2016 Honda Pioneer 500

Go More Places On A Pioneer 500.

The Pioneer 500 is a brilliant concept: Like a full-sized side-by-side, it lets you take a passenger along and has the off-road capability to get you where you need to go. But the Pioneer 500 is a new take on the SxS formula: it’s narrow, fits on tight trails, is fun to drive and easy to load into a full-size truck bed.

But you still get a full-sized list of features, like Independent Rear Suspension, four-wheel drive, and paddle shifting. And that’s just the start. Want to go where other side-by-side's can't? The Pioneer 500 can get you there and back again, and you’ll have fun doing it.


  • SIDE-BY-SIDE SEATING: With a comfortable bench-style seat, individual backrests and seatbelts for both rider and passenger, the Pioneer 500 offers side-by-side comfort and excellent maneuverability.
  • INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS): The Pioneer 500’s fully independent rear suspension means you get a smooth ride and great traction, especially over rough terrain.

Handling and Control

  • FUN, SPORTY RIDE: With 5.9 inches of travel at the front wheels and 9.6 inches of ground clearance, the Pioneer 500 can negotiate rough trails with ease. And the Pioneer 500’s suspension is tuned for a fun, sporty ride too.
  • PADDLE SHIFTERS: Upshift and downshift without ever having to take your hands off the wheel. You get to choose the exact gear you want, and it’s engineered for precise, smooth shifts.
  • INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS): The Pioneer 500’s fully independent rear suspension means you get a smooth ride and great traction, especially over rough terrain.
  • TRAXLOK 4WD: Our rock-solid system lets you choose either 2WD or 4WD, giving you the freedom to choose between lighter steering (in 2WD) and maximizing available traction (in 4WD) when you need it most.
  • STRONG GEARBOX: Unlike the belt-drive automatics out there, the Pioneer 500 features a transmission that uses rugged, steel gears. You get true compression braking for superior controllability (especially when descending hills), as well as long transmission life.
  • BIG TIRES: 24-inch tires mean more ground clearance and better treads mean more traction.
  • OPEN FRONT DIFFERENTIAL: The front differential’s open design makes steering easier and more precise, even in four-wheel drive.

Power and Performance

  • AGGRESSIVE 500-CLASS ENGINE: Coupled with an efficient five-speed transmission, the Pioneer 500’s engine features electronic fuel injection for effortless cold-weather and high-altitude operation. It’s specially tuned for low-rpm torque, too.
  • SEMI-DRY-SUMP ENGINE: Compact and lighter weight, the Pioneer 500’s overhead-valve, semi-dry-sump design creates an engine that's not only shorter from top to bottom, but one that enhances handling with a low center of gravity and favorable ground clearance.
  • LONGITUDINAL ENGINE MOUNTING: The Pioneer 500 is built around our strong, single-cylinder, 475cc longitudinal engine. By orienting the crankshaft front to back in the chassis, we route the flow of power straight to the wheels without any right-angle detours, reducing powertrain friction and putting more grunt to the ground.
  • LIQUID COOLING: Our time-tested Honda engine is liquid-cooled, which provides more consistent operating temperatures and more power than a comparable air-cooled motor. This adds up to better performance and longer engine life.
  • CLOSED-LOOP FUEL INJECTION: Better cold-weather and high-altitude running, effortless startups, great fuel efficiency and less pollution—that’s what the Pioneer 500’s “closed loop” fuel-injection system means—a first in the industry.
  • 1000-POUND TOWING CAPACITY: The Pioneer 500 has a heavy-duty receiver-style hitch and 1000-pound towing capacity.


  • WARRANTY: One Year, Transferable limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • HEADLIGHTS: 35 watt headlights provide clean, crisp light to get your through any adventure, day or night.
  • DRIVER/PASSENGER PROTECTION: The Pioneer 500 is loaded with features to help provide a feeling of security for the driver and passengers. The Occupant Protection Structure uses sturdy, large-diameter tubing, and includes integrated handholds, recessed top tubes and a more spacious structure to enhance protection; it also meets OSHA’s 1928.53 rollover protective structure standard. Hard doors and roll-up side nets provide a secure feel and keep mud and debris out of the cabin, while automotive-style three-point belts with an Emergency Locking Retractor mechanism help keep everyone secure.
  • SINGLE-FUNCTION DOOR/NET: The Pioneer 500 comes standard with doors, and the occupant net is directly attached—just unlock and open the door, and the net automatically swings aside making entry and exit easier.


  • REAR CARRIER DESIGN: With the unique steel rear carrier design, the Pioneer 500 gives you tremendous versatility when it comes to securing loads. Special tiedown-hook securing points make it even easier, and the rack’s 450-pound rating gives you plenty of carrying capacity, too.
  • NARROW OVERALL WIDTH: The Pioneer 500’s 50-inch overall width is a huge bonus. Whether it’s for width-restricted trails or convenient transportation and storage, the Pioneer 500 can go where just about no other side-by-side can!

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2016
Model Pioneer 500
Model Code SXS500M2
Color Honda Phantom Camo



Front - 200 mm hydraulic disc

Rear - 170 mm hydraulic disc


Front - 24 x 8-12

Rear - 24 x 10-12


Length 102.5 in.
Height 72.4 in.
Width 50 in.
Weight 1,010 lbs.
Ground Clearance 9.6 in.
Wheelbase 73.1 in.
Turning Radius 12.8 ft.


Transmission Electric-shift 5-speed with reverse
Drive System Direct front & rear driveshafts


Engine 1-cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 475 cc
Bore x Stroke 92 x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection (PGM-FI); 36 mm throttle body
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.96 gal. including 1.1 gal. reserve
Ignition Full-transistorized type with electronic advance
Clutch Automatic
Cooling Liquid
Cylinders 1



Front - Independent double-wishbone; 5.9 in. travel

Rear - Independent double-wishbone with preload adjustability; 5.9 in. travel

Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs.


Additional Colors Red, Metallic Blue
Options Recommended for Drivers 16 years of age and older.