HONDA PIONEER 700-4 DELUXE

UTV TEST:

— Honda’s Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe has styling that stands out from the other 700-4 models, but the Deluxe isn’t only about looks. The top-of-the-line 700-4 comes with manual and fully automatic shifting, which makes this four-seater more fun and better for chores.

The Pioneer’s wide, low stance adds stability in rugged terrain, and its compact size makes it easy to maneuver.

WHAT SETS THE DELUXE APART?

The 700-4 Deluxe comes with power steering, painted bodywork, contrast-colored suspension springs, aluminum wheels, and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.

HOW DOES PRICE COMPARE?

The 2017 Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe goes for $13,499. The 2018 700-4 Deluxe is $13,699. Prices for the 2017 Pioneer 700-4 start at $12,099. The 2018 700-4 starts at $12,299. Polaris’ Ranger XP 900 Crew is $13,699. Can-Am’s Defender Max HD8 is $12,399.

Paddle shifters behind the wheel let you shift the three-speed transmission manually, even in automatic mode.

WHAT POWERS IT?

A single-cylinder, 675cc, pushrod, four-valve engine. Unlike on many UTVs, the engine is mounted so the crankshaft is in line with the driveshafts for more efficient power transfer.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT USE?

A three-speed automatic with a hydraulic torque converter. This transmission is much like the automatics on most cars and trucks, so there’s no drive belt. All Pioneer 700 models come with this style of transmission, but only the Pioneer 700 Deluxe and 700-4 Deluxe have manual shift mode, as well as fully automatic mode.

Manual shifting is done with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, and you can shift gears while in automatic mode. The shift lever and the paddle shifters have a positive, high-quality feel.

Honda’s Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe offers fully automatic and manual shifting with no drive belt worries.

WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?

Selectable 2WD/4WD with a lockable front differential. You can select 2WD or 4WD and lock or unlock the front differential with a lever on the dash.

HOW FAST IS IT?

The 700-4 Deluxe can hit 40 mph. Being a recreation utility machine, the Pioneer doesn’t accelerate as hard as lighter, more powerful 700cc sport machines, but it gets down the trail pretty quickly.

Honda’s clever Quickflip seating lets you choose the amount of seating or cargo bed space you need for the moment.

HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?

Having manual and automatic shift modes lets you use the Pioneer’s power the way you like rather than working with a fixed style of power delivery. Shifting manually makes the Pioneer feel sportier for trail riding, and the ability to hold the machine in first can come in handy in mud or for challenging towing or hauling chores.

Automatic mode lets you relax and enjoy the ride. You’ll feel the transmission shifting, so it’s not as smooth as a belt-type automatic, but you don’t have to worry about belt wear.

The front shocks aren’t adjustable, but they work well for most driving conditions.

WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION HAS IT GOT?

The Pioneer has double-A-arm suspension front and rear, with a rear sway bar to reduce body roll. There’s 7.9 inches of travel up front from non-adjustable shocks. Spring preload-adjustable rear shocks provide 9.1 inches of travel.

HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?

The 700-4 Deluxe delivers a remarkably smooth ride, even on bumpy, rocky trails, as long as you don’t push the machine too hard. Get too aggressive and you’ll feel the front end bottom on big impacts. For normal trail riding and exploring, the suspension is fine.

With 1000 pounds of cargo-bed capacity and a 1500-pound towing limit, the 700 can do the work of some larger machines.

HOW IS THE HANDLING?

It’s nimble and very stable. The Pioneer 700-4 is built on the same platform as the two-seat Pioneer 700, so its 76.8-inch wheelbase helps it corner effortlessly and maneuver easily in confined areas. The Honda’s 59.7-inch width and its relatively low stance make it reassuringly stable when cornering or traveling on sloped terrain.

HOW IS IT ON HILLS?

Confidence-inspiring. The 700 has enough power for practically any hill normal trails put in your path, and the versatile 4WD system makes sure the Pioneer finds traction.

The 700-4’s natural engine braking and strong disc brakes provide plenty of control on difficult downhills.

The 700-4 isn’t massively powerful, but it’s strong enough to get chores done and conquer tough trails.

HOW ARE THE DETAILS?

Most are very good. Everything you touch on the Honda—from the door releases to the shift lever—has a high-quality feel to it. The engine, transmission and suspension operate quietly, too. Honda’s clever Quickflip seating lets you choose the amount of seating or cargo bed space you need for the moment, though the rear seating area is snug for larger adults. The bed can hold 1000 pounds. The door-mounted drink holders are a nice touch too. With all the features we see on high-end UTVs, we were expecting a tilt wheel and a roof on the Deluxe, but the roof is a $300 option and the wheel isn’t adjustable.

The pushrod, four-valve, 675cc engine is mounted with the crankshaft in line with the driveshafts for efficient power transfer.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

The Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe is stylish, but what really makes it stand out is its unusual belt-less transmission. Its fun, practical manual shift mode also sets it apart from other Pioneer 700s.

SPECS:

HONDA PIONEER 700-4 DELUXE

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-valve, OHV 4-stroke

inline twin

Displacement 675cc

Bore x stroke 102mm x 82.6mm

Compression ratio 9.2:1

Lubrication system Semi-dry sump

Carburetion 40mm throttle body

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure In any gear with brake engaged

Air filter:

  Type Oiled foam

Transmission 3-speed with manual and auto modes

Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD with locking

front differential

Final drive f/r Shaft/shaft

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 7.9 gal.

Wheelbase 76.8”

Overall length/width/height 114.8”/59.7”/78.5”

Ground clearance 10.7”

Wet weight 1426 lbs

Bed capacity 1000 lbs

Towing capacity 1500 lbs

ROLLING CHASSIS

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arms & non adjustable shocks /7.9”

  Rear Dual A-arms & preload-adjustable shocks with

sway bar/9.1”

Brakes:

  Front 200mm discs

  Rear 170mm disc

Tires:

  Front 25×8-12 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0

  Rear 25×10-12 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0

DETAILS

DC outlet Auto-style waterproof plug

Lighting:

  Front Two 35W headlights

  Rear LED tail/brake lights

Instrumentation Speedo/odo/tach/trip/hour/fuel/

gear position/diagnostics/clock

Colors Silver

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $13,499

Contact .Honda, https://powersports.honda.com/pioneer.aspx

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