The Honda FourTrax Rancher is a customizable heaven for ATV customers. Not only does it offer a choice of transmission between a fully automatic version or an Electronic Shift program that allows for push-button shifts on command, it also offers a steady mix of solid engines with wide torque bands, a sturdy chassis, and an excellent suspension set-up.

In terms of the powertrain, the FourTrax Rancher comes with a dependable 420cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that comes with either a Honda automatic five-speed transmission featuring auto-shifting or a manual shifting push-button featuring Honda’s very own Electric Shift Program. On top of that, the ATV was also built using a rugged frame and suspension set-up that provides an exceptional 9.1" of ground clearance. Meanwhile, the independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium shock absorbers to provide 6.3" of wheel travel for a plush, comfortable ride while also minimizing geometry variations, maintaining rear wheel alignment, and contributing to more responsive overall handling.

Overall, the Honda FourTrax Rancher is considered one of the best ATVs in the market, thanks to its impressive blend of innovation, sophistication, and hard-working credentials. Add that with the company’s aggressive ATV technology and you have an ATV that delivers premium performance while also providing one of the best values for your hard-earned money.

There’s a reason why the FourTrax Rancher has been one of the best-selling line of ATVs in America. The plethora of new features on the 2012 model only adds to the model’s ever-increasing popularity amongst ATV fans in the land.

Find out more about the Honda FourTrax Rancher’s full specs after the jump.

  • 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine
  • Transmission:
    Honda automatic five-speed transmission
  • Displacement:
    420 L


2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering Drivetrain
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  • Powerful 420cc longitudinally mounted engine

eliminates 90-degree power transfers and boasts
exceptional horsepower and torque. Overhead-valve
design provides compact engine dimensions for
excellent ground clearance.

  • Cylinder head redesigned with higher compression,

revised camshaft profile and larger intake valves (38
vs. 35mm) and exhaust valves (33 vs. 30mm) to ensure
strong mid-range and top-end power.

  • Programmed Fuel-Injection (PGM-FI) features a 34mm

throttle body, 12-hole Denso injector, and Idle Air
Control Valve (IACV) for crisp performance, excellent
economy and trouble-free operation in cold
conditions and varying altitudes.

  • Large 7.2-liter airbox with washable, reusable foam air

filter provides more air to the engine for increased

  • New high-capacity oil system features a high-flow filter

and a two-rotor pump to provide oil for the engine and
the pressurized transmission clutches.

  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven

counterbalancer reduce vibration.

  • Large radiator with cooling fan ensures optimal engine

cooling under difficult operating conditions.

  • Stainless-steel exhaust header and muffler for superior

corrosion resistance.

  • Three-chamber muffler baffling uses no packing material

that can blow out, providing long-lasting performance.

  • New lightweight, automatic transmission offers fivespeed

auto-shifting or push-button manual shifting
with Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP). After the
heavy duty centrifugal clutch engages, two Electronic
Control Module (ECM)-controlled clutches mounted in
the gearbox upshift/downshift to provide smooth,
lurch-free shifts. When descending hills in automatic
mode, the transmission downshifts, providing
excellent engine braking.

  • If the rider forgets to downshift when stopping in ESP

mode, the transmission downshifts to third gear to
prevent engine lugging.

  • Excellent fuel economy results from the transmission’s

high efficiency.

  • TraxLok 4WD/2WD selector lever allows 4WD or 2WD



2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering Exterior
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  • Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional

9.1 inches of ground clearance.

  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses

premium shock absorbers to provide 6.3 inches of
wheel travel for a plush, comfortable ride.

  • Honda’s double wishbone, Independent Rear

Suspension (IRS) provides 6.3 inches of wheel travel
and minimizes geometry variations as the suspension
travels through its stroke, maintaining rear wheel
alignment, contributing to responsive overall handling,
and reducing tire wear and maintenance intervals.

  • Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS).
  • Dual hydraulic front and single rear disc brakes provide

exceptional stopping power and feature brake pads that
minimize wear from dust and sand.

  • Rear center disc brake and self-adjusting mechanical

rear parking brake are mounted on the rear driveshaft,
contributing to the AT’s considerable ground clearance.

  • Tough, large-diameter 24x8-12 front, and wide 24x10-11

rear tires provide excellent ground clearance while
maintaining precise handling.


2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering High Resolution Exterior
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  • Engine design produces low emissions and meets EPA

and California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road
emissions standards.

  • Convenient electric starting, with optional recoil starter

and an automatic internal-decompression system.

  • Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 3.5-gallon


  • Multifunction LCD digital instrumentation is compact,

tough and waterproof, featuring large readouts for gear
position, speedometer, odometer, resettable tripmeter
and hour meter. Instrument housing includes indicator
lights for Reverse, Neutral, water-temperature, PGM-FI,
4WD and Power Steering (for EPS model).

  • Thickly padded seat provides all-day comfort.
  • Large cargo racks front and rear carry payloads of 66

and 133 pounds, respectively.

  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 850-pound towing capacity.
  • Snorkel-type air-intake system is specially designed to

resist water.

  • Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against

engine oil contamination.

  • USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for

quiet operation without wool packing for long-lasting

  • Powerful 371-watt AC generator.
  • Tough 12-amp-hour maintenance-free battery.
  • Twin-headlight system with 30-watt bulbs features

multireflector lenses for optimal light distribution.

  • Combination LED stoplight and taillight.
  • Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.
  • Keyed ignition switch for added security.
  • Large fenders give excellent mud protection.
  • Specially designed floorboards allow the rider’s feet

to grip the footrests while helping to keep mud and
debris away.

  • Full-length synthetic lower skid plate with integrated

front brush guard.

  • Constant-velocity-joint boot guards help prevent

damage to boot covers.

  • Handlebar switches, controls and warning labels use

easy-to-understand graphic labels.

  • Standard equipment includes a tire-pressure gauge.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended

coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

  • Purchase of a new, previously unregistered Honda USAcertified

unit by an individual retail user in the United
States qualifies the owner for a one-year complimentary
membership in the Honda Riders Club of America
(HRCA). Visit for details.


  • Flag Kit.
  • Recoil Starter.
  • 12-Volt Accessory Socket.


2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering High Resolution Exterior
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ENGINE TYPE 420cc liquid-cooled OHV semi-dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
BORE AND STROKE 86.5mm x 71.5mm
INDUCTION Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 34mm throttle body
IGNITION Full-transistorized type with electronic advance
STARTER Electric with optional auxiliary recoil
TRANSMISSION Automatic/ESP five-speed with Reverse
DRIVELINE Direct front and rear driveshafts
SUSPENSION Front Independent double-wishbone; 6.3 inches travel
SUSPENSION Rear Independent double-wishbone; 6.3 inches travel
BRAKESFront Dual hydraulic discs
BRAKES Rear Single hydraulic disc
TIRES Front 24x8-12
TIRES Rear 24x10-11
LENGTH 80.9 inches
WIDTH 46.1 inches
HEIGHT 45.8 inches
SEAT HEIGHT 32.4 inches
WHEELBASE 49.4 inches
FUEL CAPACITY 3.5 gallons (including 1.0 gallon reserve)
COLORS Black, Red, Olive, Natural Gear Camouflage
CURB WEIGHT 623/642 pounds
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  (429) posted on 10.21.2011

This one is one of the best four-wheeled motorcycles I have seen. It looks simpler and plainer but more sophisticated and innovative. I guess once it was available on the market, it was sold-out.

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