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2009 Honda Big Red Review

Testing Honda's New Side-By

Ali MansourPhotographer, Writer

Owning a side-by-side is more than just about going fast and jumping in the dirt. It's a useful farm tool and a great replacement to that rusty pickup that has run its course. Known for its legendary quality with on- and off-road vehicles, Honda is the latest manufacturer to step into the side-by realm with its MUV700, better known as the Big Red. Built for the guy that needs his side-by to be a true multiuse vehicle, the 675cc engine puts out enough power to tow 1,200 pounds. With front and rear lockers and over 10 inches of ground clearance, the Big Red is ready for the trail. Though it's a tad too big to fit in the bed of a pickup, this side-by is more than just business. We found it to be a blast in the mud and really fun and stable on moderate Jeep trails. Our only reservation is the transmission-it shifts smoothly but will not let you hold or manually select each gear. What can we say? We are die-hard manual fans when it comes to off-road. Overall this is a great side-by for the guy that needs more than a toy. It's a tough work machine that's easily serviceable and completely competent to tackle the terra.

Tech Specs
2009 Honda Big Red

MSRP: $11,399
Engine: 675cc liquid-cooled OHV four-stroke
Drivetrain: Three-speed automatic, 2WD, 4WD (with rear locked), and 4WD with front and rear locked
Brakes: Hydraulic disc
Suspension: Independent front and rear
Tires: 25x10-12
Curb Weight: 1,431 lb
Wheelbase: 75.7 in
Ground Clearance: 10.3 in