Wth up to 100 hp, a 60-inch track, and three trim levels, the Trail S is Polaris’ most accessible full-blown sport side-by-side. Configurable from bare bones to full bells and whistles, plenty of power to keep up with more expensive rigs.
No standard windshield, little difference between Premium and Ultimate trims, big pricing jump from base model to Sport and Ultimate, can feel tippy on faster trails
The 2022 Polaris RZR Trail S continues as the company’s stalwart entry-level sport side-by-side. Available with either 75 or 100 hp and premium suspension on the more expensive models, the Trail S can also be had as a bare-bones entry-level rig. There’s something here for everyone, and the most expensive version packs a stereo and Walker Evans suspension for less than 20 grand.
Just like last year’s models, all three RZR Trail S models are 60 inches wide, and can be had with either an 875cc or 1,000cc parallel twin. The 875 makes 75 hp and comes in the base-model RZR Trail S, while the 1,000 makes an even 100 ponies and comes in the Sport and Ultimate trims.
The standard Trail S Sport comes with Fox 2.0 Podium shocks, an open cockpit, and halogen headlights. The Trail S Premium and Ultimate step up to Walker Evans shocks, electric power steering, and LED headlights. The Ultimate adds a roof, Ride Command, and a Rockford Fosgate stereo to the program.
All that is to say, there’s a Polaris RZR Trail S out there for just about anyone, and they’re all at a pretty accessible price.
Updates for 2022
Pricing got a slight bump for each model, otherwise the rig is the same for ‘22 as it was for ‘21.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris RZR Trail S 900 Sport MSRP: $15,699
2022 Polaris RZR Trail S 1000 Premium MSRP: $17,999
2022 Polaris RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate MSRP: $19,999
There’s almost a $5,000 difference between the Trail S Sport and the Trail S Ultimate, which puts them in two entirely different price categories. There’s one choice if you need to stay around the $15,000 mark. But if you have more to pony up and want the nicer features and bigger power, we would go for the Ultimate every time. With a stereo, Ride Command, and a roof for just $2,000 more than the Premium model, it’s hard to say no.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Whether you go for the 875cc or the 1,000cc, you’re getting an eager, revvy engine that’s down for mischief. Both provide adequate power, but getting into the 1,000cc version will feel like you have an honest-to-goodness rocket on your hands.
With just a 60-inch track width, though, the RZR Trail S has skittish handling compared to wider models, so the big engine might not be an advantage.
Whatever model you get, the engine routes its power through Polaris’ PVT automatic transmission and True On-Demand 2WD/AWD transfer case with high and low range.
It’s not the narrowest RZR available, but at 60 inches, the Trail S is still narrower than many sport side-by-sides on the market. With all the power on tap, its handling can be skittish in faster or off-camber terrain.
The Walker Evans shocks are a huge help here, but do not expect to carry the same speed as wider machines through open, flowy trails.
Hydraulic discs front and rear with two-piston calipers aided by Polaris’ Engine Braking System.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The Trail S got revised and reshaped seats last year in the hopes of increasing all-day comfort. There’s also a tilt steering wheel, full doors, and on the Ultimate model, a roof panel to keep the sun off your head.
Rear box capacity is 300 pounds, while total payload is 740 pounds. Tow capacity is 1,500 pounds via a 1.25-inch hitch receiver.
On the Trail S Sport and Trail S Premium, you get analog, dual-sweep gauges and a 4-inch LCD screen with readouts for odometer, tripmeter, hourmeter, gear indicator, and fuel gauge. In the Ultimate, you get the full-color 7-inch LCD display of Polaris Ride Command and a Rockford Fosgate stereo.
As with last year’s models, the Premium and Ultimate trims get LED headlights, while the Sport makes do with halogens.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Polaris RZRs come with a six-month, unlimited-mileage warranty.
2022 Polaris RZR Trail S 900/1000 Specs
|Engine:||DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin|
|Displacement:||875cc / 999cc|
|Bore x Stroke:||93.0 x 64.4mm|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT w/ high/low range, reverse|
|Claimed Horsepower:||75 hp (900) / 100 hp (1,000)|
|Steering:||Manual, electric power steering available|
|Drivetrain:||True On-Demand 2WD/AWD / High Performance (Premium, Ultimate)|
|Front Suspension:||Dual A-arms w/ stabilizer bar, Fox Podium 2.0 (900) / 2.0 in. Walker Evans Needle adjustable (1,000) shocks; 12.3 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Dual A-arms w/ stabilizer bar, Fox Podium 2.0 (900) /2.0 in. Walker Evans Needle adjustable (1,000) shocks; 13.2 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Hydraulic disc w/ 2-bore calipers|
|Rear Brakes:||Hydraulic disc w/ 2-bore calipers|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Cast aluminum; 12 x 9 in. / 12 x 11 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Trailmaster A/T; 27×9-12 / 27×11-12|
|Bed Capacity:||300 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,500 lb.|
|Ground Clearance:||12.5 in.|
|Turning Radius:||16.4 ft.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||1,283 lb. / 1,323 lb. (Premium) / 1,360 lb. (Ultimate)|
|Fuel Capacity:||9.5 gal.|
|Warranty:||6-month, unlimited mileage|