OW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Pioneer 1000-5 LE is the top-of-the-line model in the Pioneer 1000-5
line; it’s $21,599. The Pioneer 1000-5
starts at $16,399. The Pioneer 1000-5
Deluxe is $17,399. The Polaris Ranger
Crew XP 1000 EPS is $16,999. Can-Am’s Defender Max XT is $17,199.
WHAT SETS THE LE APART?
The Pioneer 1000-5 LE has
convertible seating for three or five
like the other 1000-5 models, but it
comes with several special features the
other models don’t. The LE package
includes I-4WD, Fox QS- 3 shocks,
hill-start assist, electronic brake-force
distribution, Matte Gray Metallic-painted
bodywork, an aluminum skid plate and
A-arm guards, red springs and A-arms,
under-dash storage, additional cup
holders, and illuminated switches.
WHAT IS I-4WD?
It’s a form of traction control that
replaces the four-mode differential-lock system on non-LE Pioneer 1000s.
It works with the Pioneer’s front
differential to provide as much traction
as a locking differential, with no need to
select differential-lock mode and with
less steering effort. I-4WD also provides
electronic brake-force distribution,
which optimizes the braking force
applied to the front and rear brakes to
match load and traction conditions. The
system also includes hill-start assist,
which momentarily holds the brake to
stop the vehicle from rolling backwards
on hills when you switch from the brake
to the gas pedal.
Like the other Pioneer 1000s, the
1000-5 LE’s rear differential can be
locked when maximum traction is
needed or unlocked for tighter turning
and delicate turf.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 999cc, eight-valve Unicam inline
twin. The Unicam head is adapted from
designs used on Honda’s motocross
bikes and the 450R sport quad. A
single cam operates the intake valves
directly and the exhaust valves with
roller rocker arms. The Pioneer 1000-
5’s engine puts out an impressive 72
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
It’s a six-speed, dual-clutch
transmission. With no belt to worry
about and standard, sport, low range,
manual and automatic shift modes,
it’s the most versatile transmission
available on a UTV. Manual shifting
is done with paddle shifters, and you
can shift manually, even in automatic
mode. All 2017s have a memory feature
that keeps the mode you select after
HOW FAST IS IT?
For a recreational utility machine, it
moves. The Honda pulls hard when
you get on the gas, and the versatile
transmission gives you more control
over how the machine responds
than the fully automatic, belt-type,
continuously variable transmissions
in most UTVs. Top speed is 62 mph,
which is plenty for covering wide-open
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY ON THE
The smooth, powerful, free-revving
Fox QS- 3 shocks offer a smooth, refined ride and very good control for aggressive driving.
The 73-horsepower, 999cc, single-overhead-cam, eight-valve, inline twin revs freely and is
The Pioneer 1000-5 LE has Fox QS- 3 shocks front and rear. The three-position compression-damping adjuster makes adjustments simple.
The battery and coolant tank are easy to reach under the hood.