A Polaris ATV or UTV is fun to drive. In general, they meet customer expectations and offer good value for money. Breakdowns happen, but that happens with any ATV or UTV, and Polaris is no exception.

The vehicles are used on rough terrain and are often challenged to push the limits in terms of driving and towing capacity.

Not knowing the towing capacity of your ATV or UTV can have major consequences and even damage your vehicle. Therefore, in this article, the towing capacities of the Polaris ATVs and UTVs and tips on how to increase the towing capacity and how to tow safely.

Following these tips is at your own risk!

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Polaris ATVs Towing Capacity, Sportsman

When we talk about the Polaris ATVs, in this case, we are talking about the Polaris Sportsman. This model is available in different versions, and therefore the different versions also have a different towing capacity.

Below the towing capacity of the Sportsman, in short:

  • The Sportsman 450 offers a towing capacity of up to 1,225 pounds, making it suitable for various light to moderate towing needs.
  • The Sportsman 570 has a towing capacity of up to 1,225 pounds, providing ample capability for towing tasks.
  • The Sportsman 850 boasts a higher towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds, making it well-suited for heavier towing requirements.
  • The Sportsman XP 1000 is the most powerful model in the Sportsman lineup, offering a robust towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds.

If you would like to know more about the towing capacity of all the Sportsman models, I recommend you read our article Polaris Sportsman Towing Capacity. Here you can read all about the Sportsman models and the Towing Capacity.

Polaris UTVs Towing Capacity, Ranger, Crew, General And RZR

Polaris Towing Capacity

When we talk about the UTVs, where towing capacity is more important than ATVs, we are talking about the Ranger, Ranger Crew, General and the RZR. First, the towing capacity of the ranger. 

The Polaris Ranger:

  • The towing capacity of the Ranger 570 ranges from 1,250 to 1,500 pounds, depending on the specific model and edition.
  • The Ranger XP 1000 offers an impressive towing capacity of up to 2,500 pounds, allowing for heavier loads.

For all Ranger models and the towing capacity, read also: All Polaris Rangers Towing and Cargo Capacities

The Ranger Crew:

  • The towing capacity of the Ranger Crew XP 1000 is up to 2,500 pounds. This robust towing capacity enables you to haul heavier loads with ease, whether it’s equipment, trailers, or other items.
  • The Ranger Crew XP 1000 EPS Premium also has a towing capacity of up to 2,500 pounds, providing the same impressive towing capability as the standard XP 1000 model.

The Polaris General:

  • The Polaris General 1000 offers a towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds, making it a versatile option for hauling various loads.

For all General models and the towing capacity, read also: All Polaris Generals Towing and Cargo Capacities

The Polaris RZR:

  • The RZR 900 has a towing capacity of around 1,500 pounds, making it suitable for hauling moderate loads.
  • The RZR XP Turbo boasts a higher towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds, allowing for increased versatility.

For all RZR models and the towing capacity, read also: All Polaris RZRs Towing And Cargo Capacities

General Information About Towing

The towing capacity of an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) or UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) can vary depending on the specific make, model, and configuration of the vehicle.

General Guidelines For ATVs

Typically, ATVs are designed to tow lighter loads compared to larger utility vehicles or trucks. Here are some general guidelines for ATVs:

  • Entry-Level ATVs
    Entry-level ATVs with smaller engines, such as 250cc or 300cc, may have a towing capacity of around 500–800 pounds (227-363 kilograms). These ATVs are suitable for towing small trailers, light cargo, or equipment.
  • Mid-Range ATVs
    ATVs with engine sizes in the range of 400cc to 600cc generally have a higher towing capacity. Their towing capacity can range from 800 to 1,200 pounds (363-544 kilograms). They can handle slightly larger trailers or equipment.
  • Utility ATVs
    Utility ATVs, also known as UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles), are designed with more robust towing capabilities. They typically have larger engines, enhanced suspension, and greater cargo-carrying capacity. Utility ATVs can have towing capacities ranging from 1,200 to 2,500 pounds (544-1,134 kilograms) depending on the model and configuration.

The towing capacity of an ATV can be affected by many factors such as terrain conditions, the presence of slopes and the distribution of weight on the trailer or equipment being towed.

If you want to tow, and you have the owner’s manual at hand, read it through. There may be useful tips there that make towing easier and do not overload your vehicle, or worse, damage it.

Also read: How to Choose the Right Trailer to Haul Your ATV/UTV?

General Guidelines For UTVs

UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles) typically have higher towing capacities compared to ATVs. They are specifically designed for utility purposes, including towing and hauling. Here are some general guidelines for UTVs:

  • Entry-Level UTVs
    Entry-level UTVs with engine sizes around 400cc to 500cc typically have a towing capacity of approximately 1,000 to 1,200 pounds (454-544 kilograms). These UTVs are suitable for towing light trailers or carrying smaller loads.
  • Mid-Range UTVs
    UTVs with engine sizes ranging from 500cc to 800cc generally have towing capacities between 1,200 and 1,800 pounds (544-816 kilograms). These UTVs can handle larger trailers and heavier loads.
  • Full-Size UTVs
    Full-size UTVs with engine sizes above 800cc usually have higher towing capacities. They can range from 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) up to 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) or more. These UTVs are capable of towing larger trailers and carrying heavier loads.

What applies to ATVs also applies to UTVs, read the owner’s manual if you have it available. Then read the chapter about towing, it might contain some useful tips for you.

What To Consider When Towing?

Polaris Towing Capacity

When considering the towing capacity of ATVs and UTVs, several factors need to be taken into account. Here are some things to think about:

  • Manufacturer’s Specifications.
    The manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations are the best source of information about towing capacity. This specification reflects the vehicle design, engineering, and safety standards.
  • Vehicle Design and Engine Power
    An ATV or TVs towing capacity is influenced by its design, including its frame, suspension, and drivetrain. Vehicles with bigger engines and stronger parts can usually carry heavier things.
  • Hitch and Towing Attachments
    It’s important to use good hitches and towing attachments on your ATV or UTV to safely and securely tow. It is important to use appropriate hitches and follow manufacturer guidelines for attachment and weight distribution.
  • Terrain and Conditions
    Towing capacity can be affected by the terrain and conditions in which you plan to tow. Steep inclines, rough terrain, or loose surfaces can impact the ability to tow safely. You should be careful about the vehicle’s stability and traction under different conditions.
  • Weight Distribution and Trailer Design
    Proper weight distribution is essential for safe towing. Balance the load on the trailer and make sure the tongue weight (the weight on the hitch) is within the recommended range. Also, think about how the trailer looks and how well it can be pulled behind an ATV or UTV.

Towing And Safety

To stay safe, it’s important to follow these rules:

  • Never go over the maximum towing weight recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Use the right tools to tow things like hooks, ties, safety chains, and lights.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure and ensure the tires are suitable for towing loads.
  • Maintain a safe speed, allow for longer stopping distances, and take turns and corners with caution when driving.
  • Be aware of the limitations of your vehicle and adjust your driving style accordingly.

Please keep in mind, it’s always important to keep your safety in mind when towing an ATV or a UTV.  If you have any doubts, read the owner’s manual or visit the Polaris website for more information.