2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 Review – Video
Moving to the engine placement, we found that the engineers really thought out not only the engine dynamics but placement in the chassis as well. The entire engine and transmission are located behind the driver and passenger. This placement also gives the home garage mechanic very good access to the service items to keep the machine in top shape.
The air filter, intake, CVT box and much more are literally right in front of the do-it-yourselfer and all you have to do is lift the bed to get at these areas.
Another bit of engineering brilliance comes from the bed itself, which tilts from horizontal to almost completely vertical. This allows much more room for the home mechanic to work on the Ranger XP 900. Looking into the bed you will notice the segmented dividers molded into the bed for separating loads. Also, the bed can hold a full-sized pallet!
Polaris installed many little hook points for securing the loads with straps and if you get out in the field and want to break for lunch just drop the tailgate and you’ll find a great place to sit with shallow drink holders molded into the tailgate as a bonus.
Few UTVs can work as hard as the Ranger XP 900. You can carry 1,000 pounds in the bed and tow an incredible 2,000 pounds. The unit also comes standard with bright LED taillights to blast through the fog or darkness to alert anyone that you are present.
As well, the bed comes with Lock Ride fitments to give each owner the chance to add a huge variety of genuine Polaris accessories.
Polaris offers an amazing innovation with the rear shocks. The rear shocks are tilted in for general use, which is normal. However, Polaris designed the frame to have an alternate rear shock mount location for the top of the shock. Now users can choose to stand the rear shocks more vertically, allowing more weight to be added to the rear of the machine.
This just blew us away when we saw it. As for suspension travel, the rear of the Ranger XP 900 will yield 9.6 inches in travel and the front offers 9.0 inches to handle the roughest terrain on any jobsite. The ground clearance on this model is a boulder-clearing 12.0 inches. Using a preload adjustable gas charged coil over shock and rear sway bar for stability, the Ranger XP 900 seems set for battle
Taking a long look at the machine we appreciated it’s sleek design. Not only does it look great, but the multi-use Ranger XP 900 was designed to make life easier for those who use attachments up front. The steep drop front nose had been moved over to get the proper line of sight for the consumer dialed in.
For those that would consider a snow plow or other front-loading accessory, Polaris wanted to make sure you could actually see over the hood.
Something you may not notice unless you order your Ranger with accessory heat is the factory added vent locations and vent piping under the cab dash plastics. Talk about a forward-thinking design! As for lighting, Polaris outfitted the Ranger XP 900 with super bright LED lights to guide you through the darkness as well as let oncoming traffic on the trail know you’re coming.
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