The 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6: Six-Wheels = More Traction AND More Fun?

The 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 is more of a work truck than a plaything

Is the 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 fun? The TFLoffroad guys feel ALL UTVs are fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind. We’ve driven the Can-Am Defender 6×6 before, and it’s tenacious in the dirt, but it is truly build for hard work. With that being said, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some off-road shenanigans in one. The thing is – you would probably have more fun in something smaller, quicker and more maneuverable.

Recently, a TFLoffroad fan asked about any 6×6 UTVs that were fun to use off-road. Our friend Stephen drove the 2020 Can-Am Defender 6×6, which is pretty similar to the 2021 model. We attached the video below. Between that and past experiences with other 6×6 vehicles off-road, there are a few things to keep in mind:

More mass, more length

154.1-inches of length makes the 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 difficult for some to transport. It has a 115.5-inch wheelbase, which is a few feet longer than some UTVs. On top of that, blazing paths may be difficult with six wheels and less maneuverability. Also, six wheels creates more drag – which will slow things down a bit.

You can read about the four-wheel steering system Can-Am is working on right here.

It’s truly built for work

The 1,700 lbs payload and 3,000 lbs towing capacity is impressive. Add that to six wheels which can all be engaged to propel you, delivering cargo in the rough is what it’s all about. This 6×6 is more about crawling than blasting dunes. Still, it does have a fairly powerful 82 horsepower Rotax 976cc engine that males 69 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to a PRO-TORQ Transmission with Quick Response System (QRS).

It has a 10.6-gallon fuel tank.

It has crazy grip

All four rear wheels remain in 4×4 mode all the time. If you need that extra grip, you can engage the front wheels and have a true 6×6. The system is called the Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential, and it’s simply triggered by a dash-mounted switch. It has Electronic Hill Descent Control and ECO™/ECO™ Off/Work modes. It also has grippy Maxxis Bighorn tires.

Equipped with a arched double A-arm front suspension and an ached TTA rear suspension with external sway bar, articulation is more than sufficient for work. For those of you who wish to keep up with sport UTVs, the suspension travel will leave you wanting.

The 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 DPS starts at $18,699. Can-Am’s top-of-the-line Defended 6X6 XT starts at $21,499.

2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 dimensions and capacities

  • Chassis/Cage Profiled cage, ROPS approved
  • Estimated Dry Weight: 1,945 pounds (882 kg)
  • Physical dimensions (L x W x H): 154.1 x 64 x 78 inches (391.5 x 162.5 x 198.1 cm)
  • Wheelbase 115.5 inches (294 cm)
  • Ground Clearance 13 inches (33 cm)
  • Cargo Box Dimensions 72 x 54.5 x 10 inches (180.3 x 138.4 x 25.4 cm)
  • Cargo Box Capacity 1,000 pounds (454 kg)/California only: 600 pounds (272.2 kg)
  • No power-tilt bed
  • Tailgate Load Capacity: 250 pounds (113.4 kg)
  • Storage Capacity Total: 10.4 gallons (39.5 l)
    • Under dash: 6 gallons (22.8 L)
    • Dash: 1.8 gallons (6.9 L)
    • Water-resistant and removable toolbox: 1.7 gallons (6.3 l)
    • Armrests and cup holders: 0.9 gal (3.5 L)
  • Towing Capacity: 3,000 pounds (1,360.8 kg)
  • Payload Capacity: 1,700 pounds (771 kg)
  • Fuel Capacity: 10.6 gallons (40 l)

The 2021 Can-Am Defender 6×6 is available at dealerships now.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.