add vision and confidence. It’s the
hardest to bottom and flies straightest.
Next comes the Polaris with great
HOW ABOUT ROCKS AND MUD?
straight-line stability, good suspension,
and secure seats and doors. The hot-
rod Can-Am is a close third to the RZR,
with a great engine, EBS and carving
manners, but the seating position, nets
and high hood/fenders don’t inspire
a lot of confidence when transitioning
ridges and bowls.
We like the Polaris best in rocks and
Can-Am best in mud, but the Yamaha
has the best creature comforts in
Remove the engine panel between the cage uprights and undo two
straps to access the RZR’s pleated-paper air filter. It’s the easiest to
change, and oil changes are also easiest with the RZR XP 1000 EPS.
Pop the front cowling and undo six clips to access the Maverick
pleated air filter, and the CVT draws air from a body panel and vent
under the left cage upright.
either venue. The YXZ’s low seating
and sloped hood provide a lot of
confidence and comfort, as does the
roof. You can really see well to select
lines up boulders, but it takes an expert
to manipulate the manual clutch. The
RZR has the next best sight line down
the hood for line selection, the most
travel, tallest tires and best articulation
in rocks. The on-demand 4WD takes
some getting used to in boulders,
though, and the quarter doors let
mud invade the cabin. The Maverick’s
bulging hood and tall seating position