WHAT IS A MULE SX?
It’s a compact utility UTV with
a bench seat for two aimed at
adventurers, hunters, ranchers, property
managers and workers who need a
vehicle that can handle challenging
terrain and has plenty of carrying
capacity. The Mule SX is an upgraded
version of the Mule 610, with more
rugged styling like Kawasaki’s Pro-FX
Mules; tilt steering; a restyled, more
functional dash; a rectangular-tube
cargo guard; and steel bumpers. All
Mule SX models have tilting steel beds
that can carry 400 pounds, and they
have 1100 pounds of towing capacity.
There are six versions, starting with the
$7299 2WD Mule SX, which comes in
Timberline Green or Dark Royal Red.
The Mule SX 4x4 is $8099 and also
comes in Timberline Green or Dark
Royal Red. For $8299, the Mule SX
4x4 SE comes with a trailer hitch and is
available in Sunbeam Red. The Mule SX
4x4 XC gets 26-inch tires on 12-inch
wheels rather than the 24-inch tires
on 10-inch wheels on less expensive
models. It comes in Vibrant Blue. The
$9049 Mule SX 4x4 XC Camo is all
that with Realtree Xtra Green Camo
bodywork and LED headlights. For
$9399, the top-of-the-line Mule SX
4x4 XC SE comes with Super Black
bodywork, 26-inch tires on 12-inch
cast-aluminum wheels, a roof, under-seat compartment and LED headlights.
HOW COMPACT IS IT?
Small enough to fit in the bed of most
full-size pickups. That kind of portability
adds convenience for crews that have
trucks but not trailers, and saving the
cost of a trailer makes operating the
Mule SX more economical than many
UTVs. The Mule is 52. 6 inches wide, so
it can’t go on 50-inch OHV trails.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Mule SX starts at $7299. Our
Mule SX 4x4 XC test machine is $8399.
The Honda Pioneer 500 is $8999. The
Polaris Ranger 500 is $8999. Kymco’s
UXV 450i is $7999. Hisun’s HS400 is
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 401cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder,
two-valve, pushrod, four-stroke engine
with a 26mm carburetor. The Mule is
outstandingly quiet, a plus for hunters
or anyone who cares to communicate
WHA1T KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic belt-type
WHAT’S THE 4WD SYSTEM LIKE?
continuously variable transmission (CVT)
with high and low ranges, neutral and
reverse. There’s no automatic engine
braking, but the Mule’s transmission
stays engaged and provides engine
braking any time the engine is above
Four-wheel-drive Mule SXs have
selectable 2WD/4WD and a lockable
rear differential. Unlocking the rear
differential allows tighter turns and
protects delicate turf. There is no front
HOW FAST IS IT?
As fast as most other pure-utility
UTVs, which is not very fast. The Mule
SX’s 25-mph top speed won’t let
you chase down any sport UTVs, but
it’s plenty for many trails and enough
for trail riding, exploring, hunting and
chores. Driving the Mule SX is more like
four-wheeling in a jeep than being in the
more sport-focused UTVs we’re used
to. It’s fun, but at a slower pace. For
a 400 utility UTV, the Mule accelerates
HOW DOES THE POWER WORK ON THE
Surprisingly well. The Mule makes
enough smooth, low and midrange
power to climb hills and claw through
difficult terrain. It’s great for slick
conditions and technical obstacles,
because the power delivery is gentle
and throttle response is precise. Engine
rpm is fairly low, even with the throttle
wide open, so the Mule feels relaxed at
speed in open terrain.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
MacPherson-strut front suspension
and truck-like swing-axle rear
suspension with 3.1 inches of travel
at both ends. The suspension is nonadjustable.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK ON
For suspension with about 3 inches
of travel, it’s pretty good. This is a pure-
utility UTV, so the Mule’s suspension is
isn’t built for
it can bring
SX’s fan, air-cooled, 401cc,