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Sportsman® 850 Reviews

2021 Sportsman 850 Sage Green is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 329.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Machine! Only have 500 miles on it but so far so good. I moved into this from a 570 and I have to admit that it takes some getting use to due to the power. There has been a couple of times that I hit the throttle and it takes off way faster than the 570. I love that the grill comes out to make cleaning the radiator easy and the removable storage tray is awesome because it makes everything very accessible
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ride it like you stole it most of my riding is on trails and forest roads. if you encounter twisty, rutted, rocky trails, that doesn't mean you slow down on this machine. it handles everything i throw at it with ease. control and handling is spot on. the power steering makes the machine handle like it is a lot lighter than it is. weight transfer is perfect, lean forward to get a little more bite from the front tires going into a corner and lean back to get traction coming out of the corner. in that manner it handles just like my 2017 rush snowmobile. the power from the 850 engine is awesome. i have 700 fun miles on this atv. no issues it just works.
Date published: 2020-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power Power and more Power I thought my Polaris 500 HO had power, but this 850 is a beast. Super smooth delivery of the power, and excellent handing and brakes! Ride and ground clearance are also excellent and enjoy the super clear and bright instrument cluster. My 850 Titanium leaves all my buddies and their rides in the dust!
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ATV Use my atv mostly for recreational purposes. Lots of power, rides great, power steering is nice and light, great AWD system, looks great. Lots of features. Only things I'm not happy with is that the sway bar can move back and forth allowing it to contact the springs. Power steering works good but occasionally when I'm stopped the assist feels less than normal. Dealer quickly looked at it and told me it was normal. At the first service I noticed that I already had play in the rear knuckle bushings. Obviously not great quality there. My sway bar bushings are also getting worn quite a bit at 1000km. Have to keep them lubed up real good to prevent squeaks
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the price I bought a new 850 sportsman, it's pretty good, thought it would have a touch more power. It's alright though. Nice cup holder. Needs a 2" receiver hitch. Could move the rear axle back a couple inches too. Over all a nice unit. Brake light switch don't work on foot brake. Cup holder is on the wrong side. Nice storage. Tires could be better. Smooth down the road at 83 though.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for casual riders who like to get muddy I bought this machine as an upgrade to my 570 Sportsman and quite honestly i was expecting the ride quality to be smoother than it is but otherwise a good upgrade with the power steering which i didnt care about at first but now i think its nice to have. The extra power is cool too but theres not that much difference in the power with it being a heavier machine. All digital gauges i like as a premium feature and the rims look nice. It has less storage capacity than my 570 so thats a down side. Great 4wd as always. I baptized the machine on one heck of a nasty trail and it did pretty well! Also i love the way it sounds. The exhaust system has a low growl to it and sounds amazing.
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing else like it! Had this machine since early Spring. Use it extensively in the mountains. I live at 9,300ft. In elevation. This Polaris NEVER lacks power, dependability and comfort.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice ride My 850 is a great bike. Suspension is smooth. Engine is powerful. Can't wait for hunting season this year. I use to cruise around the ranch, and explore the mountains. Used it to pull a roping dummy. The ultimate trail edition is a good package. The bigger tires, LED lights, winch and bumper definitely come in handy in the mountains. I drive literally thru and over anything in my way with ease. My only complaint is that it takes a while to clean after you go mudding. Lots of little nooks and crannys. But to be fair, I mudded the heck out of it lol whatever you need/want it for, the 850 can handle anything with ease. This is first my first atv, however; I've been around enough to know that this is a serious machine. It continues to impress me with each ride.
Date published: 2021-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged Beast! I've had the machine since January. It plowed snow all winter with ease. It has plenty of power to effortlessly move large amounts of snow. I didn't even need tire chains. It's just as strong and rugged off road. I've used it on some unimproved trails in some really remote areas and it handles anything and everything. With it's power, great ground clearance and superb electronic steering I can get in and out of some really tough places. It goes over huge logs, and deep holes without getting hung up. Great all around machine!
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beast I bought this quad for my wife to get her off the couch. She loves it! We also have a XP 1000 High Lifter and an Artic Cat 700. By far the 850 handles and rides better than the other bikes reducing fatigue. I got some larger tires with wider rims so it has never been stuck and will easily keep up with the Hi Lifter. Powerful and fast, yet fuel efficient, superb handling, can't flip it with the wide wheels. Traction for mud and hill climbing is incredible. Get this quad with the pro armor tires, u'll be glad you did!
Date published: 2021-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expectations exceeded I bought my sportsman 850 a few months ago and have not looked back since! Absolutely love it. It has great handling, power, and performance. I mainly use it for trail riding and have put on about 600 km, it has more then exceeded my expectations!
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I GOT A LEMON Machine is awesome when it works. But unfortunately for me, I have had to take it to the dealer for warranty work do to the 4wd not working. They have replaced the same part 3 times. I have 10 hrs. On the four wheeler. Not happy.
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME MACHINE !!! I love just cruising through the mountains but I also use my new Polaris sportsman 850 premium for hauling firewood and I pull dry firewood logs to where I can easily cut and load my wood sometimes 200 yards + and this AWESOME MACHINE has lots of power and pulls the logs easily ! And the ride of my 850 is so smooth I can ride for a long time without getting fatigued it’s just so nice to ride it
Date published: 2023-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 2nd sportsman 850 Me and my son go trail riding at least once a week here in Arkansas and my 850 has never let me down and neither has Polaris as a brand, from the gear I want to the accessories I need. Top notch
Date published: 2022-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my 850!!! Bought a 570 new in 2015 and had to sell it before last summer due to bills. When I got a flyer for new machines this spring, I went to check them out fully intending to buy a new 570 sp. After driving the sp, I tried the 850 right next to it and fell in love with the ride and power. Took it home 3 days later and haven't stopped smiling since. Awesome machine!!!
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome all around machine I've had my 8:50 for about 4 months now. I bought it as an addition to my 2011 Sportsman 550 XP that has 2300 miles and also has been a great machine. The 850 has tons of power and the more you stab the throttle the more power just keeps coming and it never seems like it runs out. The ride is incredibly smooth and that paired with a very smooth running engine makes this a great choice for day long rides and working without fatigue. I haven't really run into anything to complain about with it yet. The storage is great although one issue that I could see is someone that would want to put a box on the back rack would then cover the built-in rear storage compartment making it difficult or completely inaccessible. That being said there is quite a bit of waterproof storage between the front and rear rack and I haven't felt the need for more personally. I 100% recommend this machine to anyone looking for a great work and play machine.
Date published: 2019-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling sound for the purchase I watched my buddy accidentally submerge his quad in a lake, we got it out and did your typical drain the fluids and change them out. Crank it over with the spark plugs out to shoot water out. We let the quad sit for a day or two to dry out and the thing still runs like a champ, I bought my quad about a month before and my buddy doing this and then his Polaris 850 still running months later flawlessly. If that doesn’t make you feel good about your purchase knowing the thing can last, idk what will. Won’t ever buy another brand after that. Made me feel confident in my purchase
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine I use this machine around the ranch, it does a great job, getting in places the ranger can't go. It has a great amount power, pulls what I need it to pull, climbs some pretty steep inclines, the brake assist is great going down the same inclines. I would mention how fast it goes on a county road, without any road wobble slowing down, great control as far as speeding up and keeping constant speed. But I'm sure Polaris doesn't want me to mention the speed. "Hint I'm a speed junky LOL."
Date published: 2023-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love my sportsman 850 I use my sportsman around the farm, plus 200 acres and for fun.. no real deep mud. Or anything but I've never had an issue. Just got the 2022 after owning a 2019. Cadillac ride. This is also a fault since it has softer springs which also sag over time..I can still pull most anything.. switch to a synthetic winch rope and it'll fix snapping the wire rope all the time. Only other gripe is that their accessories are mega expensive.. the ow is $, really?.. couldn't afford to get the plow at the time and now sourcing it after the fact. Last thing I don't like is that they make it hard to tie in the aftermarket parts into the price now; at least that was my experience...that I wasn't happy with.. but the machine I like.. there are a few other things that could be done better but over all it's a great machine
Date published: 2022-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest review I love the bike I have had it for a few months now. I can do anything I want to do on the bike has great power, very comfortable and it is great on gas. My complaints about my sportsman is that it only has 900km on it and the bushing in both back wheels had a great amount of play in them. I’m not sure why because all I have done is trail ride the bike no mud. This has been covered under warranty but it makes me a bit suspicious of what else might happen to it.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing power with A comfortable ride I bought the atv a couple months ago and couldn’t be any happier. This Machine is more powerful than any other four wheeler I’ve ever owned. Reaching speeds in excess of 80mph on a utility four wheeler is amazing.
Date published: 2020-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value and easy to handle machine. I bought my Polaris Sportsman 850 about 2 months and I am really happy with my decision. I had never owned anything like this before and was surprised how easy it was to drive and customize to fit my needs.
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great machine. The more I ride this 850 trail edition the more I like the features and plush ride, never thought it would be better than my 570 touring, but it is!! This is my sixth Sportsman and I love them.
Date published: 2020-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad so far I bought it brand new and only rode it twice and it over heated and it’s been at dealership ever since three months and I’m still paying on it dealership just don’t care just taking there time
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great atv I bought it in May of 2018 I've had it for 2 months now, got 760 miles on it I have had zero issues with the atv. It has great power and handles good. Over all I'm very happy with it.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Polaris 850 sportsman is the best there is The Polaris 850 sportsman is the best four wheeler out there. Absolutely love the Polaris sportsman. It can do anything that you want it to do. Differently worth buying.
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s the best thing ever I love it the only thing I can’t order is a arm skid plates I had them on my 2009 850 and it’s way bettter this one I’m Waiting still but I love it still
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Machine I was doing some research on the sportsman 850. Decided that's when I want. Was really amazed at the power it has! It gets the job done!
Date published: 2020-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing quad I bought in October and am loving it. I’ve taken it to Hatfield McCoy trails and the hills, mud and terrain were no problem
Date published: 2020-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brush bar Love the machine, disappointing no brush bar, to make people shell out money for that, it comes on every other 4 wheeler
Date published: 2019-08-22
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