2012 Polaris Sportsman® 500 H.O.
The Sportsman® 500 H.O. is the best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV* of all time. Its smooth ride and handling are legendary. For 2012 it’s also the best value 500, with your choice of red, green or new yellow color.
Sportsman 500 H.O. Best-Selling Automatic 4x4 ATV* - With its legendary smooth Sportsman ride and long list of distinctive Polaris features, the Sportsman 500 H.O. is a great value. No wonder it’s still the best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV of all time. (*Based on automatic 4x4 500 H.O. Class ATVs.)
On-Demand True All Wheel Drive - True AWD keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don’t. Other ATVs use a limited-slip differential, engaging only three wheels.
New! Integrated Front Storage - The most integrated storage of any ATV. The 6.5 gallon capacity lets you stow-away loads of gear and still have access to it, even with items tied to the deck.
Raised Radiator Placement - Radiator is mounted 3" higher in the chassis an angled rearward to keep it out of mud and you on the trail longer.
Big Towing Power - The Sportsman lives up to its Hard Working reputation with a 1,225 lb. towing capacity, so you can tow trailers loaded with material and equipment.
High Ground Clearance - A full 11.25" of obstacle-clearing ground clearance lets you tackle some of the tougher terrain that comes your way.
Aggressive Design with Lock & Ride - An aggressive looking body style gives the Sportsman an intimidating look and enhanced sight lines for the driver. The Lock & Ride composite front rack system and matching rear rack make it easy to carry gear.
Legendary Smooth Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) - The Sportsman was the world’s first ATV with IRS, a feature that made it as popular as it is today. Its rock-solid design has 9.5" of travel to minimize body roll and keep the ride smooth.
Hydraulic Disc Brakes All Around, With Braided Stainless-Steel Brake Lines
Ten-Gauge Steel Skid Plates
50W Halogen - Handlebar mounted high beam light
2012 Polaris Sportsman® 500 H.O.
- Fuel Capacity
- 4.1 gal. (15.5 ltr.)
- Fuel System
- 498cc High Output (H.O.)
- 4-Stroke Single Cylinder
- On-Demand True AWD/2WD
- Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H
- Final Drive
- Stamped Steel
- Tires Rear
- 25 x 10-12; (Model) 489
- Tires Front
- 25 x 8-12; (Model) 489
- Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake
- Suspension Rear
- Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5 in. (24.1 cm) Travel
- Suspension Front
- MacPherson Strut with 8.2 in. (20.8 cm) Travel
- Ground Clearance
- 11.25 in. (28.6 cm)
- Seat Height
- 33.75 in. (85.7 cm)
- Dimensions (LxWxH)
- 83 x 48 x 48 in. (210.8 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm)
- Dry Weight
- 696 lb. (316 kg.)
- 50.5 in. (128.3 cm)
- Digital Gauge, Analog Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet
- Standard/1.25" Receiver
- Front Rack Capacity
- 90 lb(40.8 kg)
- Parking Brake
- Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever
- Hitch Towing Capacity
- 1,225 lb. (555.7 kg.)
- Rear Rack Capacity
- 180 lb(81.6 kg)
- Cargo Mount System
- Lock & Ride
- Dual 50w Low Beam Bumper Lights, Single 50w High Beam Pod Light; Dual Brakelights/Taillights