When Can-Am launched the Defender lineup in answer to Polaris’ class-leading Ranger machines, it didn’t take long for the Defender to also make space in the six-passenger arena to take on the mighty Ranger Crew as well. The biggest shot came from the Defender’s HD10 platform with a 72-horsepower 976cc Rotax V-Twin engine, which put Polaris at a disadvantage with its 900-class Ranger motor. The following year, Polaris answered with the Ranger 1000. Also available in the Crew model, the Ranger had the horsepower, but was lacking in other areas like handling and functionality compared to what Can-Am had done with the Defender. Not one to rest, Polaris was already hard at work on the next generation Ranger. Recently, the all-new 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 made its debut. How does it compare to the Defender MAX? Let’s take a look at the numbers to see.