Feb 1, 2020

Model Overview: 2016 Polaris General 1000 EPS Reviews and Specs

Rusty G

It’s a known fact that Polaris side-by-sides don’t mess around, so stick around and see what happens when this reputable company mixes business with pleasure.

While the Polaris Ranger and RZR remain two of the most innovative UTV models on the market, Polaris quickly recognized the need to bridge the gap between work and play so that industrious farmhands could transform into trailblazing off-road enthusiasts without having to switch vehicles.

Enter the 2016 Polaris General 1000 EPS.  

A cross between the highly functional Ranger and the sportier RZR, the 2016 Polaris General 1000 is a commendable response to the growing sport utility demographic. It’s an incredibly user-friendly ride that inspires confidence thanks in large part to several fortifying attributes.

Video Source: Dirt Trax TV YouTube

The first of these attributes lies in the General’s suspension, which is bolstered by FOX Podium 2.0 QS3 adjustable shocks with three distinct settings: soft, medium, and firm. Not to mention, when combined with its AWD capabilities, the General’s front (12.25”) and rear (13.2”) suspension travel makes even the most ominous trails seem like mere child’s play.

Moving on, the 999cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke twin is further accentuated by a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which can happily accommodate users who plan to haul and ride aggressively. (The General’s frame may be robust, folks, but its prowess remains entirely intact whether you’re muddin’ or haulin’, rest assured.)    

Video Source: Dirt Trax TV YouTube

In terms of amenities, the ‘Deluxe’ Polaris General side-by-side boasts many features that traditionally have to be installed aftermarket in other four-wheelers. The roof, front bumper, dumping box and winch—which can haul up to 600 and 4,500 pounds, respectively—all come standard on this machine. Additionally, the tachometer is connected to the General’s steering wheel, thus preserving gauge visibility whenever tilt steering is employed. Top it all off with a pair of upright, leather upholstered seats and two large doors that guard the cab against trail debris, and this sport UTV is a couple of turn signals away from being a full-fledged automobile.

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Without a doubt, the Polaris General 1000 EPS was designed to encourage a sense of excitement in thrill-seekers, while also allowing the working man or woman a chance to tie up loose ends on the homestead.

Polaris General 1000 Specs

  • Engine: 999cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke, twin-cylinder DOHC
  • Carburetion type: Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable (CVT)
  • Final drive (front wheel): Shaft
  • Reverse: Yes

  • Front tire: GBC Dirt Commander: 27 X 9-14
  • Rear tire: GBC Dirt Commander: 27 X 11-14

  • Front brakes: Hydraulic disc
  • Rear brakes: Hydraulic disc

  • Front Suspension: Dual A-Arm with stabilizer bar 12.25” travel
  • Rear Suspension: Dual A-Arm with stabilizer bar, IRS 13.2” travel

  • Vehicle size (L x W x H): 118.2 x 62.5 x 75 in
  • Bed box: 27.5 x 43.1 x 11.6 in (L x W x H); 600-lb (capacity)
  • Fuel capacity: 9.5 gal
  • Ground clearance: 12 in.
  • Wheelbase: 81 in.

  • Driveline: Selectable 4X2 / AWD
  • Limited slip differential: Standard

  • Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs
  • Payload capacity: 1,100 lbs
  • Person capacity: 2
  • Dry weight: 1544 lbs*
    *as reported by the manufacturer

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