Honda PIONEER 1000-5 LE
“wow.” that was the first word spoken by every member of our test crew after completing his first lap around the course in the Pioneer 1000-5 LE, this year’s Editor’s Choice. From the butter-smooth ride to the truck-style, six-speed transmission to the almost unbelievable absence of engine noise and vibration, the Pioneer 1000-5 impressed in every category. And then we took a look at the cargo area….
The 1000-5 LE features a fully functional (and spacious) dumping cargo box. But it’s more than that. Pull a lever to open a rear access door, flip up two panels, and that cargo box converts into a second row of seating, allowing the twoseater to handle up to five passengers.
Ground clearance was the best in the test at nearly 13 inches, as was towing capacity at 2,000 pounds, thanks to its 999cc twin-cam, liquid-cooled engine. But you’d be hard-pressed to believe the Pioneer’s engine is capable of so much power when you’re riding in it—primarily because it sounds as if there is no engine at all. Because engine noise registers only 76 decibels in the cab at 20 mph, you hear the tires on the trail rather than the buzz of an engine.
score: 93.0 Price: $16,399; $21,599 AS TESTED 1
The Honda Pioneer 1000-5 LE powers through a wet section of trail.