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2014 Honda Pioneer

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When Honda reached out to UTVUnderground.com with an invite to come to South Carolina to see their factory and learn more about the Honda Pioneer we jumped at the opportunity.  First off its Honda, just the name alone gets us excited being that they are arguably the most iconic name in the powersports industry. More importantly for us is that Honda, like Yamaha, is making a statement with their latest UTV release that they are here for the long haul when it comes to manufacturing SXS’s!

Its rare for a manufacturer in this industry to open its doors and give media like UTVUnderground.com a chance to see just how a machine is built. Honda graciously opened their doors to us and did so on a day when the first full production Pioneer would roll off of the assembly line. This “roll off ceremony” was a special one to be a part of. Executives from Honda, state and government officials including the Governor of South Carolina as well as 2000 Honda employees were all on hand to witness the first full production Pioneer roll off the line. The ceremony was that of being excited for the new machine but also that of being proud to have this work done in the state of South Carolina.

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It was clear to see that the Pioneer is a big deal not just for Honda as a company or for our industry but also for a lot of local’s who have been employed by Honda to work on and assemble these machines. Honda with help from the State of South Carolina made a $25 million + investment to relocate Honda’s SXS manufacturing to South Carolina from Mexico.  This means more jobs in America for American’s, it also means that Honda can keep a closer eye on their SXS manufacturing and be able to make changes to their assembly on the fly. For us, it’s a tell into the future that there is much more planned for Honda in the realm of UTV’s being manufactured as we just couldn’t see such a large investment being made for only one machine.

The Honda South Carolina (HSC) manufacturing plant was great to see. The line itself uses many of the same tooling and processes that Honda Motor Company uses when manufacturing cars. The line was efficient and clean and having the chance to walk down the line and see a machine in every phase of assembly gave us a great idea of the quality that is being poured into this new UTV. Some things that really stood out to me were the fit and finish of every single component as well as the way they have over built things like the frame and brakes. While many of us die-hard UTV enthusiasts may say that the new Honda Pioneer lacks power, one thing they do not lack in is quality!! The machine was inspected at numerous points along the line and QC checks on parts are made throughout the entire process ensuring a solid machine each and every time!

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After we wrapped up with the factory tour we were led out to Honda’s private trail system, which is where they are able to run all of their ATV & UTV machines in real life trail situations. The system was routed through a tight wooded area and consisted of mud, dirt, logs and MESQUITOS! Here we were able to get our first taste of the Pioneer in both 2 seat and 4 seat configurations. After a brief tutorial on the ins and outs of the machine, how it operates and the features it posses we were set free to put the machine through its paces out on the trails.

The first thing that stood out to me was the doors and how they open and close. They are constructed of heavy duty injected molded plastic and when closing you get the sense of shutting a car door. It’s sturdy and stable and when riding you don’t hear any rattling, which I really enjoyed. Seating position is comfortable and the ergonomics of the machine are nice. While Honda claims that power steering isn’t necessary on the Pioneer I tended to disagree. Once we began to rally through the trees I could really feel myself fighting the wheel and wishing for some EPS. With that said, its an easy machine to drive and while you can easily do without EPS, EPS would make for a nice addition in a follow up model year.

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Converting the Pioneer 4 seater to a 2 seater was a piece of cake. A couple of latches and you can easily go from a full dumping bed to an additional 2 rear seats. This is a solid feature for the Pioneer and an industry 1st. John Deere has a similar set up allowing for the rear seats to fold down but this is the first machine that actually gives you back a dumping bed when converting. When riding with 4 people at speed you really do wish for another cylinder in that engine. Us power mongers are always wanting more but I will say this 700 engine has good pull and the automatic 3 speed transmission is by far my single favorite feature on the Pioneer. Feeling the engine up shift and down shift was extremely cool and unlike any other UTV. This is the first UTV to do away with a belt driven CVT and we like it A LOT!

In the end we could nit pick or hype up just about every detail on the machine but overall we are really pleased with what Honda has brought to the table in replacement of the Big Red. Honda, while not giving us any ETA or innuendo for exactly what will come did make mention that there is much more in the works for UTV’s from the big red machine. They specifically kept us off of one of their test tracks for fear of us seeing something we weren’t supposed to see. Our hopes are set high for a full lineup of Honda SXS’s including a sport model at some point. Fingers crossed, we will see something new sooner than later! Until then, we will enjoy the Pioneer and patiently wait to see what’s next from Honda!

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UTVUnderground.com wants to thank Honda and all of their employees for all of their hospitality during our trip to South Carolina. We had a great time learning more about the company and getting to know those inside at Honda. It was a great time and we look forward to more exciting adventures with the Honda team!

Words by Joey DiGiovanni // UTVUnderground.com

 

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2014 Honda Pioneer

With the introduction of the 2014 Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 700-4, Honda ushers in an exciting new generation of side-by-side off-road machines. These brand-new two-person and four-person Pioneer models not only replace the highly respected Big Red in the Honda lineup, they also kick off a whole new phase of Honda side- by-sides, with more exciting Pioneer models to come in the future. For this debut these two Pioneer machines, designed by Honda Research and Development in Ohio, and built at Honda South Carolina (using domestically and globally sourced parts), have plenty to offer off-road enthusiasts who like to use their machines to work hard and play hard while also bringing folks along for the ride.

Creation of the Pioneer models began with an all-new chassis formed around Honda’s proven 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine coupled to a unique automotive-style automatic transmission. This brand-new chassis incorporates a long-travel suspension system for a smooth ride over tough terrain, and the distinctive, all-new bodywork comes standard with integrated doors and headrests. The ability to carry hefty loads over many different kinds of challenging terrain also ranked high in design priority, as well as the ability to tow big loads. And perhaps best of all, these two machines deliver fantastic value, slotting into the popular, rapidly expanding multi-purpose category of side-by-sides with the two-person Pioneer 700 at $9,999, while the Pioneer 700-4 starts at $11,699—about the same neighborhood where some competitor two-seat machines live. Bottom line: once again, Honda is offering innovative new models packed with Honda’s fabled quality, fit and finish at a superior value.

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One of the big attractions of the Pioneer 700-4 is its convertible seating arrangement; it can be quickly and easily converted from two-seat to three-seat or four-seat configurations and back to an open load-carrying bed without the use of tools—an industry first. Each of the two rear seats simply tilts up out of the bed structure with the release of a latch and locks into place, converting to three-person or four-person capabilities depending on the needs at hand. The rear passengers can also easily access the three-point seat belts, which are

located up on the Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) where they stay out of the way when not in use. And when the seats are folded in the down position, the bed maintains its full tilting functionality.

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The tough and durable heavy-duty steel frame used by both Pioneer models features a wheelbase just slightly longer than the Big Red’s—76.8 inches versus 75.7 inches—yet overall length has been reduced just a pinch and overall width is narrower by nearly three inches to make the Pioneer models more compact with more agile handling. This new configuration also gives the Pioneer a tight 14.8 feet turning radius and there’s plenty of ground clearance available—10.3 inches. However, perhaps the most telling specification focuses on suspension travel: both new models deliver comfortable and well-controlled 7.9 inches of travel via double-wishbone independent front suspension system, while the double-wishbone independent rear suspension system (IRS) provides a full 9.1 inches of travel for excellent off-road capabilities. The twin rear shocks are adjustable for spring preload, so it’s easy to adjust the rear suspension for added comfort during recreational use, then quickly ramp up the spring preload when it’s time to carry heavy loads. With this 2.0-inch gain in travel at both ends, these new Pioneer models deliver an appreciably plush ride whether it’s on the trail or at the jobsite. In addition, both versions of the Pioneer 700 also feature new front tires sized 25 x 8-12. These new tires help give the Pioneer improved steering feel and more agile steering response.

Another very significant innovation involves a new engine mount system developed specifically to help tune out vibration and produce a noticeably smoother ride. Thanks to a newly developed engine-mounting subframe and accompanying vibration-isolating bushings, every contact point for the driver and passenger—steering wheel, handholds, floor, seat bottom and seat back—now transmit noticeably less engine vibration. The result is markedly improved comfort and a newly elevated, high-quality feel.

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Both Pioneer models are powered by Honda’s proven 675cc liquid-cooled OHV single- cylinder four-stroke four-valve engine with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) for spot- on fuel metering under a wide variety of operating conditions. This muscular yet smooth- operating powerplant delivers strong acceleration and good top speed, and it’s coupled to an automotive-style Honda automatic transmission that features a hydraulic torque converter, three hydraulic clutches and an Electronic Control Module (ECM) to automati- cally select one of three forward gears and one reverse gear. The ECM monitors throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, gear selector position, brake application and engine oil temperature for optimum performance. Also, on downhill slopes the transmission provides positive engine braking that supplements the hydraulic disc brakes for slowing power, technology that is superior to side-by-sides with electronic engine braking systems that can result in inconsistent performance in real-world conditions.

New to the Pioneer models is a dual shift-mapping program that automati- cally selects between two transmission shifting modes—either Cruise or Sport mode—for optimum shift timing depending on the driver’s pattern of throttle operation. During aggressive use, the Sport mode kicks in and holds the transmission in gear longer before shifting to deliver more aggressive performance. During more casual operation, the Cruise mode allows the transmission to shift up sooner for more casual performance and extended range from the Pioneer’s 8.2 gallon fuel tank. All in all, the driver enjoys optimum performance—automatically.

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To convert all that power into terrain-grabbing traction, both Pioneer models feature full-time true 2WD for improved traction. Thanks to a new rear-wheel drive setup that now incorporates a non-differential rear end— one related to the setup used on Honda ATVs equipped with IRS—the Pioneer delivers superior drive characteristics. When the going gets espe- cially tough, a handy gearshift selector makes it easy to positively engage the 4WD mode, and there’s also the option to engage the front differential lock for maximum pull.

In keeping with the design of all Honda side-by-sides and ATVs, the Pioneer forgoes a belt-style transmission for the more positive automotive- style automatic transmission and durable shaft-drive design.

When it’s time to load up the Pioneer and get to work—whether it’s supplies and tools on the job or an entire camping setup for a multi-day backwoods trip—both the Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 700-4 are more than up to the task. The versatile tilt-bed is rated for an outsized 1000-pound hauling capacity, plus the Pioneer offers an impressive 1500-pound towing capacity. Multiple D-rings on the bed and wall of the cargo area provide convenient tie-down points for securing cargo while underway—a welcome convenience.

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Both versions of the Pioneer abound with Honda’s distinctive attention to detail: Redesigned 37.5 watt headlights provide a more even distribution of light for driving after dark; an improved air intake system is more resist- ant to ingestion of dust and water; a higher AC generator output—from 410 watts on Big Red to 450 watts—provides power for added accessories; increased fuel capacity adds greater driving range; a larger-capacity, sealed glove box provides more room to pack items, and much more. There’s also a full line of Honda Genuine and Signature Accessories— over 50 different items—allowing owners to configure their Pioneer to meet their specific needs.

It all adds up to an innovative Pioneer duo that meets the widely varied needs of off-road recreational users, hunters, outdoor-oriented families, hard-working job sites, and everything in between. The new 2014 Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 700-4 deliver a whole new level of side-by-side capabilities along with incomparable Honda quality and value.

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Pioneer 700-4

Now you don’t have to choose between a two-person or four-person side-by-side: The all-new Honda PioneerTM 700-4 boasts an innovative convertible design that allows the two rear seats to fold into the bed. Owners can opt to use the Pioneer with two-seat, three-seat or four-seat configurations. Best of all, the rear seats fold quickly and easily without the need for tools, and once folded away the Pioneer’s tilt-bed space can be fully utilized. Long-travel suspension combines a comfortable ride with high-performance handling, and helps give the Pioneer the load capacity to haul up to 1000 pounds or tow 1500 pounds. Available in three colors, Red, Olive and the new Honda-designed and trademarked Honda Phantom CamoTM, this workhorse of a machine can also be dressed up, modified and personalized by choosing from the full line of more than 50 Honda Genuine Accessories/Honda Signature Accessories.

Features and Benefits

    • +  Powered by Honda’s proven fuel-Injected 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine that fea- tures an automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse.
    • +  All-new convertible seating design offers the versatility and adjustability of two, three, or four-person seating configurations.
    • +  Seating arrangement can be quickly and easily changed thanks to a folding, stow-away rear-seat design, and pro- vides full bed space and tilt function while in the two-person configuration.
    • +  With the overall dimensions of a two-person design, the Pioneer 700-4 maintains a high level of maneuverability while still being able to seat up to four people.
    • +  Long-travel suspension with 7.9 inches in front and 9.1 inches in the rear provides a plush ride with class- leading stability.
    • +  All-new rugged, aggressive and exciting styling.
    • +  Three colors available including Red, Olive, and the new Honda-designed and trademarked Honda Phantom Camo.
    • +  Load capacities of up to 1000 pounds hauling, or 1500 pounds towing.
    • +  Full line of more than 50 accessories will be available.
    • +  The Pioneer’s design incorporates proven Honda technology for legendary Honda reliability.
    • +  Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Signature Accessories†
Hard Roof, Fabric Roof/Rear Panel (Camo, Black), Bimini Roof, Glass Windshield, Glass Windshield Wiper Kit, Hard Front Doors, Fabric Front Doors (Camo, Black), Fabric Rear Doors (Camo, Black), Hard Cab Rear Panel 2P for 4P, Soft Rear Panel (Black), Soft Rear Panel 2P/4P (Black), Bed Extender, Rear Cargo Net, Roll Cage Cargo Bag, Full Storage Cover, Rubber Floor Mats (rear row, front row), Front Seat/Headrest Covers (Camo), Rear Seat/Headrest Covers (Camo), Poly Bed Liner, Bed Mat, Switch Plate/Auxillary Wiring Harness, Heater/Defrost Kit, Auxillary Lights, Light Bar, Flag with Mount, Graphics Kit, Rear View Mirror, Side Mirrors on Hard Doors

Honda Genuine Accessories†
Poly Two-Piece Windscreen, Poly Windscreen, Poly Half Windscreen, Winch, Snow Plow, Hitch Ball, Receiver Hitch Plug, Draw Bar, Bed Extender, Aluminum A-Arm Guards (FR, RR), Rear Bumper, Front Bumper, Backup Alarm, Horn Kit, Side Mirrors

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

Final accessory list TBD and subject to change without notice.

2014 Pioneer 700-4 Specifications

Model: SXS700M4
Engine Type: 675cc liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke Bore and Stroke: 102.0mm x 82.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Induction: Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 40mm throttle body
Ignition: Full-transistorized with electronic advance
Clutch: Automatic
Transmission: Automotive-style with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and Reverse. Three drive modes include 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock
Driveline: Direct front and rear driveshafts
Suspension
Front: Independent double-wishbone; 7.9 inches travel Rear: Independent double-wishbone; 9.1 inches travel
Towing Capacity: 1500 pounds
Payload Capacity: 1000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 8.2 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve
Colors: Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo
Curb Weight*: 1396 pounds
Brakes
Front: 200mm hydraulic disc Rear: 170mm hydraulic disc
Tires
Front: 25 x 8-12 Rear: 25 x 10-12
Length: 114.8 inches
Width: 61.1 inches
Height: 78.3 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.3 inches Wheelbase: 76.8 inches Turning Radius: 14.8 feet

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel— ready to ride.

Meets current CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards.

Recommended for drivers 16 years of age and older. ©2013 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved Specifications subject to change.

 

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Pioneer 700

In 2014, Honda’s PioneerTM 700 sets the standard as the ultimate in hard-working, hard-playing side-by-sides. Whether you’re off to the job site or a weekend adventure in the woods, this newest version carries two people and a load of gear and supplies—up to 1000 pounds—to those spots that are especially tough to reach. Quick acceleration, good top speed and smooth-riding long-travel suspension are some of the keys to what makes the Pioneer 700 so special. The handy tilt bed adds lots of versatility, and being a Honda, it also features industry-leading safety features—plus outstanding value. Available in three colors, Red, Olive and the new Honda-designed and trademarked Honda Phantom CamoTM, this workhorse of a machine can also be dressed up, modified and personalized by choosing from the full line of more than 50 Honda Genuine Accessories/Honda Signature Accessories.

Features and Benefits

  • +  Powered by Honda’s proven fuel-Injected 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine that fea- tures an automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse.
  • +  Long-travel suspension with 7.9 inches in front and 9.1 inches in the rear provides a plush ride with class-leading stability.
  • +  All-new rugged, aggressive and exciting styling.
  • +  Three colors available including Red, Olive, and the new Honda-designed and trademarked Honda Phantom Camo.
  • +  Load capacities of up to 1000 pounds hauling, or 1500 pounds towing.
  • +  Full line of more than 50 accessories will be available.
  • +  The Pioneer’s design incorporates proven Honda technology for legendary Honda reliability.
  • +  Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Signature Accessories†
Fabric Roof/Rear Panel (Camo, Black), Hard Roof, Bimini Roof, Glass Windshield, Glass Windshield Wiper Kit, Hard Front Doors, Fabric Front Doors (Camo, Black), Hard Cab Rear Panel, Rear Cargo Net, Roll Cage Cargo Bag, Full Storage Cover, Rubber Floor Mats (front row), Front Seat/Headrest Covers (Camo), Bed Mat, Switch Plate/Auxillary Wiring Harness, Heater/Defrost Kit, Auxillary Lights, Light Bar, Flag with Mount, Graphics Kit, Rear View Mirror, Side Mirrors on Hard Doors

Honda Genuine Accessories†
Poly Windscreen, Poly Two-Piece Windscreen, Poly Half Windscreen, Winch, Snow Plow, Hitch Ball, Receiver Hitch Plug, Draw Bar, Aluminum A-Arm Guards (FR, RR), Rear Bumper, Front Bumper, Backup Alarm, Horn Kit, Side Mirrors

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

Final accessory list TBD and subject to change without notice.

 2014 Pioneer 700 Specifications

Model: SXS700M2
Engine Type: 675cc liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke Bore and Stroke: 102.0mm x 82.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Induction: Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 40mm throttle body
Ignition: Full-transistorized with electronic advance
Clutch: Automatic
Transmission: Automotive-style with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and Reverse. Three drive modes include 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock
Driveline: Direct front and rear driveshafts
Suspension
Front: Independent double-wishbone; 7.9 inches travel Rear: Independent double-wishbone; 9.1 inches travel
Towing Capacity: 1500 pounds
Payload Capacity: 1000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 8.2 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve
Colors: Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo
Curb Weight*: 1261 pounds
Brakes
Front: 200mm hydraulic disc Rear: 170mm hydraulic disc
Tires
Front: 25 x 8-12 Rear: 25 x 10-12
Length: 114.8 inches
Width: 61.1 inches
Height: 77.6 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.3 inches Wheelbase: 76.8 inches Turning Radius: 14.8 feet

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel— ready to ride.

Meets current CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards.

Recommended for drivers 16 years of age and older. ©2013 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved Specifications subject to change.

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