OFF-ROAD

SHOWDOWN

See the Can-Am Outlander go head-to-head with the competition. Get the facts.Make the comparisons. Then decide wich vehicle is right for you.

Can-Am Outlander 500

VS
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    2013

    POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

    FROM $7,699

  • 3-4-grizzly-500

    2013

    YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

    FROM $7,999

  • 3-4-rincon-500

    2013

    HONDA RUBICON 500

    FROM $7,999

LET’S GET IT ON

Compare the best off-road machines in the industry, get rider reactions, and find out where you can ride one for yourself.

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

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YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

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HONDA RUBICON 500

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PERFORMANCE

HORSEPOWER

CLASS-LEADING
HORSEPOWER

The Can-Am Rotax® engine has a powerful and proven, 46-hp Rotax® V-twin engine to give you more power and quicker acceleration than the competition. Plus, its class-exclusive V-twin engine offers a more comfortable ride with reduced vibration. The result is an exhilarating ride you have to experience to believe.

SEE IT IN ACTION:

46 HP

500CC ROTAX® V-TWIN ENGINE

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

40.2 HP 549CC

SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

36.9 HP 558CC

SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE

HONDA RUBICON 500

33.4 HP 499CC

SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE

OPTIMIZED ENGINE FOR MORE POWER

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Horsepower

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

46

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

40.2

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

36.9

HONDA RUBICON 500

33.4

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

46 HP

500CC ROTAX® V-TWIN ENGINE
Smaller than the competition, yet still more powerful, the efficient Rotax® engine leads its class in horsepower, taking you from point A to point B faster.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

40.2 HP

549CC SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE
The larger and heavier engine in the Sportsman 550 accelerates more gradually and produces 12.6% less power than the Can-Am Outlander 500.

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

36.9 HP

558CC SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE
Boasting a larger engine than the Can-Am Outlander 500, the Grizzly still produces 19.8% less power and can't keep up with the acceleration of the Outlander.

HONDA RUBICON 500

33.4 HP

499CC SINGLE-CYLINDER ENGINE
A similar size engine compared to the Can-Am Outlander 500, but produces 27.4% less power and is well behind the other models in its class.

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Power-to-Weight Ratio

POUND-FOR-POUND
MORE POWER

The Outlander 500 uses an ideal combination of power and chassis strength to deliver a higher power-to-weight ratio than any competitor in its class. This gives you increased acceleration to get you where you want to go, fast.

6.5 HP/ 100 LB

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

5.6 HP / 100 LB

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

6.1 HP / 100 LB

HONDA RUBICON 500

5.6 HP / 100 LB

ACCELERATE FASTER WITH HIGHER POWER-TO-WEIGHT

POWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIO (HP / 100 LB)

CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

6.5

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

5.6

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

6.1

HONDA RUBICON 500

5.6

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CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

6.5 HP / 100 LB

The fastest acceleration in its class, even though it is not the largest engine in its class, so you can enjoy more performance for your money.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

5.6 / 100 LB

Due to its heavier weight and lower horsepower, the Polaris Sportsman riders will experience a more gradual acceleration.

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

6.1 / 100 LB

Even with its larger engine size and smaller chassis, the Grizzly is no match for the Can-Am Outlander 500 when it comes to acceleration.

HONDA RUBICON 500

5.6 / 100 LB

Equipped with a smaller engine, Rubicon riders will experience a noticeably reduced performance level, when compared to the Outlander 500.

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Fuel Delivery

PRECISE THROTTLE

ON ANY TERRAIN

Can-Am’s electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude. The result is a consistent start every time, no matter what the temperature, plus smooth power delivery and optimum performance on any trail or conditions.

EFI

ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

EFI

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

EFI

HONDA RUBICON 500

CARBURETOR

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Fuel Tank Size

MORE RIDING
LESS REFUELLING

The Can-Am Outlander is designed to optimize ride time and efficient fuel economy. Its fuel tank is among the largest in its class with more efficient fuel consumption to help you ride longer, with fewer pit stops than competitive models.

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GALLON TANK

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

5.25 GALLON TANK

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

5.3 GALLON TANK

HONDA RUBICON 500

4.0 GALLON TANK

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Air Box

FARTHER FROM

THE MUD

FOR BETTER OUTPUT

The Can-Am Outlander features a dual-room air box that improves air filtration and is located higher away from mud, water and other debris. The result is cleaner air going into the engine and better performance than the competition coming out.

DUAL-ROOM

AIR BOX

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

STANDARD

AIR BOX

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

STANDARD

AIR BOX

HONDA RUBICON 500

STANDARD 

AIR BOX

HANDLING

Rear Suspension

COMPACT DESIGN
UNCOMPROMISED CONTROL

The Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension keeps the Outlander’s wheels moving straight up and down, eliminating scrub and camber change. Competitive suspension systems cause the wheels to move in a butterfly motion over bumpy terrain, reducing tire-to-ground contact. But the Outlander remains predictable, giving you better all around control.

SEE IT IN ACTION:

TTI

REAR SUSPENSION

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

DOUBLE A-ARM

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

DOUBLE A-ARM

HONDA RUBICON 500

SWING ARM

PREDICTABLE MOVEMENT, PRECISE HANDLING

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CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX 500 DPS

TTI REAR SUSPENSION

Moving in a straight line up and down, the TTI rear suspension eliminates scrub and camber change while limiting tire wear. Built with fewer parts, it's easier to maintain than the competition.

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THE COMPETITION

DOUBLE A-ARM REAR SUSPENSION

Moving in a butterfly motion increases scrub and camber change, causing additional tire wear. Its complex parts make maintenance more difficult.

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Traction System

TRACTION TO

HANDLE ANY

TERRAIN

Not all traction systems are created equal. Can-Am Visco-Lok is an automatic locking front differential system that allows you to easily transfer power from a slipping front wheel to the opposite wheel with traction. So you can overcome just about any obstacle you meet along the way, without thinking about it, unlike some competitor models.

VISCO-LOK

AUTOMATIC LOCKING WITH POWER TRANSFER

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

4WD AUTOMATIC LOCKING

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

LIMITED SLIP WITH

MANUAL LOCKING

HONDA RUBICON 500

LIMITED SLIP NON-LOCKING

THE DIFFERENTIAL MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

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CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

VISCO-LOK AUTOMATIC LOCKING WITH POWER TRANSFER

When engaged, power is transferred automatically to the front wheel with traction.

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POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

4WD AUTOMATIC LOCKING

When lock is engaged, only the rear wheels have power unless a back wheel slips.

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YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

LIMITED SLIP WITH MANUAL LOCKING

The rider must select 4WD or locking differential manually.

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HONDA RUBICON 500

LIMITED SLIP NON-LOCKING

The rider can select 4WD but does not have the option to lock the differential.

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Power Steering

UPGRADE TO

STEERING ASSIST

THAT ADAPTS TO YOU

Available Tri-mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS™) on the Can-Am Outlander DPS gives you three levels of steering assist, more than any other off-road vehicle. So no matter what terrain you face, you can adjust the amount of terrain feedback to match your riding style.

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AVAILALE DPS™

TRI-MODE DYNAMIC POWER STEERING

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

AVAILABLE EPS

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

AVAILABLE EPS

HONDA RUBICON 500

AVAILABLE EPS

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Frame

STRONGER FRAME

SMOOTHER RIDE

The Can-Am Outlander features the next generation of industry-exclusive Surrounding Spar Technology (SST G2) frame. This exclusive design offers increased strength compared to standard frame, plus a lower center of gravity for better handling than any competitor in its class.

SST G2 FRAME

WITH GEOMETRIC CONTACT CONTROL

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

STANDARD

DOUBLE-CRADLE FRAME

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

STANDARD

DOUBLE-CRADLE FRAME

HONDA RUBICON 500

STANDARD

DOUBLE-CRADLE FRAME

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Suspension Geometry

PRECISION GEOMETRY
COMFORTABLE CONTROL

Equipped with a double A-Arm Front Suspension with Dive-Control Geometry, the Outlander offers better cornering and vehicle-braking dynamics. The result is a more responsive ride over tough terrain thanks to a stiffer frame allows for a precisely calibrated suspension system. A shortened spindle, anti-kickback geometry and 9-in. suspension travel optimize trail comfort, even during aggressive off-road riding.

DOUBLE A-ARM

WITH DIVE-CONTROL GEOMETRY

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

DOUBLE A-ARM

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

DOUBLE A-ARM

HONDA RUBICON 500

DOUBLE A-ARM

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Tires / Wheels

BIG TIRES FOR
ALL TERRAIN

The wheels of the Can-Am Outlander 650 are designed for durability. The 12-in. steel wheels are wrapped in 26-in. Carlisle Badland Tires for rugged performance on tough terrain and changing conditions. Bigger tire design helps you easily overcome obstacles as you ride.

26" TIRES

ON 12" STEEL WHEELS

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

26" TIRES

ON 14" STEEL WHEELS

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

25" IN TIRES

ON 12" STEEL WHEELS

HONDA RUBICON 500

25" IN TIRES

ON 12" STEEL WHEELS

DESIGN

Storage Versatility

MORE STORAGE
MORE ADVENTURE

The Can-Am Outlander has more storage capacity and cargo adaptability than any other vehicle in its class. Equipped with LinQ quick-attach accessory system, you can quickly adapt your machine to haul everything you need, easier than competitive tubular steel setups.

SEE IT IN ACTION:

LINQ

MULTI-FUNCTION RACKS

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

REAR STORAGE WITH

LOCK & RIDE SYSTEM

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

STANDARD RACK WITH

NO QUICK-ATTACH SYSTEM

HONDA RUBICON 500

STANDARD RACK WITH

NO QUICK-ATTACH SYSTEM

EXPAND YOUR STORAGE OPTIONS

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CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500

LINQ MULTI-FUNCTION RACKS

5.7-gal (21.4L) rear storage and multi-function racks that expand and adapt with a series of extendable front and rear accessories.

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POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

STANDARD RACK WITH NO QUICK-ATTACH SYSTEM

A simpler style rack offers basic storage features but lacks the convenience of a quick attach system.

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YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

STANDARD RACK WITH NO QUICK-ATTACH SYSTEM

A simpler style rack offers basic storage features but lacks the convenience of a quick attach system.

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HONDA RUBICON 500

STANDARD RACK WITH NO QUICK-ATTACH SYSTEM

A simpler style rack offers basic storage features but lacks the convenience of a quick attach system.

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Maintenance Access

EASY TO RIDE

EASY TO MAINTAIN

No other ATV makes access to important maintenance items as easy as the Can-Am Outlander. With the battery and air box conveniently located under the seat, you have easy access to the parts you need to keep your machine in peak performance.

EASY ACCESS

MAINTENANCE

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

MAINTENANCE ACCESS

REQUIRES TOOLS

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

MAINTENANCE ACCESS

REQUIRES TOOLS

HONDA RUBICON 500

MAINTENANCE ACCESS

REQUIRES NO TOOLS

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Safety & Security System

DIGITALLY ENCODED

KEYS FOR BUILT-IN

ANTI-THEFT

Armed with the Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.™) and two keys, one for standard operation and one to limit speed, the Can-Am Outlander is the only off-road vehicle that gives you peace of mind when you’re away from your vehicle.

D.E.S.S™

DIGITALLY ENCODED SECURITY SYSTEM

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

NO ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

NO ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM

HONDA RUBICON 500

NO ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM

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Lighting

BRIGHTER LIGHTS

BETTER NIGHT RIDING

The Can-Am Outlander lights up the trail with 230-watt fender-mounted projector beam headlamps and 60-watt brake lamps. Illuminate more trail with a father and wider view of what’s ahead, and let other riders know you’re coming.

230W

HEADLAMPS

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

150W HEADLAMPS

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

70W HEADLAMPS

HONDA RUBICON 500

96W HEADLAMPS

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Gauge

ONE GLANCE

DIGITAL GAUGE

Equipped with a Multi-Functional Digital LCD Gauge, the Can-Am Outlander tells you everything you need to know in a glance. Monitor your speed, engine temperature, fuel, and more with ease.

DIGITAL LCD

MULTIFUNCTION GAUGE

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

DIGITAL GAUGE

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

DIGITAL GAUGE

HONDA RUBICON 500

DIGITAL GAUGE

2" HITCH 1,300 LB TOWING CAPACITY

Towing

MORE OPTIONS
TO TOW & HAUL

Fully equipped to move a load, the Outlander 500 has a 2-in. receiver hitch and a 1,300-lb towing capacity that comes standard. It’s among the leaders in total towing capacity.

2" HITCH

1,300 LB TOWING CAPACITY

THE COMPETITION:

POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550

1.25" HITCH BRACKET

1,500 LB TOWING CAPACITY

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550

HITCH BRACKET

1,322 LB TOWING CAPACITY

HONDA RUBICON 500

HITCH KIT ACCESSORY

850 LB

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GENUINE ACCESORIES MADE FOR ADVENTURE

Make a statement with Can-Am riding gear and genuine accesories designed specifically for your vehicle and covered by our warranty