Can-Am Off-Road 2022 Defender 6x6 Limited Adventure Vehicle

2022 Can-Am Defender Limited: 6×6 Adventure Machine With Heat and AC

Backroads gearheads, meet the climate-controlled, maxed-out Can-Am 2022 Defender 6×6 Limited and MAX Lone Star CAB side-by-sides vehicles.

In preparation for those long spring and summer days ahead, Can-Am Off-Road has launched its 2022 Defender line of off-road adventure utility vehicles. With the fresh generation of side-by-sides, the brand expands on two of its most popular recent workhorses: the Defender 6×6 and the Lone Star.

Its latest, most high-end take on the rugged machines focuses on climate-controlled comfort so hardworking folks can rumble down burly terrain all day without exposure to extreme temperatures.

Here’s what you need to know.

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2022 Can-Am Defender 6×6 Limited

Can-Am Off-Road 2022 Defender 6x6 Limited Adventure Vehicle
Can-Am Off-Road 2022 Defender 6×6 Limited Adventure Vehicle

Can-Am says its new Defender 6×6 Limited side-by-side vehicle is the most capable SSV it’s ever built — a go-to for hunters, landowners, and ranchers that need a reliable, fully loaded machine.

The 2022 rendition comes with an enclosed cab and automatic climate control to keep extreme conditions at bay. If you think you’ve seen climate control in early versions of the 6×6, you’re not alone. But before 2022, heating and ventilation were aftermarket options only. We asked the folks at Can-Am to clarify. Here’s what they told us:

Prior to this launch, a customer could work with their local dealer to a la carte order a hard-CAB and a heating + venting system for their Defender 6×6, but with the new 6×6 Limited model air conditioning will be included as well.

The big takeaway here is that you can get a full HVAC system, with an enclosed cab, direct from the factory.

As for power, the 6×6 led the industry with its 3,000-pound towing capacity when Can-Am introduced it in 2020, and that hasn’t changed. To complement that oomph, Can-Am fits each 6×6 SSV with the largest cargo box on the market, and it features a hydraulic power tilt.

The Defender 6×6 Limited starts at $30,399 MSRP.

Can-Am Off-Road Defender 6x6 Limited Side-by-Side

Defender 6x6 Limited Key Features

  • Heavy-duty 82 hp/69 lb.-ft Rotax 976cc V-twin engine
  • 3,000-lb. towing capacity
  • 4,500-lb. winch
  • Hydraulic power tilt bed
  • Multifunction cargo box
  • Rear differential with Turf mode
  • Auto heating and air conditioning (HVAC) climate system
  • VERSA-PRO bolster bench seat with reinforced Limited seat skin and adjustable driver seat
  • Complete hard roof with liner and interior dome light
  • Full-color match doors with electric opening windows
  • 3-position full glass tilt-up windshield, rear glass window
  • 27″ Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
  • 7.6″ digital display with keypad
  • 65″ wide with Arched A-arm
  • Visco-Lok front differential
  • 14″ cast-aluminum wheels
  • 115.5″ wheelbase
  • 12″ of ground clearance
  • Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • HMWPE full skid plate
  • Heavy-duty front steel bumper
  • Aluminum rock sliders
  • Brake holding mechanism
  • Panoramic mirror

2022 Can-Am Defender MAX Lone Star CAB

Can-Am Off-Road 2022 Defender Lone Star Adventure Vehicle in Night Black
Can-Am Off-Road 2022 Defender Lone Star Adventure Vehicle in Night Black

Can-Am first unveiled its Defender Lone Star Edition back in 2018 as a premium utility-meets-recreation option. Now, thanks to the addition of the company’s comprehensive climate control, it claims the Lone Star’s fully enclosed cabin is more luxurious than ever before.

Four full-size doors with sealed window mechanisms — electric in front and roll-down in the back — preserve the internal temperatures according to driver spec and seal out drafts and dust. And Can-Am takes recreation as seriously as ever with the new MAX Lone Star SSV; a JL Audio Roof system now comes standard.

The Defender MAX Lone Star CAB starts at $33,199 MSRP.

Can-Am Off-Road Defender MAX Lone Star CAB Side-by-Side

Can-Am Defender MAX Lone Star CAB Key Features

  • Heavy-duty 82 hp/69 lb.-ft Rotax 976cc V-twin engine
  • 2,500-lb. towing capacity
  • 4,500-lb. winch
  • ECO/ECO Off/Work modes
  • Multifunction cargo box
  • Rear differential with Turf mode
  • Auto heating and air conditioning (HVAC) climate system
  • VERSA-PRO bolster bench seat with reinforced seat skin featuring Lone Star package trims and adjustable driver seat
  • JL Audio roof with liner sound system
  • Full-color match doors with electric opening windows
  • 3-position full glass tilt-up windshield, rear glass window
  • 27″ Maxxis Bighorn 2.0
  • 7.6″ digital display with keypad
  • 65″ wide with Arched A-arm
  • Visco-Lok front differential
  • 14″ cast-aluminum wheels
  • 115.5″ wheelbase
  • 12″ ground clearance
  • Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • HMWPE full skid plate
  • Heavy-duty front steel bumper
  • Aluminum rock sliders
  • Brake holding mechanism
  • Panoramic mirror

Can-Am 2022 Defender Lineup

For the complete lists of specs, to place an order, or to see what else Can-Am has on tap in 2022, head to Can-AM’s Defender SSV landing page.

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.