The Can-Am Defender was designed to pull practically anything you could throw at it, including boulders, hay bales, and even game. The base Defender costs $10,399, with prices ranging from $28,199 depending on the configuration.
When it comes to selecting the right Defender for your needs, there’s a lot to consider. The Defender fleet comprises of 18 various trim styles, including the Defender Max, 6×6, and Pro lines. While this guide only covers the six three-seat versions of the Defender, the whole Defender fleet consists of six three-seat versions of the Defender. To select through, there are three distinct engine performance levels, different tire sizes, and various dimensions and capacities. At any performance level, Rotax power is a good thing, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a UTV that works harder than the Can-Am Defender.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
There are three engine options:
The HD5, which produces 38 horsepower, the HD8, which produces 50 horsepower, and the HD10, which produces 82 horsepower.
For added traction and towing capability, the Defender is also available in a 6×6 configuration. The offered 4.5-by-6-foot bed is one of the largest in the segment, and a power tilting bed for easier dumping is also available. A winch, heating and air conditioning, and Cryptid tires for crawling through mud are among the additional amenities.
A CVT belt-driven gearbox sends power to the wheels in all of them. Can-Pro-Torque Am’s transmission with Quick Response System (QRS), which includes high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection, is now available on the HD8 and HD10 models. Turf mode, 2WD, and 4WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential are available. There’s also Electronic Hill Descent Control, Eco mode, and several Work modes.
All Defender models are equipped with dual 220mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers up front. The less powerful HD5 receives a single 220mm ventilated rear disc brake with hydraulic twin-piston calipers, and the HD8 and HD10 get dual 220mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic single-piston calipers.
When it comes to suspension travel, the Defender is at the top of its class, with up to 11 inches available at all four wheels. Gas-charged twin-tube shocks are ideal for both work and enjoyment. Dynamic power steering isn’t required, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back.
The speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip- and hourmeters, fuel gauge, gear position, Eco mode, work modes, seatbelt and 4×4 indications, front and rear diff-lock indicators, diagnostics, clock, battery voltage, and engine temperature are all displayed on a 4.5-inch digital display. The Defender Limited and Defender X MR now have 7.6-inch displays.
A dump bed is standard on all Defenders. The HD5 can pull up to 1,500 pounds with the integrated 2-inch receiver and can carry up to 600 pounds of freight in the bed. The HD8 and HD10 variants can tow 2,500 pounds and transport up to 1,000 pounds of stuff in the bed.
Up to a year of standard factory warranty coverage. BRP B.E.S.T. Protection provides additional coverage for up to 30 months.