90 hp, a foot of ground clearance, and premium features everywhere
UTV-sized price tag, no bare-bones model
A powerful class leader with top-of-the-line luxuries.
The Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 defines “class leader” with a list of features that crosses into excessive territory—and that’s not a bad thing. To name a few, standard features of 90 hp, a foot of ground clearance, up to 10.25 inches of travel, and a 3,500-pound Polaris HD winch with synthetic rope are all found on every Sportsman XP 1000 model.
Updates for 2022
New editions, standard LED lighting, and GPS navigation on the new Ride Command Edition.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Ultimate Trail MSRP: $13.499
2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Hunt Edition MSRP: $13,699
2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Ride Command Edition MSRP: $14,499
We start with the Sportsman XP 1000 Ultimate Trail, which can’t be considered a base model with features like arched A-arms, LED lighting, Ultimate Series front and rear bumpers, 27-inch tires, a 3,500-pound HD winch, and multi-select electric power steering, but it just gets better from there. If hunting is your passion, then you are going to love the Sportsman XP 1000 Hunt Edition. It comes with everything the Ultimate Trail Edition got plus an in-pod charging port, Polaris Pursuit Camo and graphics, a cut-and-sew Polaris Pursuit Camo seat, front and rear brush guards, a gun scabbard, front and rear rack extenders, aggressive 26-inch PXT tires, a rear LED center work light, and hand/thumb warmers. It only gets better with the Sportsman XP 1000 Ride Command Edition, which features Ride Command GPS and communication technology on a 7-inch “glove touch” color display. This is a serious navigation system that also keeps track of your Ride Command-equipped riding partners. Exploring all day without getting lost? That’s the machine we would pick.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Yes, 90 hp—anything more than that is overkill for an ATV. The ProStar twin-cylinder four-stroke engine has gobs of low-end torque and top-end power. The automatic CVT transmission offers high and low range operation and engine-braking. Active descent control is also standard. The Polaris One Touch On-Demand AWD/2WD system doesn’t have a front differential lock option, but it remains one of the best AWD systems we’ve ever pointed up a steep rock wall.
Handling: Steering and Suspension
Handling is very sportlike, which is impressive when you consider this machine weighs in at more than 900 pounds with a full tank of gas. The Sportsman XP 1000 turns and maneuvers through technical terrain easily with the assistance of standard multimode electric power steering. Sealed and arched dual A-arm suspension allows up to a foot of ground clearance. There’s 9 inches of plush suspension travel up front and 10.25 inches at the rear.
Hydraulic disc brakes are well matched for this amount of power. A single hand brake lever provides measured braking to all four wheels. A foot brake lever controls the rear brakes separately from the front brakes.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
A slim engine design provides a very comfortable position between the knees, like a dirt bike. The seat is flat, soft, and easy to slide back and forth on to achieve better balance. Large floorboards offer plenty of grip for a wide range of boot sizes. There is 4 gallons’ worth of sealed dry storage up front for personal items and another 2 gallons of storage space at the rear.
Rack capacity leaves nothing to be desired with up to 360 pounds of available cargo space. The Sportsman XP 1000 will tow up to 1,500 pounds with the included 1.25-inch receiver.
Fixed grille-mounted headlights and the directional pod light are all upgraded with LED bulbs for an optimal view of the trail after dark. Brake lights, taillights, and the work light on the Hunt Edition are also LED. The digital display is Bluetooth compatible and features a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, twin tripmeters, hourmeter, gear indicator, fuel gauge, AWD indicator, voltmeter, coolant temperature, high-temp indicator, and clock.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
A six-month transferable and unlimited-mileage factory warranty is included. Longer terms are available for purchase with a Polaris Protection Plan.
|Engine:||ProStar SOHC, liquid-cooled 4-stroke twin-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||N/A|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT (belt drive) w/ high and low range, reverse|
|Claimed Horsepower:||90 hp|
|Drivetrain:||One Touch On-Demand AWD/2WD|
|Front Suspension:||Dual A-arms; 9.0 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Dual A-arms, rolled IRS; 10.25 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Dual hydraulic discs|
|Rear Brakes:||Dual hydraulic discs|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Aluminum; 14 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||PXT; 26×8-14 / 26×11-14|
|Front/Rear Rack Capacity:||120 lb. / 240 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,500 lb.|
|Seat Height:||37.0 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||11.5–12.0 in. (depending on model)|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||871–886 lb. (depending on model)|
|Fuel Capacity:||5.25 gal.|
|Warranty:||6-month transferable factory warranty; longer terms available for purchase|
|Minimum Operator Age:||16 years|