ATV riders and outdoor enthusiasts give Polaris quads positive reviews. The 2014 Sportsman 570 is budget priced for long trail rides. The larger Sportsman 850 is good for hauling things, but also provides a fun trail ride. The 2012 Sportsman Touring 550 is a lighter vehicle and delivers a comfortable ride.
Polaris equips quads with On-Demand True All Wheel Drive, which seamlessly transfers power to the front wheels when it detects that the rear wheels are slipping. For a long-range quad, ATV riders state that the Sportsman 570 is a good choice. It has a large fuel capacity and an efficient fuel-injected engine. Since it weighs over 700 pounds, power is evenly distributed across the rpm range for easy torque. The electronic power steering aids climbing rocks, but there is no electronic engine braking.
A dual-purpose quad is the Sportsman 850 XP. Featuring a twin-cylinder, four-stroke, 77-horsepower engine, it is suitable for work and enjoyable trail riding. It has high ground clearance at 11.5 inches, but is low enough for control and stability. However, there is harsh engine braking and a noticeable drop when letting off the gas.
The Polaris Touring 550 delivers an easy ride. With less horsepower than the 850, the lighter quad feels heavier on the trail, but the engine braking system operates flawlessly. It has a comfortable chassis and delivers a smooth ride at low speeds while absorbing impacts at higher speeds. A unique benefit of the Sportsman 550 is the separate headlight mount. Lighting the trail is simple by pointing the handlebars.