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Both the Honda Pioneer 1000 and the Polaris General 1000 were new models for 2016 and they’re basically the same machines for 2017. With a 1000cc engine, a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and over 10 inches of travel, the SxS that Honda calls “multi-purpose” is as sporty as four wheels and a roll cage get at Honda. Depending on how you look at it, the General is the sportiest of the utility UTVs from Polaris or the least sporty of the RZR sport side-by-sides. Both of the models we tested are designated “Deluxe” by their respective makers. In the case of the Pioneer 1000-5, that means a machine convertible to five-person seating, self-leveling suspension, 27-inch radial tires on 14-inch cast-aluminum rims, LED headlights, paddle shifters for the DCT, electric power steering, and color-matched bedsides and door panels.
For Polaris, “Deluxe” means body paint, a sound system, a standard winch and roof, and, most important, adjustable Fox Podium X 2.0 QS3 shocks.
Honda makes the Pioneer 1000 as both a three- or five-seater. The five-seater has the same wheelbase as the three-seater, but the bed floor cleverly converts to two flip-up seats that are surprisingly comfortable. That means that the other three passengers must ride in the front. As such, all of the Pioneer 1000 models have a modified bench-style seat. The center section is raised, and that helps with a somewhat bucket-seat feel. The bench seat is quite nicely padded and is supportive. The seat belts are comfortable and convenient, and the doors open easily using either the inside or the outside handles. They close easily and reliably as well, and they don’t need to be slammed to shut.
Pedal positioning is natural and an improvement over the Pioneer 700. Controls for the drive modes are on the dash. A gated lever allows you to select between 2WD, 4WD, 4WD diff-lock and turf modes. A rocker switch selects auto shift for the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or manual shifting with the paddle shifters. Pushing on the bottom of the switch engages sport mode. In auto-shift mode the sport mode allows the rpm to extend before the DCT shifts. In manual the sport mode would do nothing, so it won’t switch on. There is no sport switch or paddle shifters in Pioneer 1000 models without EPS. A second gated lever selects park, reverse, neutral, high and low. We are delighted to have that low-range option. The Pioneer 700 didn’t have it, and it was a real handicap for four-wheeling at low speeds or while climbing. Low is 42 percent lower than high. As you would expect with EPS, the steering is light and easy with good feedback.
With real two-seat capacity and true and comfortable bucket seats, the General seats keep you feeling more secure in rough terrain than the semi-bench of the Honda. The three-point seat belts (like the Honda has for four of the five seats) are easy to use and hold you safely secure. The General has a shifter like a car, though the in-line pattern has high at the rear: park/reverse/neutral/low and high. Rocker switches let you choose 2WD or 4WD, and there is no diff-lock option. There is truly no reason to turn the 4WD off. When there is no rear-wheel slip, the front wheels get no power, so when you hit the power, the General has a different feel. The rear tires must slip a bit and then you feel the fronts bite. The Honda has 4WD from the instant you hit the throttle.
Both machines fire up quickly, easily and, thanks to EFI, idle and respond with no hiccups or hesitation. Throttle inputs to the Honda are immediate with the sort of smooth and seamless delivery you want for utility work, but the acceleration is plenty zippy for fun and serious four-wheeling. One of the few but consistent complaints with the General is a dead area in the throttle. You have to push the throttle much farther than you think before the engine picks up any rpm. Once the revs start, the throttle modulation is great, and you don’t even think about it until you stop again. If you are driving with one foot for the brake and throttle, you can even be on a moderate ascent, take your foot off the brake, move to the throttle and start to roll back before you get the power on and the clutch engaged. We simply learned to left-foot the brake when starting on a hill.
In many of the trail situations we encountered, the Honda has all the power that the tires and terrain can use, but rarely more than you can effectively use. When the terrain opens a little, the pace is brisk. When it comes to the General, though, Polaris gave it a full-sport motor. The clutching and response are more abrupt, and there is power to spin the tires. When there is room to mash the throttle, the General is the clear horsepower leader. It is a thrill ride.
Get farther into the throttle and both machines accelerate briskly. The Honda’s DCT is an all-gear unit with two clutches. One clutch manages the even-numbered gears, and the other clutch the odd-numbered gears. As one gear runs out, the next gear has already started to engage. When you simply stand on the throttle in auto mode, the Pioneer picks up each gear with a shift you feel, satisfying acceleration all the way through the speed range. Switch to the sport setting and it carries more rpm before shifting, and acceleration is quicker with a sporty feel.
We were surprised at how often we found ourselves using the paddle shifters. It is fun to have perfect control of when the next gear engages for rock crawling and faster driving as well. For work or casual driving the auto setting is very nice. If you are cruising along easily and the terrain transitions much steeper, mashing the throttle will have a small delay while the transmission reacts. Even if you are in automatic, you can use the paddle to grant a quicker, more immediate downshift, and we did use that feature often.
Honda’s DCT offers great engine braking for technical descents as well. On a downhill, twisty road or two-track, though, it automatically downshifts to help slow the machine. We switched to manual for long, easy descents so we could upshift to ease the engine braking and make the drive smoother. We are fans of the DCT, and especially so with the paddle shifters.
It is safe to say that few companies have the CVT experience that Polaris does, and it shows with the General. Compared to the Honda, the CVT clutching is jumpier, but compared to any high-power sport UTV it is perfectly smooth on initial engagement. Engine braking is great, and it is set to provide just what you want in most cases. Mash the throttle and acceleration is rapid enough to squat the rear suspension some and push you back in the seat. The riding area closest to us had UTV-legal trails that are either easy roads or severely steep, rutted, rocky and filled with obstacles that keep speeds down. As a result, the General had little significant power advantage over the Pioneer. When things opened up, there is a significant difference.
In low range the Polaris has much lower gearing than the Honda—low enough that we chose to do some of our rock crawling in high range. We were worried about the belt, but never felt or smelled any hint that we were abusing it. Suffice it to say that there is plenty of power and a wide range of “gearing” options with the CVT. But, you will feel a gap between low and high that we’d like to see a little closer, but it never caused any problems for us.
For the low-speed, choppy trails and climbs we spent a lot of time on, the Honda is noticeably smoother with suspension that passes less of the trail chop to the driver and passenger. When the Pioneer 1000-5 EPS or Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe are heavily loaded, their self-leveling rear suspension uses a series of hydraulic chambers to automatically adjust to the correct ride height. The General got better when softening the compression, and we have heard that the Fox shocks get smoother with more miles on them. If you want the General suspension to absorb more, hit the same bumps harder and faster. As the speed in the rough increases, the Polaris is smoother and better controlled, and you feel the additional inches of travel. The Fox shocks have three compression settings you can choose from, operated by an easy-to-turn knob. Push the Honda in the rough and the ride gets a little wallowy, and it has less composure in whoops. Neither of these cars should be your first choice for whoops. They aren’t designed for that.
So for work, hunting, camping and other activities where blasting the rough would leave your stuff bouncing out on the trail, the Honda has a comfort edge that is hard to deny. Polaris has the Ranger that Honda would been happier to have as a comparison, but we felt that the Honda was plenty sporty enough to hang with the General for most riding.
If you are looking at these machines for fun and utility, the Honda has greater rated capacity for carrying cargo and tows a full 2000 pounds. We used a 10-foot flatbed to move some things around, and the Honda towed it with no effort at all. The Polaris is rated for 1500 pounds of towing, and it dragged the same trailer with ease. Both machines have a tilting cargo bed in the rear. As you might expect for the sportier General, the brakes have more bite than the Honda, but both stop well with no drama, and both shrugged off steep, rough and loose descents thanks to combined engine braking and wheel brakes.
We spent almost the entire test with these two machines driving and working together. As expected, the Honda is—as Hondas tend to be—civilized and able for everything it is designed for. But, we expected the Polaris to be sportier. Until the pace and terrain get to the point where the Polaris has a clear advantage, we were surprised that most drivers pointed to front-wheel traction as the single major difference in performance. When you drive the Honda it feels fine and turns easily. Drive the General, though, and the front feels completely planted with very accurate steering. Climb back in the Honda and the steering feels vague. For loose-on-hard surfaces you don’t push it into turns as hard. Not because of suspension, power or stability, but because the Pioneer doesn’t give you the confidence that you can hit your line.
If you want the performance of the General, this comparison won’t sway you. But if you are not as worried about absolute speed, or in the case of some areas we drove, the conditions won’t safely allow you to use all the General’s power and speed, the Honda has a great deal to offer. The five-seat option adds a little weight and very little to the cost, and nothing to the length of the machine. You get a machine that is sporty, easy to drive and transport and has a full bed for work, but you have the extra seats in less than a minute if you want them. We definitely like that. Polaris’ Ranger lineup has a six-seater, but it is a much longer car. The Honda already has a much tighter turning radius than the General, and that would only grow with the long-wheelbase Ranger. There is a cost factor as well. Comparing both Deluxe models, even with the optional roof on the Honda, there is a $2000 advantage to the Honda. For some, the additional seating is of great value as well and not an option with the General. Most buyers looking at the General want RZR performance that will better carry the camping, hunting and fishing gear. Or, they want to be able to use it for some work. A RZR won’t haul much firewood.
HONDA PIONEER 1000-5 DELUXE
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, Unicam parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 92.0mm x 75.15mm
Fuel system: EFI
Fuel capacity: 7.9 gal., 1.7 gal. reserve
Starting system: Electric
Final drive: 6-speed dual-clutch transmission w/ P/R/N/H/L
Front: Double wishbone/10.5″
Rear: Double wishbone/10.0″
Front: Hydraulic w/ (2) 210mm discs
Rear: Hydraulic w/ (2) 210mm discs
Ground clearance: 12.4″
Payload capacity: 1000 lb (600 lb. for CA models)
Towing capacity: 2000 lb
Curb weight: 1,709 lb.(wet)
Colors: Red, metallic silver, white,Honda Phantom Camo
MSRP: $17,199 ($17,749 as tested)
POLARIS GENERAL 1000 EPS DELUXE
Engine type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke twin-cylinder DOHC
Bore x stroke: 93mm x 73.5mm
Fuel system: EFI
Fuel capacity: 9.5 gal.
Starting system: Electric
Final drive: Automatic CVT P/R/N/L/H
Front: Dual A-arm w/ stabilizer bar/12.25”
Rear: Dual A-arm w/ stabilizer bar, IRS/13.2”
Front: 27 x 9-12
Front: Hydraulic disc w/ dual-bore calipers
Rear: Hydraulic disc
Ground clearance: 12.0”
Payload capacity: 600 lb.
Towing capacity: 1500 lb.
Curb weight: 1,544 lb. (dry weight)
Colors: Orange Burst (painted)
The main differences between the two are comfort and reliability. The Polaris Ranger boasts of high-tech add-ons, while the Honda Pioneer of unparalleled dependability. While both are purpose-built vehicles, the better of the two depends on personal preference.What's the difference between a Honda Pioneer 1000 and a Honda Pioneer 1000 Deluxe? ›
Up next is the Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe, which has a starting price of $18,299 MSRP. This model comes equipped with all of the features available on the base 1000-5, but it adds the following: LED Headlights. 14-inch blacked-out aluminum wheels.Whats the biggest tire you can put on a stock Pioneer 1000? ›
You can fit 28″ tires with just these A-arms alone. If you put them on with a 3″ lift kit, you can fit a monster 30” tire. All that and they come with a lifetime warranty, so you don't have to worry about pushing them too hard.What are best tires for Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
- Rage. Mohave. Dominate at rock crawling and trail racing. Learn More.
- Maxxis. Bighorn 2.0. Conquer any off-road challenge. Learn More.
- Nitto. Trail Grappler SXS. Battle-tested off-road grit for any terrain. ...
- BFGoodrich. Mud Terrain T/A KM3 UTV. Peak mud performance for peak thrills.
- Honda Pioneer 1000. Honda may not make the most cutting edge vehicles when it comes to power and performance, but nobody can best them when it comes to quality. ...
- Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000. ...
- Yamaha RMAX2 1000. ...
- Honda Talon 1000. ...
- Polaris RZR PRO XP.
Sometimes the gear can feel stuck as if it is starting in a higher gear than it is supposed to and may happen until the Honda warms up. You may need to change your oil (provided oil viscosity already checks out, and you are not using motor oil in place of transmission oil).
What Size UTV Trailer Is Best For A Honda Pioneer 1000? The Honda Pioneer can be a little deceptive. You would think you can get it in a 10-foot long trailer, but you are going to want to go for at least 12'. A 6' x 12' will work well for this UTV as well.How far can a Honda Pioneer 1000 go on a tank of gas? ›
8 Honda SXS1000M5 Pioneer 1000-5s have provided 255 miles of real world fuel economy & MPG data.What is the top speed of a 2022 Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
Honda Pioneer 1000 Top Speed—67 MPH.What is the toughest UTV tire? ›
Thanks to the puncture-resistant and synthetic aramid fiber technology, the Fuel Gripper T/R/K Kevlar is clearly the most durable and toughest tire on this list. It also has a 10-ply rating, meaning it may be driven at extremely low pressures.
The horsepower to weight ratio of the Honda Pioneer 1000 reaches up to 21.4 pounds per horsepower. This means the Honda Pioneer 1000 is fast. The Honda Pioneer top speed is 67 mph which is 3 mph below the maximum speed in 22 states and higher than the max in 9 others.What size tires fit a Honda Pioneer 1000 5? ›
Full Set ATV Tires 27x9-14 & 27x11-14 for 16-17 Honda Pioneer 1000 LE/Delux.What bolt pattern is a Honda Pioneer 1000-5? ›
Honda: All non-sport ATV's and SxS's are 4/110 with the exception of the Pioneer 1000 and Talon. They use 4/137 bolt pattern.How often do you service a Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
|Service the listed items at the indicated distance (or time, if given)||Initial Maintenance||Maintenance Interval Miles / KM|
|Check front and rear final gear oil||100 miles, 150 km, 20 Hours||1,800 miles / 3,000 km|
|Lubricate all hinges, latches, and pivots||1,800 miles / 3,000 km|
So if you're looking for the best UTV tires for on and off road, you're going to be looking for an 8-ply tire. This will make the tire heavier due to the additional layers of steel, which reduces performance slightly, but also protects you from punctures.What is the best 1000 side by side? ›
Polaris RZR XP 1000 Sport
Polaris claims the RZR XP 1000 Sport is the industry's best-selling performance side-by-side UTV. It certainly has plenty of oomph: Owners can enjoy 110 horsepower from a 999cc twin-cylinder engine.
- 2021 Honda Pioneer 1000-5 – The Overall Best. Pros.
- Can-Am Maverick Sport 1000R. Pros.
- Yamaha Wolverine X2. Pros.
- Polaris RZR Trail. Pros.
- Kawasaki Teryx. Pros.
The Polaris Ranger is undoubtedly one of the most reliable UTVs on the market. It might be a little more expensive than other UTVs, but it will keep going for a long time, so it is money worth spending.What is the break in period for a Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
Information. Does my Honda have a break-in period? For most vehicles, Honda recommends avoiding sudden acceleration, full throttle operation, and towing a trailer, if applicable, during your new vehicle's first 600 miles.What are the most common problems with Honda? ›
Common problems with Honda include excessive oil consumption in V6 engines, transmission failures, and vibrations while braking. Some Hondas also experience dimming dashboards and power lock issues. As a brand, Honda is synonymous with reliability, quality control, and value.
The 2003 Honda Accord
Transmission failure has been a significant problem for several Honda models through the early 2000s model years, causing the manufacturer to extend the transmission warranty to 93 months or 109k miles for the 2000-2001 model years as part of the settlement to a class-action lawsuit.
Honda Pioneer 1000-5
The Pioneer 1000-5 has a length of 116.6 inches and will fit in your truck bed with a UTV ramp or tailgate extender.
In addition to the seating for six, you have a huge amount of storage under the front seat, as well as weather-protected storage under the rear seat too. Plus, the dump bed holds 1000 pounds of payload. * Got even more to carry? There's always the 2500-pound towing capacity!How far can you drive on a full tank? ›
An average car can travel between 200 and 400 miles on a full gas tank.Is the Honda Pioneer 1000 loud? ›
At idle, the Honda Pioneer 1000-5 scored the quietest reading at 69 decibels, with the Wolverine X4 close behind at 70 decibels and General 4 at 71 decibels.How long does a side-by-side last? ›
Depending on the brand and how it's treated, the average lifespan of a quad is 10,000 to 12,000 miles. If a quad is well maintained, it could last for over 20 years. Most vehicles start posing problems once they have covered 10,000 miles, but with a little attention and care, the life of an ATV can be a long one.Is the Honda Pioneer 1000 Fast? ›
The Pioneer showed an electronically limited top speed of 65 mph. While the engine could probably handle going faster, trust us when we say 65 is plenty. Around 65 to 70 mph is where most electronically limited rigs top out, so the Pioneer's VMAX was no surprise.Where is the Honda Pioneer 1000 5 Made? ›
Like all Honda SxS vehicles, the Pioneer 1000 is produced at the Honda of South Carolina plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.Where are Honda Pioneer 1000 made? ›
Located in Timmonsville, SC, South Carolina Manufacturing is one of Honda's 13 major manufacturing facilities in North America.Do UTV tires need to be balanced? ›
If you notice a wobble in your tires at low speeds, under 30 mph, and want try balancing the tires to fix it. I would recommend using a tire balancer with some wheel weights. Either way, if you plan on riding over 45 mph on your quad, it's a good idea to balance your tires one way or the other.
Kevlar acts as a force shield against sticks, rocks and other items that could puncture a tire's sidewall, whether you're off-roading or facing debris on the road. This tire is good in the snow, but is even better on dry and wet roads.How do I increase the top speed of my Pioneer Honda? ›
One trick to get more speed out of your Honda Pioneer is to add slightly taller tires. With 25” factory Honda Pioneer 500/700 tires, you can definitely hit 37-38 mph under the right conditions. Throw on a 27” tire set, however, and you can expect to gain an extra four miles-per-hour for every extra inch of height.Are Honda pioneers belt driven? ›
Because the Honda Pioneer has no drive belt, you don't have to worry about the belt slipping when it gets wet or breaking after a few rides.How much does a 2022 Honda Pioneer 1000 5 weight? ›
1793 pounds – Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel.
Stock Honda Pioneer 700 tires (and 700-4) are 25x8-12 front and 25x10-12 rear, while the stock Honda Pioneer 1000 tires (and 1000-5) are 27x9-12 front and 27x11-12 rear.Will 30 inch tires fit on a Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
You can run a 30″ tire on your Pioneer 1000 without a lift, with these Front Forward Arms installed.Does Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe have skid plates? ›
Honda Pioneer 1000 UHMW Skid Plate. Fits: ( 2016 – 2021+ ) Pioneer 1000, Pioneer 1000-5, and deluxe models. Factory UTV's Honda Pioneer 1000 UHMW Skid Plate Kit has your UTV covered! OEM skid plates simply do not satisfactorily protect the underside of your UTV under normal off road operation.What bolt pattern does a Honda Pioneer have? ›
Stock Honda Pioneer Wheel And Tire Specifications
Starting with the bolt pattern, both the Honda Pioneer 500 and the Honda Pioneer 700 have a bolt pattern of 4x110, whereas the Honda Pioneer 1000 has a bolt pattern of 4x137.
Unless you bought your Polaris General or Polaris Ranger from someone who made significant modifications, the bolt pattern on all Polaris-branded Rangers, Generals, and Razors is 4/156.Is Kawasaki and Honda the same bolt pattern? ›
The 4 X 110 bolt pattern is common to HONDA SPORT, YAMAHA, CAN-AM BOMBARDIER, SUZUKI, KAWASAKI, POLARIS, ARCTIC CAT and MAZDA vehicles.
To keep your Honda vehicle's ignition system working its best, experts recommend changing your spark plugs about every 30,000 miles.How long is the warranty on a Honda Pioneer 1000? ›
You can get up to four years of complete protection on your new motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side or scooter. When it comes to choosing which plan is right for you, remember: only HondaCare is backed by American Honda Co.How often should you change oil in a UTV? ›
Following break-in, change your oil and filter every 50 hours or six months — whichever comes first. Always change the filter whenever changing the oil.How thick does ice need to be for UTV? ›
If the ice is 5 to 7 inches deep, it's safe to drive a snow machine or ATV on it. If the ice is 8 to 12 inches deep, it's safe to drive a UTV, car or small pickup truck on it. To drive a medium truck on the ice, it should be at least 12 to 15 inches thick.Why do UTVs have smaller front tires? ›
The smaller-width tires on the front of a side by side have less surface contact due to their smaller size. This means there is less tire touching the ground at any given time. Because of this, the UTV becomes easier to steer. Because the steering effort is reduced, the side by side becomes easier to maneuver.Are 10 ply tires better for towing? ›
A tire rating of 10 Ply or higher is the ready-to-tow tire rating. Meanwhile, using a tire with a rating less than 10 Ply will cause the tire to degrade at a faster rate and cause much poorer high-speed stability.What is the most reliable ATV on the market? ›
Honda ATVs are the most reliable quads. These quads have bomb-proof transmission and use metal gears. They are resilient to tough terrains, durable, and can keep kicking despite taking much abuse. Other reliable ATV brands include Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Argo, SYM, Can-Am, and CFMoto.What is the most popular side by side brand? ›
- #7 HONDA TALON 1000R, 1000X and 1000X-4.
- #6 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 MAX DS TURBO.
- #5 POLARIS RZR PRO XP 2 and XP4.
- #4 POLARIS RZR XP 2 TURBO EPS and XP 4 TURBO EPS.
- #3 POLARIS RZR XP 2 and XP 4 1000.
- #2 POLARIS RZR TURBO S 2 and 4 Seater.
- #1 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 and MAVERICK X3 MAX X rs TURBO RR.
- CFMoto ZForce 1000 – 70 mph.
- Honda Pioneer 1000 – 75 mph.
- Can-Am Commander DPS – 75 mph.
- Can-Am Maverick Sport – 75 mph.
- Yamaha YXZ1000R SE – 80 mph.
- Yamaha YXZ100R SS – 80 mph.
- 400;”>Polaris RZR XP – 80 mph.
- Can-Am Maverick X3 – 85 mph.
While there are varying opinions and factors on this matter, most off-roaders consider anything above 5,000 miles to be high mileage. An ATV with 1,000 miles or under is considered to have low mileage. This number suggests the quad has been used for a year or so and did not require much maintenance.
The horsepower to weight ratio of the Honda Pioneer 1000 reaches up to 21.4 pounds per horsepower. This means the Honda Pioneer 1000 is fast. The Honda Pioneer top speed is 67 mph which is 3 mph below the maximum speed in 22 states and higher than the max in 9 others.Which UTV is best for trails? ›
- Polaris GENERAL 4 1000. ...
- Can-Am Commander MAX DPS. ...
- Honda 2021 Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe. ...
- Kawasaki Teryx4. ...
- Textron Stampede 4. ...
- 2021 Yamaha Viking EPS.
The most popular brand that sold the most units in 2020 is Polaris. Considering that these products are made in America, it makes sense when you consider the fact that the North American market sells more four-wheelers and side-by-sides than anywhere else on earth.