ATV Reviews: Polaris RZR 1000

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ATV Reviews: Polaris RZR 1000

DEC 13, 2022

Harvey’s ATV reviews the Polaris RZR XP 1000, one of the most popular ATVs on the market. Strap in for a full rundown on the features and handling of this high-performance machine. 

A brief history of the Polaris RZR 1000 

The first RZR was a 2008 model, the RZR 800, (technically released in 2007) as a speedy sub-model of Polaris’s classic workhorse UTV. Faster and lighter than other side-by-side UTVs of the time, the RZR sparked a revolution in the ATV market. Subsequent models would strive for even more agility, more power, and more versatility.  


It wasn’t until 2014 that Polaris released the RZR XP 1000, a 100 HP beast of a side-by-side that had a little of everything: a high powered engine, agile handling, sturdy suspension, easy maintenance, and an impressive cab interior. Well rounded and reasonably priced, there was something to appeal to every type of rider. Available in both two seat and four seat models, the RZR 1000 quickly became a market leader. 

In 2016, Polaris released two new variations of the RZR 1000: RZR S 1000 and a Turbo XP

Polaris RZR XP 1000 Vs. RZR S 1000

The RZR S 1000 is a smaller, more nimble version of the classic RZR XP 1000. When first released in 2016, the RZR S 1000 was praised for its powerful ProStar engine and deft handling. 

As the S was only 60” wide, riders were able to handle tighter trails and corners with greater ease than the 64” XP 1000. 

The S 1000’s lower ground clearance (12” compared to the XP’s 14”) and reduced HorsePower, however, makes tougher terrains difficult to traverse.

Polaris RZR 1000 features and handling

A base model 2022 Polaris RZR XP Sport features a 110 HP 4-stroke DOHC twin cylinder ProStar 1000 engine, Walker Evans needle shocks, high performance true on-demand all-wheel drive capabilities, standard EPS with quick turn rack, and 4-wheel hydraulic disk braking. The front suspension is a dual A-arm with 20 inches of usable travel, and the rear suspension uses a trailing arm with a stabilizer bar and 20 inches usable travel as well.


The Polaris RZR 1000 is a true all-rounder — they’re great for everyone. Trail riders, duners, rocky terrain climbing, you name it. The RZR XP 1000 even has enough storage space to be a powerhouse work vehicle. 

Accessories, variants, and aftermarket gear means that the Polaris RZR 1000 is a great choice for everyone from first-time riders to veteran pros. Polaris proudly claims the XP 1000 as “The industry’s top selling SxS,” and this universal appeal is no doubt a major sales factor.

Polaris RZR 1000 Clutches

Does your Polaris RZR XP 1000 or RZR S 1000 need a new clutch? Harvey’s ATV Parts has you covered. Our Mother Clutcher aftermarket OEM style primaryand secondary clutches are tested, durable, and easy to install. Our clutches are made and pre-tuned to match specific makes and models so there’s no tuning necessary. Grab a RZR XP 1000 clutch bundle today and get ready to give your ride’s transmission a whole new life.  

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