The Polaris General 1000 is a serious work machine – & it’s mighty fun too!
We got our hands on a base model Polaris General 1000, which is a cross between a utility and a high-performance plaything. Polaris loaned us this vehicle as a long-term tester. Over the next several weeks, we will test this vehicle in every environment and off-road terrain we can find.
Andre calls the Polaris General 1000 a “mini-truck.” If you look at the numbers and the packaging of this vehicle, it’s easy to see why.
It has a proper, little pickup-truck bed that is rated to hold 600 pounds with a maximum vehicle weight capacity of 1,110 pounds. It has a 1,500 pound towing capacity with a proper hitch. While four-seat versions are available, we opted for the closer-to-base-model two seater. The suspension is capable 12.25 inches of articulation in the front, 13.2 inches in the rear, and sports 12 inches of ground clearance.
It has a 100 horsepower engine connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and standard four-wheel drive.
The 60-inch width makes this UTV much easier to transport, store and maneuver. Remember, this is a work vehicle that can play hard too. As such, it is missing many of the high-end goodies many RZR and other Polaris products have. The base price for the Polaris General 1000 is $15,999. Judging by the way Andre is all-over this thing, he thinks it’s worth it.
In this video, Andre takes you on a detailed tour of the vehicle after we see it unloaded. He talks about the components, performance and takes you through the numbers as well. Later on, Roman shows up and insists that Andre take the General out for a shakedown on an abandoned piece of property. To say that Roman is playing “devil’s advocate” is an understatement.
Check out this video and stat tuned for lot of testing video and posts on this interesting little pickup truck / UTV!