HONDA RANCHER 4x4 ($6199)
There are nine Honda Ranchers in the family tree
for 2015. All have the 420cc EFI motor. The 4x4 ES
adds Electronic Shift Program, which is one of Honda’s
anti-CVT alternatives. That adds $250. Power steering
is $700. There’s a version with automatic Dual Clutch
Transmission, and another version with independent rear
suspension instead of the standard swingarm and various
combinations of everything.
CFMOTO C-FORCE 500 ($4999)
This is a very aggressive company that is already very
big in Europe and Russia. Most of its offerings are two-up
models, but the 500 is a budget-oriented 4x4 designed
for a single operator and priced lower than most two-wheel-drive quads. So far, the quality of the products from
CFMoto seem a notch higher than most of the stuff we see
from the interior of Asia.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER L450/500 ($6399/$6999)
This is a new line from Can-Am with a mixture of old
and new features, designed to offer more value. The 500
houses the familiar Rotax V-twin motor in a simpler chassis than the standard Outlander. The real news is the new
450 motor, which is new from the ground up and replaces
the older 400 motor. Both versions can be had with power
steering for $900 more. Digital camo is another $500.
HONDA RINCON ($9299)
With a 675cc motor, this is Honda’s flagship utility ATV.
Although it’s not as massive or flashy as some, it offers
technology that is exclusive. Honda’s distrust of belt-and-pulley transmissions prompted an automotive-style hydraulic transmission. The Rincon has independent rear suspension, but does not offer a power-steering option. A dual-plug
head and lower emissions top the list of 2015 updates.
HONDA FOREMAN ($7099)
Now that they both use the same 475cc EFI motor, the
most significant difference between the Foreman and the
Rubicon is the Foreman’s use of swingarm rear suspension, whereas the Rubicon has IRS. The Foreman also has
electronic front differential lock. The standard Foreman
has a manual gearbox, but you can add electronic shifting for $250. Power steering is available for $700.
HONDA RUBICON ($7799)
The Rubicon family grew for 2015 and now has six
members. The machine is dramatically changed, and
there are more transmission options. The most basic of
those is a manual five-speed gearbox, which gives the
Rubicon a lower base price than it had last year. The
Rubicon also has a power-steering option for $700. All of
the family members have independent suspension and
now use a 475cc EFI motor.