2022 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 TRAILHEAD EDITION REVIEW
PERFORMANCE + UTILITY = FUN
Review by Drew Rohde | Photos by Dusten Ryen & Brian Niles
Video by Brian Niles / Treeline Cinematic
You may be wondering what a 4-wheeler like the Polaris General XP 1000 is doing here on our site…now, we know that we typically spend our time testing and reviewing two-wheeled fun machines, but when Polaris reached out with this opportunity, we couldn’t say no. We were invited to Troy Lee Design’s in Laguna Beach for the unveiling of Polaris’s TLD Edition General XP 1000. Near the end of the event, they asked if we would be inclined to try out the 4-seater for a review, without hesitation we said, “HELL YES!” The only downside was that we were going to have to wait a few months for press vehicles to arrive. Much to our surprise, Polaris was eager for us to get some time on their UTV’s and arranged for us to receive the 2-door 2022 General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition while we waited. Double stoke! So, let’s see what kind of fun this ultimate shuttle rig got us into.
Polaris’s General UTV line blends the best of both worlds, taking suspension performance and design from the RZR SXS (albeit toned down a bit) and utilitarian features from the Ranger UTV.
Performance: Polaris gives the 2022 General XP 1000 a liquid-cooled ProStar 1000 4-stroke engine. The 999cc motor produces a fun and manageable 100-horsepower. The motor is mated to an Automatic PVT transmission that pushes out the power to Polaris’s 3-mode drive system. The three modes of the system are On-Demand, True AWD, 2WD and Versa Trac Turf Mode. The Versa Trac Turf mode allows Polaris’s General XP 1000 to deliver power smoother and lighter on terrain that you don’t want to mess up, like your lawn, turf, or similar surfaces.
Steering is smooth and precise thanks to Polaris’s use of High Output electronic power steering. Meanwhile, the General XP 1000 can be slowed quickly thanks to 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes that use dual-bore calipers front and rear.
Suspension: Our 2022 Polaris General XP 1000 Trailhead model eats up terrain with 14-inches of useable wheel travel. Walker Evans Velocity Series coil overs on all four corners provide the damping for the high-clearance dual A-Arm long-travel suspension. The Velocity Series shocks offer more controlled resistance than many other coil overs on the market. With the piggyback specifically positioned, these shocks offer higher resistance to bottoming out while allowing for a smoother, more compliant ride in the choppy bumps. The Walker Evans coil overs are re-valvable and re-buildable should you find yourself needing a different tune for the terrain you frequent most.
Wheels: Polaris opted to run 15-inch wheels on the Trailhead Edition wrapped in 30×10-inch Pro Armor Crawler tires with a front and rear specific tread pattern. The Pro Armor tires have an aggressive tread pattern and 8-ply construction making them ideal for our rugged lava rock terrain.
Dimensions: Being a combination of the RZR and Ranger, the General falls right in middle with its size. The 2-seat General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition has a tight wheelbase of just 83-inches long and is only 64-inches wide, perfect for making it through wooded trails or turning around anywhere. The overall length of our General comes in at 118-inches. The rear dump box is rated at carrying up to 600lbs. The General has a hitch tow rating of 1,500-pounds making it versatile on the ranch or on the trail.
Interior: The interior of the 2022 Polaris General XP 1000 is loaded with features. The driver and passenger sit in comfort with bolstered bucket seats, with the driver seat being on a slider for proper reach to the pedals. The instrumentation is clean and simple with dual-sweep analog dials and a 4-inch LCD rider information center. The information center shows all important information such as speedo, tach, odometer, fuel level, etc. Moving to the center of the dash, Polaris equipped their Ride Command 7-inch display. The Ride Command display has a built-in GPS with mapping, can show other Polaris vehicles in your group with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Group Ride, Follow the Leader, and messaging. The display is also connected to both the front and rear-view on-board cameras. The display also offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity, AM/FM, and weather Radio. Being that the General has a radio, it only makes sense that it has a solid system which it does. Our General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition UTV comes standard with a Rockford Fosgate Stage 3 audio system made up of two 6.5-inch speakers up front as well as two 6.5-inch rear speakers powered by a 4-channel amp.
Miscellaneous: No UTV would be complete without a winch for which the Trailhead Edition comes standard with a Polaris HD 4500 LB synthetic line winch. The winch uses a synthetic rope with an aluminum fairlead and rubber isolator. A Low-Profile front bumper helps keep the front end safe and has a Pro Armor High Output 11-inch LED lightbar mounted to it. The General comes spec’d with a Profit Sport roof; however, it lacks a much-needed windshield for cold winter driving. Last but not least, is the adventure bed rack that can be used to mount necessary trail tools too.