Throughout the years, the Kawasaki Mule 610 has become an iconic symbol of versatility and efficiency in the world of UTVs. Like its namesake, this vehicle has become synonymous with the hardworking mule in terms of reliability and getting the job done.

Manufactured by motorbike maker Kawasaki, the MULE is actually an acronym for Multi-Use Lightweight Equipment. With its compact and robust appearance, this trusty vehicle has been widely used as an ideal off-road vehicle for ranchers and hunters. The UTV sports a spacious cargo bed. With a 400-lbs load capacity, this vehicle is perfect for delivering goods or groundskeeping duties. In fact, the Kawasaki Mule 610 is also used as an all-terrain transport in other industries, particularly in the agriculture and healthcare sectors, among others.   

The Kawasaki Mule 610 has been around for over a decade. Ever since the first model was launched in 1988, Kawasaki has manufactured a series of models, which covered a period of over a decade from 2005 to 2017. This utility vehicle boasts of a side-by-side feature and has a powerful, single-cylinder, four-stroke, 401cc engine. This feature makes the Kawasaki Mule 610 move like a workhorse despite its size. The Kawasaki Mule 610 comes with a 2-speed automatic transmission; and has both 4×2 and 4×4 features, which provides this UTV with exceptional off-roading capabilities.  

This UTV comes with a rollover protection structure (ROPS) that can be accessorized with a roof or windshield of your choice. Moreover, the ROPS has a built-in air-intake system that draws in air to cool the engine off. In this way, the Kawasaki Mule 610 can operate even in the toughest situation. Moreover, Kawasaki Mule 610 has an optimal driving capability thanks to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-drive System (KAPS).

What Models and Variants of the Kawasaki Mule 610 Are There?

Since the Mule 620 was launched in 2005, Kawasaki has manufactured several models within the course of 12 years, which is a direct testament to the success of this UTV. The production for the Base and Camouflage models ran consistently during this time.

Year (Base)Model
2005 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A1
2006 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A6F
2007 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A7F
2008 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A8F
2009 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A9F
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AAF
2011 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ABF
2012 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ACF
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ADF
2014 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AEF
2015 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AFF
2016 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AGF
2005 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A1
2006 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A6F
2007 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A7F
2008 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A8F
Year (Camo or Camouflage)Model
2005 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C1
2006 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C6F
2007 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C7F
2008 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C8F
2009 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C9F
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400CAF
2011 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400EBF
2012 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400ECF
2013 Kawasaki Mule XCKAF400EDF
2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400EEF
2015 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400EFF
2016 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400EGF
2005 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C1
2006 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C6F
2007 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C7F
2008 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400C8F

Additionally, Kawasaki launched a new series of UTVs under the same product line sometime in 2010 and 2015. These models belong to the XC series and were fitted with 26-inch tyres in 12-inch wheels. Moreover, this model was dubbed Bigfoot because it has a higher ground clearance and improved off-road capacity.

Year (XC / Bigfoot)Model
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DAF
2011 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DBF
2012 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DCF
2013 Kawasaki Mule XCKAF400DDF
2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DEF
2015 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DFF
2016 Kawasaki Mule 610 XCKAF400DGF

In 2017, the Kawasaki Mule SX XC stepped into the spotlight, supplanting the Kawasaki Mule 610 in the process. The newer model came with additional features, such as the front bumper, cargo bed rails, and adjustable steering wheel. Despite the adjustments in design and space in its successor, the Kawasaki Mule 610 is still regarded by many as a better, 401-class model when it comes to performance and consistency.

How Much Is a Kawasaki Mule 610?

If you’re planning on owning Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4, the MSRP for the 2016 Mule 610 model is $7,799. You can still purchase a unit from Kawasaki dealers, which also comes with a 36-month warranty.

Furthermore, the preceding models from 2005 to 2008 have an MSRP of $6,690, each with a 12-month warranty. As for the other older models, we have provided you with a rundown of the other Mule 610 4×4 models starting from 2009 until 2015.

Year (Base)ModelPriceWarranty (Mos)
2009 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400A9F$7,09912
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AAF$7,29912
2011 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ABF$7,49912
2012 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ACF$7,49912
2013 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400ADF$7,69912
2014 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AEF$7,79912
2015 Kawasaki Mule 610KAF400AFF$7,79936

Specifications and Other Technical Details of the Kawasaki Mule 610


The Kawasaki Mule 610 gets its power from a robust air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine, with a bore-to-stroke ratio of 82 x 76 mm. The engine has a displacement of 401cm3, while the valve has an overhead (OHV) configuration. The carburettor which provides fuel into the engine is a NIKKI 6C1026.

Ignition and Battery

The Mule 610 has a magneto transistor ignition starter system coupled with an NGK BPR5ES spark plug. Also, the Mule 610 is fitted with a 12 V YTX14AH-BS battery that allows it to transmit power through an electric outlet located on the dashboard.


The Kawasaki Mule 610 is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with reverse, high, and low range gear options, all of which are accessed through a selector switch. Also, this UTV has selectable 4×2 and 4×4 driveline capabilities and a dual-mode rear differential with a lock lever switch.

Oil Lubrication

With the type of engine that the Kawasaki Mule 610 has, the oil should have a viscosity of about SAE 10W-40. Oil lubricants with JASO MA, MA1, and MA2 oil specifications are ideal for the Mule 610. The oil capacity with and without a filter are 0.9 US quarts/0.85 litres and 1.5 US quarts/1.4 litres, respectively.

Suspension and Brake System

The Mule 610 is equipped with a MacPherson strut front suspension, which provides the front wheel with 3.07 inches of wheel travel. For the rear wheel, the rear unit suspension provides 3.1 inches of wheel travel. Additionally, the Mule 610 has hydraulic, triple-sealed drum brakes on both the front and rear wheels. The rack-and-pinion steering system gives the Kawasaki Mule 610 smooth handling and superior shock absorption capabilities.  


Both the front and rear wheels of the Kawasaki Mule 610 are equipped with AT29 x 9-10 and AT24 x 11-10 radial Maxxis tubeless tyres, respectively. Other models have been fitted with a different, such as the 24 x 9-10 DUNLOP KT869M or 24 x 9-10 DURO DI-K968M for the front tyres, while 24 x 11-10 DUNLOP KT869 24 x 11-10 DURO DI-K968 for the rear. As for tyre air pressure, the maximum seating beads for both front and rear tyres are 250 kPa or 36 psi. In cold weather, the tyre air pressure should be 47 kPa or 7 psi and 97 kPa or 14 psi, for both front and rear tyres, respectively.


Overall, the dimensions of the Kawasaki Mule 610 are proof of its compactness despite its power. That’s because this side-by-side is precisely 108.8 inches in length, has a width of 52.6 inches, and has a height of 70.9 inches. The ground clearance for this vehicle is 6.7 inches. Also, the Mule 610 has a seat height of 30.7 inches. Meanwhile, the cargo bed has a dimension of 41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 inches.

Overall Exterior

The Kawasaki Mule 610 has a steel ROPS frame coupled with durable plastic panelling, which makes the exterior dent-resistant. Also, the front wheels have mudguards for under-car engine protection. The Mule 610 also comes with a standard front bumper, including front and rear fender flairs. Additionally, apart from the tail and brake lights, this UTV is equipped with halogen headlights, which gives the rider ample lighting in low light conditions.


Built as a tough workhorse, the Kawasaki Mule 610 comes with several storage capabilities, which come in the form of 2 cup holders situated on the front of the vehicle. A storage well is located between the cup holders, as well as a glove box. The tilting cargo bed, which has a pair of tie-down hooks on either side of the opening, has a capacity of 181 kg or 400 lbs., and has a volume of 8.1 ft3 or 0.23 meters.

Weight Capacity

The 2-seater Kawasaki Mule 610 has a towing capacity of 1,100 lbs. Though the payload capacity or loading limit can go up to 420 kg (926 lbs.), this feature depends totally on the model and year.  On top of this, the Mule 610 has a 9.9 kW of horsepower, which gives this vehicle a maximum torque of 29.7 Nm (21.9 lb/f).

Other Technical Features

With a wheelbase of about 70 inches (or 1,778 millimetres), the Kawasaki Mule 610 indicates how compact this vehicle is. Despite that, however, the Mule 610 sports a fairly sizable fuel tank for its size, which has a capacity of 4.1 gallons or 15.5 litres. Also, this vehicle has a turning radius of 10.8 inches.  As for the other external features, the Mule 610 has a foldable vinyl bench seat that can seat up to 2 riders. Apart from the standard grab rail design, this UTV has seatbelts located on either side of the bench seat. There is also a power outlet, which is situated on the dashboard next to the glove box.

How Fast Can You Go With the Kawasaki Mule 610?

The Kawasaki Mule 610 has a top speed of 25mph. This UTV is designed to move across rough terrain while carrying or towing equipment on the cargo bed or by winch. With that speed, you will surely be able to bring your stuff safely, regardless of the ground you are trekking on.

However, if you want your Kawasaki Mule 610 to go faster than 25mph, you can do some modifications. Use a different set of tyres and making sure that they are fully inflated can make a Kawasaki Mule 610 go faster. Some Mule 610 owners recommended uninstalling the speed limiter or the governor can improve the top speed to about 40 to 50 mph.


Cab Frame Air Intake

Having the air intake situated in the cab frame prevents dust and other unwanted particles from getting into the air duct system. This is an ingenious feature because the crankcase breather line only draws in clean air, which enables the engine to function with maximum performance.

Efficient Ignition Process

The Kawasaki Mule 610 comes with a choke, which gives the ignition system easier and less of a hassle. For that matter, users do not have to feather the gas pedal while turning the keys when starting the engine. Also, the choke acts as an additional safety measure. That’s because the choke is situated on the far left corner of the dashboard, while the ignition key slot is located in the middle.

Lightweight and Low Maintenance

Kawasaki Mule 610 sports a 401cc, single-cylinder engine. Apart from being lightweight, this engine type is easier to maintain as compared to, say, a parallel-twin engine. This feature makes the Kawasaki Mule 610 an excellent UTV for hauling and transporting equipment because of its light yet powerful engine. While at the same time, you’re guaranteed less time, effort and money in terms of upkeep.


No Roof and Windshield

The OE Kawasaki Mule 610 does not come with a roof and windshield. You may either have to make a separate order from a Mule 610 accessories and spare parts dealer or request that as an add-on purchase from your Kawasaki UTV dealership. Nevertheless, the Mule 610 has a ROPS frame, which meets the requirements of the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) requirements.

Low Top Speed

The Kawasaki Mule 610 indeed has a top speed of around 25 to 30 mph. If you compare the Mule 610 with other known UTV models, such as the Can-Am Maverick or the Polaris RZR, the Kawasaki Mule 610 does not stand a chance. However, you should remember that this UTV wasn’t manufactured for racing; it’s built to carry your 400-lb cargo through rugged terrain, rain or shine.

Other Benefits and Disadvantages of the Kawasaki Mule 610

The Kawasaki Mule 610 comes with different features that may prove practical and valuable in several ways. The positive aspects of having a Mule 610 vary depending on the type and model. Some of the advantages that you can get from this side-by-side are the following:

  • Some models, especially the Kawasaki Mule 610 XC, has a spark arrestor in the muffler which prevents risks of fire.
  • Equipped with carburettor settings that significantly decreases exhaust emissions, which makes it environmentally friendly.
  • A positive crankcase ventilation system prevents unburned gas from mixing into the oil by recycling blow-by gases, which greatly maximizes fuel consumption.
  • A dual-mode differential system makes this vehicle an ideal ride even on grassy terrain, such as in a golf course, or the likes.  
  • A-arm suspension design gives the Mule 610 better manoeuvrability.
  • The front grille has a space for mounting winches with a towing capacity of up to 3,000 lbs.

Though a powerful workhorse, the Kawasaki Mule 610 isn’t a piece of equipment without any shortcomings. Given the amount of stress these vehicles undergo, there’s no wonder something can go wrong. Some of these limitations are as follows:

  • Misfiring due to low compression, which can sometimes be remedied through valve and gasket adjustments.
  • Poor engine performance as a result of an incorrect air-fuel mixture.
  • Carburettor issues may result in ignition problems.
  • Drive pulley concerns which result in worn-out drive-belts due to high mileage (usually around 4,000 to 25,000 miles).

What Makes the Kawasaki Mule 610 an Ideal Work UTV?

The Kawasaki Mule 610 comes with several features that can work in favour of the rider. The UTV’s dual-differential capability allows the Mule 610 to move effectively not just on hard terrain, but also on soft, delicate surfaces, such as a house or golf course lawn. Also, having a top speed of 25 mph makes it safe and easier to manoeuvre, especially if you are hauling heavy cargo.

Furthermore, the side-by-side’s lightweight and durable design add to its strength, versatility, and reliability. The Mule 610 is a tried-and-tested tool that can be used if you are out camping or hunting wild game. This heavy-duty vehicle can also be used to haul payloads in the cargo bed or storage well in short or moderate distances, across any type of terrain. Additionally, despite its off-road capabilities, this UTV can be used as a primary transport vehicle on job sites, such as in construction projects or mobile patrol duties.

About the Manufacturer

Known for mass-producing motorcycles worldwide, the Kawasaki Heavy Industries is the multinational company behind the Mule 610 and other Mule variants, as well as other quads and side-by-sides. Since the Mule was launched in 1988, the firm set up ways to develop the Mule product line, which helped further the automotive engineering concerning ATV and UTV production. Founded in 1878, Kawasaki has evolved into several group companies that manufacture several products ranging from motorcycles to aerospace equipment and hardware. Currently, Kawasaki continues focussing on a broad spectrum of heavy equipment production and is one of the companies at the forefront of technological engineering.

Final Takeaway

As a side-by-side, the Kawasaki Mule 610 is a lightweight and compact vehicle that is essential in getting the job done, especially if you’re dealing with heavy equipment. Thanks to its high-quality features and overall design, this UTV can be your ideal transport vehicle, whether you are off-roading, camping, hunting, or simply riding around for fun.  Because of all the technological innovations poured into the Mule 610, this quad has become a must-sought vehicle, alongside the other side-by-sides available in the market today.