Honda Pioneer vs Polaris RZR vs Arctic Cat Wildcat vs Can-Am Maverick - Honda Pioneer Forum
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#1 Old 07-14-2013, 11:26 AM
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Honda Pioneer vs Polaris RZR vs Arctic Cat Wildcat vs Can-Am Maverick

How does the Honda compare to these top dogs?

I was very excited for the Wildcat when it was first released but its far beyond my reach budget wise. The RZR was on my list but I have always been partial to Hondas whenever it came to anything with an engine.
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I have my doubts that the Pioneer will be preferred weapon of choice over the RZR.

The Pioneer will have its unique features and advantages but I don't see RZR owners dropping their utvs for the pioneer.
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The RZR Arctic Cat and Maverick all seem to be priced much higher. Guess it's not an fair comparison.
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The RZR Arctic Cat and Maverick all seem to be priced much higher. Guess it's not an fair comparison.
How much higher? When financing these sometimes the extra cost doesn't make that much of a difference, even when paying full cash.
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It should really be compared to the polaris ranger kawasucki teyrex and the rhino or what ever the Yamaha thing if because they are all a hybid between work and play .....if u wanna move to heavy pedals, and race with jumps then judge the maverick, rzr, wildcat, because they are two different classes
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It should really be compared to the polaris ranger kawasucki teyrex and the rhino or what ever the Yamaha thing if because they are all a hybid between work and play .....if u wanna move to heavy pedals, and race with jumps then judge the maverick, rzr, wildcat, because they are two different classes

This.... Completely different machines to compare. Mostly depends on the use it would be used for and the "want" you would want from the machine.
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You could do a reliability comparison. Honda's pretty powerful in that aspect.
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I was between the polaris rzr and the pioneer and im a pioneer owner now...the pioneer is a good mix of sport and utility and the price is very reasonable but like other people said their not on the same level
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I currently own a Polaris RZR 900 XP that I use for sport riding, and I just bought a Honda Pioneer 4 to use for most everything else.

They are two very different machines and in a way it is like comparing a high performance Mustang to a nice pick-up. The Mustang will easily outperform most pick-ups in the performance category (off road use excluded) but the pick-up is much more versatile.

The RZR will also cost half again as much as the Pioneer, but with that additional cost comes more high performance. However it will not even come close to a Pioneer in utilitarian use. Moreover the Pioneer can still be a recreation vehicle where the RZR is pretty limited to sport riding (it doesn't even have a tow rating).

So it depends on the application, and of course what you can afford. I like them both and use them for what I bought them for.
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I will add my 2 cents worth here as well.

I currently own a 2013 RZR 800. This was my first SXS and I got it partially because of its narrower width. I had seen the Honda Big Red in the dealers show room and thought that was the biggest, ugliest machine out there (also thought that about the Ranger and any other SXS. I have since changed my mind regarding the size of the machines.

I will lump all machines, that are belt driven, in one category . By that I mean that RZR and Ranger (both Polaris) are the same. Different uses but essentially the same engine, transmission, etc.

The vast majority of my use for a atv, of any sort, is used for work (slow speed grunt work) and off road pleasure riding. My interest in "pleasure riding" is going slow and seeing things, tuff to see much at 15 or 20 mph compared to 2 to 5 mph. This preference for slow riding demands that any of the belt driven machines be in "low gear" so as to prevent damage to the belt. That is fine but the RPM is up and the machine is noisy. My Honda Rubicon will go slow all day long without a problem if that is what one wants to do. The Rubicon has a transmission drive, 2/4 wheel, low gear, etc. It is set up for just about anything one would want to do. I would like to see the Pioneer with the same transmission setup the Rub. has. Don't know what the cost would be but what a machine that would be.

My personal comparison of the various machines on the market would be how do they work at slower speed and "brute power" demands. The RZR is a find machine but doesn't even start running smooth until about 3000 RPM (I think the 900's are a different story).

I am not sure but I think that all machines, except the Honda, are belt driven and suffer from the same problem (in my opinion) and so my choice would be the Honda Pioneer (I think).

Having said that, I will probably wait until the 2015's come out to see what changes are made before seriously considering making a change.

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