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Can-Am ATVs and UTVs – Models, Prices, Specs and Reviews
Can-Am ATVs have been around since 1998 when the original Bombardier Traxter was introduced.
This move towards ATVs came decades after both Bombardier’s Ski-Doo models essentially created the snowmobile industry and and Sea-Doo models helped popularize personal watercraft.
Just one year later, the powerful and innovative Bombardier DS 650 Sport ATV made its debut.
Bombardier introduced the Outlander Utility ATV models in 2002 and they are still making them today. That same year, The Traxter MAX was unveiled as Bombardier’s first two-seat ATV – a category the company has focussed on for many years now.
Bombardier partnered with John Deere to build Deere-branded Utility ATVs in 2003 and in 2004 the BRP brand came into existence and with it, the Can-Am ATVs nameplate.
The lineup of Can-Am ATVs grew quickly and UTV models followed with the Commander in 2011, the Maverick in 2013, and the Defender Utility UTV in 2016.
2020 Can-Am ATVs
The current DS family of Can-Am ATVs are all designed for younger riders. The smallest of the lot is the DS 70, which features a 70cc engine is and is intended for riders 6 and older. The DS 90 sees the engine jump to 89.5cc and serves riders 10 and older. The DS 90X is the same platform, but with front double A-arm suspension and HPG piggypack shock, kick-up pegs, and X-package graphics. Finally, the DS 250 offers up a 249./4cc engine and suits riders 14 and older. Prices start at $2349.
When it comes to full size Can-Am ATVs, the most affordable place to start is with Outlander 450 and 570 models. The base Outlander 450 retails for just $6199 and features a 450cc engine that produces 38 horsepower. The base Outlander 570 bumps things up to a 500-class engine that doles out 50 horsepower. DPS (Dyamic Power Steering) models are available with both engines, as are XT models (DPS, heavy duty front/rear bumpers, and winch) and Mossy Oak Edition models (everything in the XT package, along with larger 26-inch tires, Mossy Oak camo and heated grips). If you need room for two, Outlander MAX 450/570 models are available in base, DPS and XT trims. On the specialty side, the Outlander X MR 570 is designed for mud riding and features 28-inch ITP Mega Mayhem tires. Finally, the Outlander MAX 6×6 DPS 450 offers six-wheel drive and a rear rack that can hold up to 350 pounds.
Big brother to the Outlander 450 and 570 are the Outlander 650, 850 and 1000 Can-Am ATVs. 650 models are powered by a 62-horsepower engine, while the 850 offers up 78 horsepower and the 1000 produces 91 horsepower. Both the Base and DPS Outlander are only available with 650 and 850 engines – you have to move up to the Outlander XT to find the massive 1000-class mill. A step further is the Outlander XT-P (850 and 1000 only), which adds 14-inch beadlock wheels and Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks. Two-up Outlander MAX models are also available in Base, XT, and XT-P trim. Specialty models include the Mossy Oak Edition, three mud-focussed X MR trims, 1-up and 2-up North Star Edition (heated grips, windshield, visor outlet), race-inspired X XC (1000-class engine, Fox 1.5 Podium RC2 shocks, beadlock wheels), Outlander MAX Limited (1000-class engine, Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks, winch bumpers, 27-inch tires), and the Outlander MAX 6×6 models in DPS and XT trims. Prices start at $8399.
The only Can-Am ATVs designed for pure sport performance reside in the Renegade family. While these sport-machines forego a manual transmission in favor of a CVT, they are offered three engine options (570/48hp, 850/78hp, 1000R/91hp). In base trim, the Renegade is available with the 570 or 850 engine and comes standard with Fox 1.5 Podium shocks, 25-inch ITP Holeshot tires and cast-aluminum wheels. Move up to the Renegade X XC for 850 or 1000R engines and get Fox 1.5 Podium RC2 shocks, dynamic power steering, and beadlock wheels. Two mud-focussed trims are also available. The Renegade X MR 570 rides on 28-inch ITP Mega Mayhem tires wrapped around beadlock wheels, while the X MR 1000R relies on 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires and offers up 12.5 inches of ground clearance.
2020 Can-Am UTVs
The Can-Am Maverick family of Sport UTVs can be broken down into three distinct classes – Trail, Sport and X3. The most affordable of the bunch is the Trail, which starts as low as $11,099 and is just 50 inches wide so it is legal on most trails. Maverick Trail models are available with two different engine options – a 51-horsepower 800 and a 75-horsepower 1000. All Trail models feature a dual A-arm front suspension with a torsional trailing arm rear design, 26-inch Carlisle ACT tires, integrated front steel bumper, and full skid plate. Upgrade from the base model to the DPS version and you get power steering and cast-aluminum wheels.
The Sport is the middle child of the Maverick family and has a wider 60-inch stance. Sport models are offered with a 75-horsepower 1000 engine or a 100-horsepower 1000R. The base Maverick Sport is only offered with the 75-horsepower option and features 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, Fox 2.0 Podium shocks and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. Upgrade to DPS and you can choose either power level and get power steering. The DPS is also available in a four-seat Maverick Sport Max version. For pure performance, the Sport X XC offers up 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 piggyback shocks, 14.75 inches of rear suspension travel, and Smart-Lok differential. The Maverick Sport also comes in a mud-specific X MR version with 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires and a rock crawling X RC version with 30-inch Maxxis Liberty 2.0 tires. Prices start at $15,299.
For all-out sport performance, the Can-Am Maverick X3 family has got you covered with a huge array of models. The base X3 Turbo come with a 120-horsepower engine, sits 64 inches wide and features 28-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 piggyback shocks and up to 20 inches of suspension travel. Other 64-inch models include the X3 X MR Turbo with 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires, the X3 X RC Turbo with 30-inch Maxxis Liberty 2.0 tires, the 172-horsepower X3 DS Turbo R, and the 195-horsepower X3 X DS Turbo RR.
There are also a host of ultra wide 72-inch Maverick X3 models, including the 172-horsepower X3 RS Turbo R with 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and 22-inches of rear suspension travel. Up next is the 195-horsepower X3 X RS Turbo RR with 30-inch Bighorn 2.0 tires, Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 piggyback shocks, and 24 inches of rear suspension travel. Specialty 72-inch wide models include the 195-horsepower X3 X MR Turbo RR with 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires and Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 piggyback shocks and the 195-horsepower X3 X RC Turbo RR with massive 32-inch Maxxis Liberty 2.0 tires, Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 remote reservoir shocks, and 24 inches of rear suspension travel.
Can-Am also offers six different four-seat Max versions of the X3 in 120-horsepower, 172-horsepower, and 195-horsepower engines.
Pricing for Can-Am Maverick X3 models starts at $18,999.
The Can-Am Defender family is all about work and there is a huge selection of models to suit just about any need and budget. The base Defender comes in a 38-horsepower HD5 or 50-horsepower HD8 configuration and features 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, 11 inches of ground clearance, and a Versa-Pro bench seat. Move up to the DPS version for power steering and cast-aluminum wheels. The Defender XT is offered in the HD8 or 82-horsepower HD10 engines and sees ground clearance jump to 13 inches and features a steel bumper and winch. The Defender XT Cab is largely the same model, but with a fully enclosed cab, while the Defender XT-P (only available in HD10) adds seat bolsters. Hunters will appreciate the Defender Mossy Oak Edition, which is dress in Mossy Oak camo and offers up the Smark-Lok differential and 28-inch Bighorn 2.0 tires. A mud-focussed Defender X MR features 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires and 15 inches of ground clearance, while the Defender Limited has a fully enclosed cab with heating and air conditioning for four-season use.
Six-seat Defender MAX models are available in seven different trim levels to match the majority of the three-seat models discussed above.
While all Defenders can work, there are three work machines that start apart from the rest. The Defender 6×6 features six-wheel drive and offers up a 1000-pound cargo bed and 3000 pounds of towing capacity. The Defender Pro DPS has that same 1000-pound extended bed and offers 2500 pounds of towing capacity and 83.6 gallons of cargo box under storage. The flagship is the Defender Pro XT, which has all the same features of the DPS, along with a 4500-winch, roof, and upgraded XT seat.
Can-Am Defender pricing starts at $10,299.
The Commadner was the very first Can-Am UTV and this Sport-Utility machine is stil going strong. The base Commander is powered by a 71-horsepower 800R engine and features Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and an innovative dual-level rear cargo box. Move up to the Commander DPS and choose between the 800R or a 92-horsepower 1000R engine with added features like power steering and cast-aluminum wheels. The Defender XT adds features like a 4500-pound winch and a more robust steel bumper. The flagship is the Defender Limited, which boasts Fox 2.0 Podium QS3 piggyback shocks, bed rails, half windshield, rear net, and a roof. The four-seat Defender Max is available in all but the base trim level. Prices start at $11,199.
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