We love the look of the new Wildcat. It is much lower and sleeker than all other UTVs
out there. It’s the first two-seat UTV to come with doors as standard equipment since
the Yamaha Rhino. The only failure we have had in the Wildcat is one front flat tire, and
it was caused by driver error. We replaced both front tires with STI Black Diamonds to
finish testing. They were rock solid and helped the Wildcat turn a bit better as well.
The test Commander we have been
using is an XT unit. It has upgraded
wheels, tires, a winch and an extra front
bumper. Can-Am also has a slightly
sportier X version with upgraded Fox
shocks on all four corners. We have yet
to try the Foxes on this machine, but
have tested Race Tech and Elka products
that have provided big improvements.
Huge front A-arms help the Wildcat be
the plushest sport UTV to drive. It has
an incredible 17 inches of wheel travel
in the front and 18 inches of movement
at the rear end. The Walker Evans
shocks are very tunable.
These small doors give the driver and
passenger huge protection against trail-side debris; however, expect companies
like Pro Armor to come out with an even
stronger product in the near future.
The cockpit in the Commander is by far
the best of the three. It has a solid
steering wheel, very comfy seats, lots of
leg room, a non-slip floor, cargo pockets
and strong passenger handholds.
If you need to haul anything other
than a few small items, the Commander
is what you are looking for. The dual-level cargo box is a huge advantage in
this arena. For camping trips and work
duties, it has the others beat by a long
shot. The price of the complete
Commander line is very competitive
against all classes of UTVs.