engine and the versatile transmission
let you tailor the power delivery to
the kind of driving you want to do.
Shifting manually is fun, and it can also
be handy for heavy hauling, towing
or plowing, but we liked trail riding
in automatic sport mode best. In
automatic sport mode, the transmission
downshifts earlier and allows higher
revs in each gear. Automatic standard
mode is ideal for smooth, relaxed
cruising, and the transmission still
responds well to hills, technical terrain
and other challenges. Regardless of
what we did with the Honda, the engine
felt strong and refined.
IS IT READY FOR WORK?
Definitely. It can carry 1000 pounds
in its tilting bed and tow 2000 pounds.
The geared transmission can be used
in low or high range in automatic or
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
Double A-arms and Fox QS- 3 shocks
front and rear. The QS- 3 shocks offer
simple, three-position compression-damping adjustment and adjustable
spring preload. There are 10. 6 inches
of travel up front and 10 inches in the
rear. A rear sway bar controls body roll.
Non-LE Pioneer 1000-5s come with
self-leveling rear suspension.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It provides a smooth, refined ride
at relaxed speeds with better control
and bottoming resistance than non-LE
Pioneer suspension. Pioneer 1000s
provide excellent comfort, even on
bumpy, rocky trails, and the suspension
performs well even when we push
the machines with a quick pace on
the trail. The LE offers an even more
compliant ride at low speeds and
better control at high speeds with less
bottoming, even on big, unexpected
bumps. Performance-minded drivers
will appreciate the easy compression
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It handles nearly as well as the
three-seat Pioneer 1000, because it’s
built on the same chassis as the three-seater. With the same wheelbase,
width and overall length as the three-seater, the Pioneer 1000-5 has a
tight-turning circle and doesn’t snag
on steep drop-offs or in rocks as often
as multi-passenger machines with
longer wheelbases. The Honda is also
very stable and agile; it even slides
HOW IS IT IN MUD AND WATER?
It’s ready. With plenty of power,
more than a foot of ground clearance,
and a very capable 4WD system, mud
and water crossings aren’t much of an
obstacle to the Honda. The Pioneer’s
engine air intake is also located high
under the hood, and the bodywork
provides excellent splash protection.
The Pioneer 1000-5 can carry 1000 pounds
in its bed and tow 2000 pounds.
The six-speed transmission can be shifted
manually with paddle shifters, or you can
select standard or sport automatic shift
HOW IS IT ON HILLS?
Surefooted. The Pioneer’s climbing
ability is as incredible as machines with
locking front differentials, and there’s
no need to select a front differential-
lock setting to get maximum traction.
The Pioneer 1000 LE’s
I-4WD traction control
makes steep climbs
secure. Hill-start assist
keeps the vehicle from
rolling backwards on
hills when you move
your foot from the
brake to the gas pedal.