The 2020 Polaris Ranger Lineup
Sep 29th 2019
The hype of the 2020 Polaris RZR lineup release has come and gone, and although riders were pleased with the 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP edition, their attention has since shifted to more contemporary matters. We’ll talk about the 2020 RZR Pro XP in greater detail, but before that, we'll discuss the upgrades Polaris made to the other machine’s in their 2020 lineup. Look at the Turbo S Velocity edition, the Highlifter edition, or even the RZR 170 EFI and you can see that 2020 started off as a good year for RZR owners. Now don’t get us wrong, our thoughts on the 2020 RZR lineup is by no means a consensus. It seems like everybody and their grandma has their own opinions on the Polaris' 2020 RZR lineup. So we’ll stick with the facts, and attempt to give you an unbiased look at 2020 line of Polaris RZR vehicles.
The 2020 Polaris RZR XP Pro Edition
The first thing that many test drivers of the RZR XP Pro Edition notice is the look of the exterior -- which we’ll touch on in a bit. The second thing people notice is the interior of the machine. The center console design and the steering wheels of the 2020 XP Pro RZRs have gotten tremendous feedback, and the new seating style has far more features and greater adjustability than the previous RZR models. The seat brackets and base mounts were totally redesigned, and instead of the old 3-point mounting design that gave RZR seats unwanted side to side movement, the RZR XP Pro seats now use a rock solid 4-corner mounting mechanism. The seats can be adjusted forwards and backwards, and have an adjustable tilting function built into the seat base. You can sit up straight, or lazily lay back, whichever position you prefer. Sure you can’t put older RZR seat styles in, but with greater comfort and an all-around superior seating / mounting design, why would you want to?
Aside from the upgraded seating in the RZR XP Pro 2020, pretty much all the other parts were upgraded, and the front differentials were made to be particularly beefy. Yes, these upgrades do make the vehicle almost 2,000 lbs heavier, but a lot of this comes from the roll cage. Any good cage is going to add weight, especially compared to the old-style RZR cages that were especially lightweight and far from robust.
The look of the 2020 RZR XP Pro is one of its biggest points of contention among sport UTV enthusiasts. Some riders say the front end looks like a shark nose, while others have compared it to a Ford Fiesta with a roll cage. We’ve even herd conspiracies about Polaris and Chevy getting into a bet to see which company (Polaris with the RZR XP Pro and Chevy with the Camaro) could design the ugliest front end. And still others have said that it looks like the unholy offspring of a threeway between a Honda Talon, a Can-Am, and a Yamaha.
Granted, a lot of these same people have changed their minds after seeing the XP Pro up close and personal. Plus, the more you dig into the tech and upgrades that underpin this machine, the more you’ll fall in love with it. Sure, if you’re buying an off-road buggy to simply sit and stare at it, get one that looks the way you want it to and keep your spoiled trailer princess spotless with ample Polaris RZR cleaning supplies. But if you want a machine that performs much better than other UTVs with a ton of awesome features -- and that’s what we here at Everything Polaris RZR really care about -- than the 2020 XP Pro could be right for you.
Despite the contentious look of the 2020 RZR XP Pro’s exterior, pretty much everyone can agree that its interior is on point. We had the opportunity to sit in the RZR Pro Ultimate at UTV Invasion back in 2019, and we found the cockpit to be set up exceptionally well, while the seats were surprisingly comfortable. Pictures don't capture the essence of this machine, and they make it look small. But when you actually sit inside a 2020 Polaris RZR XP Pro, you'll find that it's actually quite roomy. The trailing arms, radius rods, tie rods, and A-arms are all beefed up, which is a win in our book since this is an all-terrain rig after all. Sure the red body panels might look cheap and cheesy like a Honda Talon, but the bones of the unit, the cockpit area, and the other added features are high quality and well-engineered!
The 2020 Polaris RZR Turbo
We’ve heard from a few people who've argued that BRP had Polaris beat with their 2020 Can-Am lineup release, and there’s no doubt about it, the Can-Am Maverick, Defender, and Commander are pretty bad ass cars. But, the RZR Turbo S is by far superior on the track -- whether it has less Hp or not. For those who say otherwise, you haven’t driven a 2020 or newer RZR Turbo S. And although 2020 was a different story for Can-Am, at the time of the 2020 release, a Can-Am vehicle had yet to win the stock UTV class in the King of the Hammers -- or even finish top 8 in the 2019 KOH.
I know what you might be thinking, “Well Look at the 2019 UTV Championship Racing results”. Sure, Can-Am took more top 5 positions, but if you look at the top 15, Polaris had 9 machines on the podium. At that point it comes down to the drivers as well as who's machine held up on that particular day. If you look at the 91 mile event known as the super bowl of UTV racing -- one of the most grueling UTV races around -- with Polaris taking the top 7 positions, the 8-lap event known as UTV Championship Racing is hardly a comparison.
You also hear people whining and complaining about the price of the 2020 RZR Turbo S. Sure it’s a bit pricey for most people, but unlike a lot of folks out there, true powersports lovers would rather have a piece of junk truck and a bad ass RZR than the reverse, because no memory has ever started with "well we were hanging out in my new truck…”. Besides, people always quote the Ultimate Trim Package when talking about price, neglecting the fact that with the Turbo S you get more travel, a wider stance, more ground clearance, and bigger tires, all stock. And now that 2020 is in the past, the cost of previous RZR editions has gone down.
Here’s the thing, If 20 hp is the only thing separating your machine from your buddy's X3, then sorry to say it, but it comes down to the driver. Now we’re not talking about a 300-meter drag race, because that’s meaningless. If your buddy is kicking your butt with his X3 because he has 20 extra hp, either you can’t drive, or he has bigger balls than you... period. We’ve seen RZR 800’s kick the crap out of Turbo RZRs, and we’ve seen AC Wildcat 700’s whoop up on 1000 RZRs and Mavericks. We’ve even seen 4-seat RZRs challenge tuned-up Yamaha YXZs. It’s 98% driver skill, and unless you’re Dale Earnheart, the machine you race with probably won’t make that much of a difference. Drivers with decent machines win UTV races, not the other way around.
Of course we think that the RZR is a better and more capable machine, we also think that the Pro XP was probably the biggest home run for Polaris since the release of the first turbocharged RZR. The X3 is going to be faster in a straight line drag race, nine out of ten times. But the RZR Turbo S and and the 2020 RZR Pro XP are going to be a way more durable and significantly better suited for off-road challenges. A lot of people say that they would take durability over performance any day, and paying a little more upfront is worth the long-term savings. But if you'd prefer some cheap Chinese garbage that will achieve a few super fast runs and then break down almost immediately, then by all means don't choose a 2020 Polaris RZR.
When the dust settles and the excitement subsides, all you’ll be left with is the machine that you purchased. Sure you might have wished that Polaris upped the Turbo S power to match the XP Pro, but take the cheaper price tag, throw your savings into a tuner, and you’ll easily surpass that 181 hp mark. With new 2020 Turbo features -- like liquid cooling -- a brand new XP Pro machine, and updates to other machines in their 2020 RZR lineup, Polaris did well in 2020 all things considered. And we expect them to continue being leaders in the side-by-side market for decades to come.