— Testing a fast machine for tight trails —
Here at UTV Action, we like 50-inch-wide UTVs as much as the most powerful, longest-travel machines out there, because they can go places the baddest UTVs can’t. Access to narrow trails automatically gives you more places to ride, which is always a good thing. Can-Am’s new-for-2018 Maverick Trail models put X3-inspired performance and handling in a 50-inch package, so we couldn’t wait to see how the top-of-the-line 1000 DPS performs.
WHAT MAKES THE MAVERICK TRAIL 1000 DPS SPECIAL?
Maverick Trail models come with 800cc or 1000cc engines in base or DPS trim.
DPS versions come with some nice extras the base models don’t, such as power steering, aluminum wheels, a lockable rear differential, painted bodywork, LED accented lighting and sport and eco performance modes.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
Maverick Trails start at $10,999 for the base 800. The Trail 1000 is $12,999. The Trail 800 DPS is $12,999, and the 1000 DPS is $14,799 or $14,899 in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo. The Polaris RZR 900 starts at $12,999, and the 900 EPS is $14,799. The RZR 570 is $10,299, and the 570 EPS is $12,299. Textron Wildcat Trail 700s start at $12,499. The Wildcat Trail 700 LTD is $13,499. The Honda Pioneer 500 is $8999 or $9599 in Honda Phantom Camo.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 976cc, single-overhead-cam, eight-valve V-twin with 75 horsepower. That’s the same peak horsepower as the Polaris 900. Can-Am tunes the same engine to produce 100 horsepower in the new Maverick Sport 1000R and 101 horsepower in the 64-inch-wide Mavericks. The engine is located behind the cabin, X3-style, for more interior room with the 50-inch width.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
An easy-to-use, fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type, continuously variable transmission. The range selector has a solid, positive action like the X3’s.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT USE?
The Maverick Trail 1000 DPS has selectable 2WD/4WD with Can-Am’s Visco-Lok automatic-locking front differential. The rear differential can be locked via a switch on the dash for more traction, unlocked for tighter turns or to save delicate turf. Electronic hill descent control keeps the transmission engaged to provide engine braking on downhills.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It rips! The Maverick Trail has more than enough muscle to maintain a wickedly fast pace on tight trails. In open country, it can reach 70 mph.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
The Trail 1000 DPS doesn’t launch as hard as an RZR 900, but there is seriously strong acceleration on tap. Powerslides are no problem, and the torquey V-twin devours steep terrain, power-sapping sand and soft soil. Smooth, precise throttle response makes the Maverick Trail a master of ugly obstacles. Drivers who don’t need or want the 1000’s full fury can switch to the eco performance mode, which provides milder power delivery and prevents access to wide-open throttle.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT HAVE?
Double A-arms front and rear, with front and rear sway bars and spring preload-adjustable gas shocks. Travel is 10 inches up front and 10.5 inches in the rear.
HOW GOOD IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s impressively compliant on small impacts and firm enough to handle most big bumps and G-outs, even at higher speeds. The Maverick Trail’s suspension has a firm, sporty feel without being harsh. It does a great job with its available travel.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
The Maverick Trail has the light feel and easy cornering that make 50-inch machines so much fun to drive with a bit more straight-line, high-speed stability than we expect from this size machine. As with any 50-inch vehicle, there’s less stability in turns than on wider machines. The Can-Am’s front and rear sway bars keep the Maverick nearly free of body roll, which improves control in hard cornering and on uneven terrain.
HOW IS IT IN CHALLENGING TERRAIN?
We found the Can-Am’s power and 4WD system were more than a match for the challenging hills, rocks and deep water. The Maverick is a gutsy, controllable climber, and the engine braking system is a big plus on hairy downhills. With engine and transmission intakes above the level of its cargo bed, the only concern at most crossings is how wet you want to get.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are very good. We like the Maverick’s doors more than nets, and the inner and outer door releases are convenient, but the flexy door release levers don’t unlatch the doors as well as they should. The seats are comfortable and put the occupants’ weight low for good handling, but the low seat height subtracts some visibility over the hood. We like the tilt wheel and the instrument display that tilts with it. With compartments in the dash for the driver and passenger, plus a third center compartment and two drink holders, the Maverick Trail has a massive amount of storage for such a small vehicle. Maverick Trails don’t require any maintenance for the first year, which saves money and frees up more time for riding.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The Maverick Trail 1000 DPS has big-bore UTV muscle with the agile handling and extra trail access that make 50-inch-wide machines some of our favorite vehicles. It also delivers more comfort, storage and straight-line stability than other machines in its class.
2018 CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL 1000 DPS
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
Air filter 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 118”/50”/69”
Ground clearance 10.0”
Claimed dry weight 1,364 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. prel./10.0”
Rear Dual A-arms & shocks w/ adj. prel./10.5”
Front Twin-piston hydraulic 220 mm discs
Rear Twin-piston hydraulic 220mm discs
Front 26×8-12 Carlisle ACT
Rear 26×9-12 Carlisle ACT
DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug
Front Two 55W headlights
Rear Two LED tail/brake lights
Instrumentation Digital speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/fuel/
Colors White; DPS, Sunburst Yellow, Can-Am Red,
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $14,799–$14,899
Contact .Bombardier, (877)4-MY-RIDE or www.brp.com