Unlike what your wife or girlfriend may tell you in the boudoir, when it comes to off-roading, size does matter. A longer side-by-side will be able to carry more passengers and more cargo, while a shorter side-by-side will have a sharper turning radius. Similarly, wider UTVs tend to be more balanced / stable, whereas skinnier UTVs with a shorter track width may be required by law to ride ORV trails in particular states. But regardless of whether you've already purchased a Can-Am UTV and are looking to compare its size to the other models in the Can-Am family, or if you have a specific need in mind and require the right size / dimensions for the job, here are the sizes and dimension of the Can-Am Defender, the Can-Am Commander, and the Can-Am Maverick!
How Big Is The Can-Am Defender?
As the workhorse of Can-Am's side-by-side lineup, the Defender fleet comprises editions that are longer than the Maverick and Commander. There are also key differences between the basic Defender, the four-door Defender MAX, the six-wheel Defender 6x6, and the Can-Am Defender PRO.
Size Specs For 2-Seater Defenders
|Model||Defender||Defender DPS||Defender XT||Defender DPS Cab||Defender Limited||Defender X MR|
|Height (in)||76||HD7-HD9: 76 HD10: 78||HD9: 78 HD10: 80||79||79||82|
|Width (in)||62||HD7-HD9: 62 HD10: 64||HD9: 62 HD10: 64||65||65||64|
|Weight (Lbs)||HD7: 1,475 HD9: 1,479||HD7: 1,460 HD9: 1,541 HD10: 1,537||HD9: 1,606 HD10: 1,601||1,820||1,928||1,697.60|
The height of the 2-door Defenders range between 76" and 82", while the length and width vary from 121"-129.4" and 62"-65" respectively. Because the Can-Am Defender Limited edition comes decked out with heaps of factory accessories like flip-up windshields, heating / air conditioning systems, and electric windows, it makes sense that it's the heaviest vehicle in the pack. And if you look at specific trim styles, you'll also notice deviations between the HD7 Defenders, the HD9 Defenders, and the HD10 Defenders.
Size Specs For 4-Seater Defenders
|Model||Defender MAX||Defender MAX DPS||Defender MAX XT||Defender MAX Lone Star||Defender MAX Lone Star Cab||Defender MAX Limited||Defender MAX X MR|
|Height (in)||76||HD9: 76 HD10: 77.5||HD9: 76 HD10: 79.5||79.9||80.6||79||82|
|Width (in)||63.5||HD9: 63.5 HD10: 64||HD9: 63.5 HD10: 64||64||65||65||64|
|Weight (Lbs)||HD7: 1,710 HD9: 1,735||1,771||1,902||1,929||2,402||2,337||1,999|
It's obvious that the 4-seat Defenders are longer and heavier than their 2-seat siblings, but if you look at the width and height, you'll notice that they're about the same. And again, there are HD7, HD9, and HD10 Defender MAX models which have slightly different dimensions.
Size Specs For 6x6 Defenders
|Model||Defender 6x6 DPS||Defender 6x6 XT||Defender 6x6 Limited|
Because of their extra tires, the 6x6 Defenders are the among the longest Can-Am UTV editions. But this length, however, is due to the extended cargo tray, which means that the 6x6 Defender still has a smaller passenger capacity than the MAX Defenders -- that is, unless you install a bench-style bed seat in the back!
Size Specs For PRO-Style Defenders
|Model||Defender PRO DPS||Defender PRO XT||Defender PRO Lone Star||Defender PRO Limited|
Like the 6x6 Defender, the Defender PRO vehicles are also great for hunting and working due to their long cargo bed. But they don't have an extra set of tires for support, and therefore weigh less than the 6x6 Defenders. In all other regards, they're quite similar to the 6x6 machines in terms of length, width, and height dimensions.
How Big Is The Can-Am Commander?
The Can-Am Commander is a mixed-use machine with particular editions designed for particular applications. The Commander DPS, for example, is great for working and camping, while the Commander XT-P, on the other hand, was designed more with performance in mind. Both the XT-P and X MR come with 30" tires, which makes them a bit heavier than their counterparts. And because the Commander X MR is a mud machine that includes a 4,500 Lb winch and a heavy-duty steal bumper from the factory, it is 100 Lbs or so more massive than the other Commander editions.
Size Specs For The 2-Door Commanders
|Model||Commander DPS||Commander XT||Commander XT-P||Commander X MR|
|Length (in)||128.5||700: 128.5 1000R: 130||130||132|
|Weight (Lbs)||700: 1,530 1000R: 1,600||700: 1,575 1000R: 1,675||1,725||1,808|
Size Specs For The 4-Door Commanders
|Model||Commander MAX DPS||Commander MAX XT||Commander MAX XT-P|
How Big Is The Can-Am Maverick?
The Can-Am Maverick X3 lineup is built for performance, and the Turbocharged Can-Am Maverick X3s are arguably the fastest non-modded buggies in existence. The RC Maverick X3s are designed to dominate on the rocks, while the X MR Maverick X3s and X3 MAX editions are geared more for mud riding. As their names would suggest, the Trail and Sport Maverick editions are made for race performance and trail riding respectively, with the X MR Sport designed more for mud, and the RC Sport built to perform better on rocks.
Size Specs For The 64" Maverick X3 Turbo
|Model||MAVERICK X3 DS TURBO 64||MAVERICK X3 DS TURBO RR 64||MAVERICK X3 X DS TURBO RR 64||MAVERICK X3 X RC TURBO RR 64||MAVERICK X3 X MR TURBO RR 64|
Size Specs For The 72" Maverick X3 Turbo
|Model||MAVERICK X3 RS TURBO RR 72||MAVERICK X3 X RS TURBO RR 72||MAVERICK X3 X RS TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX 72||MAVERICK X3 X RC TURBO RR 72||MAVERICK X3 X RC TURBO RR 72|
Size Specs For The 64" Maverick X3 MAX Turbo
|Model||MAVERICK X3 MAX DS TURBO 64||MAVERICK X3 MAX DS TURBO RR 64||MAVERICK X3 MAX DS TURBO RR 64|
Size Specs For The 72" Maverick X3 MAX Turbo
|Model||MAVERICK X3 MAX RS TURBO RR 72||MAVERICK X3 MAX RS TURBO RR 72||MAVERICK X3 MAX X RS TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX 72||MAVERICK X3 MAX X MR TURBO RR 72|
Size Specs For The Maverick Sport
|Model||MAVERICK SPORT||MAVERICK SPORT DPS||MAVERICK SPORT X XC||MAVERICK SPORT X MR||MAVERICK SPORT X RC||MAVERICK SPORT MAX DPS|
Size Specs For The Maverick Trail
|Model||MAVERICK TRAIL||MAVERICK TRAIL DPS 700||MAVERICK TRAIL DPS 1000|
Things To Consider
There are numerous ways in which you can alter the height, width, length, and weight of your buggy. Adding pretty much anything to your build will increase its weight, but you can also increase the track width with wheel spacers and the ride height with lift kits. Regarding length, forward a-arms and extended trailing arms can be installed to increase the wheelbase, while snow tracks will increase almost every size metric from width and weight to length and height.
As we mentioned earlier, some OHV trails are gated at the trailhead, and only allow vehicles under a specific width. ATV trails, for example, are capped at 50", while other trails allow machines that are up to 64" wide. On a similar note, you'll also want to know the width, length, and weight of your UTV for trailering, and if you use an enclosed toy hauler or store your rig inside, the height will also come into play. But now that you know the size of your rig, get out there and enjoy!