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In the horsepower department, the Maverick Trail puts out 75 ponies from it’s 976cc Rotax V-twin engine. It offers the same Visco-lok auto locking front differential that can be found on most Can-Am ATVs and UTVs and includes electronic descent control for controlling speeds when traveling downhill. Trail riders will appreciate the extra low “Low” drive gear in instances that require some extra low end grunt to overcome an obstacle.

Twin tube gas charged shocks matted to dual A-arm independent suspension provides 10 inches of front suspension travel and Can-Ams Tortional Trailing Arms provide 10.5 inches in the rear. On the flip side, you’ll find impressive full length body armor should you find the 10 inches of ground clearance to be insufficient. At 90.6 inches, the Maverick Trail features the longest wheelbase in class and is the longest overall at 118 inches. A ten gallon fuel tank is the largest of the four machines and will ensure you don’t have to stop your fun to refuel frequently. In the cockpit you’ll find a multifunctional digital display, over five gallons of storage space and an adjustable tilt steering wheel. MSRP $12,999

Though slightly underpowered at just over 60 horsepower, the Textron Wildcat Trail is still big fun, due largely in part to its FOX Shocks. The Wildcat ties the Maverick for best in class suspension with 10 inches up front and 10.5 inches in the rear and offers the same 10 inches of ground clearance. A Rapid Response clutch with electronically selectable 2WD/4WD and differential lock lets you decide how the power gets to the ground. Although slightly underpowered, the Wildcat Trail offers the best in class power to weight ratio thanks to its trimmed down figure.

Smaller 25 inch tires can be found on the Wildcat Trail as opposed to 26’s found on both the Maverick and RZR. If you’re one that commonly runs your machine out of fuel, be mindful of the smaller 7.5 gallon fuel tank so you don’t end up stranded. The Wildcat Trail offers a wheelbase of 86 inches which is just about right between the RZR and the Maverick and drivers will appreciate the infinitely adjustable tilt steering wheel. MSRP $11,499

The Honda Pioneer 500 is sort of the odd man out in this comparison but as a 50 inch contender, we wanted to include it in our comparison. For the consumer who wants to hit the trails but has a tight budget, this might be the easy go to. Although the Pioneer 500 shares the same 50 inch stance as these other models, it’s “smaller” in just about every capacity.

For starters, the single cylinder 475cc engine puts out just over 28 horsepower. Independent dual wishbone front and rear suspension supplies 5.9 inches of front and rear travel and ground clearance measures 8.5 inches. The Pioneer 500 is significantly shorter at 102 inches long with a wheelbase of 73 inches; thats 17 inches shorter than the Maverick Trail.

A couple of features that set the Pioneer apart however are its five speed speed automatic transmission with optional paddle shift manual transmission. Honda was the first OEM to put paddle shifters on a side by side and while the Pioneer 500 might not set any land speed records, controlling when the vehicle shifts provides an entirely different, and very sporty experience. MSRP $8,999