Side-by-side sport utility vehicles: which one to choose?

In 2011, when Can-Am introduced the Commander, the manufacturer created a new niche in the world of side-by-side vehicles, namely the Sport-Utility. For many years, this model has stood the test of time without major changes. The Commander was considered king and master of this market… At least until 2017, when Polaris General was launched.

With the Commander’s aging platform and the General’s presence, people were increasingly turning to the General when it was time to buy. This put Polaris in an excellent position in the increasingly popular Sport Utility side-by-side market.

However, the year 2021 changed the game completely for the American manufacturer. Indeed, Yamaha came to confuse the situation by taking everyone by surprise with the launch of the Wolverine RMax family. We could see the arrival of a serious competitor to the famous General.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Can-Am also chose the year 2021 to introduce the all-new Commander. So, from one alternative in 2020, future Sport Utility side-by-side buyers will be presented with three in 2021!

It’s a safe bet that when developing the RMax and the new Commander, Yamaha and Can-Am wanted to be able to offer models that would compare favorably to the Polaris General.

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Each of the three manufacturers now offers an interesting range of sport utility side-by-side vehicles. Each one has its own unique features that set it apart from the others. Future buyers should take the time to compare the characteristics of each one in order to choose the one that is the most appropriate for their needs and use.

To conclude, I will now give you a summary of the different models available. I will stick to two-seaters in this article. Here are the Sport Utility side-by-side vehicles in order of their arrival on the market.

Polaris General

For 2021, the Polaris General (2-seater) is offered in several packages. All General models are powered by the 100hp ProStar 1000 twin-cylinder engine. Travel is 12.25 inches in the front and 13.2 inches in the rear. The XP models have 14 inches of travel both front and rear. Ground clearance is 12 inches for the General and 13.5 inches for the General XP.

They have a payload of 499 kg (1100 lbs) and a dump body with a capacity of 274 kg (600 lbs). They all have an electronic power steering system and a 35.9 liter fuel tank. Here are the main models offered:

 

General 1000 Sport

Starting at $20,399 (Cnd)

 

General 1000 Premium

Starting at $23,399 (Cnd)

 

General 1000 Deluxe

Starting at $23,399 (Cnd)

 

General 1000 Deluxe with Ride Command

Starting at $29,099 (Cnd)

 

General XP 1000 Deluxe

Starting at $29,299 (Cnd)

 

For more information visit the following link:

https://bit.ly/compare-polaris-general

 

 

Yamaha Wolverine RMax 2

Launched in 2021, the Wolverine RMax 2 are all powered by a 999cc twin-cylinder engine developing around 108 hp. The Wolverine RMax 2s have 36.1 cm (14.2 inches) of front wheel travel and 42.9 cm (16.9 inches) of rear wheel travel. Ground clearance is 35.05 cm (14 inches). All RMax 2s have 30-inch tires mounted on 14-inch aluminum wheels.

They have a towing capacity of 907 kg (2000 lbs) and a dump body with a capacity of 272 kg (600 lbs). They all have an electronic power steering system and a 35-litre tank. Here are the models offered:

 

Wolverine RMax 2 1000 with EPS

Starting at $24,299 (Cnd)

 

Wolverine RMax 2 1000 SE with DAE (EPS)

Starting at $26,799 (Cnd)

 

For more information visit the following link:

https://bit.ly/compare-yamaha-rmax2

 

 

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.

Can-Am Commander

Also launched in 2021, the Commanders are all powered by a 976cc twin-cylinder engine developing 100 hp. The main specifications are :

 

Commander DPS

Front wheelbase: 31.8 cm (12.5 inches)

Rear wheel travel: 33 cm (13 inches)

Ground clearance: 31.8 cm (12.5 inches)

Front tires 27x9x14

Rear tires 27x11x14

14 inch steel wheels

 

Commander XT

Front wheel travel: 15 inches (38.1 cm)

Rear wheel travel: 15 inches (38.1 cm)

Ground clearance: 33 cm (13 inches)

Front tires 28x9x14

Rear tires 28x11x14

14 inch cast aluminum wheels

 

Commander XT-P

Front wheel travel: 14 inches (35.6 cm)

Rear wheel travel: 14 inches (35.6 cm)

CFMOTO CForce 600 EPS Touring 2021

Ground clearance: 34.3 cm (13.5 inches)

30x10x15 front and rear tires

Aluminum wheels of 15 inches “Beadlock

 

They have a towing capacity of 907 kg (2000 lbs) and a dump body with a capacity of 272.2 kg (600 lbs). They all have an electronic power steering system and a 38-litre tank. Here are the models offered:

 

Commander DPS

Starting at $20,499 (Cnd)

 

Commander XT

Starting at $23,599 (Cnd)

 

Order XT-P

Starting at $27,699 (Cnd)

 

For more information visit the following link:

https://bit.ly/compare-can-am-commander