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The Can-Am Maverick side-by-side line is one of the most exciting products we've seen since the introduction of the original MX5. With the launch of the 2020 model, there are now three generations of Can-Am Maverick spanning almost 20 years. In fact, the newest generation of the popular side-by-side is set to be the manufacturer's fastest and most capable ever.

With the introduction of the latest version of the Can-Am Maverick, the power output has increased by over 50% compared to the previous generation. The increase in performance comes thanks to several upgrades, including a redesigned air intake system, larger throttle body, revised camshaft profile, upgraded exhaust manifold, and a high-flow fuel injection system.

In addition to the improved power delivery, the new line of Mavericks boasts a host of additional features such as a new steering wheel, an instrument cluster, a new sound system, enhanced driving dynamics, and much more.

The Most Extensive List of Upgrades Yet

Can-Am has recently unveiled the next generation of its best Maverick utility vehicles. This is the model's third generation, and it takes everything we love about the previous two generations while adding some cool features.

This latest line is called the Maverick X3 2022 and is the most extensively upgraded yet. There are over 200 improvements across the board.

Under the hood, the biggest change is an all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is the most powerful yet, producing 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

There are no changes to the transmission, but the clutch is now lighter, which helps improve acceleration and fuel economy.

Other upgrades include a redesigned frame, which makes room for larger tires, wider track, and better ground clearance.

The cabin has been completely redone, with new seat covers, instrument panel, steering wheel, and center console. In addition, new LED lighting throughout the entire vehicle adds a modern touch.

And the list goes on and on. You name it; it has been improved upon.

2022 Can-Am Maverick X3 Comes In 17 Insane Trims

The new Can-Am Maverick UTVs are already getting some attention due to their insane number of trim options. With 17 different models, the range spans from the base Maverick X2 DX Turbo to the mental 4-doors Maverick X3 Max MR Turbo RR.

Starting with the base Maverick, it gets a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Next are the DS Turbo trims with a 3.6L V6 making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Then we move onto the DSX Turbo trims with a 4.1L V8 making 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the top-of-the-line DSX Turbo RWD makes 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharger.

In terms of pricing, the base Maverick X4 DX Turbo starts at $18,999, while the top-of-the-line Maverick X3 Max RR costs $30,899. So yes, there is a $10,000 difference between the cheapest and most expensive trim.

The Most Powerful Factory Engine in A Side-By-Side

Can-Am has been one of the leading manufacturers of UTVs since it began producing the original model in 1989. Their vehicles are durable, reliable, and capable of handling extreme terrain like snow, mud, sand, rocks, etc.

In 2019, Can-Am introduced the 2020 Turbo RTR. This vehicle's rotary transmission makes it the fastest production ATV ever. However, the question remained whether or not the power could be transferred to the ground via the wheels.

To answer this question, Can-Am upgraded the existing Rotax 900cc three-cylinder engine with a stronger crankshaft, reinforced pistons, a more robust camshaft, a larger exhaust manifold, a more efficient radiator, and a more effective cooling fan.

This resulted in a whopping 195 horsepower and 225 lb.-ft. of torque. With such great performance, Can-Am needed to ensure that the vehicle didn't suffer from the same issues that plagued the previous iteration. They completely redesigned the clutch system to solve this problem, adding a new pDrive roller clutch and a QRS-X quick response shift mechanism.

The Cleverest Off-Roading Bits in a UTV

Can-Am knows it's tough to design a vehicle that can handle all terrain. But the company says it has done just that with the Maverick X3.

This rugged off-roader has been designed specifically for the toughest conditions. And while it can do all that, it has been built to be easy enough for anyone to use.

That means it doesn't have fancy features like heated seats and satellite radio. Instead, it offers a few simple things essential to ensuring you're ready for whatever the trail throws at you.

First, it has a smart suspension system that allows you to adjust the ride height - whether you want it low and nimble or high and stable - without lifting your feet. This makes it easier to traverse rough surfaces and climb over obstacles.

Next, it has a unique front axle arrangement that uses dual Fox shocks and a single rear spring strut. This gives it a much better center of gravity than similar vehicles, meaning it handles better and feels more planted on uneven ground.

And finally, it has a "smart lock" locking differential that lets you switch between locked and unlocked modes at the touch of a button. This helps keep traction even when traversing rough terrain.

An Exercise in Style

Can-Am's latest offering is the X3 line, one of the best-looking UTVs we've seen recently. They've done a lot to improve upon what came before, and even though it's still based on the same chassis, it looks like a completely different vehicle.

Inside, things look similar to previous models. There's plenty of room for passengers, and the cabin feels comfortable. However, there are a few changes worth mentioning.

  •   First, there's no longer a center console because the second-row seats fold down into the floor.
  •   Second, there's a touchscreen infotainment system that replaces the old rotary dial controls.
  •   Third, there's a new navigation system, and finally, a full 360-degree camera view gives you a bird's eye view of everything around you.

The new Maverick line adds features such as LED headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power windows, remote start, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, a rearview camera, and a backup camera. If you want even more luxury, you can add a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a trailer hitch receiver.

In terms of performance, the X3 is actually faster than many other UTVs. In fact, if you are curious about a comparison between Honda Talon and Can-Am Maverick, read our guide here. Back to the new Maverick’s performances, handling is aided by the optional electronic stability control, hill descent control, and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

If you're wondering why some people call the Mavericks the "mental machine," it's because it's the perfect example of how the X3 transforms from a UTV to a luxury sports car. When driving over rough terrain, the X3 models feel like they are floating above the ground. You don't feel the bumps, and the ride doesn't feel like you're pushing against anything. Instead, the Mavericks are extremely agile and provide a smooth ride.