Unleashing Adventure: The 2024 Polaris Xpedition – Beyond Boundaries in Comfort
Even though Polaris Xpedition was first written off as lacking the tough appeal of full-scale off-road vehicles, side-by-sides have quietly made a name for themselves. Conceived with the overland community in mind, the 2024 Polaris Xpedition combines power, comfort, and versatility to challenge stereotypes and entice adventurers to discover uncharted territory.
Price v/s Purpose
At first glance, the $29,000 base price of the standard Xpedition XP may raise eyebrows. However, the top-tier Xpedition ADV Northstar, tipping the scales at over $60,000 with all the bells and whistles, begs the question: Why choose this over a 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon or a 2024 Ford Bronco Badlands? The answer unfurls not in the dollars and cents but in the experience. A two-day journey through the picturesque landscapes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains unraveled the true essence of the Xpedition.
A Rocky Mountain Affair
Commencing our adventure in Silverton, Colorado, we found ourselves surrounded by a fleet of six 2024 Polaris Xpeditions, a mix of XP models with open beds and ADV models with fully enclosed cabs. Opting for a four-door Xpedition XP Northstar, we loaded up with camping gear and set forth, the mountains beckoning us. The open-bed XP provided ample room for our gear, but for those envisioning family escapades, the enclosed ADV models steal the spotlight with enhanced gear storage options.
Power of the Xpedition
Revving up the Xpedition is the robust second-generation 999cc ProStar 1000 parallel-twin engine, a powerhouse shared with the new 2024 Polaris RZR XP. With 114 hp at its disposal and a continuously variable transmission, the Xpedition effortlessly tackles the challenges of the Rocky Mountains. Navigating at 13,000 feet, the Xpedition showcased its prowess, climbing steep grades and accelerating briskly on flat terrain. The flexibility of shifting between drivetrain modes on the fly adds a layer of convenience to the off-road experience.
Suspension and Comfort
Equipped with 2.0-inch Fox Podium QS3 dampers featuring Position-Sensitive Spiral technology, the Xpedition promises an unparalleled ride. The independent front and rear suspension, boasting 14 inches of wheel travel up front and 15 inches at the rear, ensures a smooth journey over varied terrains. While it may not conquer large deserts whoops, the Xpedition excels in providing comfort over ruts, rocks, bumps, and graded roads. The stabilizer bars contribute to minimal head toss, offering a stable ride that doesn’t compromise on comfort.
The Xpedition Advantage
Our journey unfolded at a leisurely 35 mph, allowing us to savor the breathtaking scenery. Unexpectedly, a recurring theme emerged—passing Jeeps and other side-by-sides became the narrative of the day. The Xpedition’s ability to effortlessly overtake slower vehicles underscored its prowess, turning skeptics into believers. The Polaris Ride Command+ system, a standout feature, enhanced the experience, providing GPS navigation on off-road trails and facilitating seamless communication within our convoy.
Deep into the wilderness, the Xpedition’s true potential unfolded. With the optional Rhino-Rack roof rack and Polaris-branded rooftop tent, priced at about $2,500, adventurers can set up camp in the most remote locations. Setting up the tent proved straightforward, with strategically located step points aiding the process. The night at 11,000 feet brought wind, rain, snow, and ice, yet the tent stood resilient, offering a cozy shelter amidst nature’s elements.