2022 Can Am Outlander: New Can-Am Outlander Expert Review

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2022 Can Am Outlander Rotax power and sound, configurations for every driving taste and use, are mechanically and visually strong. Rotax engines can get hot, know Outlander 850 and 1000 exist.

Few engines are a better do-it-all solution than the Outlander 650. With something for every riding style and hardware level, almost anyone can find enjoyment in the Outlander.

The Can-Am Outlander 650 lineup comes in different variants: Outlander 650, Outlander DPS 650, Outlander XT 650, Outlander Mossy Oak Edition 650, and Outlander X MR 650.

We had ridden the Mossy Oak Edition the previous year extensively in New Hampshire and found few faults. with the engine and execution.

There are bigger and worse Outlanders, but the 650 fits a wide variety of riders well and is reasonably priced given its capabilities.

The Visco-4Lok is now part of the Outlander X MR 650 package, a very welcome addition that allows the rider to choose when the front differential is fully locked or when the engine is left alone.

The Outlander 650 isn’t a Renegade, but it still easily follows a sportier machine on all but the narrowest and most technical trails. A well-tuned and sequenced chassis is a big part of this.

For what most consider a full working quad, the Outlander is a blast on the trail. The back pops up effortlessly and predictably, and the angles are better than anyone expected.

In our experience, the Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering is a fantastic unit, allowing the Outlander Mossy Oak Edition 650 we recently tested to drive in 4WD as if it were still in 2WD.

We hoped that the fully locked front differential via the new Visco-4Lok on the Outlander X MR 650 would change this, but the Visco-Lok QE’s self-locking front differential performed flawlessly when we used it.  We never worry too much about the engine jamming.

2022 Can Am Outlander Review

Everything you need to organize the outdoors. The Outlander puts power and stability on equal footing, for confident handling, the most horsepower & best haul in its category.

2022 Can Am Outlander

Built to perform on any terrain or season, it can be adapted to almost any job or off-road use.

The first locked differential to unlock the limits. Easy to operate and use, get genuine 4WD, more grip, and excellent maneuverability, even on the toughest terrain.

No mud pits will stand in your way with the Visco- 4Lok! Now available on X Mr, XT-P & Limited.

An ability that glows when the chip is down. Overcome obstacles with the standard 11-inch ground clearance, and up to 13 inches on the stump-busting Outlander X Mr 1000R.

Performance is comfortable for sailing or roaring and built to last—getting more for your money never got you this far. Can you decide between the new colors?

In addition to proprietary technology, take advantage of the factory-installed anti-theft system (DESS*). Got a job on the horizon? Go from shelf to cargo bed in the blink of an eye.

Add a back panel and get your cooler out for the day. On the farm or the hunt, it’s the LinQ you’ve been missing.

Class-leading Rotax V-Twin engines with 91-hp (1000R), 78-hp (850), and 62-hp (650), the Outlander drops all the torque with responsive throttle, a signature roar, and remaining power.

2022 Can Am Outlander 570

Expand your off-road capabilities with additional features – and added value. Complete with Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), a 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) winch, and heavy-duty front and rear bumpers.

  • Highlights
    • Rotax® V-Twin. Engine
    • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with engine brake
    • Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
    • 3,500 lb (1,588 kg) winch
    • Heavy-duty front and rear bumper
    • Painted plastic for a premium look
    • 12 in. cast aluminum wheel
    • Dual A-arm front suspension
    • Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension
  • Wind Deflector
    • Steel rack with LinQ quick-mount accessory system and combined 360 lb (163.3 kg) capacity
    • 2.9 gal (10.9 L) waterproof rear compartment
    • Dynamic passenger comfort ergonomics
    • Multiposition passenger hand grip
    • Raised floorboard
  • Feature
    • Gauge: 4.5-inch digital display: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and hour, gear position, 4 x 4 indicator, temperature, engine light, electronic fuel gauge, and clock
    • Instrumentation: Lighter type DC outlet on console, the standard connector on the rear (15-A)
    • Illumination: 70 W from dual 35-W headlights/brake lights
    • Crane: 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) crane
    • Seat: Convertible Shelf System (CRS)
    • Protection: Heavy-duty front & rear bumper, Handlebar wind deflector
  • Machine
    • Type: 48 HP, Rotax 570 cc V-twin, liquid-cooled
    • Fuel Delivery System: Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
    • Transmission: CVT, P/R/N/H/L, standard engine braking
    • Drive Train: Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok QE self-locking front differential
    • Power Steering: Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • Suspension
    • Front Suspension: Double A-arm 9-inch (22.9 cm) travel
    • Front Shock: Oil
    • Rear Suspension: Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) 8.8 in. (22.4 cm) travel
    • Rear Shock: Oli
  • Tires / Wheels
    • Front Tire: Carlisle® Trail Wolf 25 x 8 x 12 in.
    • Rear Tire: Carlisle® Trail Wolf 25 x 10 x 12 in.
    • Wheels: 12 in. cast-aluminum
  • Brake
    • Front: 214 mm dual disc brakes with hydraulic dual piston calipers
    • Rear: Single 214 mm disc brakes with hydraulic dual-piston calipers
  • Dimensions / Capacity
    • W x W x H: 91 x 46 x 52.5 inches (231 x 116.8 x 133 cm)
    • Wheelbase: 59 inches (149.9 cm)
    • Ground Clearance: 10.5 inches (26.7 cm)
    • Dry Weight: 741 lb (336 kg)
    • Front Shelf Capacity: 120 lb (54.4 kg)
    • Rear Rack Capacity: 240 lb (109 kg)
    • Storage Capacity: Rear: 2.9 US Gal (10.9 L)
    • Towing capacity: 1,300 lb (590 kg)
    • Fuel Capacity: 5.4 gal (20.5 L)
    • Seat Height: 33.8 inches (85.8 cm)

2022 Can Am Outlander 450

OUTLANDER 6X6 READY TO BRING AND STUDY: Whether you’re hauling heavy cargo or tackling rough terrain, the Outlander 6×6 ATV is built specifically to tackle any challenge.

2022 Can Am Outlander

With a 700 lb (318 kg) two-tier cargo box, it can handle just about anything you bring.

  • 38hp
  • Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • LinQ quick-mount accessory system
  • 26-inch Carlisle Trail Wolf tires
  • 12in. cast-aluminum wheel

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2022 Can Am Outlander XT 1000r

  • CVT
  • SOLID TRANSMISSION: Continuously Variable Transmission – Pick your gear, hit the throttle—and fire up—The Can-Am Outlander CVT transmission delivers as much power as you need. Now with recalibrated engine braking for more precise control on hilly terrain.
  • HIGHLY USEFUL DISPLAY: Bright 7.6-inch wide Keep an eye on your Outlander and its vitals with the all-new 7.6-inch display, depending on the model. Illuminates and can be read in all conditions, with vehicle info and controls at the tip of your glove.
  • DPS
  • TECHNOLOGY CONCLUSIONS: Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) – For speed-sensitive direct steering assistance, with more power at low speeds to reduce steering effort and less at high speeds for maximum steering feel for the rider. Three modes adapt DPS even more.
  • Engine Ventilation
  • OPTIMIZED AIRFLOW: Re-engineered Ventilated Side Panels – Every part is inspected and inspected to see if it improves rider comfort—even the side panels and inner fenders now offer better engine ventilation and airflow.
  • Handling
  • NEXT LEVEL HANDLING: FOX Racing Shocks – Outlander is available with a wide range of premium FOX Racing Shocks, from the adjustable FOX 1.5 PODIUM QS3 shock, to fully adjustable handling to suit conditions & terrain.
  • ITC
  • TECHNOLOGY TO KNOW: Tri-mode Intelligent Throttle Control – Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™️) is how the Outlander and its Rotax 1000R engine feel so responsive and controllable. With Standard, Work, and Sport modes, the iTC throttle-by-wire helps smooth off-road power delivery.
  • Leading Machine
  • LEADING ENGINE TECHNOLOGY: Powerful & proven Rotax lineup – Class-leading Rotax V-Twin engine with 91-hp (1000R), Outlander lowers all the torque with responsive throttle, a signature roar, and power reserve.
  • special
  • SPECIALIZE FOR ANYTHING: 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) CAN-AM HD WINCH winch – Test this factory-mounted, robust Can-Am HD winch with roller fairleads. Its 3,500-lb (1,588 kg) capacity is essential when tackling conditions such as hunting, ranching, mud, and remote work sites. Prewired on all other trims.
  • Suspension
  • INNOVATIVE SUSPENSION SETUP: Torsional Trailing Arm Independent rear suspension – Outlander’s most significant improvement, with wheels moving up and down in parallel motion and a swivel point located under the seat, you get maximum stability and riding experience to the limit.
  • Towing & Freight
  • CAPABLE TOWING & HAULING: Industry-leading 1,650 lb towing capacity – More than just the numbers: capable of carrying an impressive 1,650 lb (750 kg) of luggage on two levels and front and rear racks with LinQ mounts make the Outlander a faster, efficient, and powerful companion for work and play.

2022 Can Am Outlander XTP 1000r

The most powerful Can-Am ATV offering with 91 hp Rotax engine, premium features on every model, intelligent throttle control with customizable ride modes

2022 Can Am Outlander

Prices start at $10,999, halogen headlights instead of LEDs, and only two of the four trims have the front differential fully locked

There are four trim levels of the Outlander 1000R, so this model offers something for everyone.

The 1000R series vehicles set the standard for engine performance at 91 hp, providing consumers looking for something to buy with an added engine sound. If maximum power is at the top of your list of requirements for a 4WD ATV, you’ve arrived.

This buyer’s guide highlights each model’s 1000R trim level—the Outlander XT 1000R, Outlander XT-P 1000R, Outlander X XC 1000R, and the mud-only Outlander X MR 1000R.

What they have in common is the 91-hp Rotax V-twin engine. Each ATV includes the various options that make up the X-look package: matching colors, bumpers, aluminum alloy wheels, and handguards.

2022 Can Am Outlander XT 1000R Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Each of these ATVs includes a 976cc, 91 hp, Can-Am Rotax V-twin engine. This is the largest displacement engine available on any Can-Am ATV. Every Outlander 1000R model has an automatic CVT transmission with standard engine-braking technology.

The transmission covers high and low ranges as well as parking, neutral, and reverse. Select 2WD and 4WD from the bar-mounted rocker switch, and 4WD operation includes the Visco-Lok QE auto-lock differential on the Outlander XT 1000R and Outlander X XC 1000R.

The Outlander X MR 1000R and Outlander XT-P receive a 4WD performance boost with a fully lockable Visco-4Lok front differential.

The 1000R engine makes each of these ATVs the heaviest in their trim. Nonetheless, Can-Am has done a good job of minimizing the bulky feel of this powerful ATV with dynamic power steering, intelligent throttle control, and Fox Podium suspension components.

Note that the Outlander XT is the only one in the 1000R lineup that doesn’t include Fox suspension components, but still includes the same 9.2-inch suspension up front and nearly 10 inches in the rear.

The package comes together to make a demonic imprint weapon that handles pretty well despite its power.

2022 Can Am Outlander 650cc Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Can-Am’s 650cc V-twin Rotax engine is still going strong today. With 62 hp and a hoarse exhaust note, that’s sure to please. Power delivery is linear and the engine accelerates violently.

2022 Can Am Outlander

It’s even a fuel-efficient machine, as we were able to go over 50 miles on a half tank in our rather aggressive test drive. The only downside is that Rotax can run a little hot.

2022 Can-Am Outlander Power flows through the Can-Am continuously variable transmission, which has regular high, low, neutral, reverse, and park gears.

It works fine but some riders have reported that the belt is prone to slipping at low speeds over rough terrain. We recommend using the low range as much as possible.

Can-Am Outlander 650 Specs

  • MSRP: $8,999–$11,649
  • Engine: Rotax SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke twin-cylinder/snorkel (X MR)
  • Displacement: 650cc
  • Hole x Stroke: 82.0 x 62.0mm
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Transmission: CVT automatic with high/low range, reverse; Park
  • Claimed Horsepower: 62 hp
  • Claimed Torque: N/A
  • Fuel system: EFI
  • Steering: Manual (basic) / Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (all other models)
  • Drive chain: Selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-lock front differential (all other models) / Selectable 2WD/4WD/Lock 4WD front differential with Visco-4Lok front differential (X MR)
  • Front Suspension: Curved double A-arm with front sway bar, oil damper; 9.2-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Torque Independent Trailing Arm, oil shock; 9.9-inch travel
  • Front brakes: 214mm dual discs, 2 piston calipers
  • Rear Brakes: 214mm disc, 1-piston calipers
  • Wheels, Front/Rear: Steel, 12 inches (base) / cast aluminum, 14 inches (DPS, XT) / cast aluminum, 12 inches (Mossy Oak, X MR)
  • Tires, Front/Rear: ACT Carlisle; 26×8-12 inches, 26×10-12 inches (base, Mossy Oak) / ITP Terracross; 26×8-14 inches, 26×10-14 inches (DPS, XT) / ITP Mega Mayhem; 28×8-12 inches, 28×10-12 inches (X MR)
  • Length: 86.0 inches (base, DPS, XT, Mossy Oak) / 88.0 inches (X MR)
  • Width: 48.0 inches (base, DPS, XT, Mossy Oak) / 48.5 inches (X MR)
  • Height: 49.5 inches (base, DPS, XT, Mossy Oak) / 50.5 inches (X MR)
  • Wheelbase: 51.0 inches
  • Rack Capacity: 100 lb front (base, DPS, XT, Mossy Oak); 200 lbs. rear (all models)
  • Towing capacity: 1,650 pounds
  • Ground Clearance: 11.0 inches (base, DPS, XT) / 12.0 inches (Mossy Oak) / 11.75 inches (X MR)
  • Turning radius: N/A
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 749 lb. (base, DPS, XT, Mossy Oak) / 874 lb. (XMR)
  • Fuel capacity: 5.4 gals.
  • Guarantee: 6 months limited BRP warranty
  • Availability: Now

Can Am Outlander XT 1000R Specs

  • MSRP: $12,749–$14,899
  • Engine: Rotax liquid-cooled V-twin
  • Displacement: 976cc
  • Hole x Stroke: N/A
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Transmission: CVT with high/low range (extra-low in X MR), reversed; parking, standard engine brake
  • Claimed Horsepower: 91 hp
  • Claimed Torque: N/A
  • Fuel system: EFI
  • Steering: Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering
  • Drive chain: selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok QE (XT, X XC) auto-locking front differential / selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-4Lok (XT-P, X MR) fully-locking front differential
  • Front Suspension: Double A-curved arms with front sway bar with oil shock (XT), Fox 1.5 Podium shocks (all other models); 9.2-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Torque Independent Trailing Arm with oil shock (XT), Fox 1.5 Podium shock (all other models); 9.9-inch travel
  • Front brakes: 214mm dual disc, 2 piston calipers
  • Rear Brakes: 214mm disc, 2 piston calipers
  • Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum (XT, X MR) / Beadlock (XT-P, X XC); 14 inches
  • Tires, Front/Rear: ITP Terracross; 26×8-14, 26×10-14 (XT, XT-P, X XC) / ITP Crypto; 30×9-14 (XMR)
  • Length: 86.0 inch / 97.0 inch (X MR)
  • Width: 48.0 inches / 50.0 inches (X MR)
  • Height: 49.5 inches / 51.5 inches (X MR)
  • Wheelbase: 51.0 inches / 59.0 inches (X MR)
  • Storage capacity: 5.7-gal. back storage
  • Front/Rear Shelf Capacity: 100 lb. (no front rack on X XC, X MR)/200 lb.
  • Towing capacity: 1,650 pounds
  • Seat Height: 34.5 inches (XT, XT-P, X XC) / 36.75 inches (X MR)
  • Ground Clearance: 11.0 inches (XT, XT-P, X XC) / 13.0 inches (X MR)
  • Turning radius: N/A
  • Claimed Dry Weight: 826 pounds (XT, XT-P, X XC) / 1,014 pounds (X MR)
  • Fuel capacity: 5.4 gals.
  • Warranty: Limited 6 months with extended terms on the purchase
  • Minimum Operator Age: 16
  • Availability: Now

2022 Can Am Outlander Price

You really can’t go wrong with any of the Outlander 650 models.

Nonetheless, it’s not a light machine, and we wholeheartedly recommend at least upgrading to the Outlander DPS 650, as Can-Am‘s edition of the fantastic Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering helps especially at low speeds.

That said, our pick was the Outlander XT 650. We love the factory-backed winch, bumper, and handguards, and really the Oxford Blue plastic suckers.

Which one you should buy depends on your use case. The Outlander X MR 1000R is perfect for those who spend most of their driving time in deep mud. It is longer than other single-seat models as it shares the same chassis as the two-seat Max Outlander.

Closed storage replaces the second seat and the wheelbase is extended to 59 inches. It also includes snorkel air inlets, an elevated radiator, a 3,500-pound winch, Fox 1.5 podium shocks, 30-inch ITP mud tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels, and is one of two models listed here with Visco-Can-Am.

4Lock front differential. The X XC is a great hit-any-trail quad with an aluminum front bumper and top support, aluminum skid plates, aluminum A-arm guards, Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks, and 26-inch ITP Terracross tires on 14-inch cast-aluminum Beadlock wheels.

The XT trim gets you up to a 1000R quad for the least amount of money, but still includes a 3,500-pound winch, heavy-duty front, and rear bumpers, handguards, and cast aluminum wheels.

But if you ask us, we’ll point to the XT-P. It’s a bit cheaper but still comes with Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks, full-wrap handguards, factory Beadlock wheels, a 3,500-pound winch, and our favorite feature: a fully-locking Visco-4Lok front differential.

  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander XT 1000R MSRP: $12,749
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander XT-P 1000R MSRP: $14,649
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander X XC 1000R MSRP: $14,899
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander X MR 1000R MSRP: $14,499
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander 650 MSRP: $8,999
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander DPS 650 MSRP: $9,999
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander XT 650 MSRP: $10,999
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander Mossy Oak Edition 650 MSRP: $11,649
  • 2022 Can-Am Outlander X MR 650 MSRP: $11,299