With so many brands to choose from and then so many models within each brand, it seems like a daunting task to figure out which ATV or Side By Side vehicle is the right choice.  At least 6 major brand names are well known in the off road vehicle market, and each brand has its own idea of how they wish to position their products in such a competitive market.  Some boast reliability, some claim horsepower, others focus on utility, while a few pinpoint sport enthusiasts.  It can be concluded that all of the brands have their good points, but with so many choices, which one is right for you? 

INNOVATIONS:

My how ATVs have changed and developed over the years.  Some of the innovations seen over the last decade are absolutely amazing.  When talking about innovation you can’t help talk about BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), the parent company of Can-Am, who no doubt leads the industry in this area.  Here are some of the latest innovations at BRP that impresses me the most.

 

Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension with external sway bar

Exclusive to Can-Am, TTI eliminates scrub and camber changes by using proprietary geometry that places the pivot points ahead of the rear wheels. The Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension is the only independent rear suspension that eliminates scrub and camber changes. Because the pivot points are ahead of the wheels, the rear wheels pivot up and down, which ensures that the vehicle only moves in the direction you point it. TTI has fewer parts than competitive designs and significantly decreases tire wear.

 

 

Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)

iTC’s throttle-by-wire set up improves throttle response, smoothes power delivery and ensure precision throttle control even in the roughest of terrain. The Rotax engine uses a throttle-by-wire system for more accurate throttle response and a smooth power delivery. If the driver’s foot bounces on the gas pedal in rough terrain, iTC detects unwanted bounces and filters the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy, especially at low speed. It also reduces the number of moving parts in the vehicle; has no cable to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the system has an increased life span.

 

Driver and passenger advanced ergonomics

The Can-Am Commander was designed with a more ergonomic seating and steering position than competitive side-by-sides. This provides an optimal seating position, automotive-like ergonomics, low hip position (H point), easier ingress / egress, optimal comfort when riding and more legroom.

 

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Removable free-standing seats

The freestanding Commander seats can be removed from the machine without tools. Full bolster seats provide lumbar and shoulder support, and provide comfort in aggressive riding situations. Both seats are easily removable and come with an integrated stand offering a comfortable seating position when used outside of the vehicle.

 

D.E.S.S.™ (Digitally Encoded Security System)

The industry’s first standard anti-theft device. The Can-Am Commander comes with two different keys. One that limits top speed to 44 mph (70 km/h). The second is the performance key with no limitation on speed or power. An optional third work key is available for purchase and limits top speed to 25 mph (40 km/h) for use on work sites.

 

240-W lighting

The Can-Am Commander family of side-by-side vehicles features the industry’s best lighting system at 240-W. Automotive-style projectors, on each side, run at 120-W in low beam and 240-W in high-beam mode.

 

 

Industry’s exclusive Dual-level cargo box

The industry’s most versatile and usable cargo box design has a 600-lb cargo capacity, dual storage levels, anti-rust box and tilt-assist dumping. Industry’s first cargo box with two levels separated by a removable, water-resistant panel. It offers the possibility to have an upper and a lower bed with their independent tailgate. Carrying capacity of the box is 13.1 cu ft /372 l of total volume and 600 lb. The tilt-assist dump-bed can be easily activated from both sides. Its single latch upper and lower gates are easily removable and no tools are required. Made of high-strength, anti-rust, anti-dent composite. Also comes with an optional trunk lock as an accessory to secure lower level.

 

NEW Dynamic Power Steering (DPS™)

The DPS™ technology includes a Direct Link setup that uses advanced magnetic field sensors for faster response to steering input than competitive technology, which then minimizes steering lag. Less kickback and more trail feedback is supplied to the operator because of the 50:1 final gear ratio, which is the largest in the industry. A high-capacity 50-amp motor means the DPS™ will never fade with heavy use and all DPS™-equipped models also come with the Visco-Lok† QE.

 

Visco-Lok† QE auto-locking front differential

All DPS-equipped models have the Visco-Lok† QE calibration up front, which has all the features and benefits of the standard quick-engagement Visco-Lok† differential, but with an even quicker engagement point. The industry’s only progressive auto-locking front differential that engages all wheels at any speed. It constantly monitors front wheel speed, and if it detects one wheel spinning faster than its mate, it progressively sends more power to the wheel with better traction. All without the driver having to push buttons or pull levers.

 

Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)

iTC’s throttle-by-wire set up improves throttle response, smoothes power delivery and ensure precision throttle control even in the roughest of terrain. The Rotax engine uses a throttle-by-wire system for more accurate throttle response and a smooth power delivery. If the driver’s foot bounces on the gas pedal in rough terrain, iTC detects unwanted bounces and filters the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy, especially at low speed. It also reduces the number of moving parts in the vehicle; has no cable to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the system has an increased life span.

 

 

 

PURPOSE

ATVs are used for so many purposes today that the right ATV for you will totally depend on how you plan to use it.  Here is a simple guide to what is important based on usage:

 

FAMILY FUN

Look for safety, durability and value with a moderate number of features.  Yamaha and Honda both focus on safety, are durable and an excellent value.

HUNTING

Look for large capacity and good suspension.  You’ll want it adequate for the heavy haul and a comfortable ride in rough terrain.

FARMING & RANCHING

Look for larger units with a heavy payload.   Here is where a side x side like the Honda Big Red would be an excellent choice although for convenience, some farmers and ranchers might prefer a diesel model.

MUDDING & ATV PARKS

Here is where you definitely want to stronger horse power, more ground clearance, comfort and styling.  No doubt here Can-Am leads the pack which is proven by their constant domination almost all classes of Mud Racing at all of the area Mud Events. 

MY PICK:

Since I marvel at innovation, crave horsepower and I’m a sucker for good looking rides, for me, there is nothing better out there than the Can-Am Commander 1000X Side By Side.  This bad boy has more horsepower then you will ever need, is state of the art, and turns heads at every corner.  I highly recommend you take one for spin and I think you will agree!