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Side-by-sides: A brief history

The ATV category we call side-by-sides was invented by John Deere, the agricultural machinery manufacturer. Several manufacturers quickly followed suit, borrowing the newly laid path created by John Deere, including the Canadian manufacturer Can-Am.

Differences between a side-by-side and a regular ATV (4- wheeler)

What exactly are the main features that tell apart a side-by-side from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV or 4- wheeler)? Contrary to an ATV, a side-by-side has:

  • 2- Seats installed side-by-side.
  • Roll bars.
  • A rear bed like the one you’d find on a pickup.
  • A towing capacity.

Hunters, fishermen and those working in agriculture eagerly use their side-by-sides to carry all of their gear or equipment.

Can-Am Side-By-Sides

Can-Am side-by-sides for sale at Maximum PowerSports are split into 5 models:

  • Defender
  • Maverick X3
  • Maverick Sport
  • Maverick Trail
  • Commander

2023 Can-Am Defender side-by-sides

Amongst our side-by-sides for sale, the rugged 2023 Can-Am Defender can handle any task. It is equipped for towing and offers an impressive amount of cargo space. 

The Defender can be equipped with a Rotax HD7 single cylinder engine with 52 horsepower and 41 lb-ft. maximum torque or a Rotax HD9 twin cylinder engine with 65 horsepower and 59 lb-ft. maximum torque.

These engines are coupled with, respectively:

  • A Pdrive CVC transmission with sub-transmission and with high and low speeds, parking, neutral, reverse and an engine brake


  • A Pro-Torq CVC transmission with the Quick Response System, high flow ventilation and electronic protection of the transmission belt.

2023 Can-Am Defender side-by-sides also come with 2×4/4×4 drivetrains with Visco-Lok front auto-locking differential.

2023 Can-Am Maverick Sport side-by-sides

Like all Can-Am side-by-sides, the Maverick Sport with the MAX cab is one of our most popular 4- passenger side-by-sides.

With a profiled roll cage, integrated front steel bumper, high-quality half doors and protection plates, the Maverick Sport offers an incredibly sporty drive. It is the ideal side-by-side for those looking for an adrenaline rush!

Moreover, the Maverick Sport is incredibly practical with a bed that can withstand loads of up to 300 lbs (136 kg) and a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs (680 kg).

The Maverick Sport comes in 5 trims: DPS, X XC, X MR, X RC and MAX DPS. Depending on selected trim, this Can-Am side-by-side can be equipped with a Smart-Lok smart locking system with 4WD Trail Activ modes, 14- inch molded aluminum rims with 30- inch tires, a 4,500 lb (2,014 kg) winch and dynamic power steering.

Every 2023 Maverick Sport is equipped with a 976 cc Rotax twin cylinder engine with 100 horsepower, a CVC transmission with high air intake and an electronic protection system for the drive belt. You will also have a drivetrain with 2- or 4- wheel drive mode and a hill descent assist system with Sport/Eco modes. 

2023 Can-Am Commander side-by-sides

The 2023 Can-Am Commander is an exciting and versatile side-by-side. It is ready for any adventure or heavy duty task.

The optional LinQ storage system offer a variety of boxes, coolers, bags and supports that are easy to install and remove. You can also choose accessories that will enhance your driving experience on trails, allowing you to take full advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer.

The 2023 Commander can be equipped either with a Rotax 700 single cylinder engine with 52 horsepower or a Rotax 1000R twin cylinder V-shaped engine with 100 horsepower. These powertrains are equipped with a Turf/2×4/4×4 drivetrain with mode selector and a Visco-Lok QE front auto-locking differential. 

Our side-by-sides for sale include all three 2023 Commander models: the Max DPS, the Max XT and the Max ST-P.

The Max DPS comes with a security system with digital encoding and a Start/Stop push-button, 14- inch molded aluminum rims with 27- inch tires. The Commander Max XT adds a full roof, an XT front bumper, a 7.6- inch digital screen and a 4,500 lb (2,014 kg) winch. As for the Commander XT-P it is the most luxurious model of the Commander family with panoramic rear-view mirrors, the Smart-Lok technology with 4×4 Trail Activ mode and 15- inch molded aluminum wheels with 30- inch tires.

Side-By-Side Accessories

Our Maximum PowerSports store offers an impressive selection of motorcycle and side-by-side accessories, such as:

  • Tow hitches
  • Winches
  • Adapters for the roof
  • Head-rests
  • Lateral protection bars
  • Hard or soft closed cabs
  • Wetsound Stealth XT 6 sound bars and Can-Am subwoofer.

Side-by-side clothing

The Maximum PowerSports store also offers clothing for men and women that is perfect for riding your side-by-side:

Maximum PowerSports: The Power of Choice!

Maximum PowerSports, the recreational vehicle specialist in Hawkesbury, close to Prescott and Russell, offers the widest selection of side-by-sides for sale in the area, including Can-Am side-by-sides for sale.

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