reservoir rear shocks. The X3 X rs has
30-inch tires on beadlock wheels.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A turbocharged, intercooled, three-
cylinder, 900cc, double-overhead-cam,
12-valve engine with1 54 horsepower—
the very same engine that powers the
top-of-the-line X3 X rs. The base model
is 115 pounds lighter than the X3 X rs,
which gives it an edge in acceleration
in situations where the X rs’ suspension
isn’t a factor.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic, dual-range, belt-
type CVT. The X3’s entire transmission
was designed around the high-
horsepower engine. We did hundreds
of miles of challenging high- and low-
speed driving in X3s that already had
lots of hours on them and never had
a problem. The range selector is well
designed too; it has a smooth, positive
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an
automatic-locking front differential.
Can-Am’s Visco-Lok has no speed or
rev limiter, so you can get maximum
traction at full throttle. Some systems
activate speed or rev limiters in front
HOW FAST IS IT?
Unbelievably fast. We put a lot of
time in the X3, and we got used to
The base Maverick X3 is just
as unbelievably powerful as
the more expensive 2017
X3s. In certain conditions, its
lighter weight makes it faster.
The X3’s seats set a new standard for sport UTV comfort, and they
offer fore, aft and height adjustment.
A small, flex-free steering wheel and a fast steering ratio give the X3
quick reflexes on twisty trails.
the power, but it still never stopped
amazing us. With this thing, you always
have rocket-like acceleration at the
ready, even in deep sand. The base
X3 is the lightest of the X3 models, so
it can out-accelerate the heavier, more
expensive models in places where the
other machines’ suspension doesn’t
give them an edge. For a machine
so powerful, the X3 is surprisingly
easy to control in technical terrain
too. With a switch on the dash, you
can swap to the Eco throttle curve to
smooth the power delivery for extra
sketchy conditions. Drivers who don’t
need all the X3’s performance can
use the standard key rather than the