and thousands in different RZRs.
Those miles have been in the dunes
of Glamis, across the SoCal desert
and around our seven-mile test track.
So for testing purposes, we wanted to
get a base time in with each machine
around the track. The riding surface
is mixed terrain with hardpack, rocks
whoops and sand washes. Our fastest
driver’s elapsed time in the YXZ1000R
was 8: 27 flat. Our time in the Fox
Edition RZR was a lot faster at 8: 10.
In a 500-foot drag race with both
machines in four-wheel drive the
race was pretty close, but 9 times
out of 10 the RZR would take the win.
Both machines top out at 78 mph.
The fastest the YXZ can get to that
number is 17 seconds. The Fox RZR
took 17 seconds as well. Since those
numbers are so close, it’s the seat-of-the-pants feel and the whole driving
experience that should be considered
before making a purchase.
POLARIS RZR XP1000
• Tons of custom parts available
• Fun and easy to operate
• Suspension works great everywhere
• Power is great everywhere
NOT SO GOOD
• Fit and finish needs improving
• Should come with spare belt
• Rear end is vulnerable
• Strong suspension design
• Quality fit and finish
• Brings excitement into the UTV world
NOT SO GOOD
• Engine lacks bottom-end power
• Cockpit heat
We like the ease of use of the newer Polaris RZR doors, but they don’t block roost
off your front tires very well. We suggest adding full doors or at least the little door
inserts being sold by companies like
We like the styling of the YXZ and its use of full doors. It looks fast sitting still. The
cockpit is more comfortable in the YXZ and the seats slide much easier.