RZR 800 S vs Cammander 800R

Can-Am Commander 800R vs Polaris 800 Rzr S shootout. One of our first shootouts back in 2015, for those out there trying to decide between which used Side by Side to buy. Both the Rzr and the Commander offer unique features and plenty of engine for beginners and experienced drivers. The RZR S is a step up from the base model and the Commander 800R is the base model for Can-Am. In this entry we'll cover the differences in interiors and suspensions and link to other comparisons between the two at the bottom of this Review.


This 2014 Can-Am Commander 800R has really impressed in both off-road and utility use. It's like having a race car engine in a pickup truck. History: In 2011 the Can-Am Commander 800R was introduced to the side by side world and joined the family of the Can-Am Commander 1000. The 800R Commander, equipped with a fire breathing 71-hp EFI V-twin does just what its name implies, It Commands whatever you throw at it. Starting the Commander 800 is simple as pushing a button and the instant you bring this beast to life you know it means business. After buckling up the engine gives the driver 100% power, a nice safety feature. With a high and low range to choose from the Commander 800R can literally peel up the ground. Pick your line and point it at the top of a hill climb and hang-on. The dual a-arm front suspension and dual rear trailing arms soak up the bumps well and if you need more traction just flip the 4wd switch and it becomes glued to the ground. Don't worry, if you spin the visco-loc front differential gently locks and away you go. For work, hunting or on the farm the Commander 800R utilizes a cool dual layer cargo bed that dumps. It is even rated to pull 1500 lbs if you need to pull your buddies Rzr out of trouble. Having a unique two key system that allows the operator to choose from Performance Key or Standard Key is nice also. Where ever the trail takes you the Commander 800R will also bring you home having a 10 gallon fuel tank, with best in class fuel mileage. Just another example of the Commander 800R or 800R XT efficiency. Choose the 800R XT and upgrade to bighorn 2.0 tires, heavy duty front bumper, 4000 pound winch, extra mud protection, larger gauge readouts and rugged bed rails.


One of my favorite features of the Commander 800R and the reason I prefer it over the Polaris Rzr S 800 is the cargo area (bed). Now we like to ride hard and fast, but there comes times when having the ability to haul stuff is critical. Paying in excess of $10,000 for a Sport/Utility SxS it must have the ability to be multi-functional. Not only will the Commander 800R pull up to 1500Lbs it has a cargo area that is first class. Dual layered, with the ability to easily combine the area into one is just cool. Leave the divider in and you now have a dry storage area that you can put your sleeping bag, pillow and clean cloths in for the weekend camping trip. The bed area above that is plenty big enough to haul everything else in, including your friends who ride Rzr. After getting to camp pack the bed with firewood and when your ready to unload hit the dump bed release and your unloaded much faster than loading. Sitting around the campfire... remove both the passenger, drivers seat and drop the tailgate and you have seating for 3-4 people. Versatility of the Commander 800R is simply unmatched.