HONDA PIONEER 700-4 ($11,699)
Honda engineered a convertible
rear seating design that allows you
to reconfigure the Pioneer to accommodate two, three or four occupants.
When in two-person mode, the rear
box offers full storage and tilting
capabilities. Under it all is the 675cc
liquid-cooled engine with its automotive-style automatic transmission. The
Pioneer is made in the U.S. from globally sourced parts.
HONDA PIONEER 700 ($9999)
The Pioneer is powered by the
familiar Honda 675cc pushrod single
that was found in Big Red. Honda’s
mistrust of belt and pulley transmissions led to the development of an
automotive-style automatic transmission. Standard models come in red
and green, and the Honda Phantom
Camo model sells for $10,599. The
Honda now has a front differential
lock. The warranty is one-year limited
HONDA PIONEER 500 ($8499)
Honda is expanding its lineup of
utility-oriented UTVs this year with an
all-new model. The Pioneer 500 is a
downsized version of the 700, smaller
in every dimension. The width is 50
inches, so it can fit on most ATV trails.
The motor is a 475cc four-stroke with
a five-speed gearbox that features
Honda’s electronic shifting. Towing
capacity is a cool half ton.
JOHN DEERE RSX850i ($12,999*)
John Deere isn’t all about work. The
RXS850i is a recreational utility vehicle with emphasis on recreation. It’s
powered by a 62-horsepower V-twin
motor that came from the motorcycle
The Trail version sells for $14,999,
and includes a winch plus more.
The Sport has upgraded suspension,
wheels, tires and bumpers for $15,499.
There’s also a Midnight Black Special
Edition for $15,999.
JOHN DEERE XUV 855D ($12,999*)
This model is aimed at worksites
populated by John Deere heavy
equipment, where everything has to
share the same fuel. The 855D is
powered by a three-cylinder diesel
engine that produces 36. 9 foot-pounds
of torque. It has a regulated top speed
of 30 mph. The dump bed can carry
1000 pounds. Power steering adds
$1000 to the price, and the four-seat
version is $3000 over base price.
JOHN DEERE XUV 825i ($11,999*)
Deere classifies the 825i as a “utility
crossover,” meaning it can be called
a work vehicle, but it’s okay to have
fun. It has an 812cc, inline three-cylinder gas engine with double overhead
cams that makes 50 horsepower and
is capable of 44 mph. Suspension
travel is 8 inches via dual A-arms. An
extra $1000 buys power steering, and
there’s a power-steering four-seater
(shown) that sells for $2600 over base