Rubicon, Rancher, Rincon, Recon, and TRX250X return
Honda has announced its first batch of 2016 ATV models. The Foreman Rubicon, FourTrax Rincon and Rancher models with Independent Rear Suspension return in Honda’s lineup with new color options, along with a host of swingarm-equipped models. Honda’s beltless Automatic DCT transmission is also returning on select models. Joining the Utility ATV options are the sporty TRX250X and TRX90X.
Missing from this list are the TRX400X and TRX450R. Like TRX250X, neither was offered as a 2015 model. Unlike the TRX250X, Honda confirmed to ATV.com that neither will be offered at 2016 models.
“Honda’s position as the top ATV seller in America is a result of our focus on the customer,” says Lee Edmunds, manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Our exceptional quality, value and unmatched reliability are well known, and our class-leading features and innovations are evident in our first models for 2016. Honda’s lineup of FourTrax ATVs is second to none, and with the expansion of IRS options, we’re confident our No. 1 position will accelerate this year.”
2016 Foreman Rubicon
All 2016 Foreman Rubicon models feature a 500-class engine, four-wheel drive, and independent rear suspension. As well, two transmission choices are offered: conventional (manual-shift IRS) and Automatic DCT. Deluxe models feature cast-aluminum wheels and red A-arms and springs. Prices start at $7,799. ATVs hit dealer showrooms in June.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2015 Honda Foreman Rubicon
Colors Foreman Rubicon 4×4, Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT: Red, Olive Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS, Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS: Red, Honda Phantom Camo Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS Deluxe: White Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS Deluxe: Black Price: $7,799 Base MSRP
2016 Foreman 4×4
Honda’s Foreman 4×4 models feature the same 500-class engine as the Rubicon, but come with swingarm rear suspension. Four different models provide choices between manual and electric shift, and standard and Electric Power Steering. Each model boasts a locking front differential. New for 2016 is an orange color option. Prices start at $7,099. ATVs hit dealer showrooms in May.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2012 Honda FourTrax Foreman + Video
Colors Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo, Orange
ATV.com’s 2015 ATV of the year, the 2016 Rancher is powered by a 420cc engine. It is available with swingarm rear suspension or IRS, EPS, manual-shift, push-button Electric Shift Program (ESP), Automatic DCT, and two-wheel drive or four. Prices start at $5,199. ATVs hit dealer showrooms starting in May.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher
Colors Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT IRS: Red, White, Honda Phantom Camo Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT IRS EPS: Red, White, Honda Phantom Camo Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT, Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS: Red, Olive, Blue, Honda Phantom Camo Rancher 4×4, Rancher 4×4 EPS, Rancher 4×4 ES: Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo Rancher, Rancher ES: Red, Olive
Boasting Honda’s largest displacement ATV engine, the 675cc Rincon is liquid cooled and fuel injected. A three-speed automatic transmission and independent rear suspension are standard features. New for 2016 are black racks. Prices start at $9,299. Expect to see the Rincon in Honda dealers in June.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2014 Honda FourTrax Rincon Long Term + Video
Colors Red, Olive, Honda Phantom Camo
Honda’s most affordable Utility ATV is the 2016 Recon. It features a 250-class engine and two-wheel drive. Two different models are available – one with a conventional foot-shift transmission and one with Honda’s push-button Electric Shift Program (ESP). For 2016, the Recon gets updated emissions equipment and what Honda calls an easier-to-use reverse/parking-brake mechanism. Also new is a green color option. Prices have not been announced at time of publish. You’ll see the 2016 Recon in Honda dealerships starting in July.
Colors Red, Green
After a one-year absence, the sporty Honda TRX250X returns in 2016. It is powered by an air-cooled, overhead-cam engine that is longitudinally mounted. It features Honda’s SportClutch, so new riders don’t need to worry about stalling. For 2016, the TRX250X is available in new color options: White, and a Red/White special-edition model with red suspension springs and hubs. All have black frames. Prices have not been announced at time of publish. Dealer availability is slated for July.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2011 Honda TRX250X
Colors TRX250X: White TRX250XD SE: Red/White
Targeted to young ATV riders, the TRX90X is back for 2016. Features include push-button electric starting, clutchless transmission, and a keyed ignition switch. Prices and dealer availability have not been announced at time of publish.