Smallest MULE delivers versatility
at an attractive price
The Kawasaki MULE™ 550 is one of the best-selling
compact, off-highway utility vehicles on the market
because it combines the versatility and hard-working
nature of a compact pickup with the maneuverability
of an all-terrain vehicle. And despite its ability
to handle heavy work loads and its usefulness for
outdoor recreation, it can be purchased for a fraction
of the cost of a full-sized pickup truck.
Available in all-new Aztec Red or traditional Hunter
Green, the MULE 550 is powered by a durable 286cc
single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke industrial
engine that has proven its reliability in previous
models. An internal engine balancer reduces engine
vibration while the air intake is located high in
the cab frame to draw air from the cleanest, driest
and coolest place for strong performance and less
maintenance. Other maintenance-saving features include
a spin-on oil filter, dual-element air cleaner,
visible battery and electronic ignition. The MULE
550 comes equipped with a quiet, large-volume muffler
with a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) approved spark
The engine for the MULE 550 produces plenty of power
to haul most load requirements in light commercial,
industrial or farming applications. An 882-pound
vehicle load capacity allows it to carry more than
350 pounds in the tilting cargo bed. An additional
900-pound towing capacity is achieved when it is
equipped with an optional trailer hitch.
MULE 550 has extra-large front mud flaps to provide
plenty of splash protection for the occupants sitting
on the wide, two-person bench seat. The seat has
separate bottom and back cushions, hip restraints
on each side and two seat belts. A forward/neutral/reverse
shift lever is conveniently located beside the seat
within easy reach.
A single A-arm front suspension aids turning by
keeping the wheel angle constant during suspension
movement to improve steering. Operators will appreciate
the rack and pinion steering while a swing axle
rear suspension makes the ride comfortable.
Maintenance intervals on the MULE 550 can be conveniently
tracked with the standard hour meter. Routine checks
are made simple with a “see-through” battery case
and brake fluid reservoir, fuel level gauge mounted
atop the 4.2-gallon fuel tank, and flip-up bench
seat that allows easy access to the fuel tank and
engine air cleaner.
Those who want to customize their MULE 550 can choose
from a vast array of accessories available through
Kawasaki MULE dealers. Consumers can also purchase
accessories through the internet at
The MULE 550 has a suggested retail price of $5,699
and comes standard with a 12-month, unlimited mileage
warranty that can be extended up to three years.
MULE™ 550 SPECIFICATIONS
Bore x stroke: 78 x 60mm
Carburetor: Mikuni BV24-18
Cooling: Forced air
Ignition: Transistorized electronic
Drive train: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive
System (KAPS) automatic torque converter; forward,
Final drive: Dual-mode rear differential
Wheelbase: 66.2 in.
Overall length: 103 in.
Overall width: 50.9 in.
Overall height: 70.5 in.
Ground clearance: 6.3 in.
Tires: front/rear Tubeless 22 x 9-10/tubeless
22 x 11-10
Suspension: front/rear Independent A-arms
with adjustable shock absorbers/Unitized swing-axle
with shock absorbers
Brakes: front/rear Four-wheel hydraulic
Turning radius: 10.5 ft.
Load capacity: 882 lbs.
Bed capacity: 353 lbs.
Towing capacity: 900 lbs.
Dry weight: 785 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal.
Colors: Aztec Red, Hunter Green
Suggested retail price: $5,699
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, California 92618