Honda Pioneer 700-4
In September 2013, the Successful Farming team put eight of the newest utility vehicles through their paces in our Ultimate UTV Evaluation. The evaluation took place on Little Goose Ranch in Big Horn, Wyoming. At the left, Tom Meredith drives through a field on the ranch in the Honda Pioneer 700-4.
The Honda Pioneer was the only machine tested that used both nets and doors.
The Pioneer was also unique for its seating configuration. The machine seats two up front and two more seats fold out of the cargo box. When you only need to bring two people, the seats fold down, and the cargo box can haul up to 1,000 pounds.
With the launch of the Pioneer, Honda introduces one of the few UTVs available with an automatic transmission. “I love the electronically controlled automatic transmission and torque convertor; it accurately makes shifts up and down,” says John Lumkes, ag engineering professor at Purdue University. “There aren’t CVT belts to wear out, and the driveline is all shaft-driven. Engineering wise, this has the potential for great reliability and low maintenance.”
The Pioneer uses an independent double-wishbone suspension in the front and rear, giving about 8 inches of travel in the front and 9 in the back.
Learn more about the machines tested at the Ultimate UTV Evaluation.
One of eight machines tested at the Ultimate UTV Evaluation.