Check out photos of the Lake Arrowhead OHV area as we patrol the trails on four different Honda utility ATVs. Read the full report in our 2012 Honda ATV Adventure Ride article.
- Power steering minimizes the shock of slamming into obstacles. It's needed for long days of riding in rocky terrain.
- The Rancher was our favorite, but all of the Honda utility quads are game for a recreational ride.
- Honda loads its utility quads with features that make them suitable for long days in the saddle and capable of hauling loads from sunup to sundown.
- The Foreman's larger size and bodywork offer great rider protection.
- We rode up and down mountain trails all day at the Pinnacles riding area, but the Rancher engine was unaffected by altitude, temperature or rider input.
- Honda utility quads are good for a couple whoops, but they don't like being hammered through a long section of deep rollers.
- Trail riding with friends is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
- We love the third headlight.
- Selectable four-wheel-drive allows the rider to choose between spirited riding in two-wheel-drive or maximum traction in 4WD using the torque-sensitive front differential.
- Riding an ATV is one of the best ways to get away from the bustle of everyday routine and enjoy the outdoors. They’re easy to transport, reliable and immerse their rider in the environment.
- Temperatures were near freezing so the benefits of riding utility machines instead of sport quads really showed by keeping us dry.
- Honda’s utility lineup makes use of automatic transmissions which are mechanical systems that don’t use the notoriously breakable CVT belts.
- Honda’s Rancher enjoys a 10.5-foot turning radius and has the most compact ergonomics of the quads we sampled in Lake Arrowhead.
- Small jumps are fine on the utility ATVs.