2018 Honda Pioneer 500



Choosing the right tool is the job half done. And it can make whatever you’re trying to do a lot more fun.

For thousands of side-by-side owners, the right tool for the job is a Honda Pioneer 500. It’s big enough to seat two easily, but at just 50 inches wide, it can fit where bigger side-by-sides can’t, letting you explore trails with width restrictions. That means it also fits into a full-sized pickup’s bed easily. But the Pioneer 500 still offers plenty of power, and is loaded with features, including for 2017, a new automatic transmission with AT/MT modes. And then there are the best features of all: Honda quality and dependability.


  • SIDE-BY-SIDE SEATING: With a comfortable bench-style seat, individual backrests and seatbelts for both rider and passenger, the Pioneer 500 offers side-by-side comfort and excellent maneuverability.
  • INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS): The Pioneer 500's fully independent rear suspension means you get a smooth ride, especially over rough terrain.

Handling and Control

  • FUN, SPORTY RIDE: With 5.9 in. of travel at the front wheels and 8.5 in. of ground clearance, the Pioneer 500 can negotiate rough trails with ease. And the Pioneer 500’s suspension is tuned for a fun, sporty ride too.
  • PADDLE SHIFTERS: If you want to shift manually, simply upshift and downshift without ever having to take your hands off the wheel. You get to choose the exact gear you want, and it’s engineered for precise, smooth shifts.
  • AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH AT/MT MODE: You can let the Honda Pioneer 500’s automatic transmission shift for you, or you can still shift yourself with its paddle shifters. You can even shift from auto to manual (AT to MT) on the fly!
  • DUAL RATE SPRINGS: A spring is a spring, right? Sure, all springs may look alike, but the Pioneer 500s feature dual-rate springs, and after one ride you’ll feel the difference. You get a smoother ride over smaller bumps with more bottoming resistance on bigger bumps, along with a more confident steering feel.
  • INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS): The Pioneer 500’s fully independent rear suspension means you get a smooth ride, especially over rough terrain.
  • TRAXLOK 2WD/4WD: Our rock-solid system lets you choose either 2WD or 4WD, giving you the freedom to choose between lighter steering (in 2WD) and maximizing available traction (in 4WD) when you need it most.
  • STRONG GEARBOX: Unlike the belt-drive automatics out there, the Pioneer 500 features an AT/MT mode transmission that uses rugged, steel gears. You get true compression braking for superior controllability (especially when descending hills), as well as long transmission life.

Power and Performance

  • POWERFUL 500-CLASS ENGINE: Coupled with an efficient five-speed automatic transmission, the Pioneer 500’s engine features electronic fuel injection for effortless cold-weather and high-altitude operation. It’s specially tuned for low-rpm torque, too.
  • SEMI-DRY-SUMP ENGINE: Compact and lighter weight, the Pioneer 500’s overhead-valve, semi-dry-sump design creates an engine that's not only shorter from top to bottom, but one that enhances handling with a low center of gravity and favorable ground clearance.
  • LONGITUDINAL ENGINE MOUNTING: The Pioneer 500 is built around our strong, single-cylinder, 475 cc longitudinal engine. By orienting the crankshaft front to back in the chassis, we route the flow of power straight to the wheels without any right-angle detours, reducing powertrain friction and putting more grunt to the ground.
  • LIQUID COOLING: Our time-tested Honda engine is liquid-cooled, which provides more consistent operating temperatures and more power than a comparable air-cooled motor. This adds up to better performance and longer engine life.
  • CLOSED-LOOP FUEL INJECTION: Better cold-weather and high-altitude running, effortless startups, great fuel efficiency and less pollution—that’s what the Pioneer 500’s “closed loop” fuel-injection system means for you. And that’s what we call a win/win situation.
  • 1000 POUND TOWING CAPACITY: The Pioneer 500 has a heavy-duty receiver-style hitch and 1000 lb. towing capacity.


  • DRIVER/PASSENGER PROTECTION: The Pioneer 500 is loaded with features to help provide a feeling of security for the driver and passengers. The Occupant Protection Structure uses sturdy, large-diameter tubing, and includes integrated handholds, recessed top tubes and a more spacious structure to enhance protection; it also meets OSHA’s 1928.53 rollover protective structure standard. Hard doors and roll-up side nets provide a secure feel and keep mud and debris out of the cabin, while automotive-style three-point belts with an Emergency Locking Retractor mechanism help keep everyone secure.
  • SINGLE-FUNCTION DOOR/NET: The Pioneer 500 comes standard with doors, and the occupant net is directly attached—just unlock and open the door, and the net automatically swings aside making entry and exit easier.


  • COMPACT 50 IN. WIDTH: The Pioneer 500’s 50 in. overall width is a huge bonus. Whether it’s for width-restricted trails or convenient transportation and storage, the Pioneer 500 can go where just about no other side-by-side can!
  • REAR CARRIER DESIGN: With the unique steel rear carrier design, the Pioneer 500 gives you tremendous versatility when it comes to securing loads. Special tiedown-hook securing points make it even easier, and the rack’s 450 lb. rating gives you plenty of carrying capacity, too.
  • HEADLIGHTS: 35W headlights provide clean, crisp light to get you through any adventure, day or night.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2018
Model Pioneer 500
Model Code SXS500M2LJ
Color Honda Phantom Camo



Front - Dual 200 mm hydraulic disc

Rear - 170 mm hydraulic disc


Front - Dual 24 x 8-12

Rear - 24 x 10-12


Length 102.6 in.
Height 71.3 in.
Width 50 in.
Weight 1,025 lb., includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel.
Ground Clearance 8.5 in.
Wheelbase 73 in.
Turning Radius 12.8 ft.



5-speed automatic with AT/MT modes with paddle shifting and reverse

Two drive modes include 2WD and 4WD

Drive System Direct front and rear driveshafts


Engine Single cylinder four-stroke
Displacement 475 cc
Bore x Stroke 92 x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection (PGM-FI); 36 mm throttle body
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.1 gal. with a 1.1 gal. reserve
Ignition Full-transistorized type with electronic advance
Clutch Automatic
Cooling Liquid
Fuel Type Unleaded


Seating 2

Front - Independent double-wishbone; Travel - 5.9 in.

Rear - Independent double-wishbone with preload adjustability; Travel - 5.9 in.

Towing Capacity 1,000 lb.


Additional Colors



Honda Phantom Camo®

Warranty One year, transferable limited