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Can-Am ATVs: Ranking the 5 Best Models

In the last couple of decades, Can-Am has become one of the world's premier off-road and powersports vehicle designers and manufacturers. In 1972, Can-Am was founded as a motorcycle and dirt bike design company. In 1998, however, they grew into the ATV and side-by-side markets, and haven't looked back.

These days, Can-Am ATVs are some of the most purchased in America and around the globe. If you're considering purchasing one of these extremely popular models, you're in the right place. Here, we'll give recommendations based on your intended use.

Best for Off-Roading: Renegade X MR 1000R

Can-Am ATV 1000 models are some of the most powerful pieces of machinery you can own. The Renegade X MR 1000R is Can-Am's top off-roading model of 2020. This off-roading capability is accomplished with a 1000R, 91-horsepower engine tuned for mud. It also puts tri-mode dynamic power steering, fresh wheels, 30-inch tire design, FOX shocks, trail armor, and 12.5-inch ground clearance to good use for maximum off-roading functionality.

Best for Hunting: Outlander Mossy Oak Edition

When it comes to Can-AM, the best model for hunting is the Outlander Mossy Oak Edition. To get you to your hunting destination, you'll have 62 horsepower, 26-inch tires, and tri-mode dynamic power steering (DPS), and independent rear suspension. For hauling your hunting equipment, the Outlander Mossy Oak Edition has high-strength racks with a quick-attach accessory system and a 5.7-gallon water-resistant rear compartment.

If you're worried about leaving your ATV when it's time to continue on foot, this ATV has an encoded security system to safeguard your vehicle. This model comes in exclusive Mossy Oak Break-up Country Camo. For cold mornings, it also includes heated grips and throttle. This bad boy can rival any hunting UTV, so if side-by-side vehicles aren't your thing, this ATV might be right up your alley.

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Best for Riding with Kids: Can-Am Outlander 450-570 6x6

When it comes to youngsters on ATVs, one thing comes first: safety. We've all heard the horror stories of kids on four-wheelers, so every parent's or guardian's first consideration must be for the child's health. Luckily, as long as you drive properly, this Can-Am 6x6 can safely transport two individuals including age-appropriate children.

This ATV has a high-backed rear seat for a passenger, as well as handgrips for the second rider. The two extra wheels make the ATV more stable to prevent roll-overs, which does wonders for the riding safety of everyone on board. You'll have 38 horsepower, 26-inch radial tires, and tri-mode dynamic power steering at your disposal, as well.

Best for Longer Distances: Outlander Max Limited

Touring is one of the most enjoyable ATV experiences you can have. For a touring off-road experience on a Can-Am, the Outlander Max Limited is the best option on the market. The high-back seat and handholds are perfect for long distances with one or two riders. The 91-horsepower engine will get you where you're going quickly and with 1,300 towing capacity, you can pull all the equipment you need for your tour. You'll also have key Can-Am features like the tri-mode max DPS and FOX 1.5 podium shocks.

Best All-Around: Outlander X XC

If you're looking for the best-of-the-best in the Can-Am world, look no further than the Outlander X XC. Can-Am themselves recognize this Outlander as their top-of-the-line model, perfect "for riders seeking ultimate all-around performance."

It employs a 91-horsepower Rotax V-twin engine, Outlander DPS, and FOX 1.5 podium RC2 shocks for ultimate power, control, and comfort. You'll also have a continuously variable transmission with engine braking for increased down-hill control. Regarding quality-of-life features, you'll have full wrap handguards, a quick attachment system, and a sport bumper.

With a nearly $15,000 MSRP, the Outlander X XC will cost you a pretty penny, but it's worth the overwhelming sense of power, utility, control, and comfort.

This post was originally published on October 7, 2019.