Honda recently unveiled two new limited-edition versions of its popular flagship side-by-side—the Pioneer 1000-5 LE and Pioneer 1000 LE—both of which come with the new I-4WD differentials. Never before used in the powersports industry, this intelligent system is a direct result of Honda’s automotive-engineering prowess and offers three great benefits: brake traction control, hill-start assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Combined with the Pioneer 1000’s torque biasing limited-slip differential, the I-4WD can provide as much tractive force as a locking differential but with reduced steer effort and kickback. The result is excellent traction on a wide range of challenging surfaces, a more relaxed driving experience and no need to stop and engage diff-lock.
The new Pioneer 1000 LEs also come with adjustable Fox QS3 shocks, a beefy new front bumper, and aluminum A-arm guards and a skid plate. Convenience-minded additions include illuminated dash switches for nighttime use; transmission-mode memory function to retain automatic, sport or manual mode after engaging reverse; a pre-wired winch harness; new cabin-storage compartments; and cup holders in all four doors. There are even comfort- and style-focused improvements like thicker seat foam, painted bodywork, red springs and A-arms, and aggressively styled aluminum wheels. The Pioneer 1000-5 LE and Pioneer 1000 LE are available in Matte Gray Metallic. Prices for the new Pioneers have yet to be announced.
All 2017 Pioneer 1000 and 1000-5 models come with thicker seat foam for increased comfort, a winch-ready wiring harness and a new memory function that retains the last transmission mode after engaging reverse.