Honda Pioneer 500

Honda Pioneer 500

Aug 11, 2016 –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.

  • Colors: Honda Phantom Camo, Red, Green
  • Price: $8,999 (Honda Phantom Camo $9,599)
  • Availability: Fall 2016

With the addition of the all-new 2015 Pioneer 500, Honda adds a heavy dose of fun to its line of side-by- sides. The Pioneer 500 carries two people to off-road adventures, is perfect for chores on the farm or a relaxed trail ride out in the country and it’s packed with Honda’s famous quality and durability at a suggested retail price of $8,499.

Only 50 inches wide, the Pioneer 500 fits on trails that impose width restrictions, as well as in the bed of a full-size truck. A modest 73.1-inch wheelbase helps return responsive handling and a tight turning radius of only 13 feet.

Honda Pioneer in the bed of a truck

Honda Pioneer 500 fits in the bad of a pickup truck

Designed by Honda R&D in Ohio, and built at Honda South Carolina (HSC) in Timmonsville using domestically and globally sourced parts, the Pioneer 500 is powered by Honda’s proven 475cc four-stroke engine. This powerplant pumps out plenty of low-end torque along with a smooth, fun-to-use powerband. The five-speed gearbox with reverse uses an electric shift system featuring paddle shifters mounted on the steering column.

It’s really fun to drive, and the paddle shifters bring a whole different kind of experience that helps make it a blast. If you’ve been thinking about a side-by-side purchase, the Pioneer 500 will definitely put a grin on your face whether you’re taking care of jobs around your property or taking off on a weekend adventure.

Honda Pioneer 500


Thoughtful touches include a door/net setup that opens together as one unit—an ingenious and simple design. Inside, there’s a roomy and comfortable bench seat for the driver and passenger. The Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) meets OSHA requirements, and driver and passenger have three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seat belts.

Honda Pioneer 500 with Electric Paddle Shifters

Electric Paddle Shifters mounted on the steering column

One of the most notable features of this vehicle is the five-speed gearbox and the electric paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. This gives the vehicle a feeling of performance that you wouldn’t normally experience on a side-by-side with a 500cc engine. There’s also a full line of 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.

Honda Pioneer 500 Rack

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.

With many people entering the growing side-by-side market, Honda now offers an all-new option to its Pioneer line. From long-time off-road enthusiasts to new side-by-side drivers, the compact, fun and affordable Pioneer 500 will become an instant favorite.

50" Max Honda Pioneer 500
50″ Max – Honda Pioneer



  • Engine Type — 475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke — 92mm x 71.5mm
  • Induction — Electronic fuel injection (PGM-FI) 36mm throttle body
  • Ignition — Full-transistorized type with electronic advance
  • Compression Ratio — 9.5:1


  • Clutch — Automatic
  • Transmission — Electric-shift, five-speed with Reverse
  • Driveline — Direct front and rear driveshafts


  • Front Suspension — Independent double-wishbone; 5.9 inches travel
  • Rear Suspension — Independent double-wishbone with preload adjustability; 5.9 inches travel
  • Front Brake — Dual hydraulic 190mm discs
  • Rear Brake — 200mm hydraulic disc
  • Front Tire — 24 x 8-12
  • Rear Tire — 24 x 10-12


  • Length — 102.5 inches
  • Width — 50 inches
  • Height — 72.4 inches
  • Wheelbase — 73.1 inches
  • Turning Radius — 12.8 feet
  • Towing Capacity — 1000 pounds
  • Payload Capacity — 450 pounds
  • Curb Weight — 1010 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity — 4.1 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve
  • Ground Clearance — 9.6 inches
  • Colors — Red, Olive, Yellow, Honda Phantom Camo

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Trail Capable 50-inch Honda Pioneer 500

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