Can-Am’s Maverick Sports began as 60-inch-wide machines, so the Sport name became synonymous with its 60-inch width. There are still 60-inch Maverick Sports, but Can-Am’s 64-inch-wide Maverick Sport X rc and Maverick Sport X mr broke the 60-inch barrier last year, and they’re joined by the new 64-inch-wide Maverick Sport X xc for 2020.
WHAT DOES THE X XC HAVE THAT THE 60” MAVERICK SPORT DOESN’T?
Lots of stuff. The X xc’s 64-inch stance adds some valuable stability for hard cornering and off-camber terrain, but you get much more than that. Here’s what separates the X xc from the base Maverick Sport, in addition to its color scheme:
If the X xc package isn’t what you need, there are many other Maverick Sport models to choose from.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
At $20,199, the X xc is the lowest-priced 64-inch-wide Maverick Sport. The X mr mud machine is $21,099, and The X rc rock crawler is $21,499. Can-Am’s 64-inch Maverick X3 Turbo starts at $18,999. Polaris’ RZR XP 1000 is $18,599. Yamaha’s YXZ1000R starts at $18,999.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 976cc Rotax, 8-valve, single-overhead-cam, V-twin with 100 horsepower.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
A fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type continuously variable transmission. The X xc’s transmission also has automatic engine braking in low range, which Can-Am calls Electronic Hill Descent Control, and electronic drive belt protection. The range selector works smoothly, like the X3’s.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT USE?
It has selectable 2WD/4WD with Can-Am’s Smart-Lok front differential. Smart-Lok lets you choose 2WD or three increasing levels of front differential lock, including a fully locked position.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s seriously quick, but not the fastest non-turbo 64-inch car out there. One hundred horsepower may not sound like a lot in a world with 195-horsepower UTVs, but the X xc has more than enough muscle to provide a fast pace on any trail.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Instant and sporty when you want it and easy to control when you need it. There’s no mistaking the Maverick is a sport machine when you mat the throttle or just punch it. The machine’s clutching and engine tuning make things happen fast, and there’s enough power on tap to powerslide around turns. When maintaining traction is a must for technical climbs or slippery sidehills, the Can-Am cooperates. If the terrain or a driver’s style calls for it, you can soften the power delivery by switching from Sport mode to the milder Eco mode with a switch on the dash.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s ready for fast trail riding. With about 3 inches more travel than the 60-inch Maverick Sport models, the X xc lets aggressive drivers push much harder without finding the suspension’s limits. The X xc can take big, unexpected bumps and G-outs in stride. The ride, even on the softest setting is sport-firm without being harsh. Like the other 64-inch Maverick Sports, the X xc has double-A-arm front suspension and A-arm/control arm rear suspension. It’s comfortable, but you don’t get the same smoothness some 64-inch cars with trailing-arm rear ends deliver.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s very agile, as well as being reassuringly stable. The X xc’s 64-inch stance adds an extra measure of control in challenging terrain and at high speeds you don’t find with 60-inch machines. The X xc is a bit taller with shorter wheel base than some 64-inch UTVs, but front and rear sway bars give it a nicely planted feel in corners and on steep, uneven trails.
HOW IS IT FOR DIFFICULT TERRAIN?
When it comes to rutted, rocky, hilly or muddy terrain, the Maverick Sport X xc is among the most capable machines around. Its 64-inch width won’t let it fit everywhere 60-inch cars go, and visibility over the hood in steep terrain could be better, but these things won’t bother some drivers. The combination of its fairly compact size, automatic engine braking, 15 inches of ground clearance, ample, controllable power and true locking front differential lets it master technical terrain.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Mostly well done. A roof would be a nice touch on a high-end model like the X xc, and the internal-type oil filter is less convenient than the spin-on filters many machines use, but the Can-Am shows a lot of attention to detail. The big 7.6-inch instrument display is functional and easy to read. The full doors keep roost out, shut securely and rubber seals keep them from rattling. The driver’s seat slides to adjust, and drivers up to 6 feet tall have enough room. True beadlock wheels will keep the tires beaded in case of a flat or if you want to air down for extra traction. There’s a closable storage compartment for the driver and a huge one for the passenger, plus a cup holders for each. The air filter is easy to access without tools, and air intakes for the engine and transmission are located high on the vehicle. The 2-inch hitch receiver is a useful feature most sport machines don’t have. Splash protection in mud could be better, but that’s true for most sport UTVs.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Can-Am’s Maverick Sport X xc offers a great combination of stability, maneuverability and capability in extremely challenging terrain. It’s an excellent choice for tight, twisty trails.
CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT X XC
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC 4-stroke
Bore x stroke 91mmx75mm (2)
Compression ratio 12:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Induction iTC 54mm throttle body, 2 VDO injectors
Starting/back-up Electric push-button/none
Starting procedure In any range, brake engaged
Type Paper mesh/screen
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ sub-transmission
Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD
Final drive: f/r Shaft/shaft
Fuel capacity 10.0 gal.
Overall length/width/height 122”/64”/74.25”
Ground clearance 15”
Claimed dry weight 1,428 lb.
Rear Rack capacity 300 lb.
Towing capacity 1,500 lb.
Frame 2-inch, high-strength steel, ROPS-approved
Front Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. compression &
Rear Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. compression &
Front Twin-piston hydraulic 220 mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic 220mm discs
Front 29×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
Rear 29×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front Two 55W headlights
Rear Two LED tail/brakelights
Instrumentation Digital speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/fuel/
Colors Can-Am Red
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $20,199
Contact .Bombardier, (877)4-MY-RIDE or www.brp.com
See UTV Action’s full test of the Maverick Sport Max here: https://utvactionmag.com/test-can-am-maverick-sport-max-1000-dps/