Kawasaki MULE™ Family | Utility & Recreational Side x Sides (2024)

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COMPACT AND MIGHTY HIGH-CAPACITY COMFORT HIGHLY CAPABLE WORKHORSE FULL-SIZE VERSATILITY INTRODUCING THE 2024 MULE™ PRO 1000 SERIES THE INDUSTRY'S STRONGEST WARRANTY FOR THE WORLD'S STRONGEST SIDE X SIDES HISTORY OF THE MULE™ 1980 The Napkin 1988 MULE™ 1000 UNMATCHED UTILITY" 1990 MULE™ 2010 JACK OF ALL TRADES 1991 MULE™ 2020 TREADING LIGHTLY 1991 MULE™ 2030 INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH 1991 MULE™ 500 PERSONAL SIZED 1993 MULE™ 2510 V-TWIN PERFORMANCE 1993 MULE™ 2520 A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT 1994 MULE™ 2500 CLASS LEADING 1997 MULE™ 550 COMPACT WITH SEATING FOR TWO 2000 MULE™ 2510 DIESEL POWER 2001 MULE™ 3000 SERIES LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK. WORKS LIKE A MULE. 2003 MULE™ 2010 TRUCK DURABILITY. MULE VERSATILITY. 2003 MULE™ 3010 CAMO 2005 MULE™ 610 4X4 COMFORTABLE. CONVENIENT. COMPACT. 2005 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® “4X4X4” TECHNOLOGY 2007 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY. CLASS-LEADING MUSCLE. 2008 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel FULLY LOADED FLAGSHIP 2009 MULE™ 4000 Series BUILT TOUGH TO GET THE JOB DONE 2010 MULE™ 610 4x4 XC BIGFOOT 2015 MULE PRO-FXT™ A WHOLE NEW ANIMAL 2016 MULE PRO-DX™ BUILT STRONG TO WORK HARD 2017 MULE SX™ CONVENIENCE AND CAPABILITY 2018 TWO NEW MODELS TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MULE™ Introducing MULE PRO-FXR™ and MULE 4000 Trans™ HISTORICAL TIMELINE 1980 THE NAPKIN 1988 MULE™ 1000 UNMATCHED UTILITY" 1990 MULE™ 2010 JACK OF ALL TRADES 1991 MULE™ 2020 TREADING LIGHTLY 1991 MULE™ 2030 INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH 1991 MULE™ 500 PERSONAL SIZED 1993 MULE™ 2510 V-TWIN PERFORMANCE 1993 MULE™ 2520 A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT 1994 MULE™ 2500 CLASS LEADING 1997 MULE™ 550 COMPACT WITH SEATING FOR TWO 2000 MULE™ 2510 DIESEL POWER 2001 MULE™ 3000 SERIES LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK. WORKS LIKE A MULE. 2003 MULE™ 2010 TRUCK DURABILITY. MULE VERSATILITY. 2003 MULE™ 3010 CAMO 2005 MULE™ 610 4X4 COMFORTABLE. CONVENIENT. COMPACT. 2005 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® “4X4X4” TECHNOLOGY 2007 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY. CLASS-LEADING MUSCLE. 2008 MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel FULLY LOADED FLAGSHIP 2009 MULE™ 4000 Series BUILT TOUGH TO GET THE JOB DONE 2010 MULE™ 610 4x4 XC BIGFOOT 2015 MULE PRO-FXT™ A WHOLE NEW ANIMAL 2016 MULE PRO-DX™ BUILT STRONG TO WORK HARD 2017 MULE SX™ CONVENIENCE AND CAPABILITY 2018 TWO NEW MODELS TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MULE™ Introducing MULE PRO-FXR™ and MULE 4000 Trans™ THERE'S A MULE™ FOR YOU 2-PASSENGER MODELS 3-PASSENGER MODELS EXCLUSIVE TRANS CAB™ SYSTEM MODELS FAQs References

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Highly capable Kawasaki MULE™ side x sides have been supporting the hardest workers for decades.
Dependable performance and reliable strength are what make a rugged MULE side x side the ultimate workhorse. Confidently tackle each day with a vehicle that you can rely on from sun-up to sun-down, day after day, year after year.

EXPLORE MULE™ FAMILY WELCOME

KAWASAKI MULE™ KAWASAKI STRONG TRANS CAB™ SYSTEM 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY TIMELINE MODELS

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COMPACT AND MIGHTY

Hard workers always step up to the challenge and so do 2-passenger MULE™ side x sides like the MULE PRO-MX™. These mid-size, high-capacity, 2-passenger vehicles have the muscle and endurance for a full day’s work. Plus, handle a wide variety of tasks with the ability to maneuver in tighter areas.

HIGH-CAPACITY COMFORT

We know there’s no substitution for hard work, which is why this rugged lineup is bred to handle the most demanding jobs. Our spacious 3-passenger MULE™ side x sides like the MULE PRO-FX™ 1000 HD Edition and MULE PRO-FXR™ 1000 have been put to the test by the most hardworking people who depend on their machines day in and day out. These powerful, 3-passenger side x sides are the perfect work companions with all-day comfort and strong, dependable performance.

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HIGHLY CAPABLE WORKHORSE

The MULE 4000 Trans™️ and MULE™️ 4010 Trans4x4®️ lineup are versatile, mid-size, 2- to 4-passenger workhorses that can tackle demanding jobs or tour around the property. These durable side x sides provide the ability to transport more passengers or a larger load with the Trans Cab™️ System that can be easily converted anytime. Now you can move gear, tools, materials, and people without breaking a sweat.

FULL-SIZE VERSATILITY

Our lineup of 3- to 6-passenger MULE™️ side x sides offer the ability to move the entire crew or large payloads. These versatile machines, like the MULE PRO-FXT™️ 1000 LE, feature the Trans Cab™️ System that allows quick and easy conversion between 3-seater and 6-seater modes. This group does it all with dependable power and reliable capability so you can tackle the job or the trail with confidence.

INTRODUCING THE 2024

MULE™ PRO 1000 SERIES

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THE INDUSTRY'S STRONGEST WARRANTY FOR THE WORLD'S STRONGEST SIDE X SIDES

Every machine we sell is backed by the unrivaled engineering knowledge of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. So when we say that our products are the strongest, we back it up with extreme confidence.*

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*Competitive warranty information obtained from manufacturers' websites as of May 2024.

HISTORY OF THE MULE™

1980

The Napkin

The MULE™ utility vehicle—and the entire utility vehicle category—was born in San Diego, California, on a co*cktail napkin in August of 1980. This new creation was named the “Pony Truck” and was nicknamed the four-wheeled three-wheeler. Three Rocky Mountain Kawasaki (RMK)—a distributor of KMC—employees, sketched their ideas out with a simple concept in mind: build a vehicle with four wheels that could carry two people and heavier loads than an ATV.

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1988

MULE™ 1000

UNMATCHED UTILITY"

Featuring a pick-up-truck-type design, the Kawasaki MULE™ concept revolutionized the lightweight utility vehicle. Powered by a liquid-cooled 454cc twin-cylinder engine mounted in an open-cab utility chassis with independent front and rear suspension, and rolling on four all-terrain tires with rear differential lock feature, the MULE 1000 utility vehicle was an immediate success.

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1990

MULE™ 2010

JACK OF ALL TRADES

The combination of selectable 2WD or 4WD with a Hi/Lo transmission made the MULE™ 2010 the most versatile utility vehicle on the market. Independent front and semi-independent rear suspension, plenty of load-carrying capacity and a reliable 535cc engine made this MULE model suitable for almost any work environment.

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1991

MULE™ 2020

TREADING LIGHTLY

Nicknamed the “Tenderfoot” MULE™, this medium-class “turf” MULE utility vehicle was specially designed for use on golf courses, sporting fields and other places where a soft “footprint” is important. Powered by a fan-cooled single-cylinder engine the MULE 2020 featured a dual-mode differential that could be locked for maximum traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance. Turf-type tires and easy-to-operate controls made this hard-working MULE an instant hit.

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1991

MULE™ 2030

INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

In 1991, sales of the MULE™ 2030 utility vehicle commenced. Offering many of the features of the MULE 2020, this 2WD model was designed especially for industrial work. It had special fuel and electrical systems to meet strict industrial standards, a flat bed and hard-surface tires that offered long life on paved in-plant surfaces commonly found in manufacturing companies and warehouses.

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1991

MULE™ 500

PERSONAL SIZED

In 1991, the MULE™ 500 utility vehicle was also introduced. This personal-sized utility vehicle was compact in size, easy to use, and could easily fit into the back of a pick-up truck for transportation to work sites.

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1993

MULE™ 2510

V-TWIN PERFORMANCE

A larger, more-powerful liquid-cooled 617cc V-Twin engine, 4WD, heavy-duty carrying capacity and a tilting cargo bed made the 2510 a top-of-the-line MULE™ model. Other advanced features included dual-mode differential, a high-mounted cab-frame air intake, a fan-cooled belt converter and all-wheel self-adjusting hydraulic brakes.

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1993

MULE™ 2520

A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT

In 1993, sales of the MULE™ 2520 utility vehicle, the second in the MULE 2500 series, began. The combination of a quiet-running liquid-cooled V-Twin engine with a sound-insulated engine box and turf tires made it possible to handle the toughest jobs with a quiet and light “footprint.”

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1994

MULE™ 2500

CLASS LEADING

With the MULE™ 2500 series setting industry standards, Kawasaki introduced the MULE 2500 utility vehicle. With most of the same features as the MULE 2510, this 2WD fully automatic version was a class leader.

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1997

MULE™ 550

COMPACT WITH SEATING FOR TWO

In 1997, sales of the MULE™ 550 utility vehicle began. Newly designed, its fan-cooled engine with internal engine balancer and proven four-wheel suspension gave the MULE 550 a relaxing ride quality. A bench seat for two made this the first two-person compact MULE model.

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2000

MULE™ 2510

DIESEL POWER

Powered by a liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, 953cc diesel engine, the MULE™ 2510 Diesel offered outstanding fuel economy and increased load capacity. Dual-mode differential, independent strut-type front suspension and 4WD made this heavy-duty MULE utility vehicle a popular choice on work sites around the world where diesel is the primary fuel, such as in agriculture and underground mining.

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2001

MULE™ 3000 SERIES

LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK. WORKS LIKE A MULE.

The release of the 4WD MULE™ 3010, turf MULE 3020 and 2WD MULE 3000 marked the latest evolution in Kawasaki’s MULE history. Powered by gutsy, liquid-cooled, 617cc, V-Twin engines coupled to all-new Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT), they were some of the hardest working and most durable machines Kawasaki had ever produced. Radical new pick-up truck styling, improved ergonomics and other automotive design features made this new generation of stylish, hardworking utility vehicles an instant hit.

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2003

MULE™ 2010

TRUCK DURABILITY. MULE VERSATILITY.

Another machine in the MULE™ 3000 series, the 3010 Diesel featured the proven, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, 953cc diesel engine of the 2510 Diesel dressed in the pick-up truck styling of the other 3000 Series models. Upgrades included a stronger CVT belt, improvements to the exhaust system and a new cylinder block. Hardworking and highly versatile, the 3010 Diesel’s fashionable new styling package clearly positioned it at the top of the MULE line.

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2003

MULE™ 3010

CAMO

In 2003, sales of the first camouflage MULE™ utility vehicle commenced. Based on the successful MULE 3010, the latest addition to the MULE 3000 Series provided woodsmen a rugged companion with ample load-carrying capability.

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2005

MULE™ 610 4X4

COMFORTABLE. CONVENIENT. COMPACT.

In 2005, sales of the MULE™ 610 4x4 and 600 commenced. The new “baby” MULEs featured new 401cc engines, more rugged suspension, new high-volume bodywork and a number of other features designed to increase their comfort and convenience. The 610 4x4 also featured selectable 2WD/4WD—a class first—and large 24” tires. Both models were still small enough to fit in the back of a pick-up truck.

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2005

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4®

“4X4X4” TECHNOLOGY

It was only fitting that Kawasaki, as pioneers in the utility vehicle market, be the first to release the world’s first convertible MULE™. At first glance the MULE 3010 Trans4x4®looked like other 3000 Series MULEs. But the Trans4x4 featured two rows of seats, enabling it to accommodate four passengers. Being easily able to switch between two-passenger and four-passenger modes gave the Trans4x4 much greater flexibility. In four-passenger mode, a family, work crew or group of hunters could be accommodated; in two-passenger mode, cargo space was maximized.

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2007

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel

MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY. CLASS-LEADING MUSCLE.

For those really tough jobs, Kawasaki offered the MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel. Its powerful 953cc diesel engine churned out mountains of torque for serious hauling and towing capability. Coil-reinforced shocks for the De Dion axle and leaf-spring rear suspension ensured a high load capacity. And being a Trans4x4 meant high versatility—whether transporting a work crew in four-passenger mode or hauling cargo with the extended cargo bed in two-passenger mode.

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2008

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel

FULLY LOADED FLAGSHIP

Making it even easier to do a hard day's work, the MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel received a high-grade electric power steering system. Using input from a vehicle speed sensor and torque sensor, the ECU determined the amount of steering assistance necessary. Assistance was greatest when needed most (at extremely low speeds and when stopped) and reduced at higher speeds to ensure stable handling. Kawasaki's other diesel MULE, the MULE 3010 Diesel 4x4, received the same update.

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2009

MULE™ 4000 Series

BUILT TOUGH TO GET THE JOB DONE

The MULE™ 4000 Series marked the next step in the evolution of the MULE utility vehicle concept. A new, no-nonsense, big-truck styling package reflected the tough, powerful nature of MULE utility vehicles and their ability to get the job done. The gasoline-powered MULEs came with fuel injection, ensuring easy starting and consistent, stable power in all operating conditions. And speed-sensitive electric power steering (first seen on the 2008 diesel MULEs) was now featured on all 4WD models, offering natural handling at all times.

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2010

MULE™ 610 4x4 XC

BIGFOOT

The newest addition to the MULE™ utility vehicle line, the MULE 610 4x4 XC (or “Bigfoot” MULE) featured larger, 26” tires and 12” wheels. Its enhanced off-road capability and increased ground clearance was complemented by a sporty design and graphics package. Combined with the dependable performance of the MULE 610 4x4, this latest compact utility vehicle opened the door to greater potential for leisure activities.

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2015

MULE PRO-FXT™

A WHOLE NEW ANIMAL

In 2015, Kawasaki changed the utility side x side market with the introduction of the MULE PRO-FXT™. Since the inception of the MULE over 35 years ago, and with over 130 years of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. engineering, the latest edition of the MULE PRO-FXT has become a truly innovative new way to work and play. This full-size, high capacity, three-to-six passenger Trans Cab™ model brings a whole new level of comfort and performance.

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2016

MULE PRO-DX™

BUILT STRONG TO WORK HARD

In 2016 we introduced the newest additions to our expanding line of class-leading MULE™ PRO side x sides—the MULE PRO Diesel Series. Built strong to work hard, the MULE PRO-DX™ and MULE PRO-DXT™ vehicles boast a massive 933cc triple-cylinder power plant to handle your toughest work demands, helping you power through the workday.

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2017

MULE SX™

CONVENIENCE AND CAPABILITY

Featuring a bold and rugged new appearance, the new 2017 MULE SX side x sides are packed with value and undeniable capability. As a durable and compact workhorse it's capable of maneuvering in tight spaces and easily fits in the bed of a full-size pickup truck, giving you the freedom and flexibility to take on the toughest jobs.

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2018

TWO NEW MODELS TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MULE™

Introducing MULE PRO-FXR™ and MULE 4000 Trans™

Kawasaki celebrates 30 years of MULE™ by adding two impressive side x sides to its arsenal. Packed with premium styling and powerful capability, the new compact 2018 MULE PRO-FXR™ plays just as hard as it works so you can cut loose when you want and ride like a boss. The 2018 MULE 4000 Trans™ features a Trans Cab™ system that allows it to quickly convert between a 2-passenger cargo hauler and a 4-passenger crew mover. Needless to say, both machines are truly worthy of carrying forth the Kawasaki STRONG legacy.

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HISTORICAL TIMELINE

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1980

THE NAPKIN

The MULE™ utility vehicle—and the entire utility vehicle category—was born in San Diego, California, on a co*cktail napkin in August of 1980. This new creation was named the “Pony Truck” and was nicknamed the four-wheeled three-wheeler. Three Rocky Mountain Kawasaki (RMK)—a distributor of KMC—employees, sketched their ideas out with a simple concept in mind: build a vehicle with four wheels that could carry two people and heavier loads than an ATV.

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1988

MULE™ 1000

UNMATCHED UTILITY"

Featuring a pick-up-truck-type design, the Kawasaki MULE™ concept revolutionized the lightweight utility vehicle. Powered by a liquid-cooled 454cc twin-cylinder engine mounted in an open-cab utility chassis with independent front and rear suspension, and rolling on four all-terrain tires with rear differential lock feature, the MULE 1000 utility vehicle was an immediate success.

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1990

MULE™ 2010

JACK OF ALL TRADES

The combination of selectable 2WD or 4WD with a Hi/Lo transmission made the MULE™ 2010 the most versatile utility vehicle on the market. Independent front and semi-independent rear suspension, plenty of load-carrying capacity and a reliable 535cc engine made this MULE model suitable for almost any work environment.

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1991

MULE™ 2020

TREADING LIGHTLY

Nicknamed the “Tenderfoot” MULE™, this medium-class “turf” MULE utility vehicle was specially designed for use on golf courses, sporting fields and other places where a soft “footprint” is important. Powered by a fan-cooled single-cylinder engine the MULE 2020 featured a dual-mode differential that could be locked for maximum traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance. Turf-type tires and easy-to-operate controls made this hard-working MULE an instant hit.

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1991

MULE™ 2030

INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

In 1991, sales of the MULE™ 2030 utility vehicle commenced. Offering many of the features of the MULE 2020, this 2WD model was designed especially for industrial work. It had special fuel and electrical systems to meet strict industrial standards, a flat bed and hard-surface tires that offered long life on paved in-plant surfaces commonly found in manufacturing companies and warehouses.

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1991

MULE™ 500

PERSONAL SIZED

In 1991, the MULE™ 500 utility vehicle was also introduced. This personal-sized utility vehicle was compact in size, easy to use, and could easily fit into the back of a pick-up truck for transportation to work sites.

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1993

MULE™ 2510

V-TWIN PERFORMANCE

A larger, more-powerful liquid-cooled 617cc V-Twin engine, 4WD, heavy-duty carrying capacity and a tilting cargo bed made the 2510 a top-of-the-line MULE™ model. Other advanced features included dual-mode differential, a high-mounted cab-frame air intake, a fan-cooled belt converter and all-wheel self-adjusting hydraulic brakes.

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1993

MULE™ 2520

A LIGHTER FOOTPRINT

In 1993, sales of the MULE™ 2520 utility vehicle, the second in the MULE 2500 series, began. The combination of a quiet-running liquid-cooled V-Twin engine with a sound-insulated engine box and turf tires made it possible to handle the toughest jobs with a quiet and light “footprint.”

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1994

MULE™ 2500

CLASS LEADING

With the MULE™ 2500 series setting industry standards, Kawasaki introduced the MULE 2500 utility vehicle. With most of the same features as the MULE 2510, this 2WD fully automatic version was a class leader.

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1997

MULE™ 550

COMPACT WITH SEATING FOR TWO

In 1997, sales of the MULE™ 550 utility vehicle began. Newly designed, its fan-cooled engine with internal engine balancer and proven four-wheel suspension gave the MULE 550 a relaxing ride quality. A bench seat for two made this the first two-person compact MULE model.

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2000

MULE™ 2510

DIESEL POWER

Powered by a liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, 953cc diesel engine, the MULE™ 2510 Diesel offered outstanding fuel economy and increased load capacity. Dual-mode differential, independent strut-type front suspension and 4WD made this heavy-duty MULE utility vehicle a popular choice on work sites around the world where diesel is the primary fuel, such as in agriculture and underground mining.

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2001

MULE™ 3000 SERIES

LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK. WORKS LIKE A MULE.

The release of the 4WD MULE™ 3010, turf MULE 3020 and 2WD MULE 3000 marked the latest evolution in Kawasaki’s MULE history. Powered by gutsy, liquid-cooled, 617cc, V-Twin engines coupled to all-new Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT), they were some of the hardest working and most durable machines Kawasaki had ever produced. Radical new pick-up truck styling, improved ergonomics and other automotive design features made this new generation of stylish, hardworking utility vehicles an instant hit.

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2003

MULE™ 2010

TRUCK DURABILITY. MULE VERSATILITY.

Another machine in the MULE™ 3000 series, the 3010 Diesel featured the proven, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, 953cc diesel engine of the 2510 Diesel dressed in the pick-up truck styling of the other 3000 Series models. Upgrades included a stronger CVT belt, improvements to the exhaust system and a new cylinder block. Hardworking and highly versatile, the 3010 Diesel’s fashionable new styling package clearly positioned it at the top of the MULE line.

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2003

MULE™ 3010

CAMO

In 2003, sales of the first camouflage MULE™ utility vehicle commenced. Based on the successful MULE 3010, the latest addition to the MULE 3000 Series provided woodsmen a rugged companion with ample load-carrying capability.

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2005

MULE™ 610 4X4

COMFORTABLE. CONVENIENT. COMPACT.

In 2005, sales of the MULE™ 610 4x4 and 600 commenced. The new “baby” MULEs featured new 401cc engines, more rugged suspension, new high-volume bodywork and a number of other features designed to increase their comfort and convenience. The 610 4x4 also featured selectable 2WD/4WD—a class first—and large 24” tires. Both models were still small enough to fit in the back of a pick-up truck.

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2005

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4®

“4X4X4” TECHNOLOGY

It was only fitting that Kawasaki, as pioneers in the utility vehicle market, be the first to release the world’s first convertible MULE™. At first glance the MULE 3010 Trans4x4®looked like other 3000 Series MULEs. But the Trans4x4 featured two rows of seats, enabling it to accommodate four passengers. Being easily able to switch between two-passenger and four-passenger modes gave the Trans4x4 much greater flexibility. In four-passenger mode, a family, work crew or group of hunters could be accommodated; in two-passenger mode, cargo space was maximized.

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2007

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel

MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY. CLASS-LEADING MUSCLE.

For those really tough jobs, Kawasaki offered the MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel. Its powerful 953cc diesel engine churned out mountains of torque for serious hauling and towing capability. Coil-reinforced shocks for the De Dion axle and leaf-spring rear suspension ensured a high load capacity. And being a Trans4x4 meant high versatility—whether transporting a work crew in four-passenger mode or hauling cargo with the extended cargo bed in two-passenger mode.

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2008

MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel

FULLY LOADED FLAGSHIP

Making it even easier to do a hard day's work, the MULE™ 3010 Trans4x4® Diesel received a high-grade electric power steering system. Using input from a vehicle speed sensor and torque sensor, the ECU determined the amount of steering assistance necessary. Assistance was greatest when needed most (at extremely low speeds and when stopped) and reduced at higher speeds to ensure stable handling. Kawasaki's other diesel MULE, the MULE 3010 Diesel 4x4, received the same update.

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2009

MULE™ 4000 Series

BUILT TOUGH TO GET THE JOB DONE

The MULE™ 4000 Series marked the next step in the evolution of the MULE utility vehicle concept. A new, no-nonsense, big-truck styling package reflected the tough, powerful nature of MULE utility vehicles and their ability to get the job done. The gasoline-powered MULEs came with fuel injection, ensuring easy starting and consistent, stable power in all operating conditions. And speed-sensitive electric power steering (first seen on the 2008 diesel MULEs) was now featured on all 4WD models, offering natural handling at all times.

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2010

MULE™ 610 4x4 XC

BIGFOOT

The newest addition to the MULE™ utility vehicle line, the MULE 610 4x4 XC (or “Bigfoot” MULE) featured larger, 26” tires and 12” wheels. Its enhanced off-road capability and increased ground clearance was complemented by a sporty design and graphics package. Combined with the dependable performance of the MULE 610 4x4, this latest compact utility vehicle opened the door to greater potential for leisure activities.

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2015

MULE PRO-FXT™

A WHOLE NEW ANIMAL

In 2015, Kawasaki changed the utility side x side market with the introduction of the MULE PRO-FXT™. Since the inception of the MULE over 35 years ago, and with over 130 years of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. engineering, the latest edition of the MULE PRO-FXT has become a truly innovative new way to work and play. This full-size, high capacity, three-to-six passenger Trans Cab™ model brings a whole new level of comfort and performance.

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2016

MULE PRO-DX™

BUILT STRONG TO WORK HARD

In 2016 we introduced the newest additions to our expanding line of class-leading MULE™ PRO side x sides—the MULE PRO Diesel Series. Built strong to work hard, the MULE PRO-DX™ and MULE PRO-DXT™ vehicles boast a massive 933cc triple-cylinder power plant to handle your toughest work demands, helping you power through the workday.

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2017

MULE SX™

CONVENIENCE AND CAPABILITY

Featuring a bold and rugged new appearance, the new 2017 MULE SX side x sides are packed with value and undeniable capability. As a durable and compact workhorse it's capable of maneuvering in tight spaces and easily fits in the bed of a full-size pickup truck, giving you the freedom and flexibility to take on the toughest jobs.

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2018

TWO NEW MODELS TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MULE™

Introducing MULE PRO-FXR™ and MULE 4000 Trans™

Kawasaki celebrates 30 years of MULE™ by adding two impressive side x sides to its arsenal. Packed with premium styling and powerful capability, the new compact 2018 MULE PRO-FXR™ plays just as hard as it works so you can cut loose when you want and ride like a boss. The 2018 MULE 4000 Trans™ features a Trans Cab™ system that allows it to quickly convert between a 2-passenger cargo hauler and a 4-passenger crew mover. Needless to say, both machines are truly worthy of carrying forth the Kawasaki STRONG legacy.

THERE'S A MULE FOR YOU

Experience the advantage of the world's toughest side x sides for yourself.

2-PASSENGER MODELS

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MULE SX

Starting at $8,299 MSRP

MULE SX™ Specifications
Size Compact-Size
Engine 4-stroke, single-cylinder, OHV, air-cooled, gas/401cc
Final Drive 2WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 399 lb
Towing Capacity 1,100 lb**

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MULE 4000/4010

Starting at $10,899 MSRP

MULE™ 4000/4010 Specifications
Size Compact-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, OHV, 90° V-twin, Liquid-cooled/617cc
Final Drive 2WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 800 lb
Towing Capacity 1,200 lb

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MULE PRO-MX

Starting at $14,099 MSRP

MULE PRO-MX™ Specifications
Size Compact-Size
Engine 4-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve liquid-cooled/695cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 699 lb (600.0 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lb

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3-PASSENGER MODELS

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MULE PRO-FX

Starting at $12,999 MSRP

MULE PRO-FX™ Specifications
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/812cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (600.0 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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MULE PRO-FX 1000 HD EDITION

$16,799 MSRP

MULE PRO-FX™ 1000 HD EDITION
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/999cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (600.0 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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MULE PRO-FXR

$15,299 MSRP

MULE PRO-FXR Specifications
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/812cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (600.0 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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MULE PRO-FXR 1000

Starting at $15,099 MSRP

MULE™ PRO-FXR 1000 Specifications
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/999cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (600.0 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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EXCLUSIVE TRANS CAB™ SYSTEM MODELS

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MULE 4000 TRANS/4010 TRANS4x4®

Starting at $12,099 MSRP

MULE 4000 TRANS/4010 TRANS4x4® Specifications
Passengers 2-Passenger / 4-Passenger models
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, OHV, 90° V-twin, Liquid-cooled/617cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 800 lb (2-person), 400 lb (4-person)
Towing Capacity 1,200 lb

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MULE PRO-FXT

Starting at $14,399 MSRP

MULE PRO-FXT Specifications
Passengers 3-Passenger / 6-Passenger models
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/812cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (3-person), 350 lb (6-person) (348 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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MULE PRO-FXT 1000

Starting at $18,799 MSRP

MULE PRO-MX™ Specifications
Passengers 3-Passenger / 6-Passenger models
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, gas/999cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (3-person), 350 lb (6-person (348 lb for California models)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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MULE PRO-DXT

Starting at $19,799 MSRP

MULE PRO-DXT™ Specifications
Passengers 3-Passenger / 6-Passenger models
Size Full-Size
Engine 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, OHV, liquid-cooled, diesel/993cc
Final Drive Selectable 2WD/4WD, shaft. Dual mode rear differential with differential lock
Cargo Capacity 999 lb (3-person), 350 lb (6-person)
Towing Capacity 2,000 lb

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FAQs

What are common problems with Kawasaki mules? ›

Just as with the Teryx, Kawasaki Mule owners report a very similar issue with heat from the engine, exhaust and throttle body. In this case, owners reported more extreme cases of heat being so unbearable they would have to get out in the middle of a trail ride and let the UTV cool down before moving on.

Is a Kawasaki Mule better than a Polaris Ranger? ›

If you prioritize a robust workhorse with a focus on utility, the Kawasaki Mule is a stalwart choice. For those seeking a versatile side-by-side that seamlessly transitions between work and play, the Polaris Ranger is a compelling option.

Is the Kawasaki Mule a good UTV? ›

Kawasaki Mule models are known for their simplicity and ease of maintenance. The straightforward design and reliable components mean less time in the workshop and more time out in the field. This is a significant advantage for those who require a UTV for demanding work applications.

Are Kawasaki side by sides reliable? ›

When you're out for a ride on any off-road vehicle, you want to know that it will not break down on you and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Kawasaki, a company known for high-quality ATVs and UTVs, makes some of the most reliable side-by-side vehicles.

Do Kawasaki mules hold their value? ›

Due to their reputation for durability, Kawasaki Mules tend to hold their value well.

How many miles will a Kawasaki Mule last? ›

You might see some Mules that aren't even fit for the scrapyard at 5,000 miles, while others both look and drive like they just left the showroom floor at 10,000 miles. If you keep your Mule stock, maintain it per the owner's manual, and avoid beating it up too hard, you may well get 20,000 miles out of it.

What is the top speed of a Kawasaki Mule? ›

In addition to on-site fuel compatibility, the high-torque three-cylinder diesel engine of the MULE PRO-DXT and PRO-DX offers excellent performance for hauling loads, as well as easy low-speed control. Vehicle top speed is up to 30 mph.

Who is the competitor of the Kawasaki Mule? ›

Kubota RTV vs Kawasaki Mule are strong competitors for powerful utility vehicles.

Can you make a Kawasaki Mule go faster? ›

An easy way to increase the top speed of your Kawasaki Mule is to make sure that the tires are fully inflated — the flatter your tires are, the slower you'll go. Disabling the governor is another action you can take to reach faster speeds.

Who makes the most reliable side-by-side UTV? ›

If you're looking for a UTV that will last, you could do a lot worse than one of these five.
  • Kawasaki Mule. The Kawasaki Mule may not be the flashiest UTV, but it pretty much sets the standard for reliability. ...
  • Kawasaki Teryx KRX. ...
  • Yamaha Viking. ...
  • Honda Pioneer. ...
  • Polaris RZR Pro R.
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Are Kawasaki mules loud? ›

The Kawasaki Mule noise level varies depending on the model and configuration. On average, the Kawasaki Mule produces noise levels between 80 and 90 decibels (dB). However, specific noise levels may vary based on factors such as engine size, exhaust system, and modifications.

Are Kawasaki mules good for trail riding? ›

It's very much capable on a trail and it has a very comfortable spot for two people.

What is the life expectancy of a side by side ATV? ›

The average lifespan of an ATV is somewhere around 20 years if they are properly maintained. An ATV with over 1000 hours can still run like new if it's been regularly serviced. Like vehicles, ATVs can start giving you problems once they reach a certain number of kilometers.

What is high mileage for a side by side UTV? ›

5,000 and up is considered high miles for ATVs and UTVs. But don't just go for the vehicle with the fewest miles. Consider the age of the vehicle. If someone has owned an ATV and clearly rarely ridden it, it's unlikely that it's in great shape after spending that much time in storage.

What voids Kawasaki Mule warranty? ›

Warranty exclusions

The fitment of non-genuine Kawasaki parts or accessories, unless these are recommended or approved in writing by Kawasaki.

What is the top speed of the Kawasaki Mule? ›

In addition to on-site fuel compatibility, the high-torque three-cylinder diesel engine of the MULE PRO-DXT and PRO-DX offers excellent performance for hauling loads, as well as easy low-speed control. Vehicle top speed is up to 30 mph.

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