Ask UTV Driver: “Why Won’t My Polaris Ranger Go Faster?”

A quick lesson in safety features and best practices.

With a 999cc parallel-twin engine, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss isn’t a toy.
With a 999cc parallel-twin engine, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss isn’t a toy.Christian Moe

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Since we took delivery of our long-term tester 2021 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss, we have gotten a lot of questions about how UTVs work or operate. Someone recently reached out via direct message with this:

“In your article about the 2021 Polaris Ranger, you said the Ranger XP 1000 Trail Boss can reach speeds near 60 mph, but I can’t get my Ranger to even hit 20 mph. I just bought it brand new. Is my Ranger broken? Should I call my dealer?”

First, we are happy to report that your Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is likely just fine. The top speed issue is probably related to a safety feature that limits top speed when your seatbelt is unbuckled. If you are riding in your Ranger XP 1000 unbuckled, the rig will electronically limit its top speed to just 15 mph. Before you call your dealer, make sure your seatbelt is fastened. In case you are new to UTVs, let’s cover some safety basics.

Make sure you always buckle your seatbelt and latch your doors.
Make sure you always buckle your seatbelt and latch your doors.Christian Moe

Despite their design and general look, UTVs are not just big golf carts. They’re performance-oriented off-road machines and should be treated that way. Never ride without a helmet, always wear your seatbelt, and make sure you latch all your doors and windows. It’s tempting to skip those steps when you just want to run to the back of the farm or head out to check the mail, but it’s always worth the effort.

A safe ride is a fun ride. Next time you take your Ranger out, make sure to buckle up and wear the proper gear. By taking those simple steps, you can truly enjoy the speed that rig is capable of.

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