If you are looking for a simple, reliable,
fun, 2WD utility, the Recon models are
as solid as they come.
shield with a windshield wiper. We
are looking forward to driving the
Pioneer. The Pioneer has a one-year
warranty, and Honda claims the
price will be reasonable, but no price
has been announced yet.
The FourTrax Rincon is the pinnacle of Honda’s 4x4 utility lineup, with
independent rear suspension and a
fine-performing, EFI, 675cc engine.
The engine is compact to keep the
center of gravity low, with the crankshaft longitudinally mounted in the
chassis. The short top end mounts the
camshaft beside the head to shorten
the engine height. Mounted to the
engine is an automotive-style Honda
automatic transmission that features
a hydraulic torque converter, along
with front and rear disc brakes and
more. This popular choice comes
with plenty of features, but no electric
power steering yet. The new color for
2014 is beige with black wheels to go
along with the existing olive and red.
MSRP is $9199.
FOURTRAX FOREMAN RUBICON
The straight-axle FourTrax
Foreman Rubicon is a favorite for rid-
ers who like to work and play. The
straight axle makes the Rubicon a
serious player in cambered and rut-
ted terrain, since the chassis is very
stable and calm. Like the Rincon, the
Rubicon features the longitudinal
engine layout, but it feature the
Hondamatic hydraulic transmission.
You can run the transmission in full
auto, or select Electric Shift Program
(ESP) and shift manually via buttons
on the left side of the bar. There are
no belts to fail, and the transmission is
all but maintenance-free. Add in a
torque-sensitive front differential,
along with Honda’s TraxLok selec-
table 2WD/4WD system, plus the
option of electric power steering
(EPS), and it’s easy to see that the
Rubicon is both a serious tool for work
and an effective weapon for play. For
2014, the skid plate and grill are
blacked out, and white with black
wheels join olive and red. MSRP has
not been announced.
FOURTRAX RANCHER AT
There is a whole herd of Rancher
models, starting with a 2WD model—
the FourTrax Rancher AT is the
leader of the family. It carries the
same longitudinal 420cc engine as
the other Ranchers, but it has all the
top features of the Rancher line,
including the dual-clutch automatic
transmission, the option of choosing
between fully automatic transmission
operations, an Electric Shift Program
(ESP) mode that allows for easy push-
button shifts on command, selectable
4WD/2WD TraxLok, a torque-sensitive
front differential, and the option of
EPS. The AT also adds independent
rear suspension for a smooth ride.
The new color for 2014 is white with
black wheels, joining olive and red.
The MSRP range is $7099 to $7799.
The versatile, air-cooled, 2WD
Recon gets no changes for 2014. It is
still a best seller, and it has plenty of
features. The torquey, 229cc OHV
engine can be matched with a manual, auto-clutch five-speed or Honda’s
push-button ESP. The available colors are olive and red, but the MSRP
has not been announced. ;
Honda’s Rincon is its flagship 4x4 and
sportiest utility ATV. Boasting 675cc, an
automotive-style automatic transmission and independent rear suspension,
it really gets the job done off-road.
The Rubicon is still a favorite for many
riders. It has a great mix of performance and civility. It knows how to
work and play.
The Honda Rancher AT is about as
loaded as a mid-size 4x4 ATV comes. It
has all the features you want, including
IRS, with that mid-size control and