2020 HONDA UTVs
— Talons with turbos and 4 seats, along with the Pioneers —
Honda’s 2020 UTV lineup includes a dealer-installed turbo option for all Talon sport UTVs, two new four-seat Talon models and much more! Here are the details on Honda’s new Talons, Pioneers and turbo kit. Honda didn’t release prices for the 2020 Talon models in time for this article.
TALON 1000X-4 FOX LIVE VALVE
Honda’s new top-of-the-line four-seater, the Talon 1000X-4 Live Valve, joins the 999cc, eight-valve, Unicam parallel-twin engine and belt-less 6-speed transmission with automatic and manual modes to a new 64-inch-wide chassis with Fox Live Valve active suspension and a 28.8-inch-longer wheelbase than the Talon 1000X. The transmission features sport and normal shift programs, high and low range, and a new launch mode that allows full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.
Like Polaris’ Dynamix suspension, the Talon’s Live Valve system adjusts automatically to optimize ride quality, bottoming resistance and stability. The driver can select sport or normal settings.
The Talon 1000X-4 Live Valve’s shocks have 2.5-inch bodies. The suspension has 14.4 inches of travel up front and 15 inches in the rear. The Talon 1000X-4 Live Valve also has distinctive Metallic Orange bodywork and chassis parts.
The Talon 1000X-4 has the same engine and transmission as the 1000X-4 Live Valve but without launch mode, and the same 64-inch width and 116.4-inch wheelbase. Suspension travel is 14.6 inches up front and 15 inches in the rear using Fox QS3 shocks with 2-inch bodies on the front and 2.5-inch bodies on the rear. Both Talon four-seaters come with 28-inch tires on 15-inch aluminum wheels.
Both Talon X-4s feature stadium rear seating, which places the rear seats 3 inches higher and 2 inches closer than the fronts to provide unobstructed visibility for the rear-seat passengers. There are cup holders and 12-volt power outlets for rear-seat passengers and a large passenger grab bar. Rear-seat access was designed to allow easy entrance and exit, even with more bulky cold weather clothing. Both four-seaters also come with a roof, doors and window nets. The Talon 1000X-4 comes in Metallic Grey with red accents.
Honda dealers will have a turbo kit available for all Talon models. Developed by Jackson Racing to Honda’s specifications, the kit can boost the engine to nearly 200 horsepower. The kit should sell for around $6000, and it can be installed by your dealer.
The Talon 1000R returns for 2020 without any changes. This 68.4-inch-wide machine has 17.7 inches of travel up front and 20.1 inches in the rear using Fox QS3 compression adjustable shocks. It’s powered by a 104-horsepower, 999cc, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam, parallel-twin engine. A 6-speed transmission with automatic and manual modes, plus high and low ranges, eliminates drive-belt problems, and it can be shifted manually with paddle shifters even in automatic mode. Like all Talons, the 4WD system includes I-4WD traction-aiding technology, hill-start assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The Talon X, Honda’s 64-inch-wide, two-seat sport UTV, is unchanged for 2020. It has 14.6 inches of front suspension travel and 15.1 inches in the rear with Fox QS3 compression-adjustable shocks. The 104-horsepower, 999cc, eight-valve, single-overhead-cam parallel-twin engine shared by all Talon models supplies the power. Honda’s unique 6-speed transmission offers automatic and manual modes, with sport and normal automatic shift programs, plus low and high range. The Talon’s sophisticated 4WD system enhances stability and includes hill-start assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Honda’s three-seat Pioneer 1000 recreation/utility UTV is available in base and Deluxe trim levels with prices starting at $15,799, and both come with power steering for 2020. Both models are powered by a 999cc eight-valve Unicam parallel-twin engine with a belt-less 6-speed transmission that has automatic and manual shift modes, plus high and low range.
The base model comes with steel wheels and unpainted bodywork. The Deluxe trim level adds LED headlights, black aluminum wheels and painted or camo bodywork.
The Pioneer 1000-5 seats five and is available in base, Deluxe and LE trim with prices starting at $17,199. A 999cc eight-valve Unicam parallel-twin engine supplies the power. Honda’s unique belt-less 6-speed transmission offers automatic and manual-shift modes with high and low range, plus sport and normal automatic shift programs for the dual-clutch transmission.
The base 1000-5 has steel wheels and unpainted bodywork. The Deluxe comes with LED headlights, aluminum wheels and painted or camo bodywork. The Limited Edition gets Fox QS3 compression-adjustable shocks, aluminum wheels, Matte Green Metalli-painted bodywork,aluminum skid plate and A-arm protection, silver springs and A-arms, under-dash storage, front and rear cup holders, illuminated switches, and Honda’s I-4WD system with traction-aiding technology, hill-start assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. All models feature fold-down rear passenger seats for more cargo capacity.
The two-seat Pioneer 700 comes in base and Deluxe models with prices starting at $10,999. Pioneer 700s are powered by a single-cylinder, 675cc, push-rod, four-valve engine, and both models use a belt-less 3-speed automatic transmission that provides natural engine braking. Base models have steel wheels and unpainted bodywork. The Deluxe model is $12,499 and adds power steering, manual paddle shifting for the automatic transmission, painted or camo bodywork, and aluminum wheels.
The Pioneer 700-4 seats four and is available in base and Deluxe trim levels with prices starting at $12,399. Both versions feature folding rear passenger seats, so the vehicle can be configured to seat two, three or four to maximize cargo space. A single-cylinder, 675cc, push-rod, four-valve engine provides the power, and both models use a belt-less three-speed automatic transmission. Base models come with unpainted bodywork and steel wheels. Deluxe models add power steering, manual paddle shifting for the belt-less 3-speed automatic transmission, painted or camo bodywork and aluminum wheels.
Honda’s smallest Pioneer is just 50 inches wide, so it fits on width-restricted trails and in the bed of a full-sized pickup. It’s powered by a 475cc, two-valve, push-rod engine with a belt-less, five-speed automatic transmission that also allows manual paddle shifting.
This recreation utility UTV also has a rear rack that can carry 450 pounds, and it can tow half a ton. It’s available in red, white, camo and new Moose Brown for 2020. Pricing starts at $9199.