Honda Talon vs Can am Maverick, which is better?

When it comes to off-road vehicles, the Honda Talon and the Can-am Maverick are two of the most popular models on the market. Both offer powerful engines, advanced suspension systems, and a range of features designed to make them ideal for tackling tough terrain. However, there are some key differences between these two side-by-side vehicles that are worth exploring in detail.

Both of these are 1000cc models, so it’s only natural that we compare the two. After all, they both come from brands we trust and appreciate immensely.

Side-By-Side Comparison


2023 Honda Talon 1000RS FOX LIVE VALVE

2023 Can am Maverick X3 DS TURBO

Starting MSRP




1,559 lb

1,546 lb





999cc Liquid-cooled Unicam® parallel-twin

Rotax ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) 900 cc

Cargo Box Capacity

299 lb.

200 lb

Tire & Brake

27 x 9-12 7 11-12 tires; foot activated four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes

Maxxis Carnivore† 30 x 10 / 10 x 14 in.


FOX Live Valve suspension

Independent double-wishbone front suspension with 17.7inches of travel.

4+ Link trailing arm rear suspension with 20.1 inches of travel.

Front: Double A-arm with sway bar / 20 in. (50.8 cm) travel

Rear: 4-link Torsional Trailing-arm X (TTX) with sway bar / 20 in (50.8 cm) travel


When to Use

The Talon 1000R much better suited for open desert and faster more aggressive driving in rough terrain.

When it comes to high-performance off-road vehicles, the Can-Am Maverick X3 is Can-Am's undisputed king of the trail, desert, dunes and pretty much everywhere else.


Rotax engines used in Can-Ams are considered the most reliable in the market, thought of as both powerful and dependable

Honda maintains its excellent reputation for building strong, reliable products with this machine.


The Maverick X3 has a very spacious cab with lots of legroom.

The Honda Talon boasts bucket seats that are generously wide, bolstered at the sides to hug you in place, and padded with thick foam for a soft, comfortable feel.


Both models can be customized with colors and accessories.



After thorough research and analysis, it is clear that both the Honda Talon and Can-Am Maverick are exceptional side-by-side vehicles. Each has unique features that cater to different types of riders. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference and what you will be using your vehicle for. We recommend test driving both options before making a final decision. Talk to other riders, read reviews, and consider your budget when choosing between these two top off-road machines. No matter which one you choose, investing in a Honda Talon or Can-Am Maverick will provide you with an unparalleled off-road experience that you won't forget anytime soon.

Whether you’re a Honda Talon enthusiast or a Can Am Maverick connoisseur, you have a lot of things to choose from our online store.


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