail-ready recreational four-seater.” No matter your trail needs, you should be able to find it in this lineup. Trail pricing starts as low as $10,299.

The RZR XP 1000 Rocks and Trails models is one of our favorite packages, with 30-inch tires, rock sliders, a winch, a roof, four-point retractable seat belts and a super-low range.


Polaris’ Ranger utility side-by-side continues to advance its technical offerings and upgrade options. The Ranger XP 1000 had a clean-sheet redesign in 2018, but the upgrades didn’t reach the crew version. Now the crew is all new as well. For the first time, select 2019 Ranger XP 1000 EPS models are available with Ride Command technology as a factory-installed package, and additional NorthStar Edition color options are available to choose from. NorthStar models have fully sealed cab enclosures with roll-up door window and in-cab heat and air conditioning. At the XP 1000 intro we used the A/C while driving in heat, humidity and dust. It was incredible and worth the daunting price tag for those using the Ranger in extreme environments.

Polaris’ RZR XP 4 Turbo is one of the most capable machines in the lineup. We were hoping to hear about an XP 4 Turbo S, but nothing yet.


The Ranger XP 1000 and Ranger Crew XP 1000 family also expanded to include the all-new 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, the Ranger XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition (starting at $19,999) and the Ranger Crew XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition (starting at $21,499).

In our opinion the Sky Blue RZR XP 1000 EPS Ride Command is one of the best-looking UTVs ever made. The lower door insert and graphics are Polaris accessories.

Purpose-built for extreme mud performance, the Ranger High Lifter Edition is equipped with factory-installed, industry-exclusive, redesigned half doors with all-new 1-inch water drains. The machine delivers 82 horsepower and 11 inches of suspension travel. The High Lifter models have a 20-percent increase in overall driveline strength and a new geared (rather than chain) reverse transmission allowing for robust durability that will cut through the mud pits all day long. The 28-inch Outlaw 2 tires, arched A-arms and 13.5 inches of ground clearance get riders through the toughest mud pits. The Crew XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition is the industry’s only six-seat mud machine.

All three Polaris Ace models return for 2019. These compact little machines have the nimble handling close to a quad with the safety of a cage. The single-seat RS1 is back as well.


Polaris’ Ride Command is now available as a factory-installed package for Ranger XP 1000 EPS and Ranger XP 1000 EPS NorthStar Edition models starting at $17,999 for the Ride Command model and $25,999 for the NorthStar. The 7-inch glove-touch display features built-in navigation and front and rear cameras. The system provides vehicle diagnostics, allows smartphone connectivity and factory-installed in-dash speakers. A topographical map allows consumers to better navigate trail overlays and drop waypoints to remember key locations, such as a campsite or deer stand. An interactive interface gives every type of rider the freedom to stay connected while hunting, working on their ranch or trail riding.

There are not a lot of changes for the General line, but the models in this line work and sell so well, they don’t need changes to dominate the category.


Polaris’ General seems to define the sporty end of the sport utility spectrum. Changes for these popular vehicles are limited to new colors and graphics available across the entire lineup, including a limited-edition Breakout Camo model.

When the 2018 Ranger XP 1000 had its total redesign, it didn’t include Crew models, but now the Crew gets all of the newest Ranger improvement.


Polaris’ Sportsman line continues to be the best-selling automatic ATV in the industry with new colors on premium models and improved electric power steering on all EPS models. Single-cylinder Sportsman models start with the 150 for youth riders and top out with the Polaris’ most popular, the 570. Twin-cylinder machines are either 850cc or 1000cc.

The popular Sportsman line of quads gets updated EPS on models equipped with electric power steering.


As far as sport quads go, there are the potent 850 and 1000 Scrambler models, and at the other end of the spectrum are the 50 and 110 youth models.

We are big fans of the Sportsman 570 in all of its trim levels. The blue color is attractive.

For more in-depth information on specific models, visit www.polaris.com.

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