2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R vs. Polaris RZR XP 1000 Trails and Rocks Edition: By the Numbers

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
The 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R and Polaris RZR XP 1000 Trails and Rocks Edition are a pair of rock crawling warriors. Let’s see how they compare…by the numbers.

The high-performance UTV scene has a lot of heavy hitters that inspire a serious aftermarket lineup of specialized parts to suit specific needs. From this, we get some amazing custom builds for things like desert running and playing in the mud. One area that has inspired a lot of innovative builds in rock crawling. These builds and the strong market for them was enough to inspire two of the biggest names in the business to produce factory-edition rock-crawling beasts ready to take on the most technical and challenging rides.

2018 Polaris RZR XP 1000 Rocks and Trails Edition2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R
Engine999cc ProStar Turbo H.O.; 4-Stroke DOHC Twin CylinderRotax ACE 900cc Turbocharged Triple-cylinder engine, liquid cooled with integrated intercooler and Donaldson† high-performance air filter
Driveline/DifferentialXtreme Performance True On-Demand Close Ratio AWD/2WD with Enhanced Low Gear Throttle DriveabilitySelectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok‡ X auto-locking front differential
TransmissionAutomatic PVT P-R/N/L/H (Gated Shifter) with Reduced L GearQuick Response System X (QRS-X) CVT with high airflow, L / H / N / R / P
Wheelbase90.0 in102.0 in
Overall Dimensions (LxWxH)120 x 64 x 74.25 in133 x 72 x 67 in
Dry Weight1,567 lbs1,751 lbs
Front Tires30 X 10 – 14; Pro Armor Crawler XG30 x 10 – 14; Maxxis Liberty
Rear Tires30 X 10 – 14; Pro Armor Crawler XG30 x 10 – 14; Maxxis Liberty
Ground Clearance14.0 in15.0 in
Fuel Capacity9.5 gal10.5 gal
Front SuspensionHigh Clearance Lower Control Arms, Dual A-Arm with Stabilizer Bar and 16 in (40.6 cm) TravelTrophy truck inspired double arched A-arm with sway bar / 22-in. (55.9 cm) travel
Rear SuspensionHigh Clearance Radius Rods, Trailing Arm with Stabilizer Bar and 18 in (45.7 cm) Travel4-link Torsional Trailing-arm X (TTX) with sway bar and arched lower links, 24-in (61 cm) travel
Front/Rear Brakes4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front and Rear Calipers4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers

The Players

Polaris was the first when it released the RZR XP 1000 Trails and Rocks Edition machine. When it first debuted two years ago, it was listed as a rock crawler. Polaris added the trails part to the name because as people used the machine, it found its specialized characteristics worked exceptionally well for advanced trail riding, too.

2018 Polaris RZR XP 1000 Trails and Rocks Edition

Can-Am stunned the industry with the X3 machines, and recent developments have led to a new edition, the Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R. This 172-horsepower monster is equipped with advanced suspension and since you’re buying one, you might as well opt for the version available with the new Smart-Lok differential.

Going Head to Head

2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R 1

I’m not going to sit here and try to compare the engines right across the board. To see all the stats just look at the specs above. Yes, the Polaris runs a naturally-aspirated 110 hp Twin compared to Can-Am’s 172 hp triple with a turbo. It’s not even close. Let’s instead use this pace to talk about the stuff that isn’t in the specs.

New to On Demand

The RZR has some impressive stuff. For starters, how about a 55% lower low-range transmission for exceptional control in the tight stuff and an improved application of the engine’s torque to the wheels? Good stuff. Then Polaris added its improved Xtreme all-wheel drive system, which is the first major change to the company’s On-Demand system in years. It remaps the differentials for improved traction control.

2018 Polaris RZR XP 1000 Trails Rocks Edition 2

Polaris also added special low-speed throttle mapping to the digital throttle system for precise control. Polaris beefed up the front half-shafts, rock sliders and additional skid plates, and 30-inch Pro Armor Crawler XG tires. To aid in vision for the driver and spotter, the front fender flares are angled to aid the sight lines and a rear-view mirror helps with backing up, a much-needed addition thanks to the inclusion of click-6 seatbelt harnesses.

Smart Lok’in and Poppin’

The Can-Am has its own list of specialized equipment that make it a traction-grabbing monster. The big news is Smart-Lok, the company’s new fully lockable on-the-fly front differential with preset automatic modes set up for specific conditions. These modes electronically-controlled and fully automatic, or with the press of a button the system switches to intelligent calibrations for your type of riding. Using multiple inputs, the Smart Mode instantaneously engages the dif-lock with the right load precisely when you need it.

2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R 2

The X3 X RC Turbo R rolls on 14-inch beadlock rims with 30-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. A full roof and four-point safety harnesses to keep you comfortable and secure. Full, heavy-duty HMW skid plates protect the underbelly. Up front, there are Fox Podium 2.5 remote reservoir shocks riding on dual A-arms. Out back are new Fox Podium 3.0 remote reservoir shocks riding on a TTX four-link torsional trailing arm setup. All the shocks have 22-inches of travel and dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. Sway bars keep things stable

If extreme terrain and rocks call to you, there are a couple of new options for you that will make you the master of the rocks. Is one better than the other? Honestly no, they’re both a lot of fun. The engines are vastly different, and that can make an impact on your decision if horsepower is what you want. The Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC Turbo R starts at $28,999. The Polaris RZR XP1000 Trails and Rocks Ed. Comes in at $22,499. Pick your machine and ride!

Derrek Sigler
Derrek Sigler

Derrek's love for all things ATV started when he was a mere 11 years old, growing up on his family farm. His mom gave him and his sister a choice - get a horse, or a three-wheeler. The sister wanted the horse, and Derrek wanted the ATV. Luckily he won out, and was soon burning up the trails on a Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. By the time he was 14, he had saved enough of his own money by working on the farm and in his folks restaurant to buy a new 4-wheeler. That happened the day he and his mom were driving past the dealership and saw 1987 Banshee. His mom had no idea what he was buying, and he never looked back. He's been riding ever since, and been writing professionally for many years. He has ridden all over North America and been behind the controls of just about every machine out there. And yes, he still has his 1987 Yamaha Banshee.

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