I read that Honda Big Red sales were poor at 2400 units annually. This why they redesigned to the Pioneer. Dealers weren't to interested in selling the report stated since the redesign there are more dealerships sign on to sell this product. The report indicated that the appearance was the biggest issue affecting Big Red sales. So if that figure was accurate we know that Pioneer sales must be more based on reports of vin # posted here and other Pioneer forums.
When I began researching utv's in Oct. I looked at the Big Red and wouldn't buy one based on looks. I was drawn to the Viking, rzr, rangers based on appearance. Pricing was and is always a consideration as well as use and function. The Big Red would have done what I needed a utv for and some of the others would have fit the need. It was the test rides that made the difference and the salesman/kid (early20 something). He listened to what I wanted it to do, what my price range was. He also listened and understood my physical limitations. That I didn't want to feel as if I were climbing into a gocart, I wasn't looking for a go fast experience every time I went for a ride. I got a utility vehicle that fits the needs of my mini farm and its pretty neat to just ride. I ride it to the local farm store for supplies and every time everyone gathers to look and ask questions about it. They like to share their stories about the rzrs and rangers. My final thought is buy what fits your unique needs wether it's a Honda Pioneer or not.