2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 Unveiled

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
Innovative UTV converts from two to four seats

Honda has just unveiled an innovative four-seat UTV – the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4. It’s certainly not the first four-seat UTV on the market, but it is the first we’ve seen that quickly converts from four seats to two.

Unlike other four-seat UTVs that feature long wheelbases, the Pioneer 700-4 is sized like a two-seat model. Exactly how close the Pioneer is in size to the two-seat Big Red is still unknown. Full vehicle specs and other information is coming in May. In the meantime, Honda says the Pioneer will replace the Big Red rather than be sold alongside it.

2014 Honda Pioneer 700 Beauty

2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4

It’s the convertible seating, however, that is the Pioneer’s most notable feature. The two rear seats fold away into the bed when not in use, allowing owners to opt to use the Pioneer with two-seat, three-seat or four-seat configurations. According to Honda, the rear seats fold quickly and easily without the need for tools, and once folded away the Pioneer’s tilt-bed space can be fully utilized. Of course, that means when the seats are being used the bed is unavailable for storage. In some ways, it’s the UTV version of the Polaris Sportsman X2 550 ATV.

2014 Honda Pioneer 700 Conversion

The Honda Pioneer 700-4 features convertible seats not entirely unlike those found in some minivans.

Powering the Pioneer is Honda’s fuel-injected 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine that features an automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse.

2014 Honda Pioneer 700 Action

With a wheelbase only slightly larger than a Big Red, the Pioneer should be adept in tight trails.

As for front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension, the Pioneer offers 7.9 in. of travel up front and 9.1 in. in back, compared to 5.9 in. and 7.1 in. in the Big Red. The Pioneer can haul 1000 pounds inside or two 1500 pounds. It will be available in three colors – Red, Green, and Honda Phantom Camo. A full line of more than 50 accessories will also be available when the Pioneer hits Honda’s dealer network later this year.

2014 Honda Pioneer 700 Action Rear

We’ll have more information on the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 in May.

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Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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