The 2022 Polaris ATV Lineup + Our Take On Each Model
Polaris has one of the most extensive ATV portfolios for 2022. There are five different categories, and each offers its own kind of ATV. This year, the manufacturer also introduced two new models—the Limited edition Sportsman 570 and XP 1000—that come with the 7-inch Ride Command touch-display as standard.
Whether you’re looking for an ATV so your kid can have their first experience on one or you’re a seasoned rider looking for the best performance money can buy, Polaris has you covered.
Read on to learn more about all the new Polaris ATV models on sale in North America.
2022 Polaris Rec/Utility ATVs
The following models are all in Polaris’ Rec/Utility category for 2022:
2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O.
The Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. is the most affordable model in Polaris’ 2022 ATV portfolio, barring the Youth lineup. Powering it is a 499cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 33hp.
Polaris also mentions that the Sportsman 450 H.O. features the industry’s fastest engaging AWD system and class-leading ground clearance of 11.5 inches. This, in combination with an Independent Rear Suspension that offers 9.5 inches of travel, results in an ATV that should be able to traverse through reasonably rough terrain.
The Sportsman 450 H.O. weighs 700lbs (317.5kg). With a total rack capacity of 270lbs (90lbs at the front and 180lbs at the rear), you can use it to carry around a lot of equipment or gear. What’s even more impressive is its 1,350lb towing capacity—enough to hitch a small trailer onto the back of the ATV.
Also on offer are several accessories—including winches, protection, windshields, and lighting.
The Sportsman 570 is essentially the Sportsman 450 H.O, with a slightly larger, more powerful engine. For 2021, it also comes with a 7-inch touch-control display powered by Polaris’ Ride Command software, enabling GPS navigation and communication. This system can be added to the 450 H.O. as an optional accessory.
At the heart of the Sportsman 570 is a 567cc, single-cylinder engine (the 450 H.O. uses a twin-cylinder unit) that produces 44hp. Another key difference with the engines is that the 450 H.O. features a SOHC head, while the 570 employs a more modern DOHC layout. In application, the latter should run more smoothly and cooler.
As we mentioned earlier, in terms of features and functionality, the Sportsman 570 is identical to the Sportsman 450 H.O. It features the same one-touch 2WD/AWD system, and specifications like ground clearance, suspension travel, and wheelbase are the same as well. Rack and towing capacity are identical too.
The most significant differences have to do with the ride height—33.25 inches on the 450 H.O, compared to 33.75 inches on the 570—and the dry weight of both ATVs. The 570 is marginally (5lbs) heavier at 705lbs.
Owing to the larger engine and touch display, the 570 will set you back an additional $650, which we think is a fair price to pay if you want the added performance and functionality it offers.
If the Sportsman ATVs mentioned above don’t have what you’re looking for, the Sportsman 850 may be the one for you. The 850 is one of the most popular models in Polaris’ Sportsman series, and for good reason. It’s powerful, well-equipped, and robust enough to withstand the most challenging riding conditions.
The Sportsman 850 is powered by an 850cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces a peak power figure of 78hp—enough to propel you up steep inclines or carry around heavy loads. Speaking of which, the Sportsman 850 features steel-reinforced racks that can carry a total of 360lbs. You also have the option of adding Polaris’ Lock & Ride storage boxes that will grant you an additional 4 gallons of space at the front and 2 gallons at the rear.
The ATV also features a 30 A.H. battery—arguably the largest in the industry—reducing the likelihood of it not cranking in hot or extremely cold conditions.
The XP 1000 sits at the top of the Polaris Sportsman ATV lineup and, for 2022, comes with Ride Command as standard. As mentioned above, the Ride Command system enables GPS navigation and allows you to set waypoints on your route and save destinations. It also offers a Group Ride feature that keeps you connected with other Ride Command-enabled ATVs around you.
The 2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 comes with a 952cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 90hp. With a 360lbs of rack capacity and 1,500lbs of towing capacity, you can carry all the equipment you need when you’re out exploring a trail.
This year’s update also brings a Multi-Select Electronic Power Steering, allowing you to adjust power steering sensitivity easily. The XP 1000 also comes with powerful headlights, making it the perfect go-anywhere ATV.
Polaris’ Touring line comprises Sportsman ATVs with an added seat for a pillion. For 2022, the lineup includes the Sportsman Touring 570, Sportsman Touring 850, and the Sportsman Touring XP 1000.
2022 Polaris Sportsman Touring 570
The Sportsman 570 and the Sportsman Touring 570 share the same engine, suspension, and brakes but are different in nearly every other aspect.
For instance, the Sportsman Touring 570 is 25lbs heavier at 728lbs. One factor contributing to the added weight is a larger fuel tank—6.75 gallons, compared to the 4.5 gallon unit on the standard 570. The Touring 570 also offers 0.5 inches less ground clearance; however, suspension travel at either end remains the same.
Since it’s been made for two occupants, the Touring 570 comes equipped with a little more carrying capacity. While the standard 570 only offers a 5 gallon Lock & Ride box at the front, the Touring version comes with the option of a 6-gallon front box and 8 gallon rear box.
The differences between the Polaris Sportsman Touring 850 and Sportsman 850 come down to their dimensions and features. That said, they both have notably fewer features than the 570 models. For instance, while the Polaris Sportsman Touring 850 gets Active Descent Control as standard, the standard Sportsman 850 does not feature this system.
With a dry weight of 804lbs, the Touring 850 is 32lbs heavier than its standard counterpart. However, unlike with the 570s, the Touring 850 does not feature a larger fuel tank—and it remains a 5.25-gallon unit, just like on the standard model.
Owing to the added seat and the changes that it brings, the Touring 850 has a wheelbase that’s longer by 4 inches. This should translate to a more planted ride, inspiring confidence in both the rider and pillion.
Interestingly, both the Sportsman 850 and the Sportsman Touring 850 offer the same amount of cargo load and towing capacity—6 gallons and 1,500lbs, respectively. The front and rear rack capabilities are the same, with 120lbs on offer at the front and 240lbs available at the rear.
Prices for the Polaris Sportsman Touring 850 start at $11,899, which is $2500 more than what you would part with for the Sportsman Touring 850. This is a rather significant amount of money to pay for what essentially amounts to just another seat.
The Sportsman Touring XP 1000 Trail shares most of its components with the Sportsman XP 1000. Interestingly, while models are powered by the same 952cc, twin-cylinder, SOHC engine, peak power is slightly (2hp) lower on the touring iteration.
And unlike the other models in the Sportsman Touring line, the XP 1000 Trail doesn’t bring any added weight, despite the added seat and the changes it brings. The Sportsman and Touring models both have a dry weight of 886lbs.
Cargo load is identical, with 4 gallons at the front and 2 gallons at the rear. Towing capacity also remains the same at 1,500lbs. Dimensionally, the most notable difference is with the wheelbase—the Touring XP 1000 Trail is 4 inches longer at 57 inches.
Lastly, the Sportsman XP 1000 rides on 26-inch tires, while the XP 1000 Trail gets slightly larger 27-inch units all-around.
The price difference between the Sportsman and Sportsman Touring iterations for this model is a lot more reasonable than the one between the 850 models, at just $200.
Polaris Sport ATVs have always been built to go fast, whether on a trail or in the desert. Here are the new models in the 2022 lineup:
2022 Polaris Scrambler 850
The Polaris Scrambler 850 finds its roots in the Sportsman 850 and is powered by the same twin-cylinder 850cc, SOHC engine, capable of a max power output of 78hp.
Since it isn’t designed for recreational use, the Scrambler 850 comes with minimal load-carrying capacity. The front and rear racks can carry only 25lbs and 50lbs, respectively—much less than the 120lbs (front) and 240bs (rear) that its Sportsman counterpart can hold. Cargo storage is less as well, with just a 1 gallon rear box on offer.
On the flip side, the Scrambler 850 comes with more capable hardware. Suspension duties are carried out by dual A-Arm units at either end, offering 9 inches of travel at the front and 10.25 inches at the rear.
As the name suggests, Polaris has given the Sportsman XP 1000 sportier suspension, more ground clearance, and multiple other performance-oriented features to create the Sportsman XP 1000 S. This is a hardcore ATV for someone who’s looking to shred off-road.
Powering the ATV is a ProStar 952cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces 89hp—1hp less than what the standard XP 1000 delivers.
The chassis of the Sportsman XP 1000 S is based on the one from the Ranger XP 1000. However, Polaris has tweaked it with 31% larger tubing for a more robust machine. Additionally, the suspension components and front mudguard have been reinforced as well.
The XP 1000 S offers a 55-inch wide stance. This, in combination with block-pattern 27-inch tires, results in a stable ride with heaps of traction. Compared to the standard Sportsman XP 1000, this ‘Sport’ model also brings 3 inches of added ground clearance, a 3.8 inch longer wheelbase, and 250lbs more towing capacity.
There’s also more suspension travel on offer—a substantial 11.6 inches at the front and 14 inches at the rear.
This is one of the most capable and fun-to-ride ATVs in Polaris’ 2020 portfolio, but at $15,599, it’s also the most expensive.
The High Lifter Edition is a special edition iteration that’s available with the XP 1000 model. Multiple aspects of this ATV have been re-engineered for better performance in the mud.
For example, although this ATV uses the same 952cc engine as the XP 1000, it’s been retuned for prolonged wide-open throttle bursts and features lower gearing. Additionally, the clutch and engine intake are shielded to protect them from mud.
The tires are mud-specific 29.5-inch units and sit on wheels with upgraded bearings that are supposedly twice as durable as those on the regular XP 1000. Considering its mud-oriented intentions, the High Lifter doesn’t offer as much suspension travel as you might expect, with only 7.4 inches at the front and 6.7 inches at the rear.
However, the suspension is mounted differently, allowing for 13 inches of ground clearance—2 more than on the XP 1000.
The Sportsman 6×6 570 offers 6-wheel drive and also has 2-up functionality. As its name suggests, it’s powered by the same engine as the Sportsman 570.
The ATV features a switchable AWD system—giving you the best possible traction—and an Engine Braking System (EBS) with Active Descent Control (ADC), which makes it extremely capable on even the roughest terrain.
This is Polaris’ most capable ATV when it comes to load-carrying capacity. The rear rack can carry a substantial 800lbs, and with a towing capacity of 1,500lbs, you’re almost never going to have to worry about trying to pull too much. A massive 6.75-gallon fuel tank also ensures this machine’s ability to perform long hours of uninterrupted work.
The Youth line of Polaris ATVs comprises four models for 2022:
2022 Polaris Outlaw 70 EFI
The Polaris Outlaw 70 EFI is the most affordable ATV in the company’s Youth line. Powered by a 70cc single-cylinder engine, it’s perfect for kids between ages 6 and 10 who are just getting into off-road riding and ATVs.
It’s also relatively light at 278lbs, making it easy to maneuver and learn on.
The Sportsman 110 is powered by the same engine as the one on the Outlaw 110. But like the bigger Sportsman models, this one offers some load carrying capacity—15lbs at the front and 30lbs at the rear. It also provides a 2.9-gallon fuel tank, which is 1.3 gallons more than the Outlaw.
Specifics like ground clearance and suspension travel are identical on both models.
The Phoenix 200 is the top-of-the-line ATV in Polaris’ Youth portfolio and is rated for riders aged 14 and over. The 196cc, carbureted, single-cylinder engine delivers enough performance for your kid to have a perfect time.
It offers 5.7 inches of ground clearance with 7 inches of suspension travel at the front and 6.5 inches of travel at the rear, which is rather impressive given its compact dimensions.