Not sure what the “perfect” choice is, but I have a 2003 Ranger 500 passing up a lot of newer broken down high-tech stuff - never stops, and a 2011 Ranger 800 that does the same. Only flaw with the 800 is the unplanned “heated cab“ which is only great in the winter.
Agreed, had a sportsman 500 that was immortal. Have a ranger 500 that I bought new in 2013. Gets punished severely on the farm and has hauled more western game than I remember. Kinda shopping now for another and have come to the conclusion that it’s still the best available and will replace with same