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2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Side-By-Side

The Pioneer 500 is an entry-level side-by-side with a 475cc engine that will put a grin on your face
By Michael Sommer | May 17, 2014

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.
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.
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
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.

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.


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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