Not too long ago, Polaris extended an invitation to ATVESCAPE.com to head out to Big Rock Park in Pennsylvania, to spend some quality time with several of the 2014 models including the RZR XP 1000. Why in the world would we say "no" to that opportunity? So off we went. We spent the day investigating and riding the new Sportsman 570, Ranger Crew 900 XP, Scrambler 850, Ranger 570, and of course, the RZR XP 1000. To say we have drooled over time aboard that machine would be an understatement.
Ever since Polaris decided they should shake up the Side-X-Side market with their first RZR sport UTV, owner’s have been flocking to their local dealers in search for the latest and greatest RZR Side-X-Side to roll out of Polaris’ factory door. Why have these RZR’s become so popular? Simply put – because of their rider-focused design.
Recently, we had the chance to sample this rider-focused design in the undeniably huge dunes of Glamis. The sand dunes here are infamous for their giant bowls, steep razor backs, and nasty witch’s eyes that come out of nowhere.
Since we at ATVESCAPE saw the announcement of the introduction of the new Can-Am Maverick back in September, we have held our breath for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the newest beast from Can-Am. We put together a first look article with a complete breakdown of everything we knew about this new machine. The thing that struck us then and continues to strike us today is 101 horsepower. That is an amazing amount of horses powering a side-by-side. Over the last few months our friend Jon Crowley over at UTVGuide.net allowed us to share his review of the Can-Am Maverick, which included his initial impressions of it.
So this year at the 2012 High Lifter Mud Nationals, we at ATVESCAPE.COM had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of two different Can-Am Commander models including the Commander 1000 X and Commander 1000 Limited. After a little seat time, we can see the Can-Am Commander is a beast to be reckoned with and in summary: WE LOVE IT!
So here is the question: Can an ATV-pickup with a 50" width, steering wheel, 760cc's of power, a roll cage, foot pedals, a glove box , and seats next to each other offer as much fun and capability as I have come to expect from an ATV? Now this our first time at ATVESCAPE.COM to get into the cockpit of a UTV for a test, and we had no idea what to expect. Having driven a Kawasaki Mule, some golf carts, and lots of ATVs and trucks, we were really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the RZR (and have been since it came out in 2008).