The brakes on both machines are
nearly identical. Both hydraulic disc
brakes work well and have a little
extra rear bias to allow newer drivers to slide the machines predictably
through the turns instead of pushing.
Both machines appear to use the
same type of parking-brake setup, but
Polaris installed an electronic throttle
sensor to remind kids it’s on if they try
to drive off with it engaged. The Pitster
Pro Double X skipped this feature, and
we caught our testers driving with the
brake engaged multiple times throughout testing. This will probably lead to a
lot of worn-out rear brake pads and an
upgrade on the 2013 model, like we
saw with the original Rhinos.
WHAT’S OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Out of the box, the RZR is clearly the
winner when money is not an issue.
With that said, in today’s economy,
price is often the deciding factor. At
$1000 cheaper, the Pitster will be enticing to many parents who are on the
fence about purchasing a youth ATV.
With attention to a few small mechanical details, their kids will not be missing out on much with this machine. If
you’re looking to pick up a mini UTV
that is proven and performs the best
that it can right out of the box, the
Polaris RZR is definitely the choice for
you. Both machines are going to bring
smiles to the faces of thousands of
kids—drivers and passengers alike. The
kids of this generation are amazingly
lucky to have these kinds of OHVs, and
we can only imagine what it would have
been like to have one when we were
Both machines provide big fun and happy campers, and the Pitster
has more features for less money, but the ride quality would be
improved with better suspension settings. Both have working headlights, but they’re for safety, not driving at night.
Bodywork encloses the engine area more on the Polaris, and it has a
larger chain guard. The Pitster comes with larger rear tires, unless you
install the big-wheel kit on the RZR 170. The 150 has a cargo bed,
while the 170 has a small cargo bag
The RZR’s “instrumentation” is a decal, but the neutral and reverse lights are real, and the
manual choke is easy to use. Check out the color-coded brake pedal: red = danger = stop!
The Double X 150 also has a sticker instead of working gauges. Like the RZR 170 it has a tilt
steering wheel and adjustable seats.