2020 Ultimate Snowmobile Comparison: Polaris vs Arctic Cat vs Ski-Doo

2020 snowmobile comparison chart

Quick Polaris, Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat Intro

In this 2020 snowmobile review comparison guide, we’re mostly focusing on the mountain sleds – since well… we’re located in the mountains and that’s what we like… 🙂

That means we’ll be looking at the 2020 Polaris 850 Khaos, the new Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC Turbo, and the Arctic Cat Alphas.

Yes there were a few more 2020 upgrades to the mountain sled lineup – example the Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the 2020 snowmobile comparison chart.

Key 2020 Snowmobile Updates

Polaris Khaos 850

  • New Velocity shock package from Walker Evans
  • Different skid configuration that allows for more front in lift making it even easier to get on edge
  • All mountain sled – super fun to ride

Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC Turbo

  • First ever stock turbo
  • Instant throttle response with no turbo lag
  • Increased power at higher elevations

Arctic Cat Alpha

  • A few tweaks to engine parts
  • Put the Alpha One rail on the Mountain Cat

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So… you’ve probably heard by now about the industry revolutionizing Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC Turbo – straight from the manufacturer with a manufacturer’s warranty. AND, Ski-Doo claims their turbo is half the weight as any aftermarket turbo.

The 850 Turbo Explained…

The Ski-Doo 850 turbo provides added power in higher elevations

Let’s check out what this Ski-Doo turbo is all about. Watch the video below:

Ski-Doo Summit 850 E-TEC Turbo Unveiling Video


So what’s new with Polaris in 2020? Well, they unveiled a brand new mountain sled that is 100% mountain and 100% fun. They call it the Khaos and it boasts an 850 cc engine and comes only in a 155 track.

Polaris made a bunch of tweaks to their suspension on the Khaos to give it a little more “pop” on front end allowing you to more easily get on edge and stick those mountain side hills.

Let’s check out this new Polaris 850 Khaos in the mountains:

A Cool Polaris 850 Khaos Ride Review

Arctic Cat

Well, not much “exciting” has changed with the Arctic Cat mountain sled lineup from Arctic Cat. They did some engine adjustments for improved performance and are now rocking the Alpha One rails on the Mountain Cats as well.

In case you haven’t seen the Alpha tech yet, watch this video:

Learn More About The Alpha Single Rail Tech
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2020 Mountain Snowmobile Comparison Chart

 Polaris 850 KhaosSki-Doo 850 E-TEC TurboSki Doo Summit X 850 Expert PackageArctic Cat Alpha One
Track Length155165165165
Dry Weight420466448444
Fuel Capacity (gal)