I don't like the Hondas. You spend so much more for a Honda if you compare apples-to-apples with competitors. I do think the Hondas will last forever, but it is because they are so much more simple than other ATVs (ie. there is less to break). I like the technology on the other brands, they ride better and are more capable for rough trails/rocks/logs.
I spent a lot of time comparing them and I felt the Top 2 were the Yamaha Grizzly and the Polaris Sportsman. I have had a lot of experience with both of them (7 different ATVs). I have seen no difference in quality (neither brand has ever broken down), just make sure have each of them professionally serviced once a year to grease everything up and check the seals.
I think the Sportsman 500 H.O. which you can pick up brand new for $5200 is the way to go. You get all the power you will ever need, the best-riding machine on the market and only have to give up Power Steering and EFI (and save $3,000). I haven't had the need for Power Steering (especially with the new Sportsman) and there is a benefit to carburated in that you can possibly fix it in the field, where EFI you are just SOL if it breaks down.
Check out the value of a 2-yr old 500 HO Sportsman. They hold their value SO WELL it is crazy.
PS. Tristate, please be an adult and respect my wishes that you do not respond to any of my posts. I, in turn, will do you the courtesy of not responding to any of yours. I simply do not wish to converse with you.