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Honda Powersports U.S.
Honda’s smallest multipurpose side-by-side got a little larger, with a more-powerful engine and the addition of a dump bed, significantly increasing its work capability. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Pioneer 520.
THE NEW PIONEER 520. GO AHEAD: LOAD IT UP.
Honda’s new Pioneer 520 is going to be the perfect choice for thousands of owners. Why? First of all, its overall size makes it incredibly versatile. At just 50 inches wide, it lets you and a passenger go where other side-by-sides can’t—namely on width-restricted trails. It comfortably seats two, but it also fits in a full-sized pickup bed, making transportation easy. But the biggest news is that the 2021 Pioneer 520 has a new, powerful 518cc engine and a strut-assist tilt/dump utility bed. You also get features like our Honda automatic transmission with AT/MT modes, and selectable two- or four-wheel drive. Don’t need the dump bed? Check out our Pioneer 500—it’s a great option at an excellent price. No matter which one you choose, on the farm or on the trail, the new Pioneer 520 and Pioneer 500 are your go-to side-by-sides that punch well above their size and weight.
POWERFUL, NEW ENGINE
With a new engine that’s both bigger and more powerful than our Pioneer 500’s, the new Pioneer 520 also features electronic fuel injection for effortless cold-weather and high-altitude operation. The engine is specially tuned for low-rpm torque, too. Coupled with an efficient five-speed automatic transmission, you’ll have plenty of pulling power.
1000-POUND TOWING CAPACITY
The Pioneer 520 has a heavy-duty receiver-style hitch and 1000-pound towing capacity.
CLOSED-LOOP FUEL INJECTION
Better cold-weather and high-altitude running, effortless startups, great fuel efficiency and less pollution—that’s what the Pioneer 520’s “closed loop” fuel-injection system means for you. And that’s what we call a win/win situation.
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.
LONGITUDINAL ENGINE MOUNTING
The Pioneer 520 is built around our strong, single-cylinder, 518cc 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.
Compact and lighter weight, the Pioneer 520’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.