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When trying to get off-road, the everyday driver A machine that can handle tough terrainAdding a lot of weight to a commuter or simply the work and costs required to do various upgrades can be discouraging. What if there was a way to get around the trail without emptying the ? Can-Am Maverick X3 side by side is your one stop shop for trail riding directly from the dealer.

The side-by-side/UTV industry is honestly pretty easy to enter. The vehicle is very capable, so there is no big learning curve. Dirt sports can be challenging as an never experience like a 10 year old dirt bike A rider who has been tearing up the track since he was able to walk. I think this is easier than grappling with the nuances that come with his ATV, SxS’s smaller cousin.

In Texas, side-by-sides and UTVs are generally not legal on public roads.but Some states allow cruising, you might be lucky with some extra wind in your face.We connected a car carrier to us jeep gladiator and set off on our adventure.

2023 Can-Am Maverick X3: Our Thoughts

Powerful and fast, the Maverick X3 is perfect for a great day on the trail. It moves lightly on rocks, and the low center of gravity performance when whipping on dirt turns is killer. The model is pretty bare bones when it comes to accessories and storage, but the machine handles well and can take on a decent amount of speed.As much as the Can-Am is the perfect vehicle for professional desert racing , revealing why it’s also a fun option for families.


Can-Am Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo RR

  • You can run fast while feeling very safe.
  • With 4 seats, you can enjoy a fun day on the trail with friends and family
  • Poor turning radius
  • Does not come with many accessories
  • It is difficult to make gradual movements with the accelerator pedal

Notes on testing

With great power comes great responsibility in the Maverick X3

Holy shit, you can rip. It takes almost nothing to speed it up. 200 hp and he has a 900 cc turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, so this was no surprise. Most of my recent off-road endeavors have been in a Jeep Gladiator designed for overland use. I’m by no means knocking out the truck’s off-road capabilities, but it feels like it’s low to the ground with incredible wheel joints and capable of tackling any obstacle.

This power is great when picking up speed, but it would be nice to have more control over the throttle when climbing rocks. I found this to be a minor annoyance when loading the trailer. With a vehicle weighing just under 2000 pounds, the trailer needs to be properly balanced, but these small movements were a bit of a challenge. Power from the accelerator pedal is non-linear and takes some getting used to. It’s also a weird adjustment when you go back to your everyday driver and start rolling right away.

Maverick X3 can handle the whole family

We’ve talked about how fast you can hit this machine, but we also liked how a small family could enjoy this machine together, since it’s a four-seater. Measuring 164″L x 72.4″W x 68.5″H, passengers can have plenty of room in the Maverick X3 without sacrificing too much performance. Part of the fun of driving off-road is the camaraderie that comes with it. A day of horseback riding that you can’t wait to go to the campsite is an irreplaceable impression and an irreplaceable memory.

This machine has 3-point seatbelts like those found in cars, and you can (within reason and judgment) take whoever you want for a drive. Everything feels very stable and safe. Comes with quarter doors only, but can be upgraded later. Sure, the intensity of the ride will vary from rider to rider, but there are trails that excite everyone. increase.

A day on the trail reminds me of a time when I went boating. Gather a few friends, set up camp, run around for a few hours listening to your favorite music, and come back when the sun starts to set. Beer and barbecue. The good news is that the Can-Am Maverick X3 is so efficient on gas that pumping won’t cost you an arm and a leg, especially with his 10.5-gallon tank.

The Maverick 3 doesn’t have the biggest turning radius, but the ride is smooth

A 3-point turn turns into a 6-point turn in no time on the Maverick X3. I think this problem could be improved with a 2 seater as the distance between the wheels is not as great. Only when trying to turn the “U-ey” inside out, or turn around completely, did I find this to be a problem. It wasn’t enough of a problem when navigating winding trails. Other than that, it was a smooth ride even in rutted mud spots.

As far as the shock goes, the Maverick is equipped with a FOX 2.5 PODIUM Piggyback with QS3 compression adjustment. You can adjust the hardness by turning the dial. The switch is on the hood, so it should be done when parked. Some of his other UTVs on the market only require the push of a button on the dashboard.

Maverick X3 has limited storage

Once upon a time, we spent days bumping into each other toro workmanThere’s plenty of storage space, including plush cup holders, a sturdy bed, and even a place to store your lunch. Obviously, some of these extras may not make sense for the off-road activities you can participate in with the Maverick X3. But it would be nice if there was a storage place for smartphones and tools. With an open-concept ride like this, you can never have too much to carry, but I don’t think it’s too crazy to ask for extra console space to pack a rain jacket.

At that point, this is not the vehicle you want for hunting or farming. But with that said, Can-Am has plenty of other very capable models that more closely meet more practical needs. You can, but it’s a good idea to make sure your pants have good pockets to put things in.

Canam Maverick x3

Here you can take a closer look at the 14-inch wheels and Maxxis Carnivore tires.

Mary Singer

Backside Maverick x 3

Storage is scarce, so a popular aftermarket accessory is a rear-mounted storage box.

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Maverick X3 is missing some useful accessories

Ride quality is very good off-road, but not too many bells and whistles. You’ll see people on the trail with all sorts of aftermarket mods, which might be a little unnecessary, but add a few if you buy the vehicle. Plus my main splurge is some lights for peripheral vision. The stock LED headlights work well and if you don’t drive much in the dark you should be fine. I prefer to have a little more vision on my part. You might also consider getting a roof and windshield so you don’t have to worry about weather and dust.

The Maverick X3 is expensive, especially considering towing.

I think this is probably the elephant in this room. The Maverick X3 is definitely an expensive toy starting at $21,599. This precise model costs a little more than his two-seater in the smaller size, and you can drop thousands as a horsepower trade-off. But overall, this will be an investment.

Another cost to consider with the Maverick X3 is shipping. Unless you live in a state that allows UTVs on public roads, you need a trailer to haul it. So a truck that can pull that kind of weight. Our Jeep Gladiator has a towing capacity of 4000 lbs. Off topic, the Jeep towed a Maverick X3 successfully on a Texas highway at 80 mph. Anyway, if you already have a capable tow vehicle and a sturdy trailer, you’ll be fine, but if you don’t, you’ll have to pay a lot more for change.

canam maverick x3 in trailer

Loading luggage into 18 foot car carrier.

Mary Singer


Can-Am Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo RR

  • You can run fast while feeling very safe.
  • With 4 seats, you can enjoy a fun day on the trail with friends and family
  • Poor turning radius
  • Does not come with many accessories
  • It is difficult to make gradual movements with the accelerator pedal machine made for dirt

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