a three- or five-seater version. Similar
to the Pioneer 700, which has convertible rear seats that tuck away in the
floor of the cargo bed, the 1000 has
a larger, more roomy seating area.
In fact, the chassis and cockpit up
front are wide enough for three-row
seating like the Yamaha Viking, the
Arctic Cat HDX700 and many Polaris
Rangers. According to Honda, the
hauling capabilities of this machine
are at the top of the class, with a 1000-
pound limit for cargo in the bed and
a 2000-pound tow rating.
What is totally unique to this
machine and Honda in particular
is the powerplant. The Pioneer 1000
features a parallel twin-cylinder, sin-
gle-cam mill with fuel injection mated
to a dual-clutch, six-speed transmis-
sion. It’s controlled by paddle shifters
for manual-driver active shifting, or, if
you want, you can drive the Pioneer
in pure automatic mode (standard or
sport) and let the transmission do all
the shifting for you. An open or locked
front diff and rear diff (Turf mode) are
standard equipment on all models.
The engine is the most interesting
part of the news, as it could very
well find itself in a high-performance
long-travel UTV soon. It’s the first
1000cc powerplant not using a drive
belt. We think Yamaha has this same
type of powerplant coming in their
new sport UTV as well.
SUSPENSION AND MORE
Up front dual A-arms with 10. 5
inches of travel are found, while dual
A-arms are also used out back with
10 inches of movement. Honda claims
the rear shocks are self-leveling on
the five-seat model, but we have not
confirmed with them on exactly what
that means. Brakes are hydraulic
disc at both ends. Honda wrapped
27-inch-tall tires around 12-inch
steel rims on all models except the
Deluxe editions. Those have 12-inch
This will be one of the smallest
multi-passenger UTVs, meaning it
will be able to be driven in tighter spaces, like in the woods and in
between rocks. Overall, its size will
be a little bigger than the Pioneer 700,
so it is unlikely it will be able to fit in
the back of a pickup truck. Honda has
not yet released the specs on overall length, width or wheelbase yet.
Honda did announce that the Pioneer
700 and 500 will return in 2016. ❏
From the looks of the contoured bench seat, small straps
wrapping around the lower section of the seat base can be
used as passenger hand-holds if need be. You and your fishing buddies will have to draw straws to see who sits in the
The three-wide cockpit looks to be roomy with solid footrests
for each passenger. There is a long list of drive options—from
2WD to 4WD and differential lock and an unlocked Turf mode.
There is a high/low transmission range selector as well. The
Sport mode taps into a different electronic map that changes
the shift points depending on your driving style.
This will be one of the smallest multi-passenger (two-row seating) UTVs you can
buy. Honda actually has the smallest one too—the Pioneer 700. It’s unlikely that the
1000 will fit in the back of a pickup truck, though. Only the five-seater comes with
Dual A-arm suspension is found on all
four corners with just over 10 inches of
wheel travel. Individual hydraulic disc
brakes handle the stopping chores.
From the looks of things, the hubs,
axles and wheel studs are pretty beefy.
A rear-mounted sway bar will help control movement as well.