American Honda has confirmed the return of two popular side-by-sides and four ATV models to the 2018 lineup. Headlining the announcement is the Pioneer 1000, which received major updates in 2017.
The Pioneer 1000 Limited Edition features the category’s only I-4WD brake traction-control system and automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Meanwhile, the Pioneer 700 offers great value, with the Deluxe version offering a fully automatic transmission with steering-column-mounted paddle shifters that enable the option of manual shifting.
Also returning for 2018 are three popular FourTrax multipurpose ATV models — the Foreman Rubicon family, the Rincon, and the a Recon — as well as the TRX250X sport ATV.
“The four-wheel segment remains a vital part of Honda’s powersports business, so we’re pleased to continue offering our customers such a capable and fun lineup of products,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “Whether it be side-by-sides or ATVs, Honda is sure to have a model for everyone.”
The Pioneer 1000 is powered by a purpose-built 999cc parallel-twin engine with an advanced DCT, a durable beltless transmission that can be shifted through its six speeds either automatically or manually (via steering-column-mounted paddles). Customers can also switch between standard and sport transmission modes depending on the conditions, while drive-system modes include 2WD, 4WD, 4WD Diff Lock, and Turf.
In addition, the Limited Edition versions of the Pioneer 1000 come with Fox QS3 shocks and the I-4WD brake-traction-control system, which also allows hill-start assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
All five-seater Pioneer 1000 models have Honda’s unique QuickFlip seating, which allows owners to switch between rear seating and a cargo bed, and non-LE five-seat models have self-leveling rear suspension. In all, the Pioneer 1000 is available in six different configurations, and all can be personalized via a wide array of Honda Accessories, including packages for hunting and work. MSRP starts at $14,499 and will be delivered to dealers in August.
The Rubicon 4×4 EPS features a combination of a tough manual-shift transmission and independent rear suspension, and for those who’d rather not do all the shifting themselves, the other three variations come with Honda’s DCT gearbox, a beltless geared system that has dual ranges. The IRS allows a comfortable ride and excellent handling over rough terrain. The list of available features includes Electric Power Steering (EPS), and all models can be switched between three drivetrain settings: 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with Differential Lock. MSRP starts at $8,599 and will be delivered to dealers in July.
The Rincon features Honda’s biggest ATV engine (a liquid-cooled 675cc single with a twin-plug cylinder head), and makes more efficient use of that power plant by mounting it longitudinally in the chassis so that the crankshaft is aligned with the vehicle’s direction of travel. The Rincon is a premium model, with independent rear suspension and a three-speed automatic transmission and will start at $9,399. This model will be available in August.
At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Rincon is Honda’s 229cc Recon. Recognizing the importance of easy maneuverability for some users, engineers gave this model a small footprint and a light overall weight, resulting in nimble handling. It comes with a manual, foot-shift gearbox and electric, push-button ESP shifting. The Recon starts at $4,099 MSRP and is available in July.
The TRX250X has an agile cornering character, giving the rider predictable handling over a wide variety of terrain types. Out front, the independent double-wishbone suspension tackles off-road obstacles with confidence, providing a smooth ride, and the single-shock rear suspension ensures that the ATV tracks straight and level. The TRX250X is designed for up-and-coming for its usable nature, but make no mistake – it is still a ripper. MSRP starts at $4,749 and will be available in July.
The remainder of Honda’s four-wheel powersports lineup will be announced in August.