We have always liked the front storage box on the Polaris
Sportsman ATVs. It gives you a big area to carry items along
with you on each ride or store tools for certain jobs the
machine might get you to.
Can-Am integrated a storage box into the rear rack of this
Outlander. It’s a good spot to carry a lunch, spare gloves or
other items you may need on the trail.
head-cam, liquid-cooled V-twin powers the 500. It has a high/low fully
automatic CVT transmission, and BRP
claims the mill puts out 46 horsepower.
The Polaris ProStar’s dual-overhead-cam, four-valve, single-cylinder powerplant has a claimed 44-horsepower
output. Honda has a longitudinally
mounted, OHV single churning out
around 35 horsepower. The transmission is complex. There is a high and
low range, along with five speeds of
push-button manual transmission. Or,
you can leave it in full auto mode in
high or low range. This test will surly
tell how well the design of Honda’s
drivetrain compares to more powerful
CVT-equipped machines. We will see
if Honda can get the power to where
it’s needed better than the rest of the
industry does it.
For a quick towing test, we forced
each machine to pull with a rope a
1400-pound RZR S 900 (with driver)
placed in neutral up a 30-degree,
off-camber, steep dirt road. It was
about the limit of what any 4x4 could
do out in a typical trail or work situation. We were surprised that all
three machines preformed equally.
They all made it to just about the
same point on the hill when their tires
started slipping. All three machines
were very stable, and none of them
wanted to squat or go off-course with
the heavy load. So, we consider them
all equally good for towing.
For pure acceleration on flat
ground in high gear, the Polaris took
the top spot. It would jump off the line
quicker than the other two and posted
a higher top speed at 67 mph. The
Outlander came in a distant second
at 52 mph, and the Honda brought up
We liked the engine braking on the Honda the best, the Can-Am comes in second
and the Polaris last. It’s the only thing that this Polaris is not good at.