2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 vs. Can-Am Defender MAX DPS HD10: By the Numbers

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
In a battle of six-passenger Utility UTVs, we see how the 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 and Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 compare – by the numbers.

When Can-Am launched the Defender lineup in answer to Polaris’ class-leading Ranger machines, it didn’t take long for the Defender to also make space in the six-passenger arena to take on the mighty Ranger Crew as well. The biggest shot came from the Defender’s HD10 platform with a 72-horsepower 976cc Rotax V-Twin engine, which put Polaris at a disadvantage with its 900-class Ranger motor. The following year, Polaris answered with the Ranger 1000. Also available in the Crew model, the Ranger had the horsepower, but was lacking in other areas like handling and functionality compared to what Can-Am had done with the Defender. Not one to rest, Polaris was already hard at work on the next generation Ranger. Recently, the all-new 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 made its debut. How does it compare to the Defender MAX? Let’s take a look at the numbers to see.

2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 10002018 Can-Am Defender DPS MAX
Engine999cc 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder DOHC976cc 4-Stroke V-Twin
Driveline/DifferentialHigh Performance On-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf ModeTrue 4-mode traction system: 2×4 open rear dif., 2×4 locked rear dif., 4×4 open rear dif., 4×4 locked rear dif. Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front dif.
TransmissionAutomatic PVT H/L/N/R/P; ShaftPRO-TORQ transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Front SuspensionDual A-Arm 11 in. TravelDouble A-arm 10 in. travel
Rear SuspensionDual A-Arm, IRS 11 in. TravelTTA-HD with external sway bar 10 in. travel
Front /Rear Brakes4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers4-Wheel 220mm ventilated disc brakees with hydrauic twin-piston calipers
Wheelbase113 in115.5 in
Overall Dimensions136.75 x 54.25 x 12.5 in152.5 x 63.5 x 76 in
Dry Weight1,936 lbs1,710 lbs
Front Tires26 x 9-12; PXT27 x 9-14; Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear Tires26 x 11-12; PXT27 x 11-14; Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Ground Clearance12.5 in11 in
Fuel Capacity11.5 gal10.6 gal
Bed/Rack Capacity1,000 lbs1,000 lbs
Payload Capacity1,750 lbs1,750 lbs
Towing Capacity2,500 lbs2,000 lbs

We all know about the new Ranger XP 1000 launched late last year. It featured over 100 advancements inspired by feedback from you, the consumer and end user. Polaris let us in on the fact that it had been hard at work developing the new machine when the Defender launched, but weren’t quite ready to release the new model before last fall. The recent introduction of the new Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000, using the same technologies as the three-passenger version, was both expected and welcomed.

The Can-Am Defender MAX XT HD10 has been around for a couple of years and is an excellent machine. It incorporates many of the advancements of the single-row Defender, such as the in-dash toolbox storage, flip-up under seat storage, thicker seat padding, ergonomic controls and responsive handling.

Engines of Creation

Can-Am Defender DPS MAX Action

As already stated, the Can-Am is powered by a 72-horsepower Rotax V-Twin that is responsive and fun to drive. The Can-Am has three driving modes. Normal is exactly as you’d expect, and Work mode limits the speed of the machine, but allows for full use of the power and torque of the motor. ECO mode maps the fuel consumption to optimize fuel use, making it a great tool for long days of work or play.

Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Working

The new Ranger is powered by massive new 999cc ProStar Twin-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 82 horses. It has a normal and a performance mode with the drive-by-wire throttle that gives you different power curves depending on your driving style and needs.


The Ranger has an all-new single piece frame assembly that gives it increased cargo capacity the bed will now haul 1,000 pounds of cargo and the Ranger can tow 2,500 pounds. This bests the Defender, which can carry 1,000 pounds in the bed and tow 2,000 pounds.

Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 Profile

The biggest differences are in the interior room. The Ranger has added an additional 5 inches of clearance for getting in and out of the vehicle both in the front and rear passenger areas. They have also bumped up the seat thickness by 25% and added under-seat storage, ala the Defender. The Ranger has 12.5 inches of ground clearance to the Defender’s 11 inches. The Defender MAX runs 27-inchh tires, while the Ranger rolls on 26-inch tires.

Polaris also added a pre-wired bus bar to the electrical system. This allows for simple plug-and-play accessories. Polaris claims you can add an LED lightbar to the Ranger from box to fully installed and wired in less than 20 minutes. There is also the elephant in the room of the new looks of the Ranger. Most either love it or hate it. We admit that the longer look of the Ranger Crew works well with the style.

Can-Am Defender DPS MAX Studio

The new Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 starts out with an MSRP of $16,299. It comes in green, Sunset Red, and Polaris’ Pursuit camo. Polaris also has its HVAC Northstar edition available. The Can-Am Defender Max DPS HD10 starts out at $16,499, hard composite roof and a high-quality finish. Head to your local dealer to take a look at both machines for yourself.

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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