CAN-AM X3 900 vs. YAMAHA YXZ1000R


— It was good news for many people when Can-Am announced that they were offering a lower priced Maverick X3 for 2018. The new X3 900 HO has the same high-performance, three-cylinder engine as the more expensive X3s, but it doesn’t have the turbocharger. So basically, you save some big bucks if you can be content with the 90 horsepower that the non-turbo motor makes. That’s enough power for most people, especially when they get a good handling machine with great suspension for just $17,999.

Most people don’t settle on a machine without first comparing it to what else is available. Yamaha’s base model YXZ1000R sells for $18,999, so it’s close to the price range of the base model X3. Should you consider spending a thousand dollars more and get the Yamaha over the Can-Am? Well, let’s take a look at these two 2018 sport UTVs and see how they actually compare.


CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 900 HO — $17,999, 900cc 3-cylinder engine with 90 hp, automatic CVT, Fox Podium  2.5 reservoir shocks with 18 inches of wheel travel front and rear, 14 inch wheels, electric power steering.

YAMAHA YXZ1000R — $18,999, 998cc 3-cylinder engine with 114 hp, manual clutch 5-speed, Fox Podium 2.5 reservoir shocks with 16 and 17 inches of wheel travel front and rear, 14 inch wheels, electric power steering.

So, the main difference between these machines is the X3 has a fully automatic transmission and the YXZ has a manual shift transmission along with a manual clutch. You can get the YXZ SS model that has an automatic clutch, but you still have to manually shift it. The price of that model jumps up to $19,799.

The other thing a normal guy will notice is the YXZ has more horsepower. It’s rated at 114 hp versus the X3’s 90 hp. However, if you spend two thousand more you can get the Maverick X3 Turbo that makes 120 hp. It is the lower boost version that doesn’t have the intercooler and sells for $19,999. If you want the most power available for any production UTV, then you can the X3 Turbo R model. The “R” has an intercooler and more boost allowing it to make a full 173 hp. The price for that model starts at $22,999 and goes up if you want the editions with extra features. In other words, you can be content with 90 hp, or get 30 more for two grand, or get 83 more for five grand.

So, in conclusion, the winner of this comparison is based mainly on what kind of transmission you prefer. Another thing that factors in are the dealerships in your area. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with your local Yamaha shop for years, have become good friends with the staff and are used to getting great service from them. Or perhaps, you have a nearby Can-Am dealer who’s been steadily growing based on word of mouth from satisfied customers. Either way, the UTV Action magazine team thinks both machines will have happy owners. Let us know which one you picked by e-mailing us at [email protected]

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