Side By Side or Two Up: Which Can Am ATV Should You Buy?

Looking for a hard-working off-road vehicle, but not sure whether you should purchase a Side By Side or a Two-Up ATV?

To help you decide which type of off road vehicle is best for you, here’s a quick look at the two styles of multi-person Can Am ATVs offered by Tousley Motorsports.

The Side By Side ATV

The side by side All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) usually comes with a cab, making it a cross between a pickup truck and an ATV. The wider, two side by side seats result in a comfortable ride for the driver and the passenger. The cab of the ATV also offers more protection in the case of a rollover with seat belts, cages, and netting.

If hauling capacity is on your list of “must-haves”, the side by side ATV offers a maximum hauling capacity with a small truck bed in the back, as well as a trailer hitch.

Here are three Side By Side ATVs we recommend:

Can Am Defender

Tough and capable with a heavy-duty, Rotax V-twin engine, the 2016 Can Am Defender features a 10.4 gal storage capacity, a 1.7 gal water-resistant toolbox and a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

This versatile off road vehicle has best-in-class towing, hauling and payload capabilities while featuring a tight turning ratio to help it navigate even the most winding trail.

Can Am Maverick X

A powerful mud machine, the 2016 Can Am Maverick X  powers through the roughest off road terrain with an 89 HP Rotax® 1000R V-Twin engine.

With strategically-placed engine air intake and a extra low L-gear, the Can Am Maverick X is designed to be able to navigate even the deepest mud.

Can Am Commander MAX XT 1000

A true four-person ATV, the Can Am Commander MAX XT 1000 is excellent for work and play alike. Its Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system lets riders pick the amount of steering assist needed, while non-directional, lightweight Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires are designed to stand up to the roughest terrain

The Can Am Commander also features a 4,500-pound WARN winch kit and extra tie-down points for cargo with its rugged bed rails on the Dual-Level cargo box.

The Two-Up ATV

A Two-Up ATV is a great option for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore new territory. This Can-Am ATV conveniently fits into a bed of a truck, making it easy to transport.

Built to legally fit two riders tandem-style, the Two-Up ATV has all the perks of a regular ATV with the bonus space for a passenger. The longer length of a two-up ATV is designed to offset the additional weight of a second passenger, resulting in an ATV that steers safely with multiple riders on board.

Here are three Two-Up ATVs we recommend:

Can-Am Outlander L MAX DPS 570

The 2016 Can Am Outlander™ L MAX DPS 570 is an affordable two-up that converts easily to a comfortable one-up, giving you extra storage capacity and versatility.

The Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) lets you select the power steering assistance you need to best match the terrain.

Can-Am Outlander MAX XT™ 850

The 2016 Can Am Outlander MAX XT™ 850 – Break-Up Country Camo features Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), a 3,000 lb winch, and heavy-duty front and rear bumpers.

The MAX XT 850 has a 78 hp, Rotax 854 cc V-twin, liquid cooled engine, as well as reinforced composite racks with a combined cargo capacity of 300 lbs.

Can-Am Outlander MAX Limited

Featuring performance suspension and premium wheels, the 2016 Can Am Outlander MAX Limited is the most luxurious ATV produced by Can Am. This fully-loaded off road vehicle includes most powerful ATV engine in the industry, with a 54-mm throttle body and twin Siemens VDO fuel injectors for precision throttle control.

Its rear air control suspension can be adjusted on the fly and the Can Am Outlander MAX Limited comes with a touch screen Garmin Montana 650t GPS with 5 MP camera, preloaded topographic maps and barometric altimeter.

Tousley Motorsports is your go-to Can Am dealer for both side by side and two-up ATVs. Stop by our showroom in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, or contact us to learn more about our selection of new and used ATVs.