The front and rear suspension are a dual A-arm setup. The
front shocks have 10. 5 inches of wheel travel while the rear
has 10 inches of wheel travel.
This machine sports a 999cc, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine
that is electronically fuel-injected and paired with a six-speed,
fully automatic dual-clutch transmission that has a full manual mode. Gears can be changed by the steering-wheel-mount-ed paddle shifters.
The dash controls are simple to operate. The Pioneer has four
drive modes with its 4x4 system, along with neutral, reverse
and high and low gear.
The Pioneer 1000-5 has two fold-up seats in the cargo bed
that can be accessed by doors that are easy to open and
close. It takes around 30 seconds to fold up a seat and connect the seat belt to the top of the roll cage.
The paddle shifters of the 1000 are easy
to reach and use while driving slow or
fast. You can over-ride the automatic
mode of the transmission by shifting
when needed, and it will start utilizing
gears on its own again automatically.
The front suspension of the Pioneer
is a double-wishbone style with 10. 5
inches of wheel travel, while the rear
also carries a dual-A-arm setup and
has 10 inches of rear wheel travel. The
rear suspension has a load-leveling
feature on the Pioneer 1000-5. When a
heavy load is placed in the bed of the
Honda, the shocks displace oil through
high- and low-pressure chambers to
push or decompress the shock to a
normal ride height. To slow down,
four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes do
the job. The machine is “light on its
feet” in terms of handling. It takes cor-
ners well and is not too tippy-feeling,
while it also handles rough terrain in
a smooth manner. By no means do we
consider the Pioneer 1000 a sport-type
UTV, but it does feel sporty for a recre-
ational utility machine.
The Honda Pioneer 1000 ($13,999)
and 1000-5 ($16,199) come with great
features depending on the model of
your choosing. For starts, both ver-
sions have full doors and nets in the
front. The 1000-5 has seating for three
in the front and a rear cargo box
that contains two folding seats that
are decently comfortable to sit on.
Unfolding the seats and hooking up
the seatbelt system takes about 30
seconds to do. To get in and out of the
rear seats, Honda designed doors into
the dumping cargo bed that open and
close easily and in a secure fashion.
The roll cage on the 1000-5 is extended
over the cargo bed to protect riders in