HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The X3 X ds is $24,999, which
makes it the mid-priced X3 model
between the X rs, which is $26,699
in Triple Black or $26,899 in gold and
red, and the $22,999 base X3. Polaris’
2017 RZR XP Turbo is also $24,999,
which is no coincidence whatsoever.
Arctic Cat’s Wildcat X Limited is
$19,499, but with a bit more than 90
horsepower, it’s in a different class
than the 154-horsepower Can-Am.
We expect Arctic Cat will solve that
WHAT POWERS IT?
Exactly the same turbocharged,
three-cylinder, 154-horsepower engine
you get in the top-of-the-line X3 X rs.
How cool is that? Really cool, because
the X 3 X ds is 95 pounds lighter
than the X rs. You don’t have to be a
physicist to see that the less-expensive
X ds can out-accelerate the X rs. That
means you win the drag race, or the
race to the top of the dune, or the race
to the first turn—and you spent almost
two grand less! Just watch what you
eat, who you pick for a passenger and
avoid races on terrain with really huge
whoops and you can smoke X rs’!
Polaris’ new 168-horsepower XP Turbo
could be a different story. We haven’t
had our X3 X ds and XP Turbo test
units together to find out—yet.
The base X3 is 20 pounds lighter
than the X ds.
WHAT’S THE TRANSMISSION LIKE?
It’s an easy-to-use, fully automatic,
dual-range, belt-type CVT just like the
X rs, with the same over-designed belt,
clutches and cooling system. If you
do need to replace a belt, the process
is simple due to the X3’s rear-engine
design, not the time-consuming ordeal
you face with mid-engine Mavericks.
The range selector is one of the best
in the game too. Its smooth, positive
action is part of Can-Am’s plan to give
the X3 automotive-level refinement, a
big departure from the crude feel some
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with Can-Am’s Visco-Lok automatic-locking front
differential. Unlike some systems, Can-Am’s has no speed or rev limiter, so
The X3 X ds’ strong chassis, great balance and
excellent suspension with front and rear sway
bars give it confident, predictable handling that
lets you really enjoy its massive power.