ed interior door panels, center consoles front and rear to act as elbow
rests and secure passenger hand-holds. In the front the passenger has a
near-vertical hand-hold on each side.
In the rear there is a full bar that runs
completely across the car. All of these
features work with the tall doors to
make the General a comfortable and
secure-feeling machine to spend time
in. We had stints as driver, passenger
and even rode in the rear seats with
four genuine adults aboard, so we can
verify that the new cab appointments
and seats are nice. We had riders over
6 feet tall in the rear seats comfortably
The all-new digital instrumentation
cluster moves with the tilt-adjustable
steering wheel for visibility.
The combination of
and analog gauge indicates vehicle
speed, engine rpm and standard trip
information. The center digital gauge
can be set up to just the way you want
it, and even features an auto-adjusting
backlight that can switch from red to
blue. A 4500-pound-rated Warn winch
is standard on the General.
We had the pleasure spending time
in the General 4 near Great Falls,
Montana, and then on our local trails.
At both venues the General is the
commanding officer of comfort. Some
of that comfort is thanks to the posh
interior and a seating arrangement
that keeps you in a little more upright
SUV- or truck-like seated position.
It is obvious from the suspension
tuning that the General is aimed at
the sport end of the spectrum. At
slow-crawling speeds there are other
sporty utility machines that have
more supple action. As the speeds
pick up, the General comes into
its own and starts to really work.
It feels calm and collected with a
pace where those soft models are
G-outs, cross ruts and water
bars are nothing for the General.
It seems able to absorb nearly any
single obstacle that the RZR lineup with 16/18 inches of travel will.
But, the RZR’s added travel (and
29-inch tires) takes more of the bite
from the hit. It also has a body roll
inherent with that travel that would
be a problem carrying or towing the
weight that the General shrugs off.
During all of our driving the
handling was stable with minimal
body roll. The steering is accurate
as well. We found that the longer