Honda Adds Full-Size UTVs To Pioneer Line

The new Honda Pioneer 1000-5 can fit up to five people.

The new Honda Pioneer 1000-5 can fit up to five people.


The new 2016 Honda Pioneer 1000

The new 2016 Honda Pioneer 1000

Honda announced the addition of the Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5 utility vehicles. Both of these models feature a new 999cc engine developed by Honda as well as a 6-speed fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with engine braking, three shift modes (automatic, manual and sport) and high and low gearing ranges. Drive modes include 2WD, 4WD, Turf and Differential lock. The transmission has steel gears and shafts with no belts and is controlled by paddle shifters. The Pioneer 1000-5 has a three person bench seat up front and two QuickFlip seats in the back that can be folded down for more cargo space and better cargo access.

There are four model configurations:  Pioneer 1000, Pioneer 1000 EPS, Pioneer 1000-5 and Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe. Key features of the new models include:

  • 999cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Unicam® four-stroke engine
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • Fully-Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • Independent double wishbone suspension front and rear with 10.55 and 10 inches of travel respectively
  • 2,000 lb. towing capacity
  • 1,000 lb. cargo bed capacity
  • Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
  • Color options:
    • Pioneer 1000: Red, Olive
    • Pioneer 1000 EPS: Red, Orange, White, Honda Phantom Camo
    • Pioneer 1000-5: Red, Olive
    • Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe: Red, Metallic Silver, White, Honda Phantom Camo
  • Electronic Power Steering optional
  • LED headlights & 14-inch aluminum wheels & 27-inch radial tires optional
  • MSRPs:  TDB

The models will be available in Fall 2015.

Comment:  With these new models Honda continues to target the dual use work and recreation applications. They could have chosen to introduce a product line directed at the performance-oriented recreational rider but instead they have beefed up their existing product line. The introductions are also a sign that Honda is committed to the UTV  market. Before the Pioneer line they had their Big Red vehicle which they didn’t build out to any extent. With the Pioneer line, they first added the smaller 500 models and now more robust 1000 models, indicating a longer term commitment to the market. It will be interesting to see if their future product development continues to extend the Pioneer product line or if they head in a new direction.

The press release follows:

Honda Announces 2016 Pioneer 1000
Brand-new model to round out 2016 Pioneer multipurpose SxS lineup

PR Newswire
TORRANCE, Calif., June 11, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif., June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Honda today announced the addition of two brand-new full-size side-by-side models—the groundbreaking Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5—to its 2016 lineup. With class-leading displacement and payload, a 6-speed fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and a full list of features and options, the flagship Pioneer 1000 promises to raise the bar in terms of power, performance and capability in both work and recreation applications.

Honda’s 2016 Pioneer 1000-5 side-by-side
“We’re very excited about the all-new 999cc engine we’ve developed for these new Pioneers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “We’ve also added the industry’s only fully automatic mechanical transmission—the 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. With steel gears, the DCT offers true engine braking, seamless shifting and a smooth, reliable transfer of power.”

Pioneer 1000/1000-5
Immediately assuming its position as the clear leader in the full-size multipurpose SxS category, Honda’s new-from-the-ground-up, no-compromise Pioneer 1000 is powered by a purpose-built inline, twin-cylinder, Unicam® 999cc engine. It’s also the first side-by-side with a 6-speed fully automatic DCT, a state-of-the-art beltless transmission that is durable, efficient and easy to use. Designed, developed and produced according to Honda’s holistic methodology, the largest Pioneer is smooth-riding and extremely versatile. Built in the USA using domestically and globally sourced parts, the Pioneer 1000 is offered in four different configurations, from the base three-person version to the Deluxe five-person model, which features 14-inch aluminum wheels, 27-inch radial tires, LED headlights and electric power steering. Every Pioneer 1000 comes standard with four-wheel-drive, as well as a high-low sub-transmission and 4-mode differential lock, while the five-person model features auto-leveling rear suspension and a full-size convertible bed with Honda’s exclusive QuickFlip™ seating. An extensive range of Honda Accessories is available, and the Pioneer 1000 is covered by a one-year warranty.

Pioneer 1000: Red, Olive
Pioneer 1000 EPS: Red, Orange, White, Honda Phantom Camo
Pioneer 1000-5: Red, Olive
Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe: Red, Metallic Silver, White, Honda Phantom Camo
Availability: Fall 2015
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Pioneer 1000:
Pioneer 1000-5:
Pioneer 700/700-4
Since its introduction, Honda’s Pioneer 700-4 has set new standards in versatility, thanks to the industry’s first QuickFlip™ convertible rear-seating design, which switches between two-, three- and four-person configurations. In all cases, wheelbase remains a manageable 76.8 inches, and in the two-person configuration, it provides a full bed with tilt mode. Both versions are powered by a rubber-mounted 675cc liquid-cooled engine that’s paired with an automatic transmission with automotive-style torque converter and a dual-stage shift map.

Pioneer 700: Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo
Pioneer 700-4: Red, Metallic Blue, Honda Phantom Camo
Availability: August 2015
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Pioneer 700:
Pioneer 700-4:
Pioneer 500
Introduced last model year, the compact Pioneer 500 is easy to maneuver in tight conditions, and it fits into a full-size truck bed or a small storage shed. This fun and affordable 4WD vehicle does it all in style and comfort, with a similar look to the larger Pioneer models. It also has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifting, 450-pound-capacity large rear carrier design, independent rear suspension and single-function door and net. And of course the Pioneer 500 has the superior engineering and record of durability and reliability for which all Honda four-wheel powersports products are known.

Color: Red, Metallic Blue, Honda Phantom Camo
Availability: October 2015
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Different jobs, terrain, and adventures mean it only makes sense to fine-tune your Honda ATV to your specific needs. A full line of Honda accessories is available to make your ATV even better. For more information on Honda accessories, go to

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