Kawasaki Mule Pro FX Reviews

Marc Cesare, Smallvehicleresource.com

2016 Kawasaki Mule Pro FX on test ride at Paso Robles, CA

2016 Kawasaki Mule Pro FX on test ride at Paso Robles, CA

Kawasaki introduced the Mule Pro FX line for model year 2016 and it includes four models:  the base model, an EPS model, an EPS model in Camo and a LE or limited edition model. A Ranch Edition was added for the 2017 model year. Features on the base model include:

  • 812cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, engine with fuel injection
  • Selectable 4WD with dual-mode rear differential
  • CVT with high and low range
  • 4-wheel double wishbone suspension
  • 8.7″/8.5″ of front/rear suspension travel
  • 25″ Maxxis tires
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • 10.4″ of ground clearance
  • 1,000 lb. cargo bed capacity
  • Fits full-size pallet
  • 2,000 lb. towing capacity
  • Multi-function digital display

The 2017 models are similar to 2016 models. Prices range from $11,999 to $14,999 for the FX Ranch Edition.

Overall the reviews of the Kawasaki Mule Pro FX are very positive. Some of the common takeaways across the reviews include:

  • Good suspension delivers a comfortable ride
  • Powerful engine with smooth response and minimal noise
  • Large cargo bed
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Good brakes
  • Power steering is very good
  • Seating could be improved
  • Tilt steering with EPS model is preferred
  • Good work vehicle that is also capable on the trails

www.utvdriver.com – Test ride in Pasa Robles, California hills

  • Spacious cab
  • Wide perforated brake medal for wet or muddy conditions
  • Tilt steering only available on the EPS model
  • Comfortable
  • More seat bolstering needed
  • “The power delivery is very linear as well as effective yet it seems to have reached its peak by half to three quarter throttle so this might be an additional request.”
  • “…many great features and is sure to be a very useful tool…”

www.rideapart.com – Test ride in Pasa Robles, California hills of Mule Pro FX EPS and FXT Ranch Edition (FXT is a six passenger version)

  • Interior is comfortable and well laid out
  • Like the tilt steering wheel
  • “In two-wheel rear wheel drive mode, both vehicles are a hoot.”
  • 4WD drive worked well up steep inclines and through water
  • Overall good power steering but a “tad loose for performance driving”
  • Smooth and linear power delivery
  • Top speed of about 45 mph
  • 26″ Duro off-road tires (EPS model) provided good traction
  • Hydraulic disc brakes worked well in emergency stops and downhill but engine braking could be better
  • Could not bottom out suspension
  • Mule Pro FX preferred because of lighter weight, better acceleration, bigger cargo area, versatility and lower cost
  • Mule Pro FXT Ranch Edition better for more work oriented applications

www.fieldandstream.com – Test ride in Pasa Robles, California hills of Mule Pro FX EPS

  • Responsive engine
  • Easy access for engine maintenance
  • Like the built-in dividers and headache rack in the cargo bed
  • Cabin is comfortable but bolstered seats would be better
  • Engine noise is minimal and even less with cab system
  • No trouble handling rougher terrain and handled unexpected obstacles well
  • Good brakes

www.atvillustrated.com – Test ride in Pasa Robles, California hills of Mule Pro FX EPS

  • Like the styling – “The overall look is tough and ready for business.”
  • Half doors are nice but could open a little further for easier ingress/egress
  • Spacious cabin with well laid out controls and nice display
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Molded seats would be better than flat bench
  • Tight turning radius makes it nimble on trails
  • Improved suspension over previous Mules is better for trail riding
  • “On the trail the mule is so easy to drive it could almost be called intuitive.”
  • Capable climber and plenty of engine power for steeper gradients but some slippage on loose material
  • Excellent power steering
  • “…good balance between the fully loaded and unloaded ride characteristics”
  • Good tracking in rough terrain and absorbs large bumps well
  • Overall a good work vehicle that also performs well on the trails

www.outdoorhub.com – Test ride in Pasa Robles, California hills of Mule Pro FX EPS

  • Good throttle response and lots of torque
  • Large cargo bed
  • Good engine braking
  • Air filter remained clean under dusty conditions
  • 4WD and 26″ Duro tires worked well on steep sections
  • Top speed close to 45 mph
  • Good farm or ranch work vehicle but also capable on the trails

Video walkaround/review from Mainland Cycle Center

  • Great suspension and ride
  • Large cargo capacity and huge cargo bed
  • Convenient and easy to open half doors
  • Top speed 46 mph
  • Great running motor, good power and we have had no troubles with this model
  • 3 year warranty

Hunters Forum

  • Nice ride – better than older Mules
  • Large cargo bed
  • Good power
  • No problems reported
  • “Only complaint I have is the darn thing is so comfortable everybody wants to take it.”


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