Driven: 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000
Written: August 08, 2013
by Andy Lilienthal
Warn Industries had a booth down at Dunefest in Winchester Bay, Oregon last week. This is also the location that Polaris debuted its 2014 RZR XP 1000 side x side. This was the first public showing for the vehicle, and the first chance to let people take test rides. Kalani, one of our Customer Service experts, and I decided to sign up for the demo ride, in which we and several other RZRs were lead through the dunes by some of the folks from Polaris.

This new RZR XP 1000 is a vehicle many enthusiasts have been waiting for. With a 1,000cc engine making 107 horsepower; 13.5 inches of ground clearance; and Walker Evans shocks with remote reservoirs and 18 inches of suspension travel in the rear (16 in the front); this UTV has a lot going for it in the performance department, and it delivers.

2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 flat out

From the get go, the RZR XP 1000 sounds great. It's got a deep, throaty tone from idle to wide-open throttle. Speaking of throttle, get on it and this rig moves out! Acceleration is impressive, as we were quickly able to get our RZR up to 70 mph on the flats. In fact, we were able to go wide-open across a section of whoops and the suspension gobbled up the bumps like a trophy truck; very impressive.



On a sandy, twisty trail, the handling and throttle response proved to be equally as impressive as the power, with great turn-in and quick steering. The vehicle felt very stable while hot-footing it through the curves, and the power was instant.

The RZR XP 1000 has grown in size, and is bigger than early models, but it looks really good. This extra size also translates into a comfortable cockpit, which felt plenty roomy with two people in it. Other interior goodies include a sealed area for smart phones; LED floor lighting; and a backlight instrument cluster. By the way, the seats were supportive and comfortable during our test ride.

The 2014 RZR XP 1000 starts at $19,995 USD, and the vehicle has a lot going for it. And when you're ready to put a winch and other accessories on it, WARN has options for you.

2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 at Dunefest
The new RZR XP 1000 is a ton of fun and we're sure to see lots of them on the trails--and the dunes--soon. And if you get a chance to drive one, do it. You'll have a grin from ear to ear the whole time.


Tags: Polaris,RZR,RZR XP 1000,UTV,Side x Side,Dunefest
Filed under: Powersports