In 2018 and 2019, Can-Am revamped the Maverick family from top to bottom. This new generation has corrected several shortcomings that were present on the old platform. Thus, in 2018, the manufacturer introduced the 50-inch-wide Maverick Trail.
The following year, the 60-inch Maverick Sport joined the range. Finally, 2020 saw the addition of more specialized versions with a 64-inch width: the Maverick Sport X XC, X MR and X RC packages.
Why did I choose the Maverick Sport X XC Package?
As a quad rider with a passion for long trail rides and sportier riding, the Maverick Sport X XC seems like the perfect model for me. What’s more, this model differs from the Maverick Sport DPS (base model) in that it has greater ground clearance, arched suspension arms and greater width.
It’s also worth mentioning that the X XC version is equipped with Fox 2.5 Podium QS3 shock absorbers and increased suspension travel. This opens the door to taking on rougher trails and pushing our expeditions a little further into hostile terrain.
All Maverick Sport models are offered with a single engine option. This is the tried-and-tested 976cc Rotax 1000R twin-cylinder engine developing 100 hp. This engine is equipped with the iTC acceleration system, which offers two modes: Sport and Eco.
The performance of the Rotax 1000R is impressive for this power class. But don’t expect the performance of a Maverick X3… Maverick Sport engines are in a class offering 35 or 100 HP less. What’s more, the 1000R engine is naturally aspirated, whereas the X3s are turbocharged. So it’s hard to compare these two quad families.
Returning to the 1000R, the engine offers very good acceleration, as well as crisp acceleration out of corners. Even during my Tour de la Gaspésie, there was never a moment when I was not satisfied.
I must admit, however, that the engine is rather noisy, even though it’s located at the rear. Perhaps there’s room for improvement there.
Fuel consumption is relatively reasonable. I must say, however, that I rode the Maverick Sport X-XC quite dynamically. By opting for ECO mode and moderating my enthusiasm, I believe that fuel consumption could be very good.
In terms of range, it’s not difficult to exceed 200km on a full tank. By driving more gently, I think we could exceed 240 km. Time permitting, I’ll try a test run to the point of running out of fuel to get more precise values.
The QRS (Quick Response System) CVT works very well. You don’t feel the belt slipping when you mash the pedal from a standstill. Engine power is transmitted very efficiently to the wheels. The dedicated air intake system in the pulley compartment prevents the pulleys and belt from overheating. This is sure to prolong belt life.
The Maverick Sport X XC’s suspension does the job very well. Whether on more technical trails or a forest path, it makes the vehicle very comfortable. It absorbs holes, bumps and other elements that might get in your way.
The 14-inch ground clearance and arched suspension arms allow the vehicle to straddle obstacles with ease. At the time of writing, nothing has rubbed underneath despite the rough spots I’ve visited.
The FOX 2.5 Podium QS3 shocks are extremely easy to adjust. A knob lets you choose 3 modes: soft, medium and firm. This adjustment is made at the compression level only. The difference in shock absorber behavior is particularly noticeable when riding fast.
The Maverick Sport X XC is a lot of fun to drive, easy to handle and, above all, very precise. In fact, this vehicle is equipped with the DPS Dynamic Power Steering System. This system provides variable assistance according to the quad’s speed. At low speeds, assistance is more present and decreases as the vehicle gains speed.
The level of assistance is well-balanced and provides a touch of feedback. This is much appreciated when the terrain is rough, as you can adjust your driving accordingly.
Even on long, winding or more technical trips, there’s no feeling of arm or shoulder fatigue at the end of the day.
The interior of the Maverick Trail, Sport and the new-generation Commander is virtually identical. I think it’s very well designed in terms of ergonomics. There are two storage compartments. The one in front of the passenger offers plenty of space.
The dials and control buttons are well laid out. That said, I’d like to be able to change the dial display from the steering wheel. It’s not a major feature, but it would keep both hands on the wheel when you want to change the display.
The seats are very comfortable. They offer good lumbar support. Their shape keeps you firmly in place on rough or winding roads. On the other hand, legroom is a bit limited in terms of length. I’m 170cm tall, and even when the seat is all the way back, I’m limited in legroom. I’d appreciate an extra 5 cm.
With the exception of this small feature, the driving position is excellent. Everything is in its place. You can adjust the height of the steering wheel for greater comfort. You have good vision ahead. On trails, you can easily cover more than 200km daily without fatigue caused by the driving position.
In conclusion, I must say that I’m delighted with my test of the Maverick Sport X XC. It’s a model that’s very well suited to me. I see it as an alternative to the X3 family for those looking for good performance and very interesting sporty handling. In my opinion, it’s also a model that is, as standard, more practical or versatile than the X3s.
In short, if, like me, you’re looking for a side-by-side with very interesting performance and that will let you tour in comfort, I invite you to seriously consider the Maverick Sport X XC.
I’d like to thank Roger A. Pelletier in Cabano for making this test ride possible.