Fast-forward to present day and
Can-Am dealers are having a hard
time keeping any of the X3 models in
stock. Off-road enthusiasts are in love
with the X3, but some were holding
out for something more from the X3. A
lot of these enthusiasts have families,
and a two-seater wasn’t going to cut
it. We knew it was inevitable that Can-Am would answer that call, and luckily
that came in the middle of February
2017. Can-Am released pictures and
a video of their new Maverick X3 Max
lineup and got the entire online world
buzzing. We’ve been waiting patiently for our first test, and we had the
chance to drive the Maverick X3
Max X DS model at the famed
Glamis sand dunes.
MAVERICK X3 MAX LINEUP
There are three models of the 2018
Can-Am Maverick X3 Max to choose
from, but they all share the same
engine, tires, wheels, quarter doors
and suspension as their two-seat
counterparts. Obviously, the biggest
difference is the length. The two-seat
models have a 102-inch wheelbase,
and total length comes to 131 inches.
The X3 Max models have a 135-inch
wheelbase, and total length comes to
162 inches, making it the longest sport
UTV to date. On average, the Max
models have 1 inch less ground clear-
ance than the two doors. Incredibly,
the dry-weight difference between the
X3 and X3 Max is only 250 pounds.
The Maverick X3 Max model is the
lowest-priced X3 Max at $24,999. For
comparison, the two-seat version
retails for $22,999—a $2000 difference
for the four-seat. This model offers Fox
2. 5 QRS shocks, is 64 inches wide, has
28-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires, a full-HMW plastic skid plate and 14-inch
black aluminum wheels. The X3 Max is
offered in one color—white and black.
The Maverick X3 Max X DS model is
an upgraded model from the standard
X3 Max, and retail is $27,399, while the
two-seat version retails for $24,999—a
$2400 difference for the four-seat.
This model offers fully adjustable Fox
2. 5 Podium RC2 shocks, is 64 inch-
MAX X DS
(Top right) Can-Am has
really done their homework
in the cockpit. The seats
make you feel like you’re
a part of the machine,
tilt steering column.
The X3 Max shares the same steering system as its
two-seat counterpart, and it’s one of the best on the
market! The adjustable power-steering system, or
DPS, has three settings at the push of a button—from
minimum to maximum to suit any driving style.
(Top left) The unique
trailing arm is a
big reason why
the X3 models
terrain so well.
The Fox 2. 5 RC2
shocks offer 20
inches of travel
front and rear.