Mailing List
Get the latest news by email.

Your email:

New Members

In order to serve you better, select your area code in the drop down list below.

Aller à la version française

2008 Can-Am Outlander 650 H.O. EFI XT Review


by Daniel Lafrance ,

Engine output is commendable, especially with the help of the CVT sub-transmission featuring high, low, park, neutral and reverse. This unit is very responsive and always seems to find the correct gear. Meanwhile, the shaft-driven system offers selectable 2x4/4x4 modes with Visco-Lok front differential.

The steering is not vague at all and feels perfectly connected to the handlebar. Thanks to the generous wheelbase and smooth suspension, the ride is quite pleasant and relatively shock-free. The brakes are equally effective. Maneuverability is good despite the length of the Outlander, although the considerable turning radius (slightly longer than on regular-wheelbase models) makes U-turns more difficult.

The ride is quite pleasant and relatively shock-free.

The biggest problem with the 650 H.O. EFI XT is the rearview mirrors. Due to vibrations and shocks, they have a strong tendency to slide out of their spot. Therefore, you regularly have to put them back in place, which becomes rapidly annoying: instead of seeing the trail behind you, you find yourself looking at the passenger's face. That's clearly not what I would call a safe setup. Visibility is further affected by the raised passenger backrest. Overall, though, the Outlander still remains a safe and easily accessible ATV.

The 2008 Can-Am Outlander 650 H.O. EFI XT is very competent and comfortable. Easily long enough for two people, it's also highly versatile and well suited for any activity. The two flaws I mentioned -- non-watertight trunks and sliding mirrors -- could be addressed with simple solutions.

Enhanced ride comfort
Two-up riding capability

Non-watertight trunks
Loose mirrors


Photo Credit : Philippe Champoux
<< 1 - 2