2020 Polaris General Sport Preview

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
More affordable General opens up Sport-Utility UTV to more people

The Polaris General has been a force in the Sport-Utility UTV class since its introduction a few years back. But UTVs are expensive and the General has been no exception. Polaris is trying to get more off-roaders into the General family by releasing a more affordable new model – the 2020 Polaris General Sport.

Carrying an MSRP of $15,999, the Polaris General Sport is far from what we’d call inexpensive, but it is $800 less than the current base General 1000 and has slightly better features. The two models share the same 100-horsepower ProStar 1000 engine and most everything else, but the new Polaris General Sport gets upgraded 12-inch aluminum wheels (stamped steel on the General 1000), color-matched shock springs, and new Avalanche Grey color. The Polaris General Sport will begin arriving at Polaris dealerships in April.

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“The GENERAL 1000 Sport makes off-road adventure more accessible with a new starting price while delivering more value with enhanced features,” said Steve Menneto, president Off Road at Polaris.

Other features on the 2020 Polaris General Sport include class-leading 12.25 inches of front suspension travel, 13.2 inches of rear suspension travel, 12 inches of ground clearance, bolstered bucket seats, standard half doors, 600-pound dumping cargo box, and 1500-pound towing capacity.

What Happened to the Base Polaris General 1000?

With the new Polaris General Sport coming in $800 less than the base General 1000 and having improved features, you might be wondering what is happening with that model. Well, we asked Polaris and were told that the brand will no longer be producing the base General 1000. You can still purchase one while inventory is available. In fact, Polaris tells us the pricing will be reduced and an additional rebate will be offered for this trim, so it will end up being slightly less expensive than the Polaris General Sport…while supplies last.

Polaris General Sport Specs

EngineProStar 1000; 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder
Horsepower100 hp
TransmissionAutomatic PVT P/R/N/L/H
Drive SystemOn-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf Mode
Front SuspensionDual A-arm with Stabilizer Bar and 12.25″ (31.1 cm) Travel
Rear SuspensionDual Arm IRS with Stabilizer Bar and 13.2″ (33.5 cm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front and Rear Calipers
Front Tires27×9.00R12 NHS; CST Clincher
Rear Tires27×11.00R12 NHS; CST Clincher
WheelsCast Aluminium
Dry Weight1,430 lb
Length x Width x Height116.4 x 62.5 x 73.8″
Ground Clearance12″
Fuel Capacity9.5 gal.
Bed Box Dimensions27.5 x 43.1 x 11.6
Bed Box Capacity600 lb
Hitch Towing Rating1500 lb
Lighting55W Low / 60W High, LED Tail
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Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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