A nice hitch comes standard, but it
looks like it doubles as protection for
the rear differential.
ing up two-tracks or even cranking
it on smooth dirt roads, but like any
4x4, it’s going to be happiest in a little
We were able to jump the 500 a little bit, and it handled it fine. We also
got out to play in the mud—again, no
problem. The 4x4 just pulled through,
smooth and clean. Our riding area
for this test had a lot of slippery roots
and rocks coming up out of the clay.
In all cases the 500 was planted, willing to go and had the gear ratios to
maximize the performance.
Unlike many CVT 4x4s in this class,
when you do need to get the front end
up, the Can-Am 500 will allow you to
grab a wheelie to get the job done.
One thing about the TTI suspension,
when you roll into the throttle, the
back squats and pushes the tires into
the ground. It really has exceptional
traction driving forward.
In most cases the Can-Am’s trac-tion-sensing Visco-Lok front end
works well, but even with the QE, we
sometimes miss a true diff-lock. We
could also wish for a tire with more
aggressive tread and more sidewall
strength, but those are minor issues.
Spend a little bit of time at any
sort of extreme 4x4 ATV competition,
like mud bogging or even endurance
races, and you will see a lot of Can-
Ams. After spending some time with
the 500, we completely understand.
The neutral feel of the chassis, the way
the suspension works, the light steer-
ing and, most of all, the smooth and
energetic power from the V-twin make
this a package that makes you want
to go out and have an adventure.
The riding position (seated and stand-
ing) is comfortable and roomy. The
machine is very attractive with top-of-
the-line styling, and it’s very effective
at getting the job done. Add in the fact
that the weight and the price are right
where they should be in the class, and
it makes the Outlander 500 a great
value and a great 4x4. ❏