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Kawasaki ATVs and UTVs – Models, Prices, Specs and Reviews
Kawasaki ATVs have been kicking up dirt since the KLT200 three wheeler was introduced back in 1981 and things haven’t slowed down ever since.
It was just a few years later in 1985 that Kawasaki’s first four-wheeled ATV arrived – the Bayou 185. Though it underwent some significant changes over the years (including adding four-wheel drive in 1989), but the Bayou was among the available Kawasaki ATVs up until fairly recently.
Over the years Kawasaki expanded and improved its ATV lineup. In 1987, the Kawasaki Prairie 400 4×4 became the first adult-sized fully automatic ATV and in 2002 the Prairie 650 became the industry’s first ATV powered by a V-Twin engine.
Today, all Kawasaki ATVs carry the Brute Force moniker, which was first introduced in 2005.
Of course, Kawasaki four-wheelers aren’t restricted to ATVs. The first Kawasaki Mule Utility UTV made its first appearance in the 1988 model year with the Mule 1000. As well, the Sport-Utility Teryx family hit the market 20 years later with the 2008 Teryx 750 4×4.
The most recent addition to the family of Kawasaki ATVs and UTVs is the Teryx KRX 1000 Sport UTV, which was unveiled as part of the 2020 model year.
Below, we will take a look at everything currently available in Kawasaki’s 2020 ATV and UTV lineup.
KFX 50/KFX 90
The perfect Kawasaki ATVs for young riders, the KFX 50 and KFX 90 offer a glimpse into Kawasaki’s Sport ATV past. The KFX 50 is powered by a 49.5cc engine, while a
89cc mill provides the pep for the KFX 90. Both machines ride on single A-arm front suspension and a swingarm rear suspension – each with just under three inches of travel. Prices start at $1999.
Brute Force 300
Kawasaki built the Brute Force to provide a solid introductory machine for new riders or just those looking for an affordable and reliable ATV to work and play with. Features include a 271cc single-cylinder engine, independent double-wishbone front suspension, swingarm rear suspension, towing capacity of 500 pounds and total rack capacity of 110 pounds. Prices start at $4299.
Brute Force 750 4x4i
When talking about Kawasaki ATVs, the king of the hill is the Brute Force 750 4x4i. Available with and without electronic power steering, the ATV is powered by a 749cc V-Twin engine that produces 42.7 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an automatic CVT (H,L,N,R) with selectable 2WD/4WD and variable control front differential lock. Double wishbone suspension is found front and rear and stopping power comes from dual hydraulic 200mm discs up front and sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc in the rear. Prices start at $8999.
The Teryx is a great do-everything UTV that is equally at home playing in the trails as it is working on your property. Features include a 783cc V-Twin engine, double wishbone front and rear suspension, Fox Podium coil-over shocks with piggyback reservoirs, electronic power steering, 600-pound cargo bed capacity, 1300-pound towing capacity, 85.8-inch wheelbase, and an industry-leading three-year warranty. Upgrade to the Teryx LE and get a factory-installed roof, aluminum wheels, four LED headlights, and two LED taillights. Prices start at $12,999.
If you like to take more than one person out for a rip, the Teryx4 has two rows of seating with room for four people. It features the same 783cc VTwin engine and double wishbone suspension of the two-seat Teryx. The differences lie in the extra seating and less room in the cargo bed, which can hold 249 pounds in the four-seater. Interestingly, wheelbase is actually a sliver shorter than on the Teryx at 85.6 inches and it has the same three-year warranty. Upgrade to the Teryx4 LE and get upgraded LED headlights and taillight, roof, and aluminum wheels.
Teryx KRX 1000
Kawasaki’s newest machine, the Teryx KRX 1000 is a pure Sport UTV that is designed to drive fast and hard. Features include a 999cc parallel-twin engine that pumps out 112 horsepower, long travel double wishbone front suspension and four-link trailin arm rear suspension with high performance Fox 2.5 Podium LSC fully adjustable shocks, 31-inch Maxxis Carnivore tires, 15-inch beadlock wheels, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Prices start at $20,499. Read our KRX 1000 review here.
Moving on to the Mule Utility UTV family, the most affordable and most compact model is the Mule SX. Designed to be able to fit in the bed of a full-size pickup truck, the Mule SX features a 401cc engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, 400-pound cargo bed capacity, 1100-pound towing capacity, and benefits from a three-year warranty. Six different trim levels are available, starting with the base Mule SX that retails for $6699. The Mule SX 4×4 FI adds four-wheel drive, electronic fuel injection, and 24-inch tires. The Mule SX 4×4 XC FI has 12-inch wheels and 26-inch tires. The Mule SX 4×4 SE FI adds a towing hitch drawbar and dash-mounted horn. The Mule SX 4×4 XC Camo FI offers RealTree Xtra Green camo bodywork, 26-inch tires, and two LED headlghts. Finally, the Mule SX 4×4 XC LE FI boasts a sun top, special graphics and four high-intensity LED headlights.
The Mule 4000/4010 models are mid-sized UTVs designed to work hard. Each is outfitted with a 617cc V-Twin engine and features 1200 pounds of towing capacity and an 800-pound cargo bed capacity. Three two-seat models and four four-seat models (Trans) are available. The base Mule 4000 is two-wheel drive and prices start at $8999. The Mule 4010 4×4 adds four-wheel drive and electronic power steering, while the 4010 4×4 SE comes with a sun top, LED headlights, and special graphics. Moving on to the Trans models, each of these can be transformed to fit two or four people. The 4000 Trans comes with power steering and retails for $9999, while the 4010 Trans4x4 adds four-wheel drive. The 4010 Trans4x4 Camo comes dressed in RealTree Xtra Green camo, while the 4010 Trans4x4 SE adds high output LED headlights, sun top, and special graphics.
Mule Pro models are a little more refined than the rest of the Mule lineup, but they can work just as hard. First up is the Mule Pro-MX, which features a 695cc single-cylinder engine, electronic power steering, four-wheel drive, 700-pound cargo bed capacity, 1500-pound towing capacity, independent front and rear suspension, and room for two. Three trim levels are available, with the base Mule Pro-MX EPS retailing for $11,999. The Pro-MX EPS LE adds a sun top and cast-aluminum wheels, while the Pro-MX EPS Camo comes dressed in a sun top and TrueTimber HTC camo bodywork.
Next up are the full-size Mule Pro-FX and Pro-DX. Both models offer a massive 20-square-foot cargo bed that can carry 1000 pounds, towing capacity of 2000 pounds, independent front and rear suspension and seating for three. The Pro-FX features a 812cc three-cylinder engine, while the Pro-DX has a 993cc three-cylinder diesel engine. Three Pro-FX trim levels are available with the base model selling for $12,099. The Pro-FX EPS includes electronic power steering, while the Pro-FX EPS LE adds a sun top, cast-aluminum wheels, and both halogen and LED headlights. The Pro-DX is only available in one model, which includes power steering and sells for $14,099.
The Mule Pro-FXT and Pro-DXT are essentially the same as the Pro-FX and Pro-DX, except they both feature the trans cab system that can transform to accommodate up to six people. Everything else is the same, including the 812cc gas engine and 993cc diesel engine. The Pro-FXT is offered in five trim levels, starting with the base model that sells for $13,099. The Pro-FXT EPS adds power steering, the Pro-FXT EPS Camo adds RealTree Xtra Green camo bodywork and LED headlights, the Pro-FXT EPS LE adds a sun top and cast-aluminum wheels, while the flagship Pro-FXT Ranch Edition comes with a Warn VRX 45 winch, contoured front bench seat, and painted grille and bumper plates. The diesel-powered Pro-DXT has two trim options. The base model, which sells for $14,299 and the Pro-DXT EPS, which adds power steering.
The flagship of the Mule Pro family is the Pro-FXR. It shares the 812cc three-cylinder engine of the Pro-FX, but it is much more compact and sporty. At 121.5 inches in length, it is nearly a foot shorter than the Pro-FX with a 12.5-inch shorter wheelbase. It also comes with premium styling, painted hood, cast-aluminum wheels, sun top, halogen and LED headlights, and steel front and rear bumpers. Prices start at $14,999.
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