American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today that the Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 500 side-by-sides receive a long list of significant new features for the 2017 model year.
Honda’s midsize and entry side-by-sides have already been big hits, and they now offer customers additional options that make them even more appealing.
Two new feature-laden Deluxe models are added to the Pioneer 700 lineup, while the number-one-selling entry-level side-by-side Pioneer 500 gets a new automatic shifting mode and other changes.
“We know that customers of side-by-side vehicles place a high priority on features, and with the updates we’ve made to the Pioneer 700 and 500, we expect these models to be even more popular than they already have been,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Now both models give drivers the option of shifting manually or relying on the automatic transmission, and the new Pioneer 700 Deluxe and Pioneer 700-4 Deluxe bring exciting options to the midsize class.”
Already a popular model in the growing midsize side-by-side market, the Pioneer 700 gets even better for 2017, as the lineup now includes new Deluxe options for the Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 700-4. These Deluxe models boast features like aluminum wheels, electric power steering and painted suspension springs.
In addition, the Deluxe models’ fully automatic transmission now comes with a manual mode that can be activated via a new dash-mounted toggle switch; use the steering-column-mounted paddle shifters to change gears while in manual mode, or to override shift points on the fly while in automatic mode. Deluxe models also get painted plastic for a bright, durable finish, while all Pioneer 700s receive a new bumper, fascia and graphics.
Both 700-4 models still boast the industry’s first QuickFlip™ seating design, which allows the two rear seats to fold into the bed so that owners can select between two-, three- or four-seat configurations.
A comfortable, reliable and versatile machine, this workhorse can also be dressed up, modified and personalized by choosing from the full line of more than 50 Honda Genuine Accessories/Honda Signature Accessories.
The industry’s top-selling entry side-by-side gets even better for 2017, as Honda’s Pioneer 500 now boasts a new transmission mode that can change between fully automatic and manual-electric-shift modes via a new toggle switch.
For simple driving, owners can just push the accelerator and go. For more control, the steering-column-mounted paddles can be used to shift manually, or to override automatic shift points on the fly. Also new for 2017 are dual-rate suspension springs, providing a plush ride while still being resistant to bottoming.
As always, the compact Pioneer 500 has a narrow 50-inch width that lets customers transport it in a full-size pickup-truck bed and ride it on recreational trails that have width restrictions. From longtime off-road enthusiasts to new side-by-side drivers, the Pioneer 500 is an instant favorite for work or recreation.
Different jobs, terrain, and adventures mean it only makes sense to fine-tune your Honda Pioneer to your specific needs. A full line of high-quality Honda accessories are available to make your Pioneer even better.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers.
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