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The Pioneer is far from a sports vehicle; this bulky, four-seat utility vehicle is more likely to be found in possession of hard working contractors or farmers than stuntmen. The Pioneer comes at a time when sports SxS vehicles are not selling nearly as well as function-oriented UTVs.

The move to sell primarily utility-based SxS vehicles is a trending pattern in the world of off-road vehicles. Yamaha, for example, is offering their new Viking UTV at a time where they can target the 66% of SxS utility enthusiasts after a long hiatus following a slew of lawsuits stemming from the Rhino's safety issues.

So is the sports UTV scene dying down? Or is the popularity of UTVs among working folk and enthusiasts just growing?
 

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The Pioneer is a four seat, 1261 lb beast that can tow up to 1500 pounds or carry 1000 pounds in its bed. This is a UTV that you would use when you have a lot to haul. The Pioneer can carry much more than an average sports ATV and they are designed to do so with comfort, with truck-like cabs that allow riders to sit upright. To me, a sports ATV is compact, nimble and speedy, designed for short, rough rides with quick turns. A UTV on the other hand is large and comfortable for long rides.
 

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Plus if Honda wants to make a legitimate sports SxS they need to retire the Big Red's 700 cc single engine
 

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The Pioneer is a four seat, 1261 lb beast that can tow up to 1500 pounds or carry 1000 pounds in its bed. This is a UTV that you would use when you have a lot to haul. The Pioneer can carry much more than an average sports ATV and they are designed to do so with comfort, with truck-like cabs that allow riders to sit upright. To me, a sports ATV is compact, nimble and speedy, designed for short, rough rides with quick turns. A UTV on the other hand is large and comfortable for long rides.
With payloads like that it means the Pioneer has a tough tough suspension. Do you know what tough suspensions are good for besides hauling junk? Landing Jumps. ATVs are like motorcycles and SxS are like cars, they make sports cars and sports bikes.

Plus Not every sports car is a Ferrari, there are practical sports cars like the Mustang out there.

So no the sport market isn't dying its just growing up.
 

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What kind of jumps are you going to be getting in this thing though? I assumed because of its weight and size it wouldn't be worth it.
 

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I think this vehicle makes more sense for people who are working on a construction site, or a farm, are an exhibition ground. Something like that. It is not an ATV. There are probably more fun vehicles that you could get if you just want to ride around for fun.
 
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