Debut: All-New 2021 Can-Am Commander Sport-ute Aims To Reset the Bar

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The 2021 Can-Am Commander takes on the Polaris General

The 2021 Can-Am Commander is the result of over a decade of lessons learned, and a response to consumer demand. Built as a compromise between a sport and work vehicle, the 2021 Can-Am Commander comes in a variety of configurations. It comes standard with a 1,000-R Rotax V-Twin that makes 100 horsepower. The transmission is a Quick Response System (QRS) CVT with high airflow ventilation and Electronic Drive Belt Protection. According to Can-Am, it has Standard SPORT and ECO™ drive modes that let you adjust engine and transmission response.

This vehicle competes directly against the Polaris General – among others.

Explaining the drive modes: “For responsive and reliable all-terrain performance, the Commander uses Quick Response System X (QRS-X) CVT technology with high airflow and Electronic Drive Belt Protection. Driving modes include Turf, 2WD, and 4WD with Visco-Lok† QE auto-locking front differential. Commander XT-P is upgraded with Smart-Lok technology featuring performance-focused 4WD Trail and 4WD Trail ACTIV modes.” – – Can-Am

The Commander has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs and the largest dump cargo box in the segment. It is able to load up to 600-lbs of cargo. Can-Am adds the LinQ (up to 150) accessory system to the new Commander, allowing it to use any accessory offered by the company. These accessories include bumpers, racks, carriers, and containers – among others.

“The 2021 Can-Am Commander is our most versatile side-by-side vehicle, period. It is smooth and incredibly fun to drive, yet rugged and very capable. The lineup, built from the rider down, is truly the best of off-road living – designed for an awesome rider experience regardless of use.”

Julie Tourville, Director, Global Marketing, Can-Am Off-Road and Marine Group at BRP.

You can learn more about, and configure a new Can-Am Commander (here).

The 2021 Can-Am Commander is available now with prices starting at $16,399

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.