Whether you’re looking to cruise around the trails with a friend, or you’re in need of an off-roading vehicle to help transport materials across a sprawling worksite, side by sides are a great option to go with. But if you’ve been browsing your options, and you’re stuck choosing between the 2018 Honda Pioneer vs. 2018 Yamaha Viking, you’ve come to the right place.
Our team at Treadway Honda Suzuki Polaris is here to help riders, racers, and workers throughout Zanesville, Thornville, and Cambridge learn more about these side by sides, so they can decide on the one that’s right for them!
Keep reading this Pioneer vs. Viking review to learn how they differ, so you can make the right choice!
Despite being lumped together as some of the top options in the side by side market, these vehicles offer vastly different engines and performances. The Pioneer comes equipped with a 999cc Liquid-Cooled Twin-Cylinder Unicam® 4-Stroke engine that’s paired with a fully Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission with six gears and reverse, as well as four drive modes. The Yamaha Viking includes a 686cc Liquid-Cooled 4-Stroke engine and an Ultramatic V-belt transmission with three drive modes.
As for the abilities, it’s clear that the Pioneer has the power, as well as more drive modes. But when it’s time to put your side by side to work, it helps to know its capabilities. The Pioneer can tow 2,000 lbs and has a 1,000-pound bed capacity for cargo. The Viking, on the other hand, maxes out its towing at 1,500 lbs and has a 600-pound cargo bed capacity.
Even though the Pioneer vs. Viking have similar sizes, there’s some differences that you’ll want to be aware of. While the Pioneer is 116.8 inches long, about six inches shorter than the Viking, it’s actually wider and taller than the Viking. The Pioneer includes a 12.7-inch ground clearance, while the Viking only offers 11.8 inches of ground clearance. Even though the ground clearance difference isn’t huge, it could make a big difference if there’s any debris, which could cause damage to the undercarriage of your UTV.
The Honda Pioneer weighs 1,642 lbs, including its fluids and components. The Viking is a bit lighter, at 1,420 lbs with all of its fluids topped off.
Now that you’ve got an idea of what the Honda Pioneer vs. Yamaha Viking offer, you’re closer to making your decision. You learned what each side by side offers in terms of the engines, abilities, dimensions, and even weights. While both side by side models offer a lot, it’s the Honda Pioneer that delivers the most to its drivers.
Learn all about the 2018 Honda Pioneer by scheduling your test drive at Treadway Honda Suzuki Polaris! We’re here and happy to help riders, racers, and workers find the right ATV!