Polaris RZR vs. Maverick X3: Which One Will Get You the Most Performance?

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Until 2020, Polaris hadn’t announced plans to release a wider version of its popular RZR Pro XP model that could be compared to the Maverick X3 X rs Turbo RR from Can-Am. The RZR and the Maverick are high-quality UTVs built for exploration and adventure. Unfortunately, these vehicles are also similar in price: The X3 is $27,499, and the RZR is $27,999.

Each of these UTVs has features that stand out and make them suitable for driving on rugged terrain comfortably and safely. Experts even tested the two vehicles on the same trails for the same distance to test the function and strength of each UTV. So if you’re trying to decide whether the RZR or Maverick is best for you, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The Power of the Two UTVs

Can-Am’s three-cylinder Ace engine puts out 195 horsepower and is noticeably faster than the RZR. When you stab the throttle, you have to hang on tight and control the beast before it controls you. In some high-traction situations, it feels like the X3 could actually pop a wheelie.

The RZR is still fast with a 181-horsepower, twin-cylinder engine. The power is noticeably smoother and more manageable.

Polaris RZR vs. Maverick X3

Sure, both engines have to be managed by input from the driver’s right foot. It’s easier to do so in the RZR. The floorboard of the X3 is flat and has no heel pocket to help you modulate the pedal properly, just a small hump next to the cockpit divider. The RZR has a big step in the floor right below the pedals that you can wedge your heel against for greater throttle control. Both rides are exhilarating, and you can get to top speed very quickly.

The Quality of the Ride

Both UTVs are great choices for the off-roader since they have large Fox shocks. The Can-Am features 3-inch shocks in the back of the vehicle and 2.5s in the front. In addition, the entire shock system for the Can-Am can be upgraded from the previous Dynamix version. This upgrade makes the vehicle more comfortable to ride and is ideal for off-roaders who like to ride on rough terrain and/or at high speeds.

While the Can-Am shines if you’re looking to take an adrenaline-filled ride, the RZR stands out when you want to take relaxed excursions on bumpy trails in your UTV. Off-roading enthusiasts describe the ride in an RZR as a “pampering” experience. However, they also said that this comfortable feeling couldn’t be duplicated in the Maverick, even with the slow-speed adjuster turned on.

Polaris RZR vs. Maverick X3

While the RZR rides well on rocky and bumpy roads, the Maverick X3 provides more feedback through the seats and steering well. As a result, the RZR tends to bottom out quicker than the Maverick when ridden at high speeds. However, the RZR does have an X-button on the steering wheel to keep the skid plates from scraping the ground.

When you’re riding the Maverick, you’ll notice that the suspension shows its strength at high speeds. So, the rougher the terrain, the more your UTV will perform. The vehicle also offers exceptional ground clearance, and testers say the UTV never bottomed out. However, the feedback from the steering wheel and front tires was very noticeable, regardless of the steering mode the vehicle was in.

There are several benefits and drawbacks to consider if you’re in the market for a new

adventure vehicle. If you’re into relaxed nature rides, the RZR is likely a better choice. On the other hand, if you’re into action-packed adventures, you may want to purchase the Maverick X3.

The Bottom Line

There are several places you can find customized Polaris accessories RZR that will enhance your off-roading experience and make each adventure safer. Check local dealerships to compare prices and get expert information on the pros and cons of owning a Maverick X3 or Polaris RZR from reviews and ask your friends and family for recommendations so you can find the perfect new or used UTV for you.