WHAT MAKES THE RANCH EDITION
The Pro-FXT Ranch Edition is the top
of the Pro-series Mule line. It has the
Pro-FXT EPS LE’s easily convertible
seating for three or six; power steering;
alloy wheels and a roof; Metallic
Titanium painted bodywork with special
Ranch Edition badging; two-tone, color-matched seats; and a Warn winch with
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The Pro-FXT Ranch Edition is
$16,899. The Pro-FXT EPS LE and Pro-FXT Camo are $15,899. The base Pro-FXT goes for $12,999. The three-seat
Mule Pro-FX starts at $11,999. Honda’s
Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe is $17,199 and
offers seating for three to five. Polaris’
six-seat Ranger Crew XP 900-6 EPS is
$16,499. Yamaha’s six-seat Viking VI
Ranch Edition is $15,499.
WHAT KIND OF WORK CREDENTIALS DOES
The Ranch Edition has the same
massive 1000-pound bed capacity and
2000-pound towing capacity as the
other Pro-series Mules. The bed floor is
steel for durability, and it’s 53. 7 inches
wide. Bed length is 22 inches in six-passenger mode and 42. 7 inches when
the Mule is set up for three passengers.
A sturdy steel guard keeps cargo from
joining you in the passenger area.
WHAT POWERS IT?
It’s powered by an 812cc, inline,
12-valve engine. The Ranch Edition
has the same powerplant as the other
gas-powered Mule Pro UTVs, and its
healthy power output and remarkable
car-like smoothness and silence are
fitting for a ranch’s head honcho. Diesel
Pro series Mules are also available, but
there’s no diesel Ranch Edition
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT
A fully automatic, dual-range, belt-type, continuously variable transmission.
The entire transmission, from the
clutches to the belt to the drive axles, is
engineered for heavy work. The range
selector demonstrates Kawasaki’s
commitment to refinement; it works
smoothly and has a solid feel.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an
unlockable rear differential. The front
differential doesn’t lock, but the Mule
can conquer extremely difficult terrain
in 4WD with the rear diff locked.
Unlocking the rear differential allows
tighter turns and is gentle on turf.
HOW FAST IS IT?
It can cover a big spread in a hurry.
The Ranch Edition gets up and goes; it
can reach 45 mph.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Meaty but refined. The Mule has
muscle, but the clutching and engine
tuning are all about giving passengers a
smooth ride. Precise throttle response
and the engine’s ample low-end
torque make maintaining traction and
momentum in challenging terrain easy.
With double A-arms on automotive-like
rubber bushings and 8. 7 inches of travel, the
Ranch Edition’s ride is outstandingly smooth.
The Kawasaki’s three-cylinder, double-overhead-cam, 12-valve engine makes plenty
of power, and its smoothness and silence are
The rear differential can be unlocked for tight
turns or delicate turf.