2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Review of Specs / Development | SxS, UTV, Side by Side ATV (SXS500M2H)

– 2017 Pioneer 500 Side by Side Buyer’s Guide: Accessories, HP & TQ Specs + More! | (SXS500) –

Today, we’re going to do a complete review on the 2017 Pioneer 500 covering all of the nitty-gritty specs, features and everything you need to know about the 50″ side by side model from Honda for 2017. The Honda Pioneer 500 (SXS500M2) was released to dealers back in July of 2014 as a 2015 model. It was Honda’s first entry into the 50-inch SxS / UTV market which is a corner of the market that is growing year after year as not everyone wants a “full-size” side by side that you have to purchase a trailer to haul out to the trails. You also have some trail-heads that aren’t allowing the typical side by side on their trails and they are putting up 50″ posts so only ATVs can ride on those trails and with a 50″ side by side ATV like this you’re able to ride where others can’t.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Changes & Upgrades?

  • New Automatic Transmission with switch to Change from Manual to Automatic similar to Pioneer 1000 & ATV DCT Models
  • New Dual-Rate Front & Rear Springs / Suspension
  • New Green color added

The Pioneer 500 is now available with the same style MT / AT Automatic Transmission that the Pioneer 700 & 700-4 will be receiving for 2017 that I mentioned in the initial model announcement – which can be read here. From 2015 – 2016, the Pioneer 500 was only available with a Manual Transmission to where you always had to change gears by clicking up and down via the paddle shifters. Personally, I loved that feature but we did have a lot of people that wanted an Automatic Transmission option on the Pioneer 500 so Honda decided to listen to feedback from customers. The upside now is that you get the best of both worlds, the automatic feature for when you don’t want to change gears and then when you want to have a little fun and wring her neck it bumps the fun factor up a notch when you can hold each gear as long as you want without a computer controlling it. The Pioneer 500 also received another upgrade in the suspension department with new dual-rate springs offer a smoother and better ride with more confidence in overall handling.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 SxS / UTV / Side by Side ATV Review

2017 Pioneer 500 Features & Benefits

FEATURE DETAIL BENEFIT
New fully automatic transmission  Retains steering-column-mounted paddle shifters for manual mode or overriding automatic mode on the fly  Simplicity of no shifting, with option of manual shifting when desired
New ratio for first gear (previously called low)  3.615:1  Improves shift feel and driveability
 Narrow body  50 inches wide  Fits in a full-size pickup bed; suitable for width-restricted recreational trails
 Compact chassis length  102.5-inch overall, 73.1-inch wheelbase  Tight turning radius
 New dual-rate suspension springs  Variable spacing of coils  Resists bottoming on larger obstacles
 Fuel-injected engine  475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder  Great performance, excellent fuel efficiency
 Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear  Dual 200mm front, single 170mm rear  Confident braking
 Large, flat rear carrier  Multiple hook points, 450 lb. load capacity  Simplifies securing loads
 Twist-action door-release knob  Door and net open as one  Easy entry and exit
New ROHVA-established safety enhancements Optimized shape of torso bars for driver, passenger Improves safety, eases entry/exit
Colors Green, Red, Honda Phantom Camo

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Phantom Camo Side by Side ATV / UTV / SxS / Utility Vehicle 4x4

With the Pioneer 500, you have a compact, affordable and fun side by side. The steering-column-mounted paddle shifters add to the fun, while the Pioneer 500’s 50-inch width lets it fit on recreational trails with width restrictions, as well as in the back of a full-size truck. And its tight 13-foot turning radius reflects its agile handling. From long-time off-road enthusiasts to new side by side drivers, the Pioneer 500 will become an instant favorite. Some people are concerned by the power output of the 500 cc engine and it’s top-speed on the Pioneer 500 but that’s not what this side by side ATV is all about. I’ve driven some of the 100+ horsepower SxS / UTV models out there and to me the Pioneer 500 is a lot more fun. It can’t hold a candle to them in acceleration or performance number comparisons etc but you can’t judge the “fun factor” of a machine by spec-sheet shopping. The paddle shifters is where all the fun lies! Instead of the typical side by side where you just hit the gas and go, you actually get to be more involved with the machine on the Pioneer 500 slamming through the gears. You also have to think about our trails here in the southeast… We don’t have the open sand dunes like the guys out west where you can really open up those 140+ horsepower UTVs and see what they’ll do. You’re lucky to get up to 40-45 mph around here before you’re hard on the brakes trying not to clip a wheel on a tree, boulder and so on.

The Pioneer 500 is a brilliant concept: Like a full-sized side-by-side, it lets you take a passenger along and has the off-road capability to get you where you need to go. But the Pioneer 500 is a new take on the SxS formula: it’s narrow, fits on tight trails, is fun to drive, and easy to load into a full-size truck bed.

2017 Pioneer 500 Performance Numbers:

  • 2017 Pioneer 500 Horsepower 28.7 HP
    • Pioneer 500 Horsepower to Weight Ratio ( 28.7 HP / 1,010 lb ) = .028 horsepower per pound
    • Pioneer 500 Top Speed: 39-40 MPH via Electronic Speed Limiter

Are you on the fence about which Honda Pioneer to buy? Pioneer 500 vs 700 vs 1000? Check out this performance / horsepower comparison on Honda’s entire SxS / UTV model lineup here.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

– Key Features & Benefits:

  • – Chassis has compact dimensions: 102.5-inch overall length and 73.1-inch wheelbase.
  • – 50-inch overall width allows access to width-restricted trails.
  • – Fuel-injected engine provides great performance and excellent fuel efficiency in a variety of conditions.
  • – Five-speed gearbox with reverse and a LOW first gear uses an electric shift system featuring paddle shifters mounted on the steering column.
  • – Twist-action door release knob opens the door and net together as one unit.
  • – Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear.
  • – Large, flat rear carrier offers a load capacity of 450 pounds and multiple hook points for tie-downs.
  • – Towing capacity of 1000 pounds to take on tough jobs.
  • – Full line of Honda accessories adds weather protection, storage capacity and expanded functionality.
  • – Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Below, you’ll see a more in depth breakdown on some of the innovations behind the 2017 Honda Pioneer 500.

– Pioneer 500 Innovations:

  • Open Front Differential
    – The front differential’s open design makes steering easier and more precise, even in four-wheel drive.
  • Liquid Cooling
    – Our time-tested Honda engine is liquid-cooled, which provides more consistent operating temperatures and more power than a comparable air-cooled motor. This adds up to better performance and longer engine life.
  • Narrow Overall Width
    – This is a huge bonus. Whether it’s for a trail restricted to 50-inch overall width, or the convenience of not having to buy a trailer, the Pioneer 500 can go where just about no other side-by-side can!*
  • TraxLok 4WD
    – Our rock-solid system lets you choose either 2WD or 4WD, giving you the freedom to choose between lighter steering (in 2WD) and maximizing available traction (in 4WD) when you need it most.
  • Fun, Sporty Ride
    – With 5.9 inches of travel at the front wheels and 5.9 inches of ground clearance, the Pioneer 500 can negotiate tough trails with ease. And the Pioneer 500’s suspension is tuned for a fun, sporty ride too.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Camo Review / Specs / Prices / Horsepower & Torque + More!

  • Paddle Shifter
    – Upshift and downshift without ever having to take your hands off the wheel. You get to choose the exact gear you want for challenging terrain, and it’s engineered for precise, smooth shifts.
  • Single Operation Door / Net
    – The Pioneer 500 comes standard with doors, and the occupant net is directly attached—just unlock and open the door, and the net automatically swings aside making entry and exit easier.
  • Side-By-Side Seating
    – With a comfortable bench-style seat, individual backrests and seatbelts for both rider and passenger, the Pioneer 500 offers side-by-side comfort and excellent maneuverability.
  • Strong Gearbox
    – Unlike the belt-drive automatics out there, the Pioneer 500 features a transmission that uses rugged, steel gears. You get true compression braking for superior controllability (especially when descending hills), as well as long transmission life.
  • Semi-Dry-Sump Engine
    – Compact and lighter weight, the Pioneer 500’s overhead-valve, semi-dry-sump design creates an engine that’s not only shorter from top to bottom, but one that enhances handling by lowering the center of gravity and increasing ground clearance.
  • Longitudinal Engine Mounting
    – The Pioneer 500 is built around our strong, single-cylinder, 475cc longitudinal engine. By orienting the crankshaft front to back in the chassis, we route the flow of power straight to the wheels without any right-angle detours, reducing powertrain friction and putting more grunt to the ground.
  • Closed-Loop Fuel Injection
    – Better cold-weather and high-altitude running, effortless startups, great fuel efficiency and less pollution—that’s what the Pioneer 500’s “closed loop” fuel-injection system means—a first in the industry.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Accessories - Hard Top / Roof

  • Rear Carrier Design
    – With the unique steel rear carrier design, the Pioneer 500 gives you tremendous versatility when it comes to securing loads. Special tiedown-hook securing points make it even easier. And the rack’s 450-pound rating gives you plenty of carrying capacity, too.
  • Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)
    – The Pioneer 500’s fully independent rear suspension means you get a smooth ride and great traction, especially over rough terrain.
  • 1000-Pound Towing Capacity
    – The Pioneer 500 has a heavy-duty receiver-style hitch and 1000-pound towing capacity.
  • Locked Rear Axle
    – With the IRS rear end and a locked-axle design, the Pioneer 500 gives you great traction and a smooth ride.
  • Compact, Yet Capable
    – With the Honda Pioneer 500, you and a passenger can get there, whether it’s a narrow, 50-inch trail or the remote regions of the ranch. And with our steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, you’ll enjoy the drive.
  • Powerful 500-Class Engine
    – Coupled with an efficient five-speed transmission, the Pioneer 500’s engine features electronic fuel injection for effortless cold-weather and high-altitude operation. It’s specially tuned for low-rpm torque, too.
  • Better, Not Bigger
    – The Pioneer 500’s overall size and responsive handling make it fun to drive. Best of all, since it’s a Honda it’s also durable, reliable, and offers superior engineering. There’s nothing like it on the trails.

Want to do some more reading up on the 2017 Pioneer 500? Honda’s main Pioneer 500 details page is located here.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Specs, Prices, Colors, HP & TQ Performance Rating + More!


2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Development Story

Following the successful launch of the revolutionary 2014 Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 700-4, Honda continues its side-by-side expansion with the 2015 Pioneer 500. Compact, versatile and fun, the two-person Pioneer 500 side-by-side is equally adept at off-road recreation or tackling a wide variety of work applications. Best of all it provides and outstanding value for the market: It combines Honda’s legendary durability, quality, and reliability with an $8,499 suggested retail price.

Sized to fit on trails that impose width restrictions—as well as in the bed of a full-size pick-up truck—the Pioneer 500 was designed by Honda R&D in Ohio, and built at Honda South Carolina (HSC) in Timmonsville using domestically and globally sourced parts. Its compact size and affordable price provides attainable access into the side-by-side category for a larger group of four-wheel customers.

2016 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

Size matters
Recreational riders are encountering restrictions in more and more off-road areas: trail access for off-road vehicles is limited to those with a width no greater than 50 inches—narrower than many full-sized side-by-sides. With its brand-new steel ladder-frame chassis and compact 50-inch width, the Pioneer 500 is designed to fit 50-inch limited access trails and allows for convenient home storage. Overall length is 102.5 inches, and a modest 73.1-inch wheelbase helps return agile handling and a tight turning radius of only 13 feet. Double-wishbone suspension front and rear with durable steel A-arms yield 5.9 inches of travel that’s plush enough for a comfortable ride, yet progressive enough for most off-road trails. The rear shocks offer spring preload adjustability to alter the ride for light or heavy loads. The rear suspension also features a stabilizer bar system, reducing body roll when cornering. 24 x 8-12 tires help give the Pioneer 500 a quality steering feel and ride.

Powered by Honda’s proven longitudinally mounted 475cc liquid-cooled overhead valve single-cylinder four-stroke engine, the Pioneer 500 features plenty of low-end torque, and a smooth easy-to-use powerband that makes it fun to use in a wide range of environments. Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system ensures accurate fuel metering and great throttle response under many different riding conditions, including high-altitude operation. Additionally, the Pioneer 500 incorporates an oxygen sensor and catalytic converter in the durable stainless-steel exhaust system, which increases fuel-metering precision while also allowing the Pioneer 500 to meet exhaust emissions requirements.

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Camo Side by Side ATV / Utility Vehicle Specs

Phantom Camo… If you haven’t had a chance to check out the All new Phantom Camo that Honda released in 2014, do yourself a favor and check it out in person. The difference between the old camo that Honda used on the ATV model lineup and Big Red can’t hold a candle to the new Phantom Camo finish. The detail is amazing to say the least… It’s rather difficult to catch those fine details in a picture but I tried my best above. Honda also informed us that the new camo is also a lot more durable than the previous finish which is definitely a big deal when you’re splurging out an extra $600 for the Phantom Camo finish on the Pioneer 500 compared to the olive, red and metallic blue.

Power is transmitted to the wheels through a five-speed gearbox with reverse that uses an electric shift system featuring paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Pull the paddle on the right side for upshifts, or pull the paddle on the left for downshifts. The familiar layout and function of this system is similar to what’s found in Honda automobiles and provides the driver with a fun recreation feature and useful gear control for work. Reverse is easily engaged via a dash-mounted lever, and gear position is displayed on the centrally located digital meter for convenient reference. Shift engagement from one gear to the next in the Pioneer 500 is notably smooth, thanks to a shock-absorbing judder spring in the clutch assembly and a momentary fuel cut during shifts that helps smooth the transition from one gear to the next—two innovative bits of Honda bright-think.

Honda Pioneer 500 SxS / UTV / Side by Side ATV in Pickup Truck Bed

On downhill slopes, the Electric Shift transmission allows the driver to hold a gear for positive engine braking that supplements the 200mm hydraulic front and rear disc brakes for slowing power, a welcome feature. With its 1,000 pound towing capacity and ability to hold a lower gear, the Pioneer 500 has the ability to tackle big jobs in a variety of terrain. Final drive is handled via shaft, and a handy gearshift selector makes it easy to switch from 2WD to 4WD when the going gets tough.

Convenient access for you and your gear
To climb into the Pioneer 500, you merely twist the door release knob, and the door and net open together as one unit—an ingenious and simple design. The knob is easily accessible from inside or outside of the vehicle. The door swings open a full 180 degrees for easy entry and exit. Inside, there’s a roomy and comfortable bench seat for the driver and passenger. The Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) meets OSHA requirements, and there are three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seat belts.

In back a large, flat rear carrier built of sturdy steel tubing provides a big space measuring about 30 inches by 46 inches wide. With a deck height of only 37.5 inches, the rear carrier is an easy lift for packing your gear on board. The rack is rated for a load capacity of 450 pounds, and multiple hook points for tie-downs are conveniently provided all around. There’s plenty of room on the rear carrier for users to add specialized equipment or an enclosed box for parts, tools, or camping gear. The options are nearly endless. There’s also more than 40 Honda Genuine and Signature Accessories that allow owners to configure their Pioneer 500 to meet their specific needs right off the showroom floor.

2016 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

Attention to detail counts for plenty, and as would be expected, the Pioneer 500 is up to full Honda spec in this area. Access for pre-ride maintenance items, such as brake fluid, coolant level, and oil level, is simple and requires no tools. Thoughtful touches in the rider compartment include dual headrests, two cup holders and a 12-volt power outlet. The hood, seat back and seat bottom can be easily removed as needed for access to the oil dipstick and air filter. And multi-reflector halogen headlights offer plenty of illumination should your rides stretch past sundown.

With new people entering the growing side-by-side market, the Pioneer 500 provides a whole new level of accessibility—both in its versatile capabilities as well as its exceptional value. Compact, easy handling and trail-ready, the Pioneer 500 offers a highly affordable fun alternative for recreational riding, outdoor sports, chores around the homestead, the job site, and so much more. From side-by-side enthusiasts to new riders, the Pioneer 500 is likely to become an instant favorite.


2016 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

2016 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

Honda Genuine / Signature 2017 Pioneer 500 Accessories

Made with the same exacting standards as every Honda part, build your 2017 Pioneer 500 with high-quality Honda Genuine Accessories to make it fit your needs whether it be a work-horse on the farm, hunting or just recreational use. Here’s a few of the items available for your 2017, 2016 and 2015 Pioneer 500 from Honda:

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Pioneer 500 Top / Roof Options

  • Hard Roof 08R70-HL5-A01
    • Manufactured from ultra-rugged, extremely durable HMWPE (high molecular weight polyethylene). *Outstanding weather protection. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Styled to integrate with vehicle design. *Compatible with all Honda Accessory Windscreens and includes mount points for Honda Accessory Light Bar.
  • Fabric Roof / Rear Panel
    • Black 0SR85-HL5-200
    • Camo 0SR85-HL5-400C
      • One piece design is constructed of durable Sur Last® fabric for superior performance in harsh conditions. *Solution dyed process for UV Fade Resistance. *Urethane coated and DWR (durable water repellent) for max water repellency. *Mold/Mildew and Abrasion ResistantFiber rods create a tight custom fit to the roof while promoting water run off. *Rear window zips open and rolls up increasing airflow through the cab. *Polished vinyl window is rated at -30° F cold crack.
  • Bimini Top
    • Black 0SR85-HL5-322B
    • Camo 0SR85-HL5-422C
      • Made of durable Surlast® fabric for superior performance in harsh conditions. *Solution dyed process for UV Fade Resistance. *Urethane coated and DWR (durable water repellent) for max water repellency. *Mold/Mildew and Abrasion Resistant. *Provides protection from the sun. *Easy and fast installation. *Fiber rods create a tight custom fit to the roof while promoting water run off. *Not compatible with Honda Fabric Door Accessory.

Pioneer 500 Windshield / Windscreen Options

  • Full Poly Tip-Out Windscreen (Optical Grade) 0SR73-HL5-100
    • Constructed of optical grade polycarbonate. *Non-cracking, non-yellowing material, excellent impact resistance. *Windscreen tips out allowing air flow to driver and passenger. *Fully adjustable. *Modular design works with either Honda Accessory Hard Roof or Fabric Roofs. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Custom screen printed graphics compliment vehicle styling.*Only windscreens with the optional premium.
  • Full Poly Tip-Out Windscreen (Hard Coat) 08R74-HL5-A01
    • Constructed of optical grade polycarbonate with premium hard coating for optimal scratch resistance. *Noncracking, nonyellowing material, excellent impact resistance. *Fully adjustable windscreen tips out allowing for increased airflow. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Modular design works with either Honda Accessory Hard Roof’s or Fabric Roof’s configurations.
  •  Wind Deflector0SR73-HL5-101B
    • Constructed of optical grade polycarbonate. *Non-cracking, non-yellowing material, excellent impact resistance. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Custom screen printed graphics compliment vehicle styling.

Pioneer 500 Doors / Panel Options

  • Fabric Doors
    • Black 0SR90-HL5-210
    • Camo 0SR90-HL5-410C
      • Aluminum CNC formed door frames are lightweight and provide a consistent fit. *Integrates with standard half doors. *Made of durable Sur Last® fabric for superior performance in harsh conditions. *Solution dyed process for UV Fade Resistance. *Urethane coated and DWR (durable water repellent) for max water repellency. *Mold/Mildew and Abrasion Resistant. *Doubled zippered vinyl windows roll down increasing airflow thru the cab. *Vinyl is rated at -30° F cold crack.
  • Fabric Rear Panel 0SR95-HL5-100
    • Made of durable Sur Last® fabric for superior performance in harsh conditions. *Solution dyed process for UV Fade Resistance. *Urethane coated and DWR (durable water repellent) for max water repellency. *Mold/Mildew and Abrasion Resistant. *Window zips open and rolls up increasing airflow through the cab. *Polished vinyl window is rated at -30° F cold crack.
  • Side Mirrors 0SV05-HL5-100
    • Increased driver visibility. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Adjustable positioning, includes right and left mirrors. *Not compatible with Honda Fabric Door or Hard Door Accessories.

Pioneer 500 Bumpers

  • Front Bumper 08P73-HL5-A00
    • Strong, steel construction for added vehicle protection. *Durable gloss black powder coat adds a stylish finish. *Factory mount points. *Quick, easy to install.
  • Rear Bumper 08P74-HL5-A00
    • Strong, steel construction for added vehicle protection. *Durable gloss black powder coat adds a stylish finish. *Quick, easy to install.

Pioneer 500 Skid Plates / A-Arm Guard Options

  • Aluminum A-Arm Guards
    • Front 08P70-HL5-A00
    • Rear 08P71-HL5-A00
      • Lightweight 5052-H32 brushed aluminum. *Added protection from trail hazards like rocks and branches. *Quick, easy to install.
  • Aluminum Skid Plate 08P72-HL5-A00
    • 3 piece set of brushed aluminum plates provides added vehicle protection. 5052 aluminum is 4mm thick.

Pioneer 500 Cargo / Storage Options

  • Underseat Storage Box 08L77-HL5-A00
    • Convenient under seat box provides additional storage (5.2L).
  • Cargo Tray 08L70-HL5-A40
    • Manufactured from ultra-rugged, extremely durable HMWPE (high molecular weight polyethylene). *Converts cargo rack into a convenient storage platform perfect for small yard work, landscaping or other tasks. *Lightweight design allows the use of customer supplied partitions. *Molded side slots and Rounded Perimeter allows for bungee cord tie-downs or cargo nets. *Easy to clean–resistant to debris build-up. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system. *Quick installation, quick removal.
  • Front Underhood Tray 08L78-HL5-A00
    • Large volume (22.5 liters) storage tray is sealed to minimize water and dust intrusion.
  • Cab Frame Cargo Bag 0SL57-HL5-101
    • Constructed of durable UV treated polyester. *Includes 7 convenient zippered compartments and zipper pulls for easy operation. *Secures to roll bar with hook & loop straps and locking buckles.
  • Rear Luggage / Rack Bag
    • Small 0SL56-HL5-100B
      • Made of heavy duty 600 denier material for superior performance. *Water, UV and Mold Resistant. *Features 2 adjustable center dividers to keep your contents organized. *Solid construction holds shape when empty. *Securely mounts using 6 hook and loop mounting straps. *Measures 45″L x 10.75″W x 10.25″H with a 81.26 liter capacity. *Compatible with optional larger Honda Accessory cargo bag (0SL56-HL5-100A) for the ultimate in carrying capacity.
    • Large 0SL56-HL5-100A
      • Made of heavy duty 600 denier material for superior performance. *Water, UV and Mold Resistant. *Features a split lid for easy access to your contents and 2 adjustable center dividers to keep contents organized. *Solid construction holds shape when empty. *Securely mounts using 6 hook and loop mounting straps. *Measures 45″L x 14.5″W x 13.5″H with a 144.36 liter capacity. *Compatible with optional smaller Honda Accessory cargo bag (0SL56-HL5-100B) for the ultimate in carrying capacity.
  • Cargo Box 0SL52-HL5-200
    • Manufactured from ultra rugged weather resistant HMWPE. *Cavernous 9.0 cubic feet of storage capacity can hold (3) 5 gallon buckets.*Mounts quickly onto unit rack with Honda Tool-Less clamp system.*Sealed to help keep dust and water out. *Latches are lockable.

Pioneer 500 Winch / Towing / Plow Options

  • Winch 08L71-HL5-A02
    • 2,500lb. of pulling force. *Features an all-metal 3-stage planetary gear train. *Fully sealed to keep the elements out. *A patented disc brake for excellent control and short throw clutch. *Efficient electrical system for less battery drain. *Plow Roller fairlead for improved rope life when plowing. *Requires Honda Accessory Winch Mount Kit and Accessory Sub Harness. *Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • Winch Mount 08L75-HL5-A01
    • Custom designed for your Honda. *Includes winch mount, mounting hardware and wiring for easy installation. *Required for Honda Accessory Winch. *Accessory Sub Harness also required.
  • Plow Push Tube 08L70-HL5-A01
    • Durable construction, engineered to perform season after season. *Large base provides effective plowing surface. *Superior corrosion resistance. *Quick connection. *Requires Honda Accessory straight plow blade, plow mount kit, and lifting device, such as Honda Accessory Winch.
  • Plow Mount 08L73-HL5-A00
    • Custom designed for your Honda. *Quick connect system for easy installation and removal of plow components. *Requires Honda Accessory Plow Push Tube Set, Plow Blade, and lifting device such as Honda Accessory Winch.
  • Plow Blade 08L76-HR3-A21
    • Made from thick-gauge with heavy-duty ribbing and a center cross member for added rigidity. *Boxed design adds extra support. PTFE coated blade for durability and corrosion resistance 17-3/4″ blade height. *Shock and impact resistance. *Adjustable gravel skids to control plowing level. *Requires Honda Accessory Plow Push Tube Set, Plow Mount Kit, and lifting device such as the Honda Accessory Winch.
  • Draw Bar 08L76-HL5-A00
    • Allows installation of 1-7/8″ or 2″ hitch ball.
  • Hitch Ball 08L90-HL1-100C
    • 1-7/8” hitch ball – includes nut and lock washer.

Pioneer 500 LED Lights / Electrical

  • Work Light 08U71-HL5-A00
    •  Handy 10-watt Cree LED light provides exceptional performance with minimal battery draw. *Adjustable pedestal mount. Produces 1,000 lumens in a flood pattern. *Protected in a rugged aluminum black powder coated housing and polycarbonate lens. *IP68 rated–waterproof, submersible. *Requires Honda Accessory Sub Harness and Work Light Wire Harness.
      • Work Light Accessory Harness 08Z70-HL5-A00
        • Required for installation of Honda Accessory Work Light. Includes switch and clamp.
  • Light Bar 0SV31-HL3-301
    • Stylish 14″ light bar features 3-watt Cree LED lights, providing exceptional performance with minimal battery draw. *Produces 3,600 lumens in a spot pattern. *Rugged aluminum, powder-coated housing. *Durable polycarbonate lens. *IP68 rated -waterproof, submersible. *Requires Honda Accessory Sub Harness and Honda Accessory Aux Lights/Light Bar Wire Harness. *Includes mounting hardware to Honda Accessory Hard Roofs. *Additional accessory clamps available for mounting to cab frame.
  • Auxiliary Lights 0SV31-HL3-201
    • Pair of 4” auxiliary lights feature 3-watt Cree LED’s, providing exceptional performance with minimal battery draw. *Produce a combined 2,400 lumens in a flood pattern. *Rugged aluminum powder-coated housing. *Durable polycarbonate lens*IP68 rated –waterproof, submersible. *Requires Honda Accessory Wire Harness, and Honda Accessory Aux Lights/Light Bar Wire Harness. *Additional Honda Accessory clamps available for mounting to cab frame.
  • Light Bar / Auxiliary Lights Wire Harness 0SV31-HL5-201E
    • Required for installation of Honda Accessory Aux Lights and/or Light Bar. One Sub Harness can accommodate both lights.
  • Accessory Sub Harness 08Z08-HL5-A00
    • Required for installation of Honda Accessory Back-Up Alarm, Winch Kit, Work Light or Horn Kit.
  • Back Up Alarm 08V70-HL5-A00
    •  Automatically activates a loud beep whenever Pioneer is put into reverse. Requires Honda Accessory Back-Up Alarm Wire Harness.
      • Back Up Alarm Wire Harness 08V71-HL5-A00
        • Required for installation of Honda Accessory Back-Up Alarm.

Pioneer 500 Interior Accessories

  • Rubber Floor Mats 0SP63-HL5-101
    • Manufactured from rugged non slip, vulcanized rubber compound. Pioneer branded with tight, contoured fit.
  • Rear Cab Net 0SR95-HL5-200B
    • Allows maximum airflow through the cab Off-Road performance look Quick and easy installation. No special tools required.
  • Rearview Mirror 0SV05-HL5-201
    • Panoramic mirror with excellent visibility.*Secure and rigid mount.*Uses Honda Tool-Less clamp system.*Quick installation and removal.
  • Side Mirrors 0SV05-HL5-100
    • Increased driver visibility. *Utilizes Honda Tool-Less clamp system for quick installation, quick removal. *Adjustable positioning, includes right and left mirrors. *Not compatible with Honda Fabric Door or Hard Door Accessories.
  • Horn Kit 08P75-HL5-A00
    •  Easy-to-install horn assembly. Requires Honda Accessory Horn Kit Wire Harness and Honda Accessory Sub Harness.
      • Horn Kit Wire Harness 08Z71-HL5-A00
        • Required for installation of Honda Accessory Horn.

Misc Pioneer 500 Accessories

  • Flag with Mount 0SR95-HL3-F10
    • Honda branded Flag Kit. Uses Honda Tool-Less Clamp for easy, secure installation.
  • Storage Cover 0SP35-HL5-201
    • Constructed of weather-resistant synthetic material; taped seams are water proof. *Features Honda and Pioneer logos. *Includes storage pouch. Side zippers allow cab access without removing the cover. *Designed for Pioneer 500 without Accessories.
  • Storage Cover with Accessories 0SP35-HL5-100
    • Constructed of weather-resistant synthetic material; taped seams are water proof. *Features Honda and Pioneer logos. *Includes storage pouch. *Side zippers allow cab access without removing the cover. *Designed to accommodate Pioneer 500 with Accessories.

The Biggest Difference Is The Honda

The Pioneer 500 is a groundbreaking concept, combining a narrow stance with two-up side-by-side carrying capacity. As innovative as that is, it’s only the beginning: The fuel-injected 500-class engine mates with a five-speed beltless transmission, which offers reliability and true compression braking.

Though it’s compact size means it’ll fit in the back of many pick-up trucks, it’s a fully capable work or rec machine. The steel rear carrier’s unique design boasts a 450-pound capacity, and offers you the flexibility to outfit it to match your needs.

What are your thoughts on the Pioneer 500? Anything you think Honda should have changed for 2017?

Personally, I think the Pioneer 500 is a blast to drive. I have a bad habit of wanting ridiculous amounts of horsepower though haha. To me, a perfect machine would be the 50″ wheelbase of the Pioneer 500 but throw the 1000 cc engine out of the Pioneer 1000 into it. Put some long-travel suspension under it. Pair all of that up with the added horsepower mated to that DCT 6-speed transmission and WOW! That’d be one ridiculously fun sport SxS from Honda! I can dream… haha. It will be interesting to see if Honda answers back to the recently announced 2017 Yamaha sport SxS YXZ1000R and released a big bore sport side by side ATV / UTV. That’s another conversation though as the Pioneer 500 and new Yamaha sport have nothing in common since they are two separate segments of the market and I’m getting sidetracked from the topic at hand.

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2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Price / MSRP: $8,999 (* Phantom Camo $9,599)

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Color Options:  Red, Green, Phantom Camo

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Model ID: SXS500M2H

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Release Date: September, 2016


2016 Honda Pioneer 500 / SxS - Side by Side ATV - UTV

2017 Honda Pioneer 500 Specifications:

Model: Pioneer 500
Engine Type: 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 92.0mm x 71.5mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Induction: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 36mm throttle body
Ignition: Full-transistorized with electronic advance
Clutch: Automatic
Transmission: Electric-shift five-speed with reverse (First gear is L = LOW)
Driveline: Direct front and rear driveshafts
Suspension Front: Independent double-wishbone; 5.9 inches travel
Rear: Independent double-wishbone with pre-load adjustability; 5.9 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual hydraulic 200mm discs
Rear: 170mm hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 24 x 8-12
Rear: 24 x 10-12
Length: 102.5 inches
Width: 50.0 inches
Height: 72.4 inches
Seat Height: 28.7 inches
Ground Clearance: 9.6 inches
Wheelbase: 73.1 inches
Turning Radius: 13.0 feet
Towing Capacity: 1000 pounds
Payload Capacity: 450 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gallons, including 1.1-gallons reserve
Colors: Red, Green, Honda Phantom Camo®
Curb Weight*: 1010 pounds

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.


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