Honda Releases 2024 Rubicon 4X4 Automatic ATV and 2025 Pioneer 520 SxS

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

Honda recently announced the return of its Rincon ATV, which has now been renamed to Rubicon 4x4 Automatic, as well as the Pioneer 520 UTV. The former comes along with a slew of updates and improvements, while the latter gets new color options to help it soldier on for another year.

Honda has renamed the Rincon for 2024, now bestowing upon it the famed Fourtrax Rubicon name. Many will point out that the Foreman Rubicon still exists in Honda's utility ATV lineup, and that machine isn't going away but rather sticking to its spot between the Rubicon-née-Rincon and Fourtrax Foreman. Somewhat confusing, but it makes sense.

The updated-for-2024 Rubicon 4x4 Automatic has gotten a few new goodies to go along with its name. A new grille, bodywork, wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and LCD gauge help give it a fresh look. It's still using the liquid-cooled, 675cc single-cylinder engine and fantastic beltless transmission. 26-inch Maxxis tires replace the outgoing 25-inchers, and "long-travel" independent rear suspension thankfully sticks around as well.

The 2024 Honda Rubicon 4x4 Automatic will be available in July, priced at $9,999 for Avenger Red and $10,399 for Matte Silver Metallic.

There are no real changes for the 2025 version of Honda's Pioneer 520 side-by-side, however the brand has rolled out three new color choices for the little UTV for 2025. Hero Red and Slate Gray join the palate, both priced at $10,499, and the Pioneer 520 is now also available in TrueTimber Atera Camo is now available for $11,099 thanks to a partnership between Honda and the Atera brand. All Pioneer 520s continue to be powered by a single-cylinder 518cc engine, and Honda proudly touts that the UTV can fit in the bed of most full-size pickup trucks. Like the 2024 Rubicon ATV, the 2025 Pioneer 520 is available in July.

"At Honda, we take great pride in offering a versatile range of ATVs and side-by-sides that appeal to a wide variety of four-wheel enthusiasts," said Colin Miller, Manager of Public Relations at American Honda. "This product announcement is a perfect example, comprising Honda's largest ATV and smallest side-by-side. For the veteran ATV rider, the Rubicon 4x4 Automatic delivers plenty of power and torque, but without sacrificing comfort. Meanwhile, the Pioneer 520 side-by-side—now available in new colors—is maneuverable and very user-friendly, yet still tough enough to tackle anything owners can throw at it."

Ross Ballot
Ross Ballot

Ross hosts The Off the Road Again Podcast. He has been in the off-road world since he was a kid riding in the back of his dad’s YJ Wrangler. He works in marketing by day and in his free time contributes to Hooniverse, AutoGuide, and, and in the past has contributed to UTV Driver, ATV Rider, and Everyday Driver. Ross drives a 2018 Lexus GX460 that is an ongoing build project featured on multiple websites and the podcast and spends his free time working on and riding ATVs.

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