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The UTV battle: Polaris vs John Deere

2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail 2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail. Photo source John Deere

If you need to pass through the mud, there is no way to do it except to ride UTV. It is a very useful unit to drive rough terrain or prairies.


Here are the last novelties in this segment: 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 and 2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail. The starting price for both is the same $12,999, though the specs are different. In this article the Gator Trial model is discussed which costs $14,995.

image2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail

image2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900

The control is equal for both units. There are acceleration and brake pedals and steer. Besides there are 12-inch wheel disks and toll boxes.

image2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail

image2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900

UTVs seems to be the same at first glance, but Ranger is wider than Gator. The John Deere’s UTV is 1435 mm, and the Polaris’s UTV is 1520 mm.

Ranger wears the massive ProStar tm 900 engine with 875cc displacement. And the Gator is equipped by smaller in size engine with 839сс displacement. But don’t be confused in the engine displacement. ProStar tm 900 gives 60 hp, and V-Twin Piaggio, that wears Gator – 62! The top speed of Ranger is 80 km/h, and the Gator’s ones – 85 km/h.

image2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail

image2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900

But the payload capacity of Ranger is 680,4 kg, and the Gator’s one is 363 kg only. The cargo box of Polaris is 453.6 kg, and the John Deere’s ones is 181 kg only. The towing capacity of Ranger is 907.2 kg and Gator’s is 544 kg. Ranger will certainly be better for those who likes to participate racing or to get to the country.

The same situation is with the road clearance. The Polaris clearance is 30.5 cm and John Deere’s – is 26.7 cm. This doesn’t seem to be so important when you use your UTV to ride lawn or to drive kids, but when you have to derive rough terrain nobody wants to have broken axle.

image2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail

image2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900

To ride mud and snow UTVs are equipped by different drive trains. Polaris has an automatic transmission with AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf. And Gator has an CVT with three modes – 2WD on the rear tyres, 4WD on demand and full-time 4WD.

imageGator tyres

The fuel tank capacity of Gator is smaller than Ranger has: it is 28,0 L versus 37,9 L on Ranger.

imagePolaris tyres

So, Gator is more convenient for those who loves the wind because it is more speedy. And Ranger is for those who likes racing and country side.

image2013 John Deere Gator RSX 850i Trail

image2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900

Gator has many versions and it can do various agricultural operations.

imageDeluxe Outdoorsman. It has diesel engine in options.

imageBesides it can work with HD Powertach Blade, which can rotate 25 degrees left and right.

imageDeluxe Worksite 625i, 855D.

imagePower and Front Protection – Gator with guarded engine and fender.

imageRear Protect is nearly the same though there is a rear bumper.

imageDeluxe Worksite 825i. Backup alarm. Fender guard.

imageProperty Care. There are rear hitch, cargo bow powerlift.

imageDeluxe Property Care.

imageV-shaped blade.

imageThere is also a straight blade.

imageFood seeder can be also installed.

imageFront Protection.

imageWorksite TX/TH.


imageWorksite TS.

imageYou can optionally buy with Gator the simple highway radio and with iPod connection.

imageCab heater.

imageSide mirrors.

imageWindscreen with wiper.

imagePoly cab.

imageSuch windshield.


imageYou can divide the cargo box.


imageUtility cart with cover.

imageUtility cart without cover.

imageimageBall mounts.

The hunters will have their own things.

imageimageGun mounts.


imagePoly roof.

imageSoft roof.

imageVehicle cover.

The US special forces operate John Deere Gator.

imagePolaris also has blade to sweep mud and snow.

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