A utility-focused rig that isn’t afraid of letting its hair down, the 2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 has a lot to offer. There’s a kaleidoscope of available trims, from stripped-down work rigs to air-conditioned mini pickups.
Suspension can feel harsh, almost too many choices, fit and finish isn’t the best, features like mesh half doors might as well be left out.
A wonderful, extremely capable work rig that can play when you ask it to, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 has options at a bunch of price points and a phalanx of factory special editions.
The Ranger XP 1000 line adds 21 hp, bigger wheels and tires, and more capable suspension to the base Ranger 1000 to create a work rig that feels as playful as it is hard-working. If your only goal is choring, the Ranger 1000 is a cheaper bet that will more than achieve your goals.
But for our money, the Ranger XP 1000 is the ticket. With available HVAC, three throttle modes, Ride Command, and up to 30-inch tires, the XP 1000 line is for someone who wants more than just a glorified Gator.
The Ranger XP 1000 Crew lineup carries very similar specs to the three-seaters, but adds three seats. The Crew line is also available in Texas Edition guise, which adds a roof, winch, 29-inch tires, and Texas Edition embroidery and badging to the XP 1000 Crew.
Updates for 2022
Colors, MSRP bumps, and the Texas Edition only being available as a four-door for 2022 are the extent of the changes.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Premium: $17,599
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss: $19,999
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 High Lifter Edition: $21,199
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Premium: $24,799
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Ultimate: $27,799
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Premium: $19,099
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Texas Edition: $21,299
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Trail Boss: $21,699
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 High Lifter Edition: $22,999
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Premium: $27,799
2022 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Ultimate: $30,699
We got a long-term 2021 Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss last year, and it arrived bone stock, with mesh half doors, no roof or windshield, and no winch. In the time since, we have added all those things, and it’s a much better rig for it. For all that, we have a rig that would have cost us the best part of $26,000 to build.
For $24,799, Polaris sells the XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Premium, which forgoes the Trail Boss’s 29-inch tires in favor of 27s, but adds full doors, a windshield, crank windows, a winch, and HVAC. That’s a solid deal, and the creature comforts are the difference between pulling a comfy all-day shift and being tired, dirty, and miserable. If you really want every bell and whistle, the NorthStar Edition Ultimate adds a flip-out windshield, 29-inch tires, electric windows, and Ride Command for $27,799.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Ranger XP 1000s are powered by Polaris’ 999cc DOHC parallel twin producing 82 hp. The sprightly engine feeds a PVT automatic transmission and a selectable transfer case with two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, low range, and turf mode (excluding the High Lifter Edition), which unlocks the rear differential to leave grass intact.
The Ranger XP 1000 is a lot of fun, and can be shuttled along at speeds that no utility rig has any right to achieve. But that’s all relative to other work rigs. It’s still very utilitarian when compared to dual-purpose or pure sport rigs. The handling can be tippy and the ride harsh when you push it in uncompromising terrain.
That said, when you get used to it, the Ranger’s capabilities will shock you.
Ranger XP 1000s get hydraulic disc brakes at all four corners with two-piston calipers up front.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
Both comfort and utility cross a broad spectrum for the Ranger XP 1000 lineup, with everything from a bare-bones rig without a windshield or shade, all the way to a fully enclosed mini truck with HVAC, electric windows, and a winch.
Regardless of how you option it, the XP 1000 has a spacious interior that includes a flip-up seat bottom with room for a 5-gallon bucket underneath. There is towing and cargo capacity galore.
Between a fairly straight-backed bench seat with slim padding and a utilitarian ride, the Ranger XP 1000 isn’t the most plush rig we’ve tested.
Both the three-seater and Crew models are rated to tow 2,500 pounds and carry 1,000 pounds in the bed.
Again, there’s a broad spectrum depending on trim level. From the most basic model’s dual-sweep analog gauges and 4-inch LCD screen, all the way to Ride Command, HVAC, a dome light, and electric windows.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
One-year factory warranty with unlimited miles.
2022 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Specs
|Engine:||DOHC parallel twin|
|Bore x Stroke:||93.0 x 73.6mm|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT w/ high/low range, reverse|
|Claimed Horsepower:||82 hp|
|Claimed Torque:||62 lb.-ft.|
|Steering:||Electric power steering|
|Drivetrain:||High-performance on-demand 2WD/AWD w/ VersaTrac turf mode (no turf mode on High Lifter Edition)|
|Front Suspension:||Dual A-arms, 11.0 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Dual A-arms, 11.0 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Dual-piston hydraulic discs|
|Rear Brakes:||Single-piston hydraulic disc|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Aluminum; 14 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Pro Armor X-Terrain; 27×9-14, 27×11-14 (Premium, NorthStar Premium, Crew Premium) / Pro Armor X-Terrain ; 29×9-14, 29×11-14 (Trail Boss, NorthStar Ultimate, Crew Texas) / High Lifter Outlaw 2; 30×9.5-14, 30×11-14 (High Lifter, Crew High Lifter)|
|Length:||120.0–122.0 in. (3-seater) / 152 in. (Crew)|
|Wheelbase:||81.0 in. (3-seater) / 113.0 in. (Crew)|
|Bed Capacity:||1,000 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||2,5000 lb.|
|Max Seating Capacity:||3 / 6 (Crew)|
|Ground Clearance:||13.0–15.0 in.|
|Turning Radius:||13.3 ft. (3-seater) / 17.0 ft. (Crew)|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||1,625–1,949 lb. (3-seater) / 1,894–2,387 lb. (Crew)|
|Fuel Capacity:||11.5 gal.|
|Warranty:||1 year, unlimited mileage|