Polaris Ranger

What Are the Dimensions of the Polaris Ranger?

The Polaris Ranger is considered one of the most prolific UTVs on the market. Not only that, it has a reputation of being a hard working vehicle that can be useful in many applications. It’s smooth riding and versatility are two of the biggest attributes that make it one of the most popular options today. If you are in search of a Polaris Ranger, it may be a good idea to know the dimensions.


This guide will cover Polaris Ranger dimensions of some of the variable models like the Polaris Ranger 4, Polaris Ranger 1000, etc. The measurements themselves may determine your decision based on your personal needs and preferences. Let’s dive right into the guide and talk more about the importance of these dimensions and go over each model.

What Polaris Ranger Dimensions Are Important (and Why)?


There are three types of Polaris Ranger dimensions that we’ll discuss: external, internal, and cargo. These dimensions will matter regarding the overall performance of the vehicle itself. Whether it’s navigating the challenging trails or determining how many people can fit including yourself, knowing the specific dimensions will decide which Polaris Ranger model will fit you best.


We’re going to break down the external dimensions first, followed by the internal. Let’s take a closer look:


External dimensions

  • Length: The length measures the front to rear bumper. This pertains more to the carrying capacity it may have. The more length, the better.

  • Width: Width may be a critical dimension to pay attention to. The reason for this is that some trails may have laws (depending on the jurisdiction) in regards to this specific dimension in particular. The reason these are in place pertain to safety. Thus, you may also cause damage to the UTV itself if you’re riding on trails too narrow for it. Likewise, the chance of an accident resulting in injury is increased. Beyond this, width plays a role regarding the stability as well as the size trailer you need should you plan on transporting it.

  • Height: The height measurement dimension is measured as factory height specs - from top to bottom. What we mean by this is that many people will modify it using lift kits, larger wheels, and other aftermarket accessories. Height is considered more useful when it comes to overhead clearance. If you want aftermarket parts for your modification needs, a Polaris dealer may be able to help. In addition, you can check out what Thumper Fab has to offer for aftermarket parts. Especially if you are looking to make additional specifications to your ride.


With the external dimensions listed, it’s important that we provide you some of the measurements pertaining to some of the more popular Polaris Ranger models. Here’s a look at models and corresponding external dimensions:



L x W x H

Polaris Ranger 400

108 x 56.5 x 73 in.

Polaris Ranger 500

110 x 58 x 73

Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

114 x 60 x 74

Polaris Ranger 1000

120 x 62.5 x 75

Polaris Ranger XP 1000

120 x 62.5 x 77


Of the five, the smallest of these is the Polaris Ranger 400. The largest is the Polaris Ranger XP 1000. Nonetheless, you can choose one based on the dimensions that may fit you best. Before making a decision, it’s always a good idea to know if there are any restrictions regarding the width of your UTV.


Another thing to take into consideration is whether or not you have plans to modify it with aftermarket accessories in the future. Doing so may modify some of the dimensions such as height. Modifications could be something to consider depending on your overall purpose with your Polaris Ranger.


Internal Dimensions


With the external dimensions out of the way, we’ll switch our attention to the interior. This will include but not be limited to the person capacity, the legroom, and the headroom. Of course, the more room you have the better. Especially when it comes to the overall comfort of you (the operator) and your passengers.


It should also be noted that your internal dimensions may vary depending on how many occupants it can handle. Mid-sized models will have two seats while full size will have three. The more seating it has, chances are the leg and headroom will be larger.


Cargo Dimensions


The cargo or the bedbox is measured in LxWxH. Bed capacity is great for carrying whatever you’re toting around from point A to point B. Whether it’s lumber for a project or tools at a job site (and everything in between), a bed box is perhaps one of the coolest features of a Polaris Ranger. Also, the cab storage may also count as part of the cargo dimensions.


Bear in mind that load capacity should also be considered. You may be planning on using a bed box to tote things around. But too heavy can weigh down on the suspension, to the point where it can cause premature wear and tear.


One thing to remember is that overloading your UTV will pose a safety hazard. In fact, many jurisdictions have prohibited this. It’s important to load your UTV’s payload with the essentials. At the same time, it also should be important to determine how many passengers you may have with you to ensure the weight limit is not exceeded.


Whether it’s a Polaris Ranger 750 or the loaded Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Crew Northstar Ultimate - you can use the cargo dimension to its advantage. The latter will certainly be a hunter’s dream with all that cargo space it can use.


What Is Ground Clearance?


Another reason why Polaris Ranger dimensions are important pertains to ground clearance. It is determined by measuring the distance between the ground and the underside of a UTV. Higher ground clearance will allow you to move past obstacles without any issue - making it less likely for the underbody to sustain damage. On top of that, you are less likely to get stuck making your riding experience a lot more enjoyable.


However, for those that want low ground clearance, they can enjoy the benefits of easily getting in and out as well as loading cargo - especially heavier loads. Keep in mind that the ground clearance can be changed with the help of upgrades using aftermarket accessories.


You will no doubt have a smooth ride. Especially if you want plenty of long day riding comfort on lengthy trips. Obstacles won't mean a thing to you and your passengers.


So what ground clearance is best for you? This could decide which Polaris Ranger model will be the better option. So here’s a look now at the same five models from earlier and their respective ground clearance measurements:



Ground clearance

Polaris Ranger 400

10 inches

Polaris Ranger 500

10 inches

Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

10.5 inches

Polaris Ranger 1000

12.5 inches

Polaris Ranger XP 1000

14 inches


It comes as no surprise that the larger the measurements, the greater the ground clearance. However, the 400 and 500 models have the same ground clearance. If you are planning on riding on trailers that are rougher and likely to have more obstacles, it’s obvious that higher ground clearance will be the better selection.


What Is the Wheelbase and Why Does It Matters?


In short, a wheelbase can determine maneuverability. In terms of measurement, shorter wheelbases will allow you to maneuver your UTV better. The measurements of a wheelbase will start from one center of a wheel to another (i.e - front tire to back tire). Stating the obvious, the longer the UTV, the longer the wheelbase.


So what are the wheelbase measurements for popular Polaris Ranger models? Here’s a look:




Polaris Ranger 400 (HO)

72 inches

Polaris Ranger 500

73 inches

Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

79 inches

Polaris Ranger 1000

81 inches (Standard)

Polaris Ranger XP 1000

81 inches


Long wheelbases will have more stability if you’re going fast. At the same time, it will also be better on open terrain. So if you’re more of the off-roading type when it comes to UTVs, models like the Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 and Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Crew Texas Edition.


The Weight of the Polaris Ranger


In regards to weight, this pertains to the curb weight and GVWR. What are the differences between each other? Let’s take a look:


  • Curb weight: This pertains to the weight with a full tank of gas. The opposite is dry weight, which is the UTV’s weight with nothing reading on the fuel gauge itself.


  • GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): The GVWR is the maximum weight that applies to not only its own weight but also the passengers and cargo.


With the exception of the Polaris 400 Ranger, we’ll be taking a look at the remaining models and their GVWR:




Polaris Ranger 500

2134 pounds

Polaris Ranger 570 Full-Size

2642 pounds

Polaris Ranger 1000

3600 pounds

Polaris Ranger XP 1000

3600 pounds


Of course, the larger measurements mean more when it comes to the GVWR. Seeing a pattern? Once again, this pertains to not just the passengers but also the cargo that you carry on board. Do not exceed the rating when transporting passengers, cargo, or both.


Frequently Asked Questions


Now that we’ve gone over some of the more important dimensions, we’ll go over some frequently asked questions. This will pertain to the dimensions that we’ve discussed as well as the Polaris Ranger itself. Let’s take a look at the following:


What Size Trailer Do I Need for a Polaris Ranger?


It depends on the model and its respective size. The width of your Polaris Ranger will play a role as well. For example, a 570 full size measured at 60 inches wide will be able to handle a trailer that is six feet in width.


Will a Full-Size Polaris Ranger Fit on a Truck Bed?


No. A full-size Polaris Ranger (especially at a width of 60 inches or more) will fit on a full-sized truck bed. However, if you have a trailer hitched to your truck, you should be able to store a full-sized Polaris Ranger without issue provided that it is secure and the trailer is wide enough.


How Can You Tell the Difference Between a Mid-Size and a Full-Size Polaris Ranger?


One of the major differences between midsize and full-size Polaris Rangers is the width. For example, a mid-sized will be less than 60 inches in width. Meaning a full-sized will be 60 or more inches.


Final Thoughts

The dimensions of a Polaris Ranger obviously vary between models. However, it’s always a good idea to decide which one will be the best for your needs and preferences. Whether it’s for recreational purposes or to get around at job sites, you can find the right one that can handle your intent and purposes.


Choose wisely when it comes to the dimensions. Especially when some purposes may call for the handling of heavy materials or even multiple passengers. If you want accessories later on that will help make your UTV stand out, Thumper Fab has everything you need. Be sure to check us out today.

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