POLARIS GENERAL 1000 EPS: Full Test

The Polaris General 1000 redefines the sport-utility UTV, which is an all-new machine with the heart and legs of a RZR S 1000 and torso, trunk, muscles and nervous system of a Ranger XP. Aimed directly at the Arctic Cat Prowler XT1000 and Can-Am Commander 1000, the General 1000 EPS is the first sport-utility UTV with a 100-horsepower powerplant and more than a foot of travel at each end. While the RZR S 1000 is “all play” and the Ranger XP line is “work first,” the General is intended to appeal to the “play first, work second” UTV enthusiast and outperform existing sport-utility 1000-class UTVs.

Here’s the Base-model dash with analog/digital display that tilts with the steering wheel. The dash has three large cubby holes and a glove box for ample storage, and blank panels above accept an accessory heater system. We like the black-anodized aluminum shifter, but low range is sometimes hard to find.
Here’s the Base-model dash with analog/digital display that tilts with the steering wheel. The dash has three large cubby holes and a glove box for ample storage, and blank panels above accept an accessory heater system. We like the black-anodized aluminum shifter, but low range is sometimes hard to find.

WHAT’S A GENERAL 1000 EPS?
It’s part RZR S 1000 EPS and part Ranger XP, but with an all-new, boatstyle chassis for increased ground clearance. The ProStar 1000 DOHC inline twin is lifted directly from the 100-horsepower RZR S 1000, but it has an all-new CVT clutch with enginebraking system, belt and pedal map for smoothness and heavy lifting. Low range is lower than the RZR S for work and hard play, and power is re-tuned for more low-to-mid grunt and torque. Also, a much longer intake tract slows response compared to the RZR S, as engine and CVT intakes are ducted to under the hood. Suspension is also based on the RZR S 1000 with 12.25 inches of front and 13.2 inches of rear travel, plus dual torsion bars, and the new General borrows cabin components from the RZR S and Ranger XP alike.

The floor has foot braces and drains like the 60-inch RZR S, but new seats are placed 2 inches higher than the RZR and 1.5 inches lower than the Ranger. Curved half-doors give more elbowroom for driver and passenger and an overall width of 62.5 inches. The ROPS cage has more swooping lines than the Ranger, yet retain ProFit accessorization, and an all-new analog/ digital instrument package tilts with the steering wheel. There is also a Ranger-like dash with cubby holes and glove box, plus a large bin in the center console behind the aluminum range selector, cup holders and passenger’s left-hand grip. Behind the new cabin, a dumping bed with a 600-pound capacity rides over the engine and gives the General an 1100-pound payload capacity. Towing is 1500 pounds via a 2-inch receiver. Unloaded, the General has 12-inch ground clearance and it’s 7.4 inches fully loaded.

The General 1000 EPS comes in three versions, with the Base having Indy Red plastic and 27-inch AT489 II tires on black steel 12-inch rims. The Premium General upgrades to Velocity Blue paint, 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander tires on 14-inch blackaluminum wheels, a low-profile front bumper and 4500-pound winch with toggle control in the center dash. Deluxe Generals trade blue paint for Orange Burst and keep the winch, bumper, tires and wheels, and add Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 piggyback shocks with three-position compressiondamping adjusters, a plastic sport roof, convex rear-view mirror and MTX eightspeaker Soundbar with AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. We drove the Premium and Deluxe models for this test.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The base General MSRP is $15,999, while the Premium version is $17,499, and the Deluxe goes for $19,999. The Can-Am Commander 1000 starts at $13,149 for the DPS and goes to $16,749 for the XT, $17,549 for the XT-P and $20,549 for the enclosed-cab LTD. The Polaris RZR S 1000 EPS is $17,999, while the Arctic Cat Prowler XT 1000 EPS is a low $15,299.

An all-new frame cradles the ProStar DOHC 999cc twin with two 93mm pistons, 73.5mm stroke and dual 48mm EFI throttle bodies inside a large plenum chamber. Power is re-tuned for more low-to-mid torque, and low range is lower than the RZR S for heavy loads and steep hills. Check out the three-position compression clicker on the Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks.
An all-new frame cradles the ProStar DOHC 999cc twin with two 93mm pistons, 73.5mm stroke and dual 48mm EFI throttle bodies inside a large plenum chamber. Power is re-tuned for more low-to-mid torque, and low range is lower than the RZR S for heavy loads and steep hills. Check out the three-position compression clicker on the Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks.

HOW FAST IS THE GENERAL?
It’s way fast for a sport-utility UTV. Polaris claims 0–40-mph acceleration in 3.6 seconds, but it definitely lacks the “yank” of the RZR S 1000. The Premium General is some 276 pounds heavier than the RZR S and has a much longer intake tract and revised engine/ CVT tuning for smoothness, but it still hauls the mail on the trail. We drove the General in New Mexico’s Carson National Forest at 7500-foot elevations and above, but we couldn’t find a straight long and smooth enough to top it out in high range. Where the RZR S will do 45 mph in low, the General tops out at 37 mph downhill. It’s plenty fast for tight woods work, and we had a blast pitching it into corners and drifting out.

WHAT ABOUT THE CVT/AWD DELIVERY?
It’s awesome! The re-tuned CVT engages smoothly for confident rock crawling, and spools up quickly to put 100 horsepower to the ground. The EBS system is excellent and helps set up fun drifts in turns, and the On-Demand AWD system pulls the front end around corners. We did some monster hill-climbs and rode up a tight canyon with lots of blown-down trees, and the delivery was excellent in all conditions. Truly confidence-inspiring stuff.

Polaris redefines the sport-utility UTV with the all-new General 1000 EPS, the first long-travel, 100-horsepower UTV for having fun when the workday is done—and even when it isn’t. The General Deluxe sports Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks and a roof to protect the MTX Bluetooth sound bar with six 3-inch speakers and two 1-inch tweeters.
Polaris redefines the sport-utility UTV with the all-new General 1000 EPS, the first long-travel, 100-horsepower UTV for having fun when the workday is done—and even when it isn’t. The General Deluxe sports Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks and a roof to protect the MTX Bluetooth sound bar with six 3-inch speakers and two 1-inch tweeters.

HOW AGILE IS THE HANDLING?
Mountain-lion agile. Where the RZR S 1000 has a 79-inch wheelbase, the General has a 81-inch wheelbase, and the extra weight slows down handling somewhat, but it feels a lot like the RZR S in tight turns. It’s definitely more agile than its recreation-utility competition, as the suspension and steering components are from the RZR, as is the close-ratio front diff.

Long A-arms and shocks deliver 12.25 inches of front travel, the most ever in a production sport-utility UTV, and the front torsion bar helps fight body roll. Dual-piston front calipers and CV joints are protected by plastic guards.
Long A-arms and shocks deliver 12.25 inches of front travel, the most ever in a production sport-utility UTV, and the front torsion bar helps fight body roll. Dual-piston front calipers and CV joints are protected by plastic guards.

HOW ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?
It’s in a class all its own. Polaris tuned the Base/Premium twin-tube HPG shocks to provide a very plush ride on rocks, roots and ruts, and we experienced all on the 45-mile USFS ride. Travel is 12.25 inches in front and 13.2 inches in back, and they’re wellbalanced for crisp handling. They also firm up well for big water bars, but we did bottom the front occasionally. The Deluxe General’s Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks are also well-tuned for a plush ride on trail junk and bottoming resistance when set on the softest of three selections. Faster driving and/ or heavier loads calls for going to the middle or even stiffest settings. The Fox shocks also have ring-type preload adjustment, while the HPGs have fiveposition preload.

HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
RZR S 1000-strong. Like the RZR, the General 1000 EPS has four-wheel hydraulic calipers with dual-bore fronts and single-piston rears squeezing large perforated rotors. Brake lines are braided stainless steel for a good feel at the pedal, and engine braking and the aggressive Dirt Commander tires also help whoa it down quickly, even in mud and snow.

Rear travel is 13.2 inches, and the new frame narrows at the back for rolled IRS rear suspension. The bed holds 600 pounds of cargo and tilts with gas assist, and the General tows 1500 pounds via a 2-inch receiver. Rear 27x11-14 GBC Dirt Commanders help put 100 horsepower to the ground.
Rear travel is 13.2 inches, and the new frame narrows at the back for rolled IRS rear suspension. The bed holds 600 pounds of cargo and tilts with gas assist, and the General tows 1500 pounds via a 2-inch receiver. Rear 27×11-14 GBC Dirt Commanders help put 100 horsepower to the ground.

WHERE IS THE GENERAL 1000 HAPPIEST?
On planet Earth. Working or playing, the General 1000 EPS is extremely capable and powerful, and the new cabin and half-doors keep the occupants dry and clean in snow and mud. It’s a great rock crawler, mud machine, woods weapon and explorer, with a great combination of power and agility, and it’s equally capable on the worksite, farm or ranch.

Track is the same as the 60-inch RZR S 1000, but the doors flare out for more elbow room in the General’s cab and a 62.5-inch overall width. Front and rear torsion bars fight body roll. Seating position is in between a RZR and Ranger XP.
Track is the same as the 60-inch RZR S 1000, but the doors flare out for more elbow room in the General’s cab and a 62.5-inch overall width. Front and rear torsion bars fight body roll. Seating position is in between a RZR and Ranger XP.

WHAT ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?
It’s also excellent. The new seats are super comfortable and have a thin-film membrane to keep dry in rain and snow, plus texturing for extra grip. The driver’s seat is adjustable, and the passenger handholds on the center console and door are comfortable. The center console doubles as a padded arm rest, and the curved doors are solid and protective. Storage is ample, and the Deluxe has rubber lips to keep contents in the cubby holes. Noise and vibration levels in the cabin are low and comfort is high. We also really like the new instrument pods with analog speedometer and tach plus digital center section with several modes, plus digital mph and fuel level.

Under the removable hood, long CVT and engine intake ducts are capped by plastic snorkels. Mud riders will likely extend these through the hood for submarine capability. Ducts go under the center console to the RZR-like sealed airbox (behind the driver’s seat) and CVT cover.
Under the removable hood, long CVT and engine intake ducts are capped by plastic snorkels. Mud riders will likely extend these through the hood for submarine capability. Ducts go under the center console to the RZR-like sealed airbox (behind the driver’s seat) and CVT cover.

WHAT’S OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Polaris hit the bull’s-eye dead center with the General 1000 EPS. It’s a class leader in power, torque, acceleration, agility and ground clearance, and its work capabilities are also upper echelon. We’re all about sport, but this machine can also “get ’er done” on the farm, ranch, worksite or hunting camp. It’s got the right mix of RZR S 1000 and Ranger XP DNA, and the three versions will attract bargain hunters and accessorizers alike. On the bed graphics, the General has five stars, and it got five stars in almost all of our rating categories.

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SPECS
2016 POLARIS GENERAL 1000 EPS EFI 4X4
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC 4-stroke twin
Displacement …999cc
Bore x stroke …93mm x 73.5mm (x2)
Compression ratio …11:1
Lubrication system …Wet sump
Additional cooling …Auto fan
Carburetion …48mm EFI (x2)
Starting/back-up …Electric/none
Starting procedure …Turn ignition switch
Air filter:
Type …Paper pleat
Access …Tool-less; lift bed, undo 2 straps
Transmission …Dual-range CVT w/ rev. & EBS
Reverse procedure…Move range selector to “R”
Drive system …Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives …Shafts
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS
Fuel capacity …9.5 gal.
Wheelbase …81.0”
Overall length/width/height …118.2”/62.5”/73.8”
Ground clearance …12.0”
Claimed dry weight …1,430–1,544 lb.
Bed weight limit…600 lb.
Hitch …2-inch receiver
Towing limit…1,500 lb.
ROLLING CHASSIS
Frame …Steel round/square tube
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front …Dual A-arm w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/12.25”
Rear …IRS Dual A-arms w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/13.2”
Brakes/actuation:
Front …Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear …Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking …Mode in transmission
Tires:
Front …27×9-14 GBC Dirt Commander
Rear …27×11-14 GBC Dirt Commander
ELECTRICAL
DC outlet …Console
Lighting:
Front …2 LED high/low headlights
Rear …Dual LED brake/tail lights
DETAILS
Instrumentation …Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/gear/
clock/2WD-4WD
Colors …Indy Red, Velocity Blue, Orange Burst
Minimum recommended operator age …16
Suggested retail price …Base, $15,999;
Premium, $17,499; Deluxe, $19,999
Contact …Polaris, (800) POLARIS

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