I'm considering getting another ATV which will be used like my Rancher 75 percent work and 25 percent trail. I have enjoyed my Rancher and have looked at all the models and curious thoughts on a second one and/or replace it with what? Thankfully the money is less of a concern but not interested in tossing dollars away unnecessarily so all comments welcome. I have even looked at a Grizzly and struggling with the belt concept but know from all the reviews they are the real deal so I'm stumped.
All I can do is tell you the "if it were me."
I have pretty much convinced myself to stay away from Polaris and Can Am.
I think the Suzuki King Quad 500 offers a TON of value for the money these days when you spend time looking at it, which I have. I also have friends with the old Vinson 500, and I can tell that the King Quad 500 is a proven platform. Compared to the Foreman 500, this one has independent susp, more horsepower, and low range in the transmission, plus higher fuel cap and tow cap.
I too have noticed the Grizzly/Kodiak. If I were in your shoes I'd be looking for front differential lock, which rules out most of the Kodiak Models, unless you're looking at 2018. I do believe Yamaha has the best belt design in the industry, where it keeps the belt held all the time and uses a centrifugal clutch. I think this one looks the most powerful and the rowdiest.
Honda-wise, I have been in love with the Foreman 500. I would buy a 2016 Foreman 500, with foot shift (they stopped the foot-shift/EPS version after 2016 when they simplified all their line-ups.) I would LOVE to own a 2016 Foreman 500 TRX500FM2 (there are still lots of new ones out there at dealers, with discounts) because it's so similar to my Rancher, but includes:
1. Third headlight.
2. Enhanced front bumper.
3. More CC's, similar power-to-weight ratio of the Rancher.
4. 25" tires, vs 24" on the Rancher.
5. Front diff lock.
6. More suspension travel and ground clearance than the Rancher.
7. Auxiliary power outlet.
8. Additional on-board storage with fender compartment.
And just LOVE that classic Honda Foreman look/feel/formula that is still there.