BY THE NUMBERS
A base, green Grizzly 700 is the
most affordable at $9499. Add cast
aluminum wheels and blue bodywork like we did and the price jumps
to $9949. Both the Sportsman 850 and
the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 sell for
an additional $50 at $9999. A basic
Outlander 800R sells for only $50
more than the base Grizzly at $9549.
The Outlander 800XT we tested will
set you back $11,049. However, keep
in mind that this unit already has a
3000-pound Warn winch installed,
upgraded wheels and tires, bumpers
and handguards. So for the money,
you are getting plenty of extras.
Out back the trailing arm setup that
Can-Am uses was upgraded for the
new machine. It proved 9. 3 inches of
plush wheel travel in the back.
We have always liked Can-Am’s V-twin
powerplant. The 800 has a surprisingly
smooth power delivery this year. It
helps contribute to a better-handling
A huge rear cargo box is a great feature
on the redesigned Outlander. It holds a
ton of gear away from the elements.
The dual-keyed ignition is carried over
from the Commander lineup. The black
key unleashes all of its power, while the
gray one limits acceleration and top
The foam filter on the Outlander can
be accessed and serviced using no
tools. It’s well protected from water
and stayed very clean during this test.
Simple handguards on the Outlander
make it one of our favorite machines to
ride in the woods. Where we ride, there
is always brush and branches in our way.
A new dual A-arm front suspension system offers 9 inches of travel. We
cranked the preload all the way up to
get the best ride possible. A new tri-mode electronic-power-steering system
is also added to the list of new features.