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The 2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 is a solid entry-level offering for those looking for a work-minded utility ATV that offers some enjoyment when it’s time to play.
The 2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 is Polaris’ entry-level utility ATV. It weighs a lot for its engine class but provides a comfortable ride and ergonomics well suited to nearly any rider. This is a solid machine for those who need it for work usage but also want to be able to enjoy riding when the opportunity presents itself. And with trick features like a built-in trickle charging port, this machine screams ease of use.
Updates for 2022
The 2022 Sportsman 450 is unchanged from 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. MSRP: $6,599
2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. Utility MSRP: $6,949
2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. EPS MSRP: $7,549
Pricing for the 2022 Sportsman 450 starts at $6,599 for the standard model. For an additional $350 buyers can step up to the Sportsman 450 H.O. Utility with Sachs shocks, a front utility bumper, front utility rack, and rear utility rack. The top-of-the-line Sportsman 450 H.O. Utility builds on the two trims below it and adds multi-select electric power steering and dual taillights.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Sportsman 450s use a single-cylinder ProStar four-stroke liquid-cooled single-overhead-cam engine that makes a respectable 33 hp. It is not a hugely strong engine—that’s reserved for the big-bore Polaris machines—but it has ample power for the vehicle’s intended use. As always, weight is the enemy, and the Sportsman 450′s 700-plus-pound dry weight hampers performance.
The engine uses an automatic passively variable transmission (PVT) and offers P/R/N/L/H with in-line shifting. Power is sent to front and rear differentials via shaft drive.
The Sportsman 450 isn’t a great handler, and isn’t designed to be. It fares fine for its given intention but will leave serious riders wanting for more. The Sportsman 450 can feel slightly top-heavy given its weight and relatively narrow track. Fortunately there’s not enough power on tap to get into serious high-speed trouble, and average-level riders will find the machine handles more than well enough to be enjoyable on a trail.
All Sportsman 450s use a sealed MacPherson strut with 8.2 inches of travel up front and sealed dual A-arm independent rear suspension with 9.5 inches of travel out back.
All Sportsman 450s use single-lever three-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with a hydraulic rear foot brake. Engine-braking is not present.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The Sportsman 450 is designed to be a one-size-fits-all machine, and provides nearly universal comfort as such. Smaller riders fit well enough, but bigger riders will still be comfortable—yet may not want to spend a full day on it as there is not ample room for taller riders to stretch out. The seat is soft and narrow, and ride quality is plush enough for the tasks this machine will likely be used for.
Base models get a standard Lock & Ride-compatible 5-gallon dry front storage enclosure as well as a front rack extender. The EPS model adds a rear rack extender, and Utility models get a front utility bumper, front utility rack, and rear utility rack.
The Sportsman 450 is rated to carry 90 pounds on its front rack and 180 pounds on its rear rack. It is rated to tow a respectable 1,350 pounds by way of a standard 1.25-inch receiver hitch.
The base and Utility trim Sportsman 450 get a digital gauge with the usual readouts. Halogen pod and bumper lights are standard, as are triple 50-watt high beams, dual 50-watt low beams, and a single LED brake light and taillight. Additionally, there’s a 2-volt power plug, and the machine is prewired for hand and thumb warmers. Polaris’ trick in-pod battery charger is also standard.
EPS models get all of the aforementioned plus twin LED brake lights/taillights and multi-select electric power steering.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Sportsman 450 comes with Polaris’ standard six-month warranty.
2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 Claimed Specifications
|Engine:||ProStar SOHC, liquid-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||93.0 x 73.6mm|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT w/ high and low range, reverse|
|Claimed Horsepower:||33 hp|
|Steering:||Manual (base, Utility) / Multi-Select EPS (EPS)|
|Drivetrain:||One Touch On-Demand AWD/2WD|
|Front Suspension:||Sealed MacPherson strut; 8.2 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Sealed Dual A-arms, IRS; 9.5 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||1-lever 3-wheel hydraulic disc w/ hydraulic rear foot brake|
|Rear Brakes:||1-lever 3-wheel hydraulic disc w/ hydraulic rear foot brake|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Steel; 12 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||6-ply; 25×8-12 / 25×10-12|
|Front/Rear Rack Capacity:||90 lb. / 180 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,350 lb.|
|Seat Height:||33.25 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||11.5 in.|
|Turning Radius:||5.4 ft.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||700 lb. (base) / 759 lb. (Utility) / 721 lb. (EPS)|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.5 gal.|
|Minimum Operator Age:|