2019 HONDA RUBICON, RANCHER & TRX
— Prices and info on Honda’s 2019 quads —
Honda is back for 2019 with two types of ATVs: sport and recreation/utility. As with most brands, there are many more rec/utility models than there are sport. Honda has its perennial favorites—the four-speed, auto-clutch TRX90X and the SportClutch five-speed manual TRX250X—back. The venerable 90 engine traces its roots back to the late 1960s, but it remains competitive, thanks to legendary reliability and simplicity. The engine design also keeps the base price down to $3049. The TRX250X’s pedigree is not quite so long as the TRX90X’s is, but it is also a well-established unit that is a favorite with new riders, and it is the backbone of rental fleets. The longitudinal engine architecture and the manual transmission with an auto clutch with a manual override clutch lever make this an ideal learning bike for $4849. White for the 90 and blue for the TRX250X are the new colors for 2019.
The pinnacle of Honda’s rec/utility line is the FourTrax Rincon that starts at $9399. Power comes from a unique 675cc engine with an automotive-type, three-speed automatic transmission. This is the same basic power package used by the Pioneer 700 UTV. The Rincon has comfortable IRS and many other features. It is not changed for 2019.
Starting at $8599 are the four IRS FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4×4 models. The Rubicon has a longitudinally mounted 475cc engine available with an auto-clutch, manual foot-shift five-speed or the dual-clutch five-speed (DCT). DCT allows fully automatic use or push-button electric shifting. There is the 4×4 EPS model, the 4×4 Automatic DCT, DCT EPS and DCT EPS Deluxe. The only 2019 changes for the Rubicon are a fully blacked-out version of the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4×4 Automatic EPS Deluxe with aluminum wheels and painted bodywork.
There are only two models of the FourTrax Foreman 4×4. It has the same engine as the Rubicon, but it has a swingarm rear suspension, and the only transmission choices are auto-clutch five-speed foot-shift and an electric shift model with ESP auto-shift mode. The Foreman starts at $7299. Zest Orange is a new color for the Foreman for 2019.
RANCHER AND RECON MODELS
There are six models of the 420cc Rancher. The base model is the 2 WD FourTrax Rancher with an auto-clutch, manual five-speed and a solid rear axle. Next up is the Rancher 4×4 with the same rear suspension and transmission. Next up is the Rancher 4×4 ES with push-button shifting. Then comes the Rancher Automatic DCT EPS. The last two Rancher models switch to independent rear suspension. One is the Rancher Automatic DCT IRS, and the last is the same specs with EPS. The Rancher starts at $5349.
If you crave simplicity and reliability, look no farther than the two 2WD, air-cooled, carbureted Honda Recons starting at $4199. It has swingarm rear suspension, and it comes in olive or red. There is the Recon or the Recon ES that allows push-button or fully automatic shifting.