SXS Review: 2014 Can-Am Maverick

2013 Can-Am Maverick, Full Line Review
MSRP: $16,299 - Base Model; $17,799 - Maverick X rs; $18,799 - Maverick X rs DPS models; $21,499 - Maverick 1000 X mr

When Can-Am announced the new 2013 Maverick 1000 last fall, I hypothesized that this would just be the beginning of Can-Am's foray into the sporty SxS market. For 2014, Can Am proved me right by making some basic evolutionary changes to the Maverick, ranging from simple new color offerings to all-new models like the four-seat Maverick Max. However, the biggest news was the introduction of several new "packages" (with really confusing names) designed to help meet the needs of the fast-growing and ever-changing SxS market -- by tailoring these machines to better fit specific types of users.

Regardless of the model or package, there is a liquid-cooled, twin cylinder 1000cc Rotax power plant cranking out 101hp and gobs of torque at the heart of every Maverick. Power is transferred through a belt driven Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and ultimately to the ground through a user selectable two/four wheel drive system. The engine performance is quite amazing. And this power plant has a healthy dose of muscle all across the RPM range while also providing some pretty efficient fuel economy.

All models utilize aggressive looking body work, with interiors that are both comfortable and stylish. Can-Am's interior is arguably the most stylish and sophisticated design on the market. Every model is also designed to take advantage of Can-Am's vast array of aftermarket accessories, like doors, windshields, bumpers, and Can-Am's exclusive LINQ rack accessories, to name a few.

The two-seat Maverick is available in five separate packages. The base Maverick (starting at $16,299) is fun to drive, but lacks some of the creature comforts available on higher priced models. The Maverick X rs ($17,799) adds beadlock wheels, Fox Podium 2.5 shocks, and an upgraded seats and dash. Maverick X rs DPS models ($18,799) add Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), which is worth the extra $1,000 premium. The all new Maverick X xc DPS ($18,299) is essentially the same machine as the X rs DPS, except that it's four inches narrower to help negotiate the tight woods.

The outlier in this bunch is definitely the Maverick 1000 X mr ($21,499). Built for folks who don't mind spending a small fortune on a SxS they're going to hammer in a mud pit or cruise through deep water, it's equipped to survive the harshest environments. Air Control Suspension (ACS) raises or lowers the ride height with a built-in air compressor that can also be utilized to inflate the gigantic 30-inch Gorilla Axle Silverback tires. DPS helps offset the increased steering effort the huge tires add, while relocated CVT and engine air intakes help keep the X mr going when the muck gets deep.

Following suite with Can Am's multi-passenger MAX line of ATVs, it was only a matter of time until the Maverick was offered in a four-seat model. Maverick MAX offers all of the high performance capability of its two-seat brethren, but with the addition of a really comfortable rear seating section. Base MAX models start at $18,299, while Maverick MAX X rs DPS models with Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering fetch $20,799. MAX models feature a 29.5-inch longer wheelbase than the standard Maverick. The ride is smooth and handling is impressive, even with four adults buckled in. The longer wheelbase definitely hurts the MAX's ability to negotiate tight woods due to the wider turning radius.


Final Thoughts:
All of the Maverick models and packages are designed for sport recreation only. The Maverick line of SxSs are undoubtedly really fun, purpose-built sport SxSs that perform amazingly. With the new packages and the addition of a MAX model, there's now a Maverick for just about any type of wheeling possible. The only caveat is that with prices ranging from $16,299 - $21,499, a fat wallet will certainly be a prerequisite to owning any of these machines.

I seriously doubt a spouse could be convinced that you pulled the trigger on a Maverick to plow the driveway or to drag that trophy buck out of the woods. Not that they are incapable of doing either one of these things. But, honestly, there are better choices if that's the goal.

HITS:
- 101hp Rotax V-twin is amazing.
- Multiple "packages" provide unique, purpose built machines.
- Giant 10-gallon fuel tank provides a long range for all-day excursions.
- Maverick X xc DPS makes long-travel sport SxS ownership more realistic for use in tight woods.
- Fox Shox provide a great ride at both high and low speeds, and they're rebuildable.
- Excellent safety features like electronic throttle limitations; unless the driver seatbelt is buckled.

MISSES:
- Prices range from expensive to really, really, expensive.
- Drive-by-wire throttle control can be intrusive.