Honda Announces More 2022 ATV Models

Honda has released details of four more ATVs that will be returning to its 2022 lineup. There’s no new full-size sport quad from Honda (and likely won’t be), but all hope isn’t lost just yet. Here are the returning models that we know about so far.

2022 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon

Fully independent front and rear suspension highlight this model, with 7.3 inches of front suspension travel and 8.5 inches of rear suspension travel. There are 25-inch all-terrain tires and disc brakes at all four corners. The Foreman Rubicon has 9.4 inches of ground clearance front and rear, and 286 pounds of front and rear cargo rack capacity. Honda says it will tow up to 1,322 pounds. The 518cc longitudinally mounted engine uses a five-speed automatic transmission to get power directly to front and rear drive shafts. The rider can select between TraxLok 2WD and 4WD operation with a locking front differential. Honda is offering four trim levels of the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon, including three with Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission.

New Kawasaki ATVs To Be Announced June 7

Kawasaki is announcing six new powersport vehicles Tuesday, June 7, at 6 a.m. Pacific. Looking at the photo, it’s obvious that three of the new releases are side-by-sides and one is a motorcycle. The other two are definitely ATVs. Whatever those two are, we’re just happy to see Kawasaki expanding its ATV lineup beyond the four models it currently offers—the Brute Force 750 4×4 EPSi, the Brute Force 300, and the KFX50 and KFX90 youth models.

One thing we do know is that this photo is not to scale. At least one of those side-by-sides is the new KRX 1000 four-seater that was already leaked on social media. The motorcycle is rumored to be either an adult-size streetbike or youth-size motocrosser with an electric engine. But what are the two ATVs? So far, Kawasaki has managed to keep those two machines well under wraps.

Taking a closer look at the photo, we can unfortunately rule out a new sport ATV. The way the cover drops over the nose all but exposes what appears to be a typical dual headlight setup on a rec/utility ATV. The tires also appear to be of the same variety.

So here’s our prediction. The ATV on the right is a new Brute Force offering with an engine size somewhere in the 500–600cc range. This category produces the best selling ATVs on the market today, a prime example being the Polaris Sportsman 570. This machine will be a 4×4, it will have enough torque to dominate any terrain type, but it will also be more affordable than a big-bore. It only makes sense as that is where current demand is, and it’s a sure profit maker that will keep the bean counters happy.


The taller ATV on the left is either a larger Brute Force in the 900–1,000cc range, or a sport 4×4. Again, it’s just a guess, but we’re going with the latter. Sport 4×4 ATVs are the hot ticket right now. The Can-Am Renegade is a good example that leans heavily toward the sport side of the 4×4 ATV market. You don’t have to look further than the 4×4 ATV Pro finisher list at any GNCC race to see how well liked the Renegade is. The Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S and Sportsman XP 1000 S are also two highly desirable machines that define the sport 4×4 ATV category. The Brute Force 750 4x4i already presents an excellent base to build on. Just add fully adjustable shocks, lose the racks, update the look with sport styling, and toss some race inspired tires on beadlock wheels; the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 Sport 4×4 is born.

That’s our prediction without any hints from Kawasaki, and we could be completely wrong. So, just like you, we’ll have to hold out until Tuesday morning to see what’s under those covers. We can’t wait!

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