Honda is bringing back its top 500-class ATV for 2017 – the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon. This is an ATV Honda says “represents an ideal balance of work and play.”

While the Rubicon is essentially the same ATV that was redesigned for the 2015 model year, Honda did dress it in painted plastic for 2017 – a first for a Honda ATV.

Four Rubicon models are available for 2017: Rubicon 4×4 EPS, Rubicon 4×4 DCT, Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS and Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe. The base Rubicon 4×4 features a five-speed manual transmission, while the three DCT models boast automatic dual clutch transmission.

2017 Honda Rubicon Models

Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Foreman Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe
TraxLok 2WD/4WD Yes Yes Yes Yes
Independent Rear Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Fuel Injection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manual Transmission Yes No No No
Automatic DCT Transmission with Drive/Low No Yes Yes Yes
Electric Power Steering Yes No Yes Yes

Each 2017 Rubicon is powered by a 475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that is mounted longitudinally in the ATV and produces a claimed 29 horsepower.

Also making its way across the Rubicon family is independent double wishbone front suspension controlling 7.28 inches of travel and independent dual A-arm rear suspension doling out 8.46 inches of travel.

2017 Honda Rubicon 4x4 DCT Red

2017 Honda Rubicon 4×4 DCT

Other features include electronic fuel injection, dual 190mm front disc brakes and single 170mm rear disc brake, 25-inch tires, 9.4 inches of ground clearance, 3.9-gallon fuel capacity, 1,322 pounds of towing capacity and a curb weight ranging from 690 to 719 pounds.

Upgrade to the Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Deluxe and receive cast aluminum wheels, polished headlights, red-painted suspension components and decals.

2017 Honda Rubicon 4x4 DCT Deluxe

2017 Honda Rubicon 4×4 DCT Deluxe

Pricing for 2017 Rubicon models starts at $8,599 and you’ll start seeing them at your local Honda dealership in August.

2017 Honda Rubicon Colors

  • Foreman Rubicon 4×4 EPS: Red, Olive, Active Yellow
  • Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT: Red, Olive
  • Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS: Olive
  • Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic DCT EPS Deluxe: Honda Phantom Camo, Matte Gray Metallic

2017 Honda Rubicon 4×4 DCT EPS Specs

Engine Type 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine
Bore And Stroke 92.0mm x 71.5mm
Induction PGM-FI
Starter Electric with optional auxiliary recoil
Clutch Automatic
Transmission Five-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission with reverse
Driveline Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and locking front differential
Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone; 7.28 inches travel
Rear Suspension Independent dual-arm; 8.46 inches travel
Front Brake 190mm hydraulic discs
Rear Brake 170mm hydraulic disc
Front Tire 25 x 8-12
Rear Tire 25 x 10-12
Length 84.5 inches
Width 47.4 inches
Height 48.6 inches
Wheelbase 50.9 inches
Seat Height 35.8 inches
Ground Clearance 9.4 inches
Curb Weight 719 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 3.9 gallons, including 1.3-gallon reserve
Towing Capacity 1,322 pounds
Model Id TRX500FA6
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards
Available Colors Olive
Note No operator under age 16. Honda recommends that all ATV riders take a training course and read their owners manual thoroughly.



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Jon Jon Giles says:

No comments on the redesigned shift maps for the DCT? A lot of people are curious if this will improve/fix the shifting some claim plague the ’15 and ’16 models.

Wile E. Coyote says:

Yes, Honda probably wants you to buy the Rincon instead of the Foreman. I’ve heard of the shifting difficulties of the automatic transmission on the Rancher 420 and I would not be surprised if there wasn’t a similar complaint on the Foreman 475.

Scott Lawrence says:

Still the same 475cc mill, though. Disappointing.

Wile E. Coyote says:

No problem you can get their Rincon 4×4 it’s still a 675cc. Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 is quite a bit more powerful. Suzuki’s KingQuad 750 is a tiny bit more powerful than the Grizz (I think). Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 is the most powerful Japanese quad. The Kymco 700 is China’s answer to the Grizzly 700. And then you have the other three manufacturers that have 1,000cc machines in their lineup. So yeah it’s still a 475cc mil but unlike the 420cc mill on the Honda Rancher this one probably has a ‘High Neutral Low’ selector tranny.

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