2018 Honda ATV Models / Lineup Explained | Comparison Review / FAQ + How to Read Model ID Codes

– 2018 Honda ATV / Four-Wheeler Buyer’s Guide | Comparison Review + Model ID Number Differences Explained: TRX, DCT, EPS, ES, IRS, ESP, TRX250TM, TRX420FM1, TRX500FE2, TRX500FA6 etc –

2018 Honda ATV Models / Lineup Review & Specs

It’s that time of the year again… Honda has release their entire 2018 ATV model lineup and now it’s time to go through all of them and break down their differences as well as explain how to read all of the model ID codes for each of them etc. If you haven’t already checked out the 2018 model lineup announcement I posted a little while back, you can check it out by Clicking Here and that’s where you find: prices, colors, release dates etc on all 2018 ATV models.

One of the questions I get asked the most is “What does TRX500FA7J mean?” or “What do all of those letters and numbers mean?” etc. Honda does make it pretty confusing when it comes to breaking down all of the different models and their differences so every year I go through all of them and do a post like this. I also go through each of the individual models and break them down like 2018 Rubicon VS Foreman differences, 2018 Foreman model differences, 2018 Rancher model differences etc.


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Once you learn how to break the coding down it is very simple. Every letter / number helps determine what features that model has whether it be ES, DCT, EPS, IRS and so on.  The most important part is having a key to go off of that helps you with what an “F” may mean or a “7” etc.


Other Helpful ATV Model Lineup Info / Links (more 2018 posts like this coming soon where I explain all models more in-depth):

2018 Honda Rubicon 500 VS Foreman ATV Comparison Review + Differences Explained | TRX500 FourTrax Four-Wheeler Buyer's Guide / FAQ

2018 Honda Foreman VS Rubicon Differences Explained / Comparison Review – Click Here |


2017 Honda Rubicon 500 ATV Review / Specs - FourTrax TRX500 Utility 4x4 Four Wheeler - TRX 500 HP & TQ

2018 Honda ATV Model Key:

  • TRX – Generic prefix for all Honda ATV Sport / Utility 2WD & 4WD models
  • 90 – 90 cc engine
  • 250 – 250 cc engine
  • 400 – 400 cc engine
  • 420 – 420 cc engine
  • 450 – 450 cc engine
  • 500 – 500 cc engine
  • 680 – 680 cc engine
  • T – Two Wheel Drive
  • F – Four Wheel Drive
  • M – Manual Shift
  • E – Electric Shift – Automatic
  • 1 – No Power Steering / EPS
  • 2 – Power Steering / EPS
  • 5 – IRS / NO Power Steering (EPS)
  • 6 – IRS / Power Steering (EPS)
  • D – Deluxe
  • J – 2018 Model Year
  • DCT – Dual Clutch Transmission (Automatic Transmission with Electric Shift option option to manually change gears via the ESP)
  • AT – Automatic (Automatic Transmission with Electric Shift option to manually change gears via the ESP)
  • EPS – Electric Power Steering
  • ESP – Electric Shift Position ( Only used on DCT ATV models | The Electric Shift Position button you’ll find on the right side handlebar of DCT models where you flip from “Auto” to “ESP” so you can manually change the gears by clicking the “UP” or “DOWN” button)
  • ES – Electric Shift
  • IRS – Independent Rear Suspension
  • FourTrax – Honda uses this as a generic model name for all of their utility ATV models in the lineup. Some confuse FourTrax as a certain model from Honda or that it means 4×4 but that is not the case as even 2×4 models use FourTrax.

Model EXAMPLE:

Now lets put what we learned above in the key to use… What is a TRX420FM1J? It is a 420 cc model Rancher ATV that is Four-wheel drive and Manual shift – 2018 year model. TRX = ATV / 420 = 420cc / F = Four wheel drive / M = Manual shift / J = 2018.

TRX is what Honda uses to classify their ATV models whether it be a Sport model like the TRX450R / TRX450ER / TRX400X / TRX250X / TXR90X etc or a Utility model like the TRX250 Recon, TRX420 Rancher, TRX500 Foreman / TRX500 Rubicon and TRX680 Rincon. The main difference between the Sport and Utility models though is the code on the Sport models is the only model name it receives. Whereas the Utility models have the details in their model name like TRX500FE1H and then the name Foreman which most people associate with the model instead of calling it a TRX500FA6H as it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue very well like Foreman 500 does.

2018 Sport ATV Model ID / Names Explained:

2018 Honda TRX250X Sport ATV & 2018 Honda TRX90X Kids ATV

I will not be covering the 2018 Sport ATV Model Lineup extensively below and explaining what their model ID’s mean as they are pretty self-explanatory and there’s only (2) models for 2018 in the model lineup. For example: TRX90X = 90cc engine. TRX250X = 250xx engine. The X at the end of the model ID designates that it is a Sport Model ATV. The TRX at the beginning of the model ID designates that it is an ATV, all of Honda’s ATV models have a model ID that starts with TRX.

2018 Utility ATV Model ID / Names Explained & Differences:

2018 Two-Wheel Drive / 2×4 ATV Models:

Honda FourTrax Recon

 

 

2018 Honda Recon ES 250 ATV Review of Specs - TRX250TE

  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Recon 250
  • 2.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Recon ES 250
  • 1.) TRX250TMJ
  • 2.) TRX250TEJ
  • 1.) EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 250 in the model “TRX250” = engine size is 250 cc. Then the “T” after the engine size = Two Wheel Drive. The “M” stands for Manual shift. The “J” stands for 2018.
  • 2.) EXPLAINED — Everything is the same as the above model except you see it has an “E” which means it is “Electric Shift” or also referred to as ES.

2018 Honda Recon 250 ATV Reviews / Specs / Pictures:


  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420 2×4
  • 1.) TRX420TM1J
  • 1.) EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 420 in the model “TRX420” = engine size is 420 cc. Then the “T” after the engine size = Two Wheel Drive. The “M” stands for Manual Shift. The “1” means no Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rancher 420 2×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:

  • 2018 Rancher 420 2×4 (TRX420TM1) Review – Coming Soon

2018 4×4 ATV Models

Honda FourTrax Rancher

2018 Rancher 420 ATV Models:

2018 Honda Rancher 420 4×4 ATV Model Options.  You start to have more options in the 420 Rancher ATV model lineup like an Automatic Transmission (DCT) and Independent Rear Suspension (IRS), Electric Power Steering (EPS) etc.

2018 Honda Rancher 420 DCT / IRS ATV Review of Specs - TRX420FA5

  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420 4×4
  • 1.) TRX420FM1J
  • 1.) EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 420 in the model “TRX420” = engine size is 420 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “M” stands for Manual Shift. The “1” means no Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rancher 4×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:


  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher ES 420 4×4
  • 1.) TRX420FE1J
  • 1.) EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 420 in the model “TRX420” = engine size is 420 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “E” stands for Electric Shift / ES. The “1” means no Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rancher ES 4×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:


  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher DCT / EPS 420 4×4
  • 1. TRX420FA2J
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 420 in the model “TRX420” = engine size is 420 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “A” stands for Automatic / DCT. The “2” means Electric Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rancher DCT / EPS ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:


  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420 DCT / IRS 4×4
  • 2.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420 DCT / IRS / EPS 4×4
  • 1. TRX420FA5J
  • 2. TRX420FA6J
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 420 in the model “TRX420” = engine size is 420 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “A” stands for Automatic / DCT. The “5” means IRS with no Power Steering. The “J” stands for 2018.
  • 2. EXPLAINED — Everything is the same as the above model except you see it has an “6” which means it has Electric Power Steering / EPS.

2018 Honda Rancher DCT / IRS / EPS ATV Reviews, Specs and Pictures:


Honda FourTrax Foreman

2018 Foreman 500 ATV Models:

2018 Honda Foreman 500 4×4 ATV Model Options. The Foreman model lineup shrunk a little bit last year as Honda did discontinue a few models. The Manual Shift + EPS and Electric Shift models will not be returning for yet another year, in 2018. Below will break down their codes and model differences:

 

  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman 500 4×4
  • 1. TRX500FM1J
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 500 in the model “TRX500” = engine size is 500 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “M” stands for Manual Shift. The “1” means no Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Foreman 500 4×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:


2018 Honda Foreman ES / EPS ATV Review of Specs - TRX500FE2

  • 2.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman 500 ES / EPS 4×4
  • 2. TRX500FE2J
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 500 in the model “TRX500” = engine size is 500 cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “E” stands for Electric Shift / ES. The “2” means Electric Power Steering / EPS. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Foreman ES / EPS 4×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:


Honda FourTrax Rubicon

2018 Rubicon 500 ATV Models:

2018 Honda Rubicon 500 4×4 ATV Model Options. Honda did shrink down the Rubicon model lineup going into last year just like they did with the Rancher and Foreman to better simplify the model lineup and your available options etc. For 2018, the Rubicon 500 is no longer available with the Manual Shift (unless you get EPS) and then they have also discontinued the Rubicon Deluxe EPS (manual shift). This is where it can get confusing as Honda throws the Foreman name in with the Rubicon. Technically it is called a “Foreman Rubicon”. Typically I leave the Foreman name out of the equation when speaking about the Rubicon as it just confuses people and they are two completely different models – only sharing the engine. The Rubicon model lineup for 2017 gives you a few more options to choose from than the standard Foreman. You can get a Manual Shift or DCT (Automatic) with the option of using the ES module so technically on the DCT model you have (2) ways to go through the gears and you also get the added low gear too. Below will break down their codes and model differences:

2018 Honda Rubicon EPS ATV Review of Specs - TRX500FM6

  • 2.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 500 EPS 4×4
  • 2. TRX500FM6J
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 500 in the model “TRX500” = engine size is 500cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “M” stands for Manual Shift. The “6” means IRS with Electric Power Steering. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rubicon EPS ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:

  • 2018 Rubicon EPS (TRX500FM6) Review – Coming Soon

2018 Honda Rubicon Deluxe DCT / EPS ATV Review of Specs - TRX500FA7

  • 1.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 500 Automatic / DCT 4×4
  • 2.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 500 Automatic / DCT / EPS 4×4
  • 3.) 2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon Deluxe 500 Automatic / DCT / EPS 4×4
  • 1. TRX500FA5J
  • 2. TRX500FA6J
  • 3. TRX500FA7J Deluxe
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 500 in the model “TRX500” = engine size is 500cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “A” stands for Automatic Transmission (DCT). The “5” means IRS with no Power Steering. The “J” stands for 2018.
  • 2. EXPLAINED — Everything is the same as the above model except you see it has a “6” which means it has IRS and Electric Power Steering / EPS.
  • 3. EXPLAINED — Everything is the same as Option (2) except for the fact this adds the Deluxe package to the Rubicon. With the Deluxe version of the 2017 Rubicon you also get Red Painted Suspension as well as Aluminum Wheels plus the 1st ever painted plastic on a Honda ATV. On the 2018 Rubicon Deluxe, you also have an option of going with the Phantom Camo plastics which is something they didn’t offer on the 2015 – 2016 Deluxe Rubicon models.

2018 Honda Rubicon 4×4 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:

Custom 2016 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon TRX 500 Deluxe White 4x4 ATV Custom


Honda FourTrax Rincon

2018 Rincon 680 ATV Models:

2018 Honda Rincon 680 ATV Review of Specs - TRX680FA

  • 1.) 2017 Honda FourTrax Rincon 680 Automatic 4×4
  • 1. TRX680FAJ
  • 1. EXPLAINED — The TRX = ATV. The 680 in the model “TRX680” = engine size is 680cc. Then the “F” after the engine size = Four Wheel Drive. The “A” stands for Automatic Transmission. The “J” stands for 2018.

2018 Honda Rincon 680 ATV Review, Specs and Pictures:

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2018 Honda ATV Pictures / Photo Gallery

 


Looking at older year model Honda ATVs? This is how they are classified with the last number / letter in their model ID. # 1-9 or a letter “A” “B” “C” “D” “E” “F” etc:

1 = 2001 Honda ATV models

2 = 2002 Honda ATV  models

3 = 2003 Honda ATV  models

4 = 2004 Honda ATV  models

5 = 2005 Honda ATV  models

6 = 2006 Honda ATV  models

7 = 2007 Honda ATV  models

8 = 2008 Honda ATV  models

9 = 2009 Honda ATV  models

A = 2010 Honda ATV  models

B = 011 Honda ATV  models

C = 2012 Honda ATV  models

D = 2013 Honda ATV  models

E = 2014 Honda ATV  models

F = 2015 Honda ATV  models

G = 2016 Honda ATV  models

H = 2017 Honda ATV  models

Example: TRX250TMD = Honda Recon 250 Two Wheel Drive Manual Shift 2013 model.

Not every website will include the specific model code online as they will use the generic code more often than not. Similar to finding a model specified as TRX500FM. Technically it’s not giving you all of the detailed and important model info.

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