HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
There’s no front or rear sway bar on
the Pro-FX, so there’s more body roll in
fast corners than you’ll feel on sportier
UTVs. On many pure-utility UTVs you
don’t get to feel fast cornering, so it’s
hardly a problem. In normal driving
the Kawasaki feels remarkably stable
thanks to its wide 64-inch stance—the
same width that keeps tall, long-travel
machines like the RZR 1000 securely
stuck to the ground. The power
steering keeps effort at the wheel
light and delivers excellent feel while it
dampens jolts that bumps try to send
through the steering wheel.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE HILLS?
Like a pro. We climbed some steep,
dry, bumpy, traction-less hills so easily
with the Pro-FX, we went looking for
even scarier climbs. Smooth, natural-feeling engine braking and four-wheel
disc brakes make long, steep downhills
a piece of cake.
HOW IS IT IN DEEP MUD AND WATER?
Less adventurous than some UTVs.
The Pro-FX has the power for deep
crossings, 10. 4 inches of ground
clearance, an effective 4WD system
and good tires for slippery conditions.
The only thing that might hold you up
is the air intake, which is lower than the
floor of the bed. It’s well-shielded under
an access cover.
HOW ABOUT THE DETAILS?
They’re very impressive. The Mule
Pro-FX is so smooth and quiet, it’s
Selectable 2WD/4WD lets the Mule Pro-FX conquer challenging terrain, and its unlockable rear differential is kind to delicate turf.
has a steel
can hold a
easy to carry on a conversation with
passengers while you’re on the move.
That smoothness extends to the
suspension’s plush ride and the quality
feel of the shift lever and the door
latches. Doors are always nicer than
nets, and the Mule’s are very good.
The service-access cover that gets you
to the oil dipstick, air filter and battery
without tilting the bed is very handy.
There are a few things that could be
better. The cab is roomy, but more
room in the left footwell wouldn’t hurt.
The bench seats are comfortable, but
something more supportive would keep
the driver and passengers in place
better during aggressive driving.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
Kawasaki’s Mule Pro-FX changed
how we think about pure-utility UTVs.
Its hauling ability is amazing, but it
pampers the driver and passengers
instead of treating them like part of the
cargo. This isn’t a sport UTV, but for
sensible driving, it’s more comfortable
than sport machines in many ways, and
it’s a great way to get around big job
sites, ranches or hunting areas. ❏
• Car-like engine smoothness
• Amazingly smooth suspension and
handles aggressive driving well
• Fast for a pure-utility UTV
• Seats could offer more support
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