2013 Can-Am Maverick Review: First Ride (ATV.com) - Can-Am Maverick Forum : 2013+ Can-Am Maverick Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 26
2013 Can-Am Maverick Review: First Ride (ATV.com)

Story by Seth Fargher, Photography by BRP, Oct. 01, 2012

Editorís Note: ATV.com contributor Seth Fargher worked with Can-Am as it gathered promotional photos and videos for the new Maverick. Heís the one you can see driving in most of the photos in this article, as well as the articles from most other publications. These are his impressions from putting the Maverick through its paces. ATV.com will have a complete review of the Maverick from another of our contributors in the coming weeks.

Since its release to the public just weeks ago at the Sand Sport Super Show, the Can-Am Maverick has been creating quite a buzz. My social media channels have been flooded with images, articles and plenty of opinions about this innovative new side-by-side.

Over the last few months I have had the privilege of working with Can-Am as it has put together its promotional materials leading up to the release of the Maverick. I had several opportunities to drive the machine for photography and film crews in a variety of locations. While this certainly wasnít an all out test, it provided some unique opportunities to put the machine through its paces and see how it performed.

Back in July I traveled to Oregon for the first segment of film and photos taking place at the Oregon Dunes. There were several units available, including two base models, a Maverick X and a parts and accessories unit equipped with genuine Can-Am accessories.

Upon climbing in, the first thing youíll notice is that Can-Am retained the use of the Commander cockpit. Iíve always felt the Commander has one of the more comfortable and stylish cockpits on the market so I was pleased with that from the get go. The ease of adjusting the seat much like an automobile, with no tools required, helps taller riders like myself make adjustments easier.

From the driverís seat, although it may look and feel like a Commander, a quick push of the start button reveals that this really is an all-new beast. The dual exhaust provides a deep throaty sound that screams high performance. Whatís impressive is the inclusion of a catalytic converter on this closed loop exhaust system. Most of the time emissions control spells less horsepower, but no such sacrifice is made with the Maverick.

Even just tooling around on the short access road out to the dunes I could feel the difference in horsepower and acceleration. Stabbing the throttle with your foot, the Maverick lurches forward immediately thanks to the 54mm throttle body, dual fuel injectors and the intelligent throttle control (iTC).

Without question, the biggest news surrounding the Maverick is the improvement in horsepower. Itís not just a minor improvement over the Commander or a little bit quicker; itís dramatic and itís immediate. Without a doubt the Maverick is the most powerful and hardest pulling side by side on the market.

Iíve had a couple of opportunities to drive the Polaris XP 900 in the dunes and was very impressed with its performance. Following the Maverick shoot, I got back into an XP and it just wasnít the same. I noticed the difference in acceleration immediately. Once I got out and opened it up, the power just wasnít there. Even with paddle tires, the XP didnít seem to pull nearly as hard or as long as the Maverick.

Driving for photos and film gives you a unique opportunity to test a vehicle. If it doesnít perform well, youíll know. After 30 or so passes through a whoop section I can say with confidence, the Maverick eats whoops alive. Thanks to the new Torsional Trailing A-arm (TTA) IRS system complete with 14 inches of suspension travel, we could easily blitz through whoops without ever losing control or being rattled to death. The mere fact that we could make 30 or more high speed passes through a whoop section without getting nauseous or beat up proves to me that whoops are no issue for the Maverickís suspension. Landing from jumps is smooth as well and the Maverick carries itself well in the air. We got a little sideways a few times, but part of that comes with jumping uneven dune faces.

Steering was precise and controlled. When driving through whoops we could easily dart from side to side without over steering or feeling out of control. When carving dune faces, the balance of weight keeps the front end light and there was no threat of pushing in turns. And of course thereís always a little bit of extra power to break the back end loose and steer with the rear without ever feeling out of control. The front end stays planted and responds immediately.

While the Maverick isnít specifically targeted at hardcore trail enthusiasts, we did spend a couple of days shooting in some deep wooded trails. Obviously these arenít the type of trails with a 50Ē width restriction, but they definitely werenít fire roads either. The Maverick was quite at home and when driving on dirt as opposed to sand Ė you can really feel the improvement in acceleration. There were a number of switchback turns that required hard steering and we had no problem navigating them regardless of how fast we were going.

Despite not getting to give the Maverick a complete shake down, the testing we did coupled with the increase in horsepower was enough to convince me that the Maverick is a game changer. We put the Maverick through the paces and it performed exceptionally well.

canamguy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 05:20 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1
I think ATV.com says it without saying it, the can-am maverick from what they have tested is the new king of the hill. I can only imagine 101 HP with a completely redesigned chassis and suspension set up. Im glad i made the decision to pre-order now.
taebroughton is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 26
Originally Posted by taebroughton View Post
I think ATV.com says it without saying it, the can-am maverick from what they have tested is the new king of the hill. I can only imagine 101 HP with a completely redesigned chassis and suspension set up. Im glad i made the decision to pre-order now.
and don't forget how much more lighter it is

when did you pre-order your Maverick? and did your dealer let you know when you can expect it to arrive?
canamguy is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 01:11 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 1
Martin Luther King inspired many people to wage the war with injustice, racial discrimination and it would be great if you will find out something new about this person. Outstanding Man?s Life In Martin Luther King Essay
StormHero8 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Can-Am Maverick Forum : 2013+ Can-Am Maverick Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome