HOW DOES PRICE COMPARE?
The Pioneer 700 Deluxe is $11,899
and the Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe goes
for $13,499. The Pioneer 700 starts at
$10,499, and the base Pioneer 700-4
is $12,099. Polaris’ Ranger XP 900 is
$12,299. Can-Am’s Defender DPS HD8
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017?
Manual shift mode on the 700 Deluxe
and 700-4 Deluxe is the big news, and
the Deluxe models also come with
painted bodywork, power steering,
cool-looking cast-aluminum wheels,
and contrast-colored suspension
springs—silver on the 700 and red on
WHAT KIND OF UTV IS IT?
It’s a recreation/utility machine.
People pick the Pioneer when they have
serious hauling, towing or plowing to do
in challenging terrain, but this machine
isn’t a slow, pure-utility UTV. It can do
40 mph, and the suspension has 7. 9
inches of travel up front and 9.1 inches
of rear travel. The 700 seats two, can
carry 1000 pounds in its tilting bed and
tow 1500 pounds. The Pioneer 700-4
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 675cc, single-cylinder, push-
rod, four-valve engine. The engine is
mounted longitudinally, which puts the
crankshaft in line with the driveshafts to
reduce power losses.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
An automotive-style, three-speed
automatic with a hydraulic torque
converter. There are several Pioneer
700 models with this transmission,
but only the Pioneer 700 Deluxe and
700-4 Deluxe come with manual shift
mode. Shifting is done with sports
car-like paddle shifters behind the
steering wheel, and you can override
the automatic mode and shift manually
without switching out of automatic
mode. As with Honda’s other geared
UTV transmissions, the 700 has no
drive belt. The range selector and the
paddle shifters have a smooth, positive
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with manually
selectable front differential-lock mode.
There is no unlockable rear differential
like on the Pioneer 1000.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s quick enough to be fun and
powerful enough to handle tough
trails, but don’t expect sport UTV-like acceleration. The Pioneer 700’s
shift program is so well engineered
that you’ll do better in drag races in
automatic mode than shifting yourself.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY ON THE
Thanks to the Pioneer 700’s unique
transmission, you have more control
over its power delivery than most other
UTVs. Automatic mode works well for
getting down or up the trail with ease,
even in hilly, technical terrain. The
transmission shifts smoothly, and it
always finds the right gear to get you
up hills or cruising comfortably in open
terrain. Unlike continuously variable
transmissions, you feel it upshifting and
downshifting just as you do with most
car and truck automatics, but it doesn’t
hunt annoyingly to find the right gear.
Manual shift mode opens up a new
side of the 700. When you want to have
fun, being able to pick the gears you
prefer and ride in those gears, or shift
at will, makes the Pioneer feel sporty.
Shifting manually is handy for putting
the Pioneer to work too. Holding the
machine in first gives access to serious
torque for towing, hauling or plowing.
Holding second or third is handy in
conditions where you want the smooth,
broad power of second or relaxed
cruising in third. Regardless of the gear
you’re in, the transmission downshifts
for you when you come to a stop. The Pioneer 700 seats two adults comfortably. The 700-4 has room for four.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION HAS IT GOT?
There are double A-arms and non-
adjustable shocks up front with 7. 9
inches of travel. In the rear, spring
preload-adjustable shocks on double
A-arms with a sway bar produce 9.1
inches of travel.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s very comfortable and compliant
at a normal pace, even in very rugged
terrain, but big bumps can bottom the
front pretty easily if you’re rushing down
the trail. The Pioneer’s suspension
performs well at quick pace on dirt
roads, though it’s tuned more for
comfort than for speed.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s agile but very surefooted and
stable. Power steering and smart