Hardworking environments often need an ATV that runs on diesel power. That’s why, for tough situations, Kawasaki is offering the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel. Whatever predicament you find yourself in, the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel has the power and meat to make quick work of just about any task.

Producing substantial torque at low engine rpm, the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel’s liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel engine is matched to a Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features a high and low range and reverse function. It also helps maintain engine rpm in its most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load, or terrain. All these mechanisms allow the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel to perform under any condition.

Besides its diesel-powered engine and convenient selectable four-wheel drive system, the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel also boasts of a full-sized chassis, reliable digital fuel injection, electric power steering (EPS) system, fully automatic transmission, locking rear differential, and a tilting cargo bed.

The ATV’s durability is further aided by cooling the torque converter with filtered air that’s coursed through a special air cleaner using an easily replaceable filter element and an efficient intake cooling fan to draw sufficient air into the CVT.

The electric power steering (EPS) system that’s been added to the Mule 4010 4x4 also aids in providing a more controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds while also using input from vehicle speed and torque sensors to determine how much assistance is needed from the system’s electric motor. Other standard features of the Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel include an hour meter, a horn on the dash, a gauge on the fuel tank, and an intake restriction gauge to indicate when the air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel after the jump.

  • 2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel
  • Year:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine
  • Transmission:
    ontinuously variable transmission
  • Displacement:
    953 L


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel Drivetrain
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  • Liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine produces incredible torque: 38.3 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm coupled with exceptional fuel economy
  • Perfect for commercial job sites where diesel fuel is readily available
  • Exhaust pipe routing allows easy hydraulic lift kit installation
  • Overhead valve design maximizes efficiency
  • Cast iron block and head provide extreme durability


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel High Resolution Exterior
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  • MacPherson strut long-travel front suspension provides a comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
  • Overload-style leaf springs can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
  • Semi-independent action

Cab Features

2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel Interior
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  • 2V DC outlet with 10-amp capacity
  • The 2WD / 4WD lever is mounted on the dash for easy access
  • Parking brake and coolant temperature warning lights are easy to see
  • Shift lever with Y-gate pattern eliminates need for High-Low switch lever
  • Push-button headlight switch activates 35-watt cat-eye headlights
  • Hour meter, fuel gauge and a horn are standard equipment


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel High Resolution Exterior
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Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, overhead valve diesel
Displacement 953cc
Bore x Stroke 72 x 78mm
Compression ratio 24.8:1
Air filter Snorkel-type with cyclone-type two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition Compression with glow plugs for starting
Electrical 12V DC, 52 amp-hour battery, 40 amp alternator
Transmission Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), with reverse, dual range, 2WD/4WD
Final drive Shaft, selectable four-wheel drive with dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Tires 23x11-10 tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel Semi-independent, De Dion axle with leaf springs and shocks / 2.8 in.
Steering Electric power steering assisted rack-and-pinion
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
Fuel capacity 6.4 gal.
Curb weight 1,598 lbs.
Overall length 118.3 in.
Overall width 62.0 in.
Overall height 75.8 in.
Wheelbase 73.6 in.
Ground clearance 6.9 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS) This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH) 46.3 x 51.6 x 11.3 in. / 15.6 cu. ft.
Load capacity 1,632 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity 1,100 lbs.
Towing capacity 1,200 lbs.
Turning radius 11.2 ft.
Top speed 25 mph, governed
Lighting (2) 30-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/stoplight
Instruments Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, speedometer
Color Choices Woodsman Green


Motorcycle USA----"The Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 Diesel is a utility vehicle that is so durable it will not have any issues getting you and the cargo around the field, farm, trails and any terrain you throw at it. With a reliable diesel engine you won’t want to stop."

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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