HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE?
The Outlander L 500 DPS is $7299,
a nice break from the $8899 price on
the Outlander 500 DPS. There’s also
an Outlander L 500 without power
steering for $6999. The 2016 Outlander
L 570 DPS goes for $7699, and the
base Outlander L 570 is $6799, so you
should be able to get a deal on a base
500. Honda’s Rubicon 500 Automatic
EPS is $9599. Yamaha’s 2015 Grizzly
550 EPS goes for $8699, and the
new 2016 Kodiak 700 EPS is $8199.
Suzuki’s KingQuad 500 Power Steering
is $8299. The Polaris Sportsman 570
EPS is $7499.
WHAT’S MISSING ON THE “L”?
The Outlander L 500 DPS isn’t
quite as nicely equipped as the regular
Outlander 500 DPS, but it comes with
all the important good stuff. The engine
and chassis are the same, and if you
opt for the Outlander L 500 with power
steering, you get stylish cast-aluminum
wheels. The L-model doesn’t have the
digitally encoded ignition, projector
headlights, composite racks or the
WHAT POWERS IT?
The only V-twin in the 500–550 class.
It’s a fuel-injected, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam engine.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A dual-range, fully automatic
continuously variable transmission. The
transmission also has engine braking to
prevent freewheeling on downhills.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
The Outlander has selectable
2WD/4WD like most 4x4 ATVs, but
Can-Am’s Visco-Lok front differential
is unusual. When you select 4WD, it
directs power to the front wheels and
locks automatically as needed, so
there’s no need to select differential-lock mode as on some machines.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It moves. The Outlander doesn’t pull
as instantly as some machines in its
class when you stab the throttle, but it
accelerates with some serious thrust.
It’s one of the quicker machines in the
500–550 class, and the sound of the
V-twin adds to the fun every time you
nail the throttle.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Controllable and fun. The Can-Am’s
engine has two personalities. The
smooth, initial response makes delicate
maneuvers easy, like when you’re trying
to maintain traction on a slippery trail
or climb a challenging ledge. We’d like
Long rides don’t seem so long on the
Outlander, thanks to the comfortable
ergonomics and great seat.
The L 500’s power is
smooth enough to make
sketchy terrain easy
to handle, and there’s
enough muscle to tackle