Around the farm or the job site, there are lots of uses for a hard-working, diesel-powered UTV to get the job done. They get good fuel mileage and getting a diesel means that you won’t need to have two kinds of fuel on hand with all the other machinery. But what if you have a lot of farm hands or construction crew to haul around too? Let’s take a look at a couple of diesel-powered heavy-weight, crew hauling UTVs. Here are the Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT and the Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel by the numbers.

2017 Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT 2017 Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel
Price $14,199 $14,999
Engine 4-stroke diesel, 3-cylinder, OHV, liquid-cooled 3 cylinder, 1028cc, Tier 4 Compliant Kohler Diesel engine
Horsepower 24 24
Driveline/Differential Belt converter, 2WD/4WD shaft On-Demand True AWD/2WD/ VersaTrac Turf Mode
Transmission CVT with high, low, neutral, reverse gears and engine braking Automatic PVT H/L/N/R; Shaft
Wheelbase 92.3 in 113 in
Overall Dimensions (LxWxH) 133.3 x 64 x 77.6 in 148.5 x 61 x 76 in
Weight 1,889.7 lbs (curb weight) 1,690 lbs (dry weight)
Front Tires 26×9-12 26 x 9-12; PXT
Rear Tires 26×11-12 26 x 11-12; PXT
Ground Clearance 10.2 in 11.3 in
Fuel Capacity 7.9 gal 10.0 gal
Front Suspension Double wishbone / 8.7 in. travel Dual A-Arm / 10.0 in. travel
Rear Suspension Double wishbone / 8.7 in. travel Dual A-Arm, IRS / 10.0 in. travel
Front /Rear Brakes Dual Disc All Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Calipers
Bed Capacity 1,000 lbs (3 person), 350 lbs (6 person) 1,000 lbs
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 2,000 lbs
Warranty 3 years 6 months

Powerplants

The Mule runs on a Yanmar 993cc, three-cylinder diesel engine. As well, Kawasaki is running a Bosch in-line injection fuel pump system. It has a high compression ratio, as most diesels do with 23.5:1 and offers up 24 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque.

Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel Engine

Polaris sources its diesel engines from nearby Kohler. Not a bad move as Kohler has a lot of experience making these types of engines for the ag and landscaping industries. It is a 1028cc three-cylinder, running on Polaris’ own injection system for the fuel. Polaris claims the same 24 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque. That seems to be an industry standard for diesel UTVs.

Alternator-aitin’

One benefit to running a diesel is using it as a generator to power accessories and tools around the farm, etc. The Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT claims alternator output to be 55 amps to power your accessories. The Polaris claims 110 amps of output to power accessories and tools on the jobsite.

Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT Working

Passengers and Cargo

These two heavyweights go about how they haul passengers in different ways. The DXT is set up with Kawasaki’s Trans Cab system. This allows you to run the machine with a fully-dumping steel cargo bed that is large – 42.7 inches long. But this is in three-person mode. Swap the bed space for passenger space and the bed size drops to 22 inches long, though it is still dumpable. Capacity in the bed is 1000 lbs as a three person, and goes to 350 lbs in six-person configuration. The DXT will tow up to 2,000 lbs. The trade-off for the Trans Cab system is the machine is shorter at 133.3 inches long with a shorter 92.3-inch overall wheelbase.

Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel Profile

The Ranger has a full-time back seat and a full-time dumping 36.5-inch composite cargo bed. The Polaris will also haul 1,000 lbs in the bed and tow an equally impressive 2,000 lbs. Having a full-time back seat means the Ranger is longer at 148.5 inches. This bumps out the wheelbase to 113 inches.

Pricing

The Kawaski Mule Pro-DXT features a retail price of $14,199 versus the Polaris’ MSRP of $14,999. You can add power steering to the Mule for an extra $800 with the Mule PRO-DXT EPS for $14,999, and bump it up to $15,899 for the Mule PRO-DXT EPS LE, which adds LED lighting, a roof and color options.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Mule Pro-DXT comes with the best warranty in the business with three years of coverage. The Ranger has a more industry-standard warranty of six months.

Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT Jobsite

Learn more about the Kawasaki Mule Pro-DXT here.

Check out the Polaris Ranger Crew Diesel here.

Or, as always, visit your local dealer to check them out in person.

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