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2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Honda broke new ground in 2014 with the Pioneer 700 and 700-4. Now, for 2015, the Japanese manufacturer is at it again, adding the entry-level, two-passenger Pioneer 500. Boasting a compact design, 5-speed transmission, and convenient paddle shifting (that's right, just like a sporty car!), this new side-by-side is only 50” wide so you can head down tighter trails that lead to more fun!

Honda Pioneer 500 2015
Photo: Honda

Discover the 2015 Honda Pioneer 500
Built on a smaller version of the Pioneer 700 frame, the new Pioneer 500 is light, nimble, manoeuvrable, and can even be transported in the back of a full-size pickup truck. It offers the ease-of-use and safety features riders have come to expect from side-by-sides including 3-point emergency locking retractor seat belts, a steering wheel, and a sturdy rollover protection structure meeting OSHA standards.

The Pioneer 500 even takes convenience a step further with an ingenious door/net/latch design which keeps safety netting attached and out of the way for one-step entry or exit. However, instead of a rear dump box like the ones found on larger, more capable side-by-sides, it comes with an ATV-style cargo rack.

2015 Honda Pioneer 500 is ready to go; are you?
Powering the new Pioneer 500 is Honda’s proven 475cc, high-torque, single-cylinder engine that offers the efficiency of longitudinal mounting and liquid cooling along with an electric-shift, 5-speed gearbox with reverse that's operated via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

By using an overhead-valve layout and a semi-dry-sump lubrication system, engine height is significantly reduced, thus lowering the centre of gravity and improving ground clearance (9.6” or 243mm).

The Pioneer 500 rides on a fully independent suspension with adjustable preload in the rear. Payload and towing capacities are rated at 450 lbs (203 kg) and 1,000 lbs (450 kg), respectively.

Customize your 2015 Honda Pioneer 500
Starting at $10,499, the 2015 Honda Pioneer 500 is available in red, green, yellow, or camouflage. Honda offers Work and Trail packages at a little more than $1,100 apiece to suit more specific needs. You can also opt for soft or hard door, roof and tailgate panels, skid plates, a polycarbonate windshield, a Warn winch or plow kit, and many other convenient accessories.

Of course, trusted Honda durability, quality, and reliability always come standard.