2020 Can-Am Defender 6×6 vs Defender Pro – Which is the Better Utility Side-by-Side?


The 2020 Can-Am Defender has some new models joining the lineup that work harder than ever before, plus keep you comfortable while doing it.

The new Defender 6×6 and Defender Pro both arrive packing the same big utility enhancement: a massive box. Measuring 4.5 feet wide and six feet long, the new bed can not only hold a ton of material, you can also peel the walls off and turn it into a flat bed.

Powering both of these models is the updated HD10 powertrain that now makes 82 horsepower and 69 lb-ft of torque, sent through a revised CVT which brings on the power almost 500 rpm lower.

Opting for a Pro model also gets you a large pass-through storage bin behind the driver’s seat, keeping your tools and equipment out of the elements. Going with the 6×6 loses you the storage bin, but brings long that extra axle and set of drive wheels, offering exceptional traction, even in the stickiest of situations. Where the Defender Pro wants to lift a wheel thanks to rough trails, the 6×6 feels rooted to the ground.

And that is the major difference between the two: off-road capability. The Pro is a great machine if your work happens on flat ground, while the 6×6 also carries that strong work ethic, except it can get into the most remote places thanks to its insane amount of traction.

Besides these two, Can-Am also introduced the new Defender Limited model, now packing air conditioning and better sealing in the cab to keep dust out and air in.

We had a chance to run all these machines back-to-back at a Texas ranch, so make sure you watch the video above to hear all our thoughts.