Can-Am Outlander 700 MAX XT- review



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Can-Am struck a big blow last spring by introducing a brand new line of mid-displacement quads, the Outlander 500 and 700. The latter are now the manufacturer’s entry-level. The range offered is wide and meets the vast majority of needs of ATV enthusiasts. We were able to test the regular version of the Outlander 700 XT in detail, but we were curious to be able to try its MAX version in real conditions of use. We were able to do this while comparing mid-displacement two-seater quads on the market in a comparative test.

Mechanical design: engine and transmission

Can-Am is introducing a single-cylinder engine in its new Outlanders instead of the 570 cc twin-cylinder. This decision created a stir among Can-Am customers. But we know in use thanks to field tests that the 650 cm3 single-cylinder engine performs well.

The HD7 engine, therefore, has a displacement of 650 cm3, a power of 50 hp and a torque of 41 lb-ft. The HD7 still stands out as being the most powerful of the medium displacement quads.

The CVT transmission was also the subject of particular attention by the engineering department. In fact, the manufacturer claims to have worked to reduce noise and vibrations from the transmission. We can say that Can-Am has fully succeeded in this regard: you only hear the tires and the engine while driving. No more whistling transmission or differential gears. The management of the fresh air supply has been optimized to control the temperature in the transmission. The transmission and engine air intakes are located at the highest point just under the instrumentation. It is a wise technical choice which will allow you to venture deep into the water without worry.

Chassis and drive train

Four-wheel drive is standard on almost all models. In the case of the Outlander 700 MAX XT, the front differential is the self-locking Visco-Lok QE which automatically locks when the situation requires it.

The powertrain is installed in an all-new chassis that offers good rigidity thanks to a high-quality steel alloy. For heat management purposes, the engine was placed in the frame with the piston facing the rear. Additionally, panels completely close the engine opening on either side to prevent heat from roasting the driver’s calf. Again, it’s a success.

Suspension and wheels

The suspension is now independent with double wishbones on all four wheels. Additionally, travel is 9.75 inches at the front and 10.25 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is now 12 inches, which is remarkable. Finally, in order to improve cornering stability, the vehicle’s track was widened by 2 inches to reach 47.6 inches. The performance of the suspension is correct and ensures comfort and good control of the vehicle.

As for tires, the Outlander 700 XT is equipped with 14-inch aluminum rims topped with 26-inch XPS Trail Force tires. These are moderately noisy and have adequate grip without being exceptional in mud.

Bodywork and finishing

The new body design introduced is sober and consensual. The Outlander 700 Max appears to be slightly bulkier than other two-seater quads in its class. The high and wide fenders contribute to this impression while providing first-rate protection for the pilot and passenger. At this level, the only way to get splashed with an Outlander 700 is to drive into puddles that come back over the hood. And again, the feet will remain perfectly dry.


The black grille is not too massive and fits well into the overall design of the front of the vehicle. Can-Am decided to install LED lighting everywhere. There are four square LED headlights at the front and a parking light at the rear. In addition, the XT version adds two bumpers and a factory-installed winch to the vehicle. The assembly quality is neat and the plastic finish is as smooth as that of a Honda product, which is exceptional.

Driving position and passenger comfort

We sit high on an Outlander 700 MAX. The driving position is natural thanks to the well-designed handlebar/saddle/footrest triangle. Note that the saddle has some of the most generous padding in the industry and offers very good comfort. Thanks to the reduced width of the tank, the driver has all the space necessary to move around the machine.

As for the passenger, its seat is comfortable and holds it well. The running boards at the right height also help with its stability in motion. The grab handles are very ergonomic and do not cause undue fatigue.

Storage, more storage!

Can-Am has worked to give its Outlander 700 MAX XT more amenities for its owner by integrating well-designed compartments.

The first is located under the front luggage rack and has a capacity of 30 liters. The second is located in front of the driver in the false tank. With the XT trim level, it is equipped with a very useful USB socket.

Driving impression

By driving a vehicle in real trail conditions for 200 km, we can judge its overall performance. For my part, I really liked the Outlander 700 MAX XT and here’s why.


First of all, the performance of the powertrain is really up to par. It is true that the engine is a single cylinder, with the characteristic sound that comes with it. On the other hand, even if you don’t feel the raw power of a big twin, I never felt like there was a lack of power with this quad. The power curve is full and constant over its entire length. Torque is also plentiful and the vehicle holds its speed on long climbs, even with two people on board. It will even be possible to accelerate in these conditions. The performance of the transmission is flawless: fluid, always in the optimum gear, with good engine braking and silent. Yes, silent! On the Outlander 700, there is no more clutch or gear whining noise. A first for Can-Am.

Hold and comfort on trail


Riding on trails is a very pleasant experience, regardless of the pace required. We talked above about the neat driving position, but the dynamic capabilities are there. We feel the Outlander a little heavy, but imperturbable.

The power steering is precise and allows you to position the vehicle very precisely. There is never any backlash in the handlebars. The rigid chassis and suspension work together to get the job done. The damping is effective without being too soft. It will not give unpleasant bounces on pronounced bumps. Moreover, well loaded with two passengers, the vehicle feels very stable on the trail. In fact, he stays on course without any problem while maintaining his posture well. With plenty of space for weight transfers, you’ll find yourself riding at a very good pace without effort, alone or in pairs. Moreover, speaking of cadence, the engine has no problem supporting the speed imposed by the large twin-cylinders on forest roads. In short, the vehicle is very competent regardless of the environment in which it operates.

In summary

We liked :

  • The overall homogeneity of the ATV
  • The efficiency of the HD7 engine
  • Very good comfort for two passengers

We liked less:

  • The accelerator which is too stiff and tires the thumb

Getting to grips with the new Outlander 700 MAX XT was a surprising experience due to the satisfaction it provides. It came onto the scene this year and we have to admit that Can-Am has done its homework. The general performance is of a very good level, both in terms of engine performance and in terms of comfort, handling, etc. In addition, the storage spaces offered are very well designed and spacious. It is somewhat placed between the class of medium displacement ATVs and the largest: it is powerful, heavy and bulky. In addition, its price is well adjusted.


The Raven Media team would like to thank Can-Am Off Road for the loan of the vehicle that made this test possible.