Turning the Rubicon Deluxe is made
easy by electronic power steering
that comes standard on this model
and stopping power is made just as
easy. There are front and rear brake
levers on the handlebar, as well as a
foot-operated rear brake pedal. Dual
hydraulic disc brakes help slow the
machine down in the front, while a single hydraulic disc brake provides the
stopping power in the rear.
The Rubicon’s engine is peppy and
certainly gets the job done out on the
trail; however, there are some downsides to this ATV’s drivetrain. The
bottom-end power of the Honda lacks
a bit, and while it does have a brisk
powerband and pulls well at high rpm,
it isn’t the strongest in the 500 class.
The transmission is where we have
some complaints over the machine.
Having the ability to choose full automatic shifting mode or manual shifting
is a big plus. However, if you leave the
Rubicon in automatic shift mode, it will
downshift when you don’t want it to
while going slow, and this caused the
rear tires to slide on steep descents.
Occasionally, the transmission also
takes a little while to upshift as well.
On the plus side, the DCT is very reliable with no belt to slip or get hot.
The 4x4 system and front differential
lock are a big plus when it comes to
aiding the Honda when the going gets
rough. We rarely needed to utilize the
front differential lock on the Rubicon,
but when we did use it, it helped the
machine claw its way out of muck and
through some tough rock gardens.
Another great aspect of the Rubicon
is that you can tow with it. Honda’s
recreational utility lineup has work in
mind before play, and this quad can
haul up to 1322 pounds.
This Honda feels quite nimble
for a 712-pound machine, and that
light and maneuverable feel is aided