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Polaris RZR vs. Polaris Ranger - What's the Difference?

If you go to Google and type in the name of this article, you’ll find several threads all asking the same question: what is the difference between the Polaris Ranger and Polaris RZR? As enthusiasts of both the Ranger and RZR, we can tell you that, though they come from the same manufacturer, there are many factors that differentiate the Ranger and RZR from one another. From functionality and intended use to options for aftermarket parts and accessories, the Ranger and RZR each have their own unique characteristics that are meant to give different experiences to customers. 

So, what is it that makes each of these units different from one another? Let’s take a look at the differences in the intended use of each unit, and how customers can utilize each for their preferred use.

Just take one look at the RZR and answer this: does it not look like a lean, mean, trail-crushing machine? With engine capabilities that’ll send adrenaline spiking through your veins and a suspension that will make you feel as if you’re flying over the terrain, the Polaris RZR is certainly not for the faint of heart; in fact, certain RZR models can even reach 80mph for those that are particularly daring enough to reach those speeds. The RZR is meant to conquer even the rockiest and steepest terrain with ease while promising the adrenaline rush of a lifetime for those flying over sand dunes and open prairies. While the RZR is sure to send your heart rate flying into the skies above, we strongly recommend you exercise caution while behind the wheel of the beast and ride responsibly.

While the Ranger can certainly elicit similar fun-induced adrenaline rushes while out on the trails, this machine is built to be a workhorse for farmers, hunters, and anyone else who might need a solid machine with hauling powers and a strong backbone. The Ranger can be outfitted with a cargo bed for extra hauling powers to those who need more transportation options. With two or four-seater units available, these machines are perfect for transporting your friends to a deer stand or your family of four to a campsite for a weekend getaway. 

While the Ranger has been built for utility use, where there’s work, there must be an option for play- and the Ranger is no exception. Though you won’t reach the same pulse-pounding speeds as you will behind the wheel of the RZR, the Ranger has been built with the capabilities necessary to bring riders an afternoon of fun while offering its services to a full forty-hour workweek on the farm.

While both the RZR and Ranger can be used for varying purposes, the function of each is clear: the Ranger is built for work, and the RZR is built for play. Either is a good option, but keep in mind that each has been built to serve varying purposes, and depending on what your purposes are for purchasing a unit, you may want to go with the one that serves your intended use best. Either way, head over to Everything Polaris RZR or Everything Polaris Ranger and we’ll help you outfit your brand-new machine with all of the aftermarket parts and accessories you could possibly need.