No two brands have been as aggressive in the Sport Side-by-Side world as Can-Am and Polaris. When one comes out with an innovative machine, you can rest assured that the other will follow close behind with an answer. This back and forth is once again on display with their latest multi-passenger vehicles. Let’s dig right into our Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX X RS vs. Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo EPS comparison.

2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RS MAX 2017 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo
Price $27,499 $29,099
Engine 900cc Fuel Injected Triple 925cc Fuel Injected In Line Twin
Horsepower 154 168
Driveline/Differential Selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok X Auto Locking front differential High Performance On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Transmission Automatic Quick Response System CVT P/R/N/H/L Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H
Wheelbase 135.0 in 117.0 in
Overall Dimensions (LxWxH) 165.5” x 72” x 66” 146” x 64” x 73.75”
Dry Weight 1,840 lbs 1,691 lbs
Front Tires 30×10-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 29×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn
Rear Tires 30×10-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 29×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn
Ground Clearance 14.0 in 13.5 in
Fuel Capacity 10.5 gal 9.5 gal
Front Suspension/Travel Dual A-Arm with swaybar / 22” Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar / 16”
Rear Suspension/Travel 4-link Torsional Trailing-arm X (TTX) with sway bar / 22” Trailing Arm with Stabilizer Bar / 18”
Front Shocks FOX 2.5 PODIUM RC2 Piggyback with bypass, dual speed compression and rebound adjustment 2.5″ FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks with 24-Position Adjustable Clickers
Rear Shocks FOX 3.0 PODIUM RC2 Remote reservoir with bypass, dual speed compression and rebound adjustment 3″ FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks with 24-Position Adjustable Clickers (Remote Reservoir)
Front Brakes Dual 262 ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin piston calipers Hydraulic Discs with Triple Bore Front Calipers
Rear Brakes Dual 248 ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin piston calipers Hydraulic Discs with Dual-Bore Rear Calipers
Lighting LED headlights and tail lights with unique Can-Am LED signature White LED, Low/High & Red LED Tail / Brake Lights
Instrumentation Multifunction analog/digital: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, sport / ECO mode, seat belt and 4 x 4 indicator, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off New Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tripmeter, Tachometer, Coolant Temperature, Volt Meter, Hour Meter, Service, Indicator, Clock, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp Light, Seatbelt Reminder Light, 2 DC Outlets (Front & Rear)
Rack/Bed Capacity 150 lbs 300 lbs
Bed Dimensions L x W x H n/a 28” x 22” x 7”
Power Steering Standard – 3 mode Dynamic Power Steering Standard

Engines

How the Can-Am and Polaris make power is very different.

The RZR 4 Turbo runs a 925cc twin-cylinder ProStar turbocharged high output four-stroke DOHC engine. Polaris claims this engine produces 168 horsepower. It has electronic fuel injection and powers an automatic PVT transmission with P/R/N/L/H gears.

Polaris RZR XP Turbo 4 EPS Studio

The Maverick X3 X RS Max runs a Rotax ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) 900 cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Can-Am claims 154 horsepower. It has Can-Am’s Quick Response System X (QRS-X) CVT transmission with high airflow, and L / H / N / R / P gears. It too, has EFI and Can-Am’s Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC).

Suspension

On paper, the suspension systems from each machine are very similar.

Out front, the Polaris has Fox 2.5-inch Podium internal bypass shocks with 24-position adjustable clickers. These are set on dual A-arms with a stabilizer bar and 16 inches of wheel travel.

The Can-Am has Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 piggyback shocks with bypass, dual speed compression and rebound adjustments. These are set on dual A-Arms, also with a stabilizer, and offer 22 inches of travel.

Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX X RS Studio

Out back, the RZR 4 Turbo has 3.0-inch Fox Podium remote reservoir shocks with internal bypass and 24-position adjustable clickers. These have 18 inches of travel and connect via trailing arms with a stabilizer bar.

The X3 Max has Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 remote reservoir shocks with bypass, dual speed compression and rebound adjustments. They have 22 inches of travel and connect with four-link torsional trailing-arms with a sway bar.

Dimensions

So now that you know how much power they make, and how the suspension set up on each machine compares, it’s time to see if either machine will fit on your trailer.

Polaris RZR XP Turbo 4 EPS Profile

The RZR is 146 inches long and 73.75 inches high. The width, a common concern with some trails, is 64 inches. The overall wheelbase is 117 inches and it has 13.5 inches of ground clearance.

The X3 is a whopping 165.5 inches long and only 72 inches high. The width on the Max X RS package is 66 inches. It has a 135-inch wheelbase and 14 inches of ground clearance.

The RZR weighs in at an estimated 1,691 lbs dry weight, while the X3 Max tips the scales at an estimated 1,840 lbs dry.

Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX X RS Speed

Both machines run on Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 rubber on 14-inch aluminum wheels. The RZR runs 29-inch tall tires and the X3 rolls on 30-inch tires.

And the most important question…

The Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo EPS lists for $27,499 and comes in Titanium Matte Metallic, Velocity Blue and Cruiser Black color combos. You can learn more about the Polaris here.

The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X RS has an MSRP of $29,099.00 and comes in Black Out, or gold and red. The base Maverick X3 MAX retails for $24,999. You can learn more about the Can-Am here.

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  • Andy Stowe

    I do not know if I can even trust this. You messed up the first line. The prices are wrong. The RZR is $27,499 and the Maverick is 29,099. Another case of Fake news 🙂

  • glenn

    Neither machine is worth even 1/2 the sticker price!
    The sum of their parts fall far short of the cost!

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