The Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel is neither fancy nor is it flashy, but one ’f’ that it does have is functional. With a high-torque diesel engine, amazing durability, and the ability to easily transform from a two-person gear hauler to a four-person transport, the 2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel gives you everything you need in an RUV without having to look pretty to do it.

You only need to look at the Mule’s design to easily say that it won’t win any beauty pageants. But as far as productivity is concerned, the Mule stands out from the rest of the pack. In terms of performance, the Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel is far from its namesake. It’s got a 953cc liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine produces 38.3 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm, all while coming with exceptional fuel efficiency. This powerful and torquey three-cylinder engine works extremely well with a selectable four-wheel drive while an electric power steering (EPS) system, a fully automatic transmission, and a locking rear differential make up the rest of the Mule Trans4x4 Diesel’s outstanding performance credentials.

The Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel comes with equally impressive chassis and suspension capabilities. Stiffer springs prevent bottoming and increase ground clearance, allowing for a comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability while overload-style leaf springs provide a comfortable unladen ride and durability even under heavy loads.

If you’re looking for a pretty RUV, the Mule 4010 Trans4x4 isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for something that does everything else extremely well, then this Suzuki RUV is waiting to be fetched.

Find our more about the Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel after the jump.

  • 2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel
  • Year:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine
  • Torque @ RPM:
    38 @ 2800
  • Displacement:
    953 L


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel Drivetrain
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  • Liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine produces substantial torque – 38.3 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm – and 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 help ensure extreme durability


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel High Resolution Exterior
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  • Stiffer springs prevent bottoming and increase ground clearance
  • Comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability
  • Overload-style leaf springs allow a comfortable unladen ride and is durable under maximum loads
  • Semi-independent action

Electric Power Steering(EPS)

2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel Drivetrain
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  • The EPS system reduces steering effort, especially at low speeds when turning effort is greatest
  • The electric motor’s inertia significantly reduces bump steer and kickback to the steering wheel caused by shocks to the wheels for a more comfortable and controlled ride
  • Input from vehicle speed and torque sensors determine the amount of steering assistance required from the system’s motor
  • No power steering pump means no power loss from the engine
  • EPS only operates when the engine is running to keep from draining the battery


2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel High Resolution Exterior
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Engine Four-stroke, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, OHV, diesel
Displacement 953cc
Bore x Stroke 72.0 x 78.0mm
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 Tubeless 23 x 11-10
Suspension, front Independent MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Suspension, rear Semi-independent, DeDion 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 1737 lbs.
Overall Length 130.1 in.
Overall Width 58.5 in.
Overall Height 75.8 in.
Wheelbase 85.2 in.
Ground clearance 7.1 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) 50.4 x 47.7 x 11.3 in. / 15.7 cu. ft. (2-person) ; 30.3 x 47.7 x 11.3 in. / 9.4 cu. ft. (4-person)
Load capacity 1,632 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity 400 lbs. (4-person mode) / 1,100 lbs. (2-person mode)
Towing capacity 1,200 lbs.
Turning radius 12.5 ft.
Top Speed 25 mph (Governed)
Lighting (2) 30-watt sealed-beam headlight, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/brakelight
Instruments Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, speedometer
Color Choices Woodsman Green


Motorcycle USA----"Being a versatile UV you are able to maneuver and get to just about any area you are aiming for. You can convert the two-seater to a four-seater with ease and not worry if there is enough room. The Kawasaki Mule Trans 4x4 Diesel has great momentum as the engine is paired up with the Kawasaki Automatic Power Drive System that wont leave you stuck."

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