Can-Am isn’t one to back down from a challenge, so when the need for a 50" side-by-side in their lineup became apparent, they stepped up to the task. What was the result? Introducing the all-new Maverick Trail.

The Maverick Trail is an impressive machine, and it’s clear that Can-Am put a lot of thought into its design. You can check out our preview, which includes details about the UTV’s components. However, how does it feel to actually drive one? Can-Am recently invited us to an exclusive test drive event for the Maverick Trail, and we sent Josh Prows out to take it for a spin. Check out his first impressions below.

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First Impressions

Can-Am brought us out to check out their all-new 50" Maverick Trail. To test the new machine, we went up to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. This location is full of 50" trail systems and includes some rocky, technical and muddy OHV trails. It was a great place to put the Maverick Trail through its paces.

Design

At first glance, you can tell that Can-Am really did a great job keeping the Maverick branding and design consistent with the Trail. They took a lot of the design aspects from the X3 and worked them into the Trail to give it a nice sporty look and finish.

Can-Am Maverick Trail

Engine

I had the chance to drive both the 800cc and 1000cc options of the Maverick Trail. Both displacement options really compliment the Trail.

The 800cc option is the perfect trail engine. It’s subtle enough to create a smooth trail experience, and it also has plenty of power to get through any obstacle. We took the machine through giant mud puddles, rocky hill climbs and about a foot of snow. The 800cc Rotax engine did awesome through all of it.

The 1000cc engine is a first for a 50" side-by-side and really makes the Maverick Trail stand out. This engine is ton of fun.

The 1000cc engine is smooth on the low end and engages predictably, but it really gets moving when you hammer the throttle and let the full 75 hp hit the ground. With the electronic throttle control, you can really manage the throttle through any condition with consistent feel and control.

In the DPS version of the Trail, you get a mapping switch to choose between “sport mode” and “ECO mode.” I found that the ECO mode in both engine models was nice for the slower rocky and technical trails. It helps keep a consistent speed when you’re being bounced around on a rough trail and reduces the jolt if you accidentally stab the throttle over an obstacle. The sport mode is exactly what it sounds like. This mode opens the engine up and gives you more responsive power. It’s the go-to mode for those who want a bit more fun on the trail. The sport mode is especially noticeable on the 1000cc engine and is well suited for the adrenaline junkie looking to get the tires spinning.

Maverick Trail in the Woods

Suspension/Handling

Can-Am built the Trail with three goals in mind: to make it agile, adventurous and confident. Also, I think that handling and control are probably two of the biggest concerns/questions for a 50" machine. This is where I think the Maverick Trail is going to surprise people. It definitely surprised me. They really succeeded on making the Maverick Trail agile and confident. It’s an incredibly capable machine that handled everything we threw at it without a hitch. In the slow, technical terrain, it feels planted and capable without being too bumpy.

Being a 50" machine, it’s limited in its suspension travel, but Can-Am did a good job of balancing and maximizing the 10" of travel. The suspension doesn’t have a ton of flex over big obstacles, but it makes up for it with its nimble feel. At higher speeds, it feels good and stable.

The biggest strength of the Trail is in its cornering ability. This is where the attributes of being agile and confident really come into play. You can dive the Trail into corners and mash the throttle as you exit without feeling tippy or unstable.

After a few minutes in the Maverick Trail, you forget that you’re in a narrow machine. It really is a blast on the trail.

Another concern might be the Trail’s turning radius since Can-Am lengthened the wheelbase to 90.6". I found that this wasn’t an issue on the Trail. It’s still a very tight turning radius and makes for easy navigation on tight trails.

Can-Am Maverick Trail on a Narrow Bridge

Comfort/Cockpit

Can-Am is known for having some of the most comfortable seats in the business, and the Trail is no exception. When I first got in, I really appreciated the wide range of adjustability from the seat and steering wheel. Can-Am claims to have added 2" to the cockpit, and even through it doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s definitely noticeable. We spent all day in the machines, and I wasn’t waiting to stop so I could get out and stretch. They did a great job with the ergonomics of the interior.

Another thing that’s nice about the Trail is the space between the driver and passenger. 50" isn’t a lot of space for two adults sitting side by side, but they did a good job of stretching that 50" out so you’re not banging shoulders and elbows with the person next to you. I only noticed one negative. In the DPS models with the full doors, you end up pretty close to the door panels and don’t have a lot of space for your outside elbow while maneuvering through the trails.

Can-Am Maverick Trail Close Up

Overview

I think that Can-Am has created a great product that is going to make a lot of riders very happy. It should meet the demands for everyone from the casual rider to the long-adventure user – and even the adrenaline seeker. The Maverick Trail is very capable, and I think that they really succeeded in making it agile, adventurous and confident. For those who want the versatility of a 50" side-by-side – as well as a machine that has great handling – the Maverick Trail is an awesome option.

Can-Am Maverick Trail in Snow

Comment

Tell Us What You Think

What are your thoughts on the Can-Am Maverick Trail? Do you find Can-Am’s new trail-width UTV an enticing prospect? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also, check out the full specs below.

2018 Can-Am Maverick Trail Specs

2018 Can-Am Maverick Trail
Model Maverick Trail 800 Maverick Trail 1000 Maverick Trail 800 DPS Maverick Trail 1000 DPS
Engine
Type Rotax® V-twin, liquid cooled
Size 51 hp, 799.9 cc 75 hp, 976 cc 51 hp, 799.9 cc 75 hp, 976 cc
Fuel Delivery System Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Trans­mission Quick Response System T (QRS-T) CVT with high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection
Extra-L / H / N / R / P
Drive Train Select­able 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differ­ential True 4 modes traction system: 2×4 open rear dif., 2×4 locked rear dif., 4×4 open rear dif., 4×4 locked rear dif.
Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front dif.
Driving Assistance Electronic Hill Descent Control
Driving Assistance Modes N/A SPORT / ECO™ modes
Power Steering N/A Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
Suspension
Front Suspen­sion Double A-arm with sway bar / 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel
Front Shocks Twin tube gas charged shocks
Rear Suspen­sion TTA-T with sway bar / 10.5 in. (26.7 cm) travel
Rear Shocks Twin tube gas charged shocks
Brakes
Front Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Rear Dual 220 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Tires/Wheels
Tire Brand Carlisle ACT
Front Tires 26 x 8 x 12 in.
(66 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm)
Rear Tires 26 x 9 x 12 in.
(66 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Wheel Type Steel Cast-Aluminum
Wheels 12-in. (30.5 cm)
Dimensions/Capacities
L x W x H 118 x 50 x 69 in.
(300.5 x 127 x 175.3 cm)
Wheelbase 90.6 in. (230.1 cm)
Ground Clearance 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Dry Weight 1,314 lb (596 kg) 1,349 lb (611.9 kg) 1,331 lb (603.7 kg) 1,364 lb (618.7 kg)
Cargo Box Capacity 300 lb (136 kg)
Total Storage 5.3 gal (20.2 L)
Glove Box Storage 4.1 gal (15.6 L)
Driver Storage 0.4 gal (1.5 L)
Center Console and Cup Holders 0.8 gal (3.1 L)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lb (680 kg)
Fuel Capacity 10 gal (38 L)
Features
Gauge Multifunction digital:
Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, seat belt, diagnostics, clock
Instru­mentation Lighter type DC outlet in console (20-A)
Magneto 650-W
Lighting Two 55 W reflectors and LED tail lights Two 55 W reflectors with unique Can-Am LED signature and LED tail lights with halo glow effect
Winch N/A
Steering Wheel Adjustable tilt steering
Protection Integrated front steel bumper, injected full body skid plates
Doors Nets Half doors
Hitch Type 2-in hitch receiver
Other
Starting MSRP $10,999 $12,999 $12,999 $14,799
Color White Sun­burst Yellow White Sun­burst Yellow
Can-Am Red
Mossy Oak Break-Up Coun­try Camo
Factory Warranty 6-months limited warranty
Extended Warranty Up to 30 months B.E.S.T. coverage

Group Ride on the Trail

By Josh Prows