Video: I Take This New Polaris Ranger 1000 To Its Top Speed And Get Surprised!

2021 polaris ranger 1000 4x4 sxs top speed review

This new Polaris Ranger 1000 is a relatively affordable utility 4×4 side-by-side. It has an updated 999 cc engine that is rated at 61 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque. This is a two-door model with seating and seat belts for three people. It does not have many options, but it has a couple modifications to make it street legal in certain counties and states.

This Ranger 1000 is about 62-inches wide and about 10-feet long. It’s a total payload capacity of 1,500 lbs and a maximum towing capacity of 2,500 lbs. It has a dump bed and it’s ready for work in a variety of terrain. This time I am near Scottsdale, Arizona with an opportunity to put this new Ranger through its paces. I drive it in the sandy washes and over many rough desert trails. I am left curious about this Ranger’s top speed. Top speed is not a critical measurement for a work machine like this, but I find it eager to accelerate.

The new Ranger 1000 starts at $12,999. The model with EPS (Electric Power Steering) starts at $13,999. The Ranger 1000 Premium starts at $14,999. The Ranger 1000 offers 12 inches of ground clearance, 10 inches of wheel travel, and 26-inch tall tires. There are no fancy FOX shocks here. I find this Ranger model does not really need the fancy suspension to get the work done, to run some desert trails with confidence, and have a bit fun.

I find a relatively straight piece of trail, pined the throttle, and watch the speedometer climb to 56 MPH (or about 90 km/h). This is plenty fast. I am not so surprised about reaching the speed, but mainly with how quickly the speed builds to over 45 mph. This 61 horsepower engine can run!