❏ Polaris has a complete lock on two
UTV categories. One is the single-seat
segment with the Ace model, and
the other is the youth-model RZR 170.
Polaris is the only major manufacturer with a UTV for kids. Its only competition comes from a couple brands
that basically copied the RZR to begin
with. The competitors’ only advantages are having a larger motor (Hisun
250) and a lower cost (Pitster Pro 200),
but neither of those companies have
the dealer network or parts availability that Polaris has.
The RZR 170 has been around for
about five years and has only been
modified a little. The biggest improvement was the addition of EFI. This
year the MSRP set by Polaris is $4699
and comes in blue or white.
Power is still provided by a laid-down, single-cylinder, air-cooled
engine. And, the mill is mated to
a fully automatic CVT transmission
boasting forward, neutral and reverse
gears. The machine is two-wheel
drive only, but we have yet to see a
four-wheel-drive sport UTV marketed
to youth drivers. The closest thing to it
has been the original 320cc Ace.
Polaris is the only major manufacturer
building a youth-model UTV. Expect to
see more companies jump into this market eventually.
We had a big group of test drivers take turns in the mini RZR around our small test track, as well as in the open desert. It does
great in both environments.