POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 850 H.O. ($9999)
At the peak of the Sportsman line is the XP 850 with its
high-horsepower, fuel-injected, twin-cylinder motor. This
year the 850 comes with power steering as standard equipment. The XP now has the same suspension design that was
introduced on the Scrambler 850 last year, which greatly
reduces scrub as the wheel travels through its stroke.
Premium colors and packages are available for an additional cost.
KYMCO MXU 500 CLASSIC ($5999)
This is the Kymco that gives you the most for the least.
It has the older chassis and a carbureted motor. But, the
output isn’t that far off the new 500i, and it’s 64 pounds
lighter with longer suspension travel and more fuel
capacity. When you consider that the price is $1500 less
than its sibling, you can deal with a slightly older body
POLARIS SPORTSMAN BIG BOSS 6X6 800 ($9999)
Even though the Big Boss has been a successful mainstay
in the Polaris line for a long time, it’s still one of a kind. It can
do the work of one-and-a-half regular ATVs with its six-wheel drive, 800 pounds of bed capacity, 100 pounds of
front-rack payload, 1500 pounds of towing ability and 6. 5
gallons of front storage. The Big Boss has MacPherson strut
front suspension and dual A-arms for those big rear wheels.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550 EPS ($8699)
Even with the new 570 encroaching on its turf, the 550
remains the premium mid-size model in the Polaris line. It
has the newer chassis with double-A-arm suspension in
front and, for 2014, power steering is standard equipment.
The rear suspension has also been redesigned and has a 42
percent reduction in the track change (scrub) through the
range of its travel. The 550 Browning LE will sell for $9499.
POLARIS SCRAMBLER XP850 ($9499)
Last year the Scrambler hit the scene and proved to be
an instant hit. It’s a stripped Sportsman with small racks,
premium suspension and a racy attitude. The Scrambler’s
low-scrub rear suspension configuration was such a success that Polaris used the same design on its two premium
Sportsman models for 2014. There’s a LE version with
power steering and other upgrades for $11,999.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 800 EFI ($7499)
Polaris doesn’t like to leave anyone or anything behind.
The 800 remains in the line side by side with the 850. It has
a MacPherson-strut chassis with the older 760cc twin-cylinder motor that was the top of the line for years. Now the 800
is the head of the “value” line. It’s $2500 less than the 850 and
is still a formidable machine in its own right. It’s available in
blue or green, but doesn’t have a power-steering option.