HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s much more sport utility-like than
pure utility. The Defender has double
A-arm front suspension with 10 inches
of travel. Rear suspension is trailing
arms with 10 inches of travel and a
sway bar to control body roll. High-pressure gas shocks are used front and
With more travel and better shocks
than traditional utility UTVs, the
Defender rides very smoothly, and you
don’t have to keep your speed down
on bumpy trails to avoid bottoming.
Despite the Defender’s huge carrying
capacity, the suspension isn’t too
firm when the bed is empty, and the
shocks are spring-preload adjustable to
compensate for heavy loads.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s way more agile than traditional
UTVs. The Defender is a pretty large
machine, but it corners well and is
very steady and stable in turns and at
speed in a straight line. Sharp turns
don’t bring on excess body roll, so the
Can-Am has a secure, planted feel even
when turning on hill sides. Can-Am’s
variable-rate power-steering system
supplies more assist at low speeds for
effortless turning and very good steering
feel when you’re on the move.
HOW IS IT IN MUD AND WATER?
It’s ready for it. The Defender’s
intakes are above the tops of the tires,
and the machine has 11 inches of
ground clearance, so deep crossings
won’t stop it. Plenty of power and a
versatile 4WD system keep the machine
on the move in mud and ruts. Splash
protection is very good, too.
HOW IS IT ON HILLS?
It’s sure-footed in steep country. The
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
HD10’s power takes all the tension
out of conquering big climbs, and
the strong four-wheel disc brakes
and engine braking make downhilling
In addition to power, this is where
the Defender really crushes it. The
The Defender has the massive hauling capacity of a pure-utility machine with the terrain-
tackling ability, comfort and refinement of a sport-utility UTV.
The bench seat holds three and includes a center console and arm rest with cup holders
that can be folded down when two are seated. XTs also come with a waterproof storage bin
beneath the flip-up passenger seat base.