WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
Honda’s six-speed dual-clutch
transmission offers manual shifting
with sports-car-like paddle shifters
and automatic mode. You can select
standard or sport shift programs and
low or high range. There is no belt
to worry about, no manual clutch to
operate and you can shift manually
even in automatic mode. All 2017s have
a memory feature that retains the mode
you select after engaging reverse.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s quick. Of course, we expect that
from a 1000, but the Honda offers more
excitement than some recreation utility
UTVs simply because you can pick
your own gears and control the power
more than with an automatic. Even so,
automatic sport mode provides the
fastest acceleration in most situations,
and the 1000 accelerates a touch
harder than the 1000-5 because it’s 62
pounds lighter. The Pioneer tops out at
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
The Pioneer 1000’s engine is
strong, quick-revving and silky smooth
no matter how you use it, and the
transmission lets you pour on the
power as aggressively or as gently as
We like having the option to shift or
not. It’s fun to pick and hold gears for
some trails, but some drivers and some
trails call for automatic mode. It’s hard
to beat standard mode for cruising.
Automatic sport mode is our favorite
for faster driving. It provides earlier
downshifts and more revs in each gear.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT COME
The Pioneer has double A-arms front
and rear with a rear sway bar to limit
body roll. Travel is 10. 6 inches up front
and 10 inches in the rear. Piggyback-
reservoir Fox QS- 3 front and rear
shocks offer convenient three-position
knobs and adjustable spring preload.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
The Pioneer 1000 LE has a plush,
comfortable ride like the other Pioneer
1000s, and the Fox shocks add
better control and more resistance to
bottoming. It’s really a win-win. You
get exceptional comfort at cruising and
exploring speeds, even on rocky, rutted
terrain and the freedom to enjoy the
1000’s speed more. The shocks’ easy
adjustability is another plus when the
terrain changes or you feel like driving
more or less aggressively.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
For a recreation utility rig, the
Pioneer’s handling is impressively
sporty. It’s nimble and predictable on
winding trails and body roll is minimal.
The 999cc, single-overhead-cam, eight-valve inline twin uses the
light, high-performance Unicam engine design first seen on Honda’s
motocross bikes and the 450R race quad.
The Pioneer 1000 LE has Fox QS- 3 shocks front and rear. The three-position compression-damping adjuster makes adjustments simple.