Honda Pioneer vs. Yamaha Viking
The Pioneer and Viking are enticing options for consumers looking to balance both work and play off-roads. When considering the options, it's obvious that each of these beasts offers its own perks and looks. For anyone considering a new Side by Side, I have compared and contrasted the 2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4x4 and the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 below:
- The Pioneer offers a single-cylinder, 4 stroke overhead engine while the Viking offers a liquid-cooled, 4 stroke, 4 valve, single overhead camshaft engine with fan
- Pioneer gets 675cc and the Viking displaces 686cc
- The Pioneer offers automotive-style w/hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse and three drive modes (2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock) while the Viking receives Yamaha's Ultramatic V-Belt with all-wheel engine breaking
- Pioneer offers 200 mm front and a 170mm rear hydraulic discs whereas the Viking comes with dual hydraulic front and rear brake discs
- The fuel capacity of the Pioneer is 8. 2 gallons while the Viking gets 9.7 gallons
These ATVs have very similar specs across the board, from dimensions and weight to tires and wheel size. However, the Pioneer can seat one more person than the Viking. I can say that the interior of the Viking seems very spacious, however that one extra seat can make all the difference. The Viking seems more desirable for working folk, whereas I can see myself and some buddies taking the Pioneer for a weekend in the country. Which do you find more impressive?