I have been researching Side by Sides and have some experience with owning a 2019 Can-Am 1000 Maverick Trail. We very much enjoyed our Can-Am but because of unfortunate events that happened in our life we had to part ways and need to get rid of debt as quick as possible so gave it away for way less than I put into it but it went to a good home in Montana.
So notes I would mention in regards to the Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000 DPS I would mention that the 50" wide SxS, no matter what brand, is they are very tippy, especially with one person in the vehicle. Also with the Can-Am in the summer time it gets really hot and loud which I am assuming is because of the engine. The seat sits pretty low which wasn't any issue driving but came into an issue when you wanted to plow. You can't really see the plow when sitting down. Not the best vehicle for plowing with but plenty of power to push any amount of snow. I loved the long wheelbase and it just coasted over bumps. I broke my back in the military and driving the Can-Am 1000 Maverick Trail all day it didn't bother my back at all. If I ride an ATV for an hour and my back is in a lot of pain which is the main reason I went to a SxS is for the back support and comfort.
Many ask me if I would go back to a Can-Am when I am ready financially to jump back into a Side by Side and the answer is no. Here in Michigan the amount of 50" only trails are very slim and we mainly go with groups which include mainly larger side by sides.
I like many of the Side by Sides but after researching all the forums and the utility of a side by side I am leaning on the Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Limited edition mainly because I plan on using my Side by Side as a utility vehicle around our 9 acres but want to go with the groups on trails. No other Side by Side gets the high reliability marks as Honda in general and nothing out tows a Honda. Now its not going to win any races but reliability is very important to me.
2020 Honda® Pioneer 1000-5 Limited Edition, 2020 Honda® Pioneer 1000-5 Limited Edition PIONEERING PERFORMANCE.
When it comes to side-by-sides, Honda’s Pioneers are the machines you can count on for work or play. What sets our top-of-the-line Pioneer 1000 family apart? Smart technology. Superior materials. Refined engineering. And something nobody else can match: Honda’s well-earned and world-famous reputation for reliability and overall quality.
Our 2020 Honda Pioneer 1000 lineup is a perfect example. Task or trail, these great side-by-sides get it right the first time in terms of comfort, handling, hauling, and user-friendly features. You can choose from five models this year: The Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000 Deluxe let you bring two friends or coworkers along, while our trio of five-seat Pioneer 1000-5 models let you take the whole team. Everybody aboard is going to enjoy the ride.
Features may include:
The Pioneer 1000 Limited Edition showcases our exclusive I-4WD system. Think “I” for “Intelligent,” because that’s exactly what it is. An industry-first brake-traction control system for side-by-sides, it simplifies operation, increases drivability and optimizes traction. Using proven, advanced technology from Honda’s automotive division, you get the benefits associated with a locked front differential with none of the downsides. That means it maintains front-wheel traction even if one wheel wants to spin on ice or mud or if it’s in a hole. But at the same time, you get the lighter steering, better tracking at high speeds, tighter turning radius, and reduced kickback associated with unlocked front differentials.
POWERFUL 999cc TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE
When you know the power you need is always at the ready, every drive is an enjoyable experience. And that’s precisely what you get out of the class-leading 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin. Using the same Unicam® cylinder head design found in our motocross bikes, it’s more compact in size, and it still delivers the kind of horsepower and torque you’d expect from a flagship model.
2000-POUND TOWING CAPACITY
Call it 2000 pounds, or call it 1 ton. Either way, the towing capacity of the Pioneer 1000 is unsurpassed by any competitor. So instead of hopping on the tractor or taking out the truck, you can stay right in your side-by-side and tackle those bigger jobs with relative ease.
Prepare to go further than ever before. Our refined chassis enables you to tackle terrain others would shy away from, with larger tires, long-travel independent front and rear suspension and huge ground clearance. The rubber mounted engine and exhaust system insulates against excessive vibration, and on the 1000-5 model, self-leveling rear suspension compensates for changing loads
Comparing them side by side