Each of these machines was well
made and thoroughly thought out
in terms of design. The Polaris has
amore powerful engine; however, that
hinders its fuel consumption. The Can-Am has an eco mode that cuts down
on the power output to save fuel. Even
with the sport mode engaged, the
X3 still sucks down less fuel than the
RZR. Either that or the extra gallon
that the X3’s 10.5-gallon tank holds
makes us feel that way.
A downside of the Can-Am X3 is
that it is more difficult to wash, service
and work on than the RZR. The Polaris
is a more simplified machine while
the X3 is more radically shaped and
designed, which in turn makes it a bit
more difficult to turn wrenches on.
Strangely, the machine provides a lot
of body noise while driving. On the up
side of things, the Maverick does have
a stronger roll cage than the RZR.
We can easily award winners in
categories here. The Polaris motor is
simply amazing in the length of the
rpm range that it works happily in. It
has stronger brakes, better visibility,
and is easier to get in and out of. It
also has significantly more efficient
and effective 4WD and more supple
suspension while you are driving slow,
technical sections. The RZR is a more
all-around machine. It handles mud,
woods and technical trail riding better
with a shorter turning radius.
The Can-Am excels at higher
speeds. It does handle rock crawling,
but the power is softer at crawling
speeds, so you end up ramming the
machine through rough sections
rather than driving them. The front
differential lacks a lot for hill climbing
and rock crawling as well. Oddly
enough, the Can-Am front wheels
throw almost as much roost in the
We can dub the Can-Am
to be the corner master
in this shootout. The
machine didn’t have as
much body roll as the
RZR, and it felt more
stable in the turns.
The rear suspension of the RZR is a trailing-arm
type with 18 inches of wheel travel. The radius rods
were strengthened over last year’s model.
The X3’s rear suspension is a trailing-arm type with 20
inches of wheel travel. Can-Am designed three radius rods
per trailing arm to reduce the possibility of breakage.