CAN-AM OUTLANDER 400 ($6799)
This is the sole remaining Outlander single-seater with
the MacPherson-strut chassis and a single-cylinder Rotax
motor. It still has most of the features of the bigger Can-Ams, like Siemens fuel injection, a CV transmission with
auto-locking front differential and Can-Am’s digitally
encoded security system. The XT version sells for $7849
and comes in yellow.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500 ($7799)
This year all the Outlanders got larger radiators and a
dual-chamber airbox. The 500cc motor is smaller but shares
its V-twin layout with the 650, 800 and 1000cc models. The
chassis for the 500 is now the same as that of the larger Can-Ams. For the DPS model with power steering and upgraded wheels, add $900. The XT is $9299 for all that, plus a
winch and more, and there’s a $500 premium for camo.
CFMOTO C-FORCE 500 ($4999)
This is the only single-seat model offered by CFMoto, an
Asian manufacturer that is well known in other parts of
the world. The 500 is a value-oriented model that gives
you push-button four-wheel drive, front differential lock,
alloy wheels and independent suspension on all four corners for the price of a 4x2. The motor is a modern four-valve four-stroke with fuel injection.
HONDA RUBICON ($7999)
Honda never quite warmed up to the idea of belt-and-pul-ley CV transmissions, which is why the Rubicon came into
being. This has an automotive-style transmission hooked up
to a carbureted, 499cc, liquid-cooled motor with Honda’s longitudinally oriented crankshaft. Power steering is an additional $700. Honda doesn’t have limited-edition packages,
but you can get individual options like the $530 winch kit.
HONDA RINCON ($9199)
As corporate flagships go, the Honda Rincon is somewhat modest. It has a fuel-injected, longitudinal motor that
displaces 675cc and has an automotive-style automatic
transmission. It’s a very capable 4x4, but offers little in the
way of options. Honda doesn’t have power steering for this
model, a front diff-lock or any limited-edition packages. You
can add upgrades like winches and trunks one at a time.
HONDA FOREMAN 4X4 ($7099)
Three years ago the Foreman got a new fuel-injected
motor. Now Honda has finished the job with a new chassis, a new look and a series of significant updates. The
475cc motor got a more efficient fuel-injection delivery, the
suspension travel was increased and the biggest news of
all is the arrival of electronic front differential lock. This is
a first for a Honda ATV and long overdue.