Spent a few days down in Mississippi test-riding new Polaris off-road vehicles, including the Ranger XP Browning model. (You didn’t even miss me while I was gone, the BIG DEER Blog runs itself these days :)
This is one great-looking machine, with a Mossy Oak Breakup and matte-black finish. I jumped into the Ranger, cranked her up, shoved her in H and sped off. With a 700 Twin EFI engine, the Ranger’s raw power surprised and delighted me. The machine can do 50 mph on good roads; I had her up to 40 on gravel runs and loved the pep. Off road, it handled ditches, creeks and logs with ease (11” ground clearance). The Ranger has a 48” wheel base and independent rear suspension; the ride is improved over older models I’ve hunted with, and maneuverability and handling were good. It has seatbelts for 3 people across; a couple of buddies hopped in, and the ride was still smooth and comfortable. (MSRP $12,200)
The Ranger is a workhorse--26” tires, factory-installed Warn winch and 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. The 13-cubic-foot cargo box can handle lots of tree stands, steps, etc. The Lock & Ride cargo system is innovative and great, and lets you add custom accessories like a toolbox, chainsaw holder and gun-boot scabbard in seconds, no tools needed.
The highlight was the afternoon after some storms and showers when we went digging in the Mississippi muck and mud holes. It was good, dirty fun, and the Ranger’s on-demand AWD was killer.
If you have 10 acres or 100 or 1,000 and want to cut firewood, haul brush, mend fence and/or hunt deer you should check out this machine. I loved it.