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I know have pretty much used up my question alocation but thought of something else as i consider the ranger 570 vs pioneer. The ranger has long been known for an exceptional ride and while the honda also has irs suspension, for those who have ridden both, does the honda ride as well? With a much higher bed capacity, i thought the honda may be stiffer to carry the extra weight and therefore not ride as well
 

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The ranger will have a softer suspension and ride better. But the rangers are full of problems. better off with a Honda in the long run.
 

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Mine rides smoother when I've got a couple people in the rear seats. Welcome to the forum king!
 

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The Pioneer having a little larger wheel base/width is going to help with the ride. I haven't rode the 570 though so I can't compare the 2 of them personally.
 

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I don't find the the pioneer suspension to be rigid. I think with the factory wheels it's almost a little squishy for my tastes.

I haul near max cap a lot, have never increased the preloads.

I've never driven the lil Ranger, but I have driven a few XP 900's. I wouldn't say either has a clear advantage in ride comfort.
 

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I drove both. The Ranger is faster, the Pioneer shifts smoother. And the wider/longer stance feels alot better when you cross bumps or ditches in the Pioneer. I didn't like the Pioneer initially as it sounded louder the first time. Driving both side by side convinced me that my memory was bad! The Honda is heavier with less motor per pound so it feels slower. My dealer told me that average speed for running these things while working is about 12MPH, so the extra ponies in the Ranger lost the appeal for me, and the bed in the Pioneer carries more weight.
 

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I would think a more accurate comparison with the pioneer would be with a full sized ranger 800 or at least from a size and capabilities stand point. about the only thing the 570 and pioneer share are close to the same price and seating. when I drove a pioneer I thought it was way quieter than a ranger 800...or at least at idle and under moderate throttle.
 

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I drove both. The Ranger is faster, the Pioneer shifts smoother. And the wider/longer stance feels alot better when you cross bumps or ditches in the Pioneer. I didn't like the Pioneer initially as it sounded louder the first time. Driving both side by side convinced me that my memory was bad! The Honda is heavier with less motor per pound so it feels slower. My dealer told me that average speed for running these things while working is about 12MPH, so the extra ponies in the Ranger lost the appeal for me, and the bed in the Pioneer carries more weight.
if the pioneer shifts smother then how does the ranger shift threw it's gears ????? harsh from 1st gear to second ???lol just messing with ya :D
 

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The ranger belts don't go clunk when they shift. The Honda gears do. I didn't notice the Ranger shifting, you will definitely notice the Pioneer shift.
 

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The ranger belts don't go clunk when they shift. The Honda gears do. I didn't notice the Ranger shifting, you will definitely notice the Pioneer shift.
But.....I believe everyone says that all goes away between 50 and 100 miles on the odometer.
 

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I test drove the Ranger 570 and Honda Pioneer. To me the Honda has a better ride. I bought the Pioneer M2
 

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I have almost 200 miles on mine and the shifting is smoother than 0 miles but if your close to the shift piont for down shift it will give you a lil jolt if you step on it
 

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Guys, these are off road machines, not Cadillac's. I fond more and more, people complain about noise and ride, but forget that these are off road machines, not cars!

Personally, I don't think a guy could go wrong with either. Honda has a proven they build quality machines, and there is no doubting that. On the other hand, Polaris has dominated the market for years with the Ranger, and they too are a great machine. Yes, maybe one makes a little more noise than the other, or one might be a little smoother around your backyard trails, but at the end of the day, they are all **** good machines.
 

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What's a ranger? :)

Honestly, with the reputation Honda has, I didn't even look at a Polaris. I was buying my first SXS and didn't want to take any chances.
 
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