Honda’s new Pioneer 1000 is the company’s most daring, and arguably complete, side-by-side to date. Straddling the line between workhorse and fun trail machine, the Pioneer 1000 is Honda’s flagship multipurpose model headlined by an engine that features the most displacement in its class, a motorcycle-influenced transmission, and if opt for the 1000-5 it can fit up to five people.
The Pioneer 1000 clearly builds on Honda’s push into the side-by-side market in recent years, which first started with the Big Red in 2009, followed by the Pioneer 700 and 700-4 in 2013, and then entry-level Pioneer 500 in 2014. Honda is very proud of its new Pioneer 1000 and excited to put to the test against the other multipurpose machines on the market, and to commemorate its launch the company invited us out to Paws Up Resort in Montana to test drive its new creation. Without hesitation we accepted.
To put into perspective just how important this vehicle is to the company, Powersports Marketing and Communications Manager Lee Edmunds told us at the press launch that it is “the most important [powersports] vehicle Honda has produced in probably the last 15 years.” Clearly, Honda intends to take on the largest, and still growing, multipurpose side-by-side segment with its full force.