POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 850 SP ($10,999)
This is a big step down from the 1000 in price, but not
in performance. The 850 moor is said to produce 77 horsepower. It has a new two-piece seat this year, which puts
the passenger at a more comfortable angle. The transmission is new, too, and is designed to engage more quickly
in 4WD. The SP configuration offers most of the XT features, but without the winch, and colors are red or blue.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING XP 1000 ($13,299)
Okay, there’s a new alpha dog trying to assert dominance in the two-up pack. Polaris took the motor from the
XP 1000 Scrambler and put it in the two-person Touring
chassis. The big ProStar motor makes a claimed 88 horsepower, which should be enough to impress any passenger and threaten any marriage. The machine comes with
power steering and the rest of the XP package in its most
POLARIS SPORTSMAN X2 570 EPS ($9699)
The X2 is rated for two riders, but in about 10 seconds
you can convert it from a two-up quad into a one-rider
configuration with space for 400 pounds of who-knows-what. The X2 is built on the chassis with MacPherson-strut
front suspension. For 2015, it finally gets power steering,
as well as the 567cc ProStar motor, which is rated at 44
horsepower. Available in red or green.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 570 ($7699)
Even Polaris’ most affordable two-up quad got an
upgrade to the 44-horsepower ProStar 570 motor for 2015.
The base model 570 Touring has a simpler chassis with
MacPherson strut front suspension. Compared to the 500
Touring in last year’s line, the 570 has more fuel capacity,
better fuel economy, and more electrical power for running accessories.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 570 SP ($9299)
The 550cc motor has been phased out, replaced by the
44-horepower ProStar 570 engine in all of the Sportsman
applications. The mid-size Polaris two-up quad is now
the 570 SP. The SP version is upscaled with the double-A-arm front suspension and comes standard with power
steering. It also gets cast wheels with Maxxis tires and five
layers of automotive-style paint.
CFMOTO C-FORCE 800/600 ($8999/$6499)
CFMoto has made a name for itself in the U.S. by being
a cut above other products from the interior of Asia. The
C-Force models are two-up machines that offer what are
usually considered premium package upgrades as standard features, including automotive paint, a winch and,
most recently, power steering. The 800 is a V-twin, while
the 600 is a single. Both have proven reliable.