2022 Polaris General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition RTI Score

How does the special-edition General XP 1000 do on our test ramp?

2022 Polaris General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition RTI Test.Kevan Ray

The 2022 Polaris General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition is packed with everything you need to head to the sticks and stay there, and its 13.5 inches of ground clearance and 14 inches of suspension travel promise plenty of trail capability. But like the Ranger that the General is based on, the Trailhead prioritizes stability and comfort over wild articulation with sway bars front and rear. While those are great at reducing body roll, they also hurt a vehicle when it comes time to clamber over uneven terrain, which is why we’ve seen some pretty heady wheel lift during our time behind the wheel.

When we aimed this unit at our RTI ramp, the machine managed to climb 30.75 inches. With its 83-inch wheelbase, that gives the 2022 General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition a final score of 370.5 with the tires set to the factory recommended air pressure.

Sway bars front and rear limit the vehicle’s articulation.Kevan Ray

That score puts the Trailhead Edition ahead of the 2021 Polaris RZR Trail S with its 338.6, but well behind the next closest UTV we’ve tested, the 2021 Honda Talon 1000X and its 510.8 score. That also means our reigning champion, the 2021 Yamaha RMAX2 Limited Edition, a close competitor to the General, remains undefeated with its score of 706.5.

The 2022 Polaris General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition front sway bar.Kevan Ray

Still, it’s worth remembering that the vehicles that perform well on our ramp almost always only have only one sway bar, the trade-off being flat-ground stability. The RMAX, for example, only runs a front bar. Stay tuned for more testing on our long-term General as well as more RTI tests.