By Jon Crowley
I recently traveled to northern Utah with Can-Am to test the new 2018 Can-Am Maverick Trail.
The very first thing I noticed when I walked up to the new Can-Am Maverick Trail is the extended wheelbase and overall length. At 90.6 inches, the wheelbase is almost 12-inches longer than a Polaris RZR 900 and the overall length is just over a foot longer. Can-Am was able to use some of this extra room in the cockpit and that was very welcome for my 6′ 1″ frame.
In my opinion the extra wheelbase is the single biggest differentiator for the Maverick Trail over the RZR. While a longer wheelbase not only makes for more legroom in the cab, it also makes for a smoother, more predictable ride in rough terrain. The larger wheelbase does come at a price though – larger turning radius, larger vehicle and a smaller break-over angle.
These vehicles are all 50-inches wide, so figuring out what attributes are most important to you is key. For the terrain we explored near the Bear River Lodge where there were only a few vehicle width restrictions, I preferred the extra wheelbase. But on pure 50-inch trails with tight turns and trees the extra length could make a difference. I don’t have turning radius specs to compare each vehicle head-to-head though.
It would be really enlightening to have multiple 50-inch models at a test like this where you could run each vehicle over the same section of trail to compare.
The Maverick Trail family consists of four models (Maverick Trail 800 / Maverick Trail DPS 800 / Maverick Trail 1000 / Maverick Trail DPS 1000). The vehicles are available in four color schemes The Can-Am Maverick Trail family of side-by-side vehicles comes well equipped (starting at $10,999 USD / $13,299 CAD) from the factory, but with more than 100 Can-Am accessories, owners can customize it to match their personality and needs.
Can-Am Maverick Trail Specifications
|Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000|
|Transmission||CVT Featuring Electronic Belt Protection & Extra Low “L”|
|Electronic Fuel Injection||Yes|
|Suspension Travel Front/Rear||Dual A-Arm 10”/ TTA-T 10.5”|
|Shocks||Twin Tube Gas Charged Shocks|
|Front Tires||Carlisle ACT 26x8x12|
|Rear Tires||Carlisle ACT 26x9x12|
|Overall Dimensions LxWxH||118” x 50” x 69”|
|Overall Weight||1349 Wet|
|Fuel Capacity (Gallons)||10 Gallons|
|Trailer Hitch||2” Receiver|
|Towing Capacity||1500 lbs|