Stray Utility Vehicles

UTVs that missed the roundup.

| January/February 2008


Because many applications don’t require a big UTV, John Deere downsized its classic Gator to produce an affordable compact model machine that is just right for smaller spreads. The Gator CX is built on a unibody steel frame and offers a low center of gravity for excellent stability and a turning circle under 20 feet for easy maneuverability. Headlights are standard, so you won’t be racing the sun to get your chores done by dark.

MSRP: $4,999
Engine: 286cc Kawasaki 4-stroke
Transmission: CVT, forward, neutral, reverse
Drive Wheels : 2WD, rear, manual locking diff
Front Suspension: Independent single A-Arm
Rear Suspension: triple rate spring over shock
Wheelbase: 65.5 in
Curb Weight: 867 lb
Ground Clearance: 4.8 in
Fuel Capacity: 3.0 gal
Bed Capacity: 400 lb
Tow Capacity: 600 lb


One of the most unique utility vehicles is the John Deere Gator TH 6x4, thanks to its dual rear axles that provide excellent stability. Both rear axles are drive axles, so this is a four-wheel drive utility with six wheels. It is powered by a 19 horsepower 675 cc Kawasaki four-stroke twin. The Gator TH 6x4 is designed more for work than play, with a 11.2 cubic-foot 16 gauge steel bed that can handle a thousand pounds of cargo. You might call it a half-ton hauler.

MSRP: $ 7,999
Engine: 675cc 4-stroke twin
Transmission: CVT
Drive Wheels: rear 4WD, locker
Front Suspension: Independent, single A-arm
Rear Suspension: Solid axles
Wheelbase: 79 in
Curb Weight: 1,087 lb
Ground Clearance: 6.7 in
Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gal
Bed Capacity: 1,000 lb
Tow Capacity: 1,400 lb

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