2011 Honda Utility ATVs

Honda, Utility — on March 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

The following ATV information was taken from the 2011 Buyer’s Guide Issue of ATV Reviews. For more information on any of the following models, please visit Honda’s website.

2011 Honda FourTrax Rincon – $8,799

2011 Honda FourTrax Rincon

2011 Honda FourTrax Rincon

The 700-class Rincon features an automotive-style, three-speed automatic transmission, not your typical belt-driven CVT. Shift gears with the thumb-operated Electronic Shift Program or put the tranny in full auto and just gas and go. For ’11, its EFI system received a few tweaks for improved efficiency. The longitudinally placed engine offers a narrower midsection and lower center of gravity. This rig has IRS, EFI and selectable 2WD/4WD, too. The Natural Gear Camouflage Rincon ($9,149) has black wheels and racks. OUR TAKE: Status quo, but very capable and ultra reliable. Where’s diff. lock?

Engine: 675cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.9 inches/Swingarm, 8 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 648 pounds

2011 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon – $7,699

2011 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon

2011 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon

Let the Rubicon’s stellar automatic hydro-mechanical transmission shift for you or do it yourself with the integrated ESP. This quad has just enough everywhere else to make it enjoyable for all but the high-performance seekers. The machine is carburetor fed, has a non-locking front differential and a rear mechanical drum brake. Nimble handling comes from the smaller feel, semi-dry sump engine, aluminum wheels and 630-pound weight. Add camo for $400. With power steering and GPS it costs $8,349 and $8,699 (camo). OUR TAKE: Highly innovative transmission and dependable model, but losing ground to competitors.

Engine: 499cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.7 inches/Dual A-arm, 6.7 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 630 pounds (648 GPScape)

2011 Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 – $6,799

2011 Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4x4

2011 Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4x4

In its base format, the Foreman 500 has a five-speed foot-shifted transmission with an auto clutch. The air-cooled four-stroke can entertain but not thrill. The same can be said for the suspension, though the front end is precise. Predictable handling is matched with mid-size ergos, great floorboards and a convenient Traxlok 2WD/4WD switch. Its lighting is a bonus for late-day workers/riders. Electronic power steering ($7,349) and EPS with thumb-operated Electronic Shift Program ($7,549) are options as is camo plastic (add $400). OUR TAKE: A solid rep, but a dated model even with EPS.

Engine: 475cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.7 inches/Swingarm, 6.7 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 620 pounds (624 with ES; 637 with EPS; 639 with ES and EPS)

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 2×4 – Price TBD

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 2x4

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 2x4

Built as a foot shifter with an auto clutch or an ES model for push-button shifting on the handlebars, the base Rancher model is two-wheel drive only, but consistently one of the most popular machines spotted on the trail or ranch. Big-ticket features include electronic fuel injection, a buttery smooth engine that likes to rev and shaft drive. A longitudinally mounted engine means more foot room for the rider, and better overall ergonomics. OUR TAKE: Gets the job done with typical Honda style, quality and longevity, even without four-wheel drive.

Engine: 420cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/Swingarm, 6.3 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 547 pounds

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4×4 – $6,099

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4x4

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4x4

Spinning the same delightfully smooth single-cylinder engine as other Ranchers, the 4×4 model can be had with a five-speed semi-automatic or electric push-button shifter. Either way, power steering is an option that provides impact damping and easier steering that’s helpful at slow speeds or while working. Shift-on-the-fly 4WD is a great feature, so there’s no slowing down to shift when terrain changes. A solid rear axle aids towing at the expense of ride quality. OUR TAKE: One of the best selling ATVs for good reason, and it might even out-live your truck!

Engine: 420cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/Swingarm, 6.3 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 586 pounds

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4×4 AT – $6,999

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4x4 AT

2011 Honda Fourtrax Rancher 4x4 AT

Topping the Rancher line, the 4×4 AT has an unusual, automotive-style automatic transmission with five speeds. You don’t have to push any buttons or levers to shift — unless you want to with ESP. The AT also gets IRS for a much better ride while
traversing trails or rough terrain. Other qualities include fuel injection, hydraulic disc brakes and uncommonly precise steering. Available with power steering for $7,549. OUR TAKE: Some will love the automatic transmission, while others will wish for a CVT. One can’t argue with Honda quality.

Engine: 420cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/Swingarm, 6.3 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 66/133 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
Wet Weight: 623 pounds (642 with EPS)

2011 Honda Fourtrax Recon – $3,899

2011 Honda Fourtrax Recon

2011 Honda Fourtrax Recon

An almost bulletproof 2WD, the Recon has been in the Honda family for years. The base foot-shift model has a fun, five-speed transmission and lightweight, nimble handling that can give it a sporty persona. The steel racks can tote up to 99 pounds and 250-class mill can tow more than five times that. The suspension (with single-shock swingarm) and drum brakes can handle a lot, but are not elite. An Electronic Shift model (thumb shifter) retails for $200 more. OUR TAKE: A legitimate and proven entry-level quad that reminds us of yesteryear.

Engine: 229cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 5.1 inches/Swingarm, 4.9 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 33/66 pounds
Towing Capacity: 500 pounds
Wet Weight: 432 pounds (439 with ES)

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