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Maverick X3 XRC Review
06/10/21 at 18:27:21
 
While still waiting for someone else to post a review, or do something to build a little traffic in this site...

Almost two years ago I purchased a 2020 Can Am Maverick X3 XRC.  Can Am and Polaris had been in a horsepower war with their top of the line pure sport UTVs for years.  The first Can Am Maverick X3 had 154 HP.  In 2018 Can Am upped the HP rating to 172.  And in 2020 the HP rating was upped again, to 195 HP.  Can Am had been making other subtle upgrades each year, with gussets in key areas of the frame and suspension, improved cooling, improved clutching, improvements in suspension tuning, adding a front smart locker, and made some small improvements in decreasing noise levels.  They have continued to make improvements each year since 2020.

In the almost two years I have owned this X3 XRC I have come to appreciate the outstanding performance and the excellent build quality.

Horsepower is just incredible.  The limiting factor is traction, not lack of power.  In two wheel drive anything more than half throttle makes it all but impossible to keep it in a straight line.  Tire spin with the stock 32" tires makes the back end go any direction but straight.  Four wheel drive fixes that problem, and for sustained high throttle use, just keep it in 4-wheel drive.  Driveability is still excellent with the front smart locker in trail mode.  Placing the front smart locker in rock mode increases steering effort some, but also improves traction in difficult terrain.  As usual with Can Am, there is a standard key, and a performance key, as well as a standard mode and a sport mode for the ignition, so you can tune the performance level to your liking.

4x4 capability is better than any any other machine I have owned.  With the wide stance and long travel soft sprung suspension it feels like a giant spider, and crawls over pretty much anything you point it at with no effort at all.  This UTV makes the built Jeeps I have owned before look just stupid when it comes to capability.

Suspension is something Can Am has been improving each year, and 2020 saw a big improvement in valving set up for the X3s.  I made a few small changes to low speed compression damping and rebound damping, and adjusted the ride height to be equal front and rear.  I also increased the crossover height to keep the suspension softer for just a bit longer.  Other than that, suspension is stock, and works very very well.  It will soak up just about anything.  In last years Circleville poker run I did not see a big washout on the right side of one of the dirt roads.  There was a washout that was 4 feet deep and about 6 feet across, right at the very edge of the road.  My wife saw it at the last second, because it was on her side.  I heard her suck in her breath, and saw her grab onto the grab bar with both hands, to hold on tight, preparing for a huge crash.  I hit it with one front tire, with the other front tire staying on the graded road.  Normally an impact like this on just one side of the vehicle would spell disaster.  All we felt was a soft "whump" and the suspension swallowed the washout.  There was no loss of control, and no fuss.  It was no big deal.   After we hit the wash my wife relaxed, turned and looked at me, and just shrugged her shoulders.  It has been like that with countless other obstacles over the last two years.  It just floats over four foot high sand whoops in Mesquite, as smooth as a magic carpet.  Suspension is truly amazing.

Interior room and comfort is excellent.  The seats are comfortable and the 4 point harnesses hold you securely in place.  The layout of the dash and controls is very good.

The negatives of this machine are a limited over the front visibility and noise inside the cab.  The air intake for the engine and clutch/belt is 3" behind your head when you are sitting in the driver seat, and you hear everything.  Wear a helmet or some other type of ear protection when driving this machine, or you will suffer hearing loss.  The 2020s are quieter in the cab that previous years, with less clutch noise in particular, but they are still loud.

A few other things to think about ...

Fuel mileage 15 to 17 mpg, depending on how it is driven
Fuel range 150 to 170 miles

Cost of upgrades to make this UTV work well has been $150, which was the cost of a set of Seizmik side view mirrors.  It has everything else already on the machine, including a roof, 1/2 doors, skid plates, rocker protection, and a winch.

Cost of repairs in the almost two years I have owned it has been $256.  A short while ago a light on the dash came on, telling me to check my front smart locker, and shortly afterwards my battery failed.  A trip to the dealer for diagnosis revealed that the smart locker had caused an overdraw of current from the battery, which had sulfated the battery and ruined it.  $256 included the cost of the battery and diagnosis of what the problem was.  Can Am did a number of upgrades while it was in the shop, at no cost, even with the warranty expired almost a year ago.  These upgrades were :
1. ECM Driveability Update
2. ECM Starting and Misfire Detection Update
3. DPS Update
4. Smart Lock Update.
The Smart Lock update fixed the overdrawing current problem.  The ECM updates improved starting and noticeably improve the way the engine runs.  The DPS update increased the assist from the electronic power steering, which helps as well.

Number of times this UTV has been back to the dealership since purchase  = 1.  

Overall I am very satisfied with the X3 XRC, and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a pure sport UTV.

Here is a picture from President's Day.
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Re: Maverick X3 XRC Review
Reply #1 - 06/11/21 at 06:09:52
 
Believe it or not, but I'm now in the market for a SxS. Preferably a 2 seater and something that can still fit the smaller trails (60").

Whats the width on the XRC? How is the stock suspension? We just rented an Arctic Cat SxS and it was like driving a golf cart down the trail.. (Horrible suspension).
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Re: Maverick X3 XRC Review
Reply #2 - 06/11/21 at 06:55:23
 
The Maverick X3 XRC comes in two widths, 64" and 72".  Mine is 72".  Stock suspension is very nice and plush.  It is very adjustable as well, with adjustable ride height (preload), adjustable crossover height, so you can tune at what point it will change from the soft spring to the stiffer secondary spring.  It also has clickers for adjusting low speed compression, high speed compression, and rebound damping.  The shocks are fully rebuildable as well, if you ever felt the need to do that.  I sent my shocks from my 2018 X3 to Shock Therapy, in Arizona, for a complete rebuild.  They changed them into super super plush, but well controlled shocks.  They were better than the stock suspension on my 2020 X3.  But the stock suspension on my 2020 X3 is enough better than the stock suspension was on my 2018 X3 that I have not felt the need to send the 2020 shocks to Shock Therapy.  The new machines from 2021 are even better from what I hear.

The 60" machines have become somewhat limited recently, with most manufacturers focusing more on the 64" width.  I would consider the Maverick Sport DPS, which is 60" wide.  You could also consider the Rzr Trail S, which is 60" wide.

The 50" wide machines work well on 50" wide trails, but they have their own limitations, with suspension being the biggest one.  I plan on doing a review on my 50" wide Maverick after I have time to think about it a little longer, and decide what I want to say.
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