Standard Features


Incredible torque and transformable seating combine to make the ultimate UV.

With a high-torque diesel engine, amazing durability, and ability to easily transform from a two-person gear hauler to a four-person transport, the 2012 Kawasaki Mule™ 4010 Trans4x4® Diesel is easily the most versatile utility vehicle in its class.

The Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel is the ultimate tool in your productivity arsenal. Key to this productivity is the Trans4x4's convertible design, going from a two-person long-bed cargo hauler into a four-person transport in just a few simple steps. Plus there's the peace of mind that comes from having a diesel engine, a design renowned for its long-haul durability and reliability. This powerful and torquey three-cylinder engine teams up with selectable four-wheel drive, electric power steering (EPS) system, a fully automatic transmission and locking rear differential to make the Trans4x4 Diesel an outstanding choice for practically any utility vehicle role. Producing 38.3 ft. lbs. of torque @ 2,800 rpm, this 953 cc engine has enough low-end pulling power to tackle the heaviest workloads.


Model Year
Mule™ 4010 Trans4x4® Diesel
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130.1 in.
75.8 in.
58.5 in.
Curb: 1,737 lbs.
Ground Clearance
7.1 in.
85.2 in.
Turning Radius
12.5 ft.


4-stroke, 3-cylinder, OHV
953 cc
Bore x Stroke
72 x 78 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Fuel Tank Capacity
6.4 gal.
Compression with glow plugs for starting


Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), with reverse, dual range, 2WD / 4WD
Drive System
Shaft, selectable 4WD drive with dual-mode rear differential


4-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
23 x 11-10 tubeless


(2) 35W sealed-beam headlight, (2) 5/21W taillight / brakelight
Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, speedometer
12V DC, 52A-hour


Speed - Forward
25 mph, governed
Front: Independent, MacPherson strut; 3.9 in. travel
Rear: Semi-independent, DeDion axle with leaf springs and shocks; 2.8 in. travel
Load Capacity
1,632 lbs.
Cargo Box Length
2-person Mode: 50.4 in.
4-person Mode: 30.3 in.
Cargo Box Height
11.3 in.
Cargo Box Width
47.7 in.
Cargo Box Capacity
4-person Mode: 400 lbs.
2-person Mode: 1,100 lbs.
Towing Capacity
1,200 lbs.


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Standard Features

Key Features
 Renowned diesel performance, reliability and economy  
 Seating for 2 or 4 passengers via its easily transformable design  
 Fully automatic transmission with selectable 2 or 4-wheel drive  
 Modern styling and low operating costs  
 Electric Power Steering System (EPS)  
4-passenger, Off-road, 4-wheel drive Utility Vehicle with Transformable Cargo Bed
 2 rows of seats easily accommodate up to 4 persons  
 Rear seat can be folded down and the cargo bed expanded to carry larger payload – 1,100 pounds with 2 passengers, 400 pounds with 4 passengers  
 Retractable lap-belts  
 Liquid-cooled, 3-cylinder, diesel engine produces substantial torque – 38.3 ft. lbs. @ 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  
Environmentally Friendly Emissions
 Positive crankcase ventilation system sends blow-by gases to the intake tract to be burned in the engine  
 Muffler has a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor  
Cyclone-type Engine Air Cleaner
 Cyclone design is effective and needs less frequent cleaning even in extremely dusty conditions  
 Restriction gauge tells when to change the filter  
 Donaldson® air cleaner has a replaceable paper element  
Cab Frame Air Intake
 Draws engine air and converter cooling air from the top of the cab frame where there is less dust, so air filters last longer  
Heavy Duty Battery and Alternator
 52Ah battery provides positive starts while the high-output, 40A alternator keeps the battery charged  
Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS)
 Fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) features forward high and low and reverse, and helps keep the engine in the right operating rpm for a variety of vehicle speeds, loads or terrain  
 The CVT has a wide spread of drive ratios for quick acceleration and ample pulling power  
 Tuned to accommodate higher loads  
 Large drive and driven torque converters maximize engagement area of the thick and strong drive belt for improved heat dissipation and added durability  
 High-flow cover helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and waterproofing  
 Sheaves with high silicon type material for increased durability  
 An open-sided drive pulley cools better for longer belt life  
 Offers adjustable belt deflection  
Torque Converter Air Filter
 Efficient intake cooling fan draws plenty of air into the CVT  
 Special air cleaner with easily replaceable filter element cuts torque converter wear by cooling it with filtered air  
Dual-mode Rear Differential
 Strong bevel gear set and rear axle offer increased durability  
 Locked mode maximizes traction, unlocked mode minimizes ground disturbance  
Limited-slip Front Differential
 Allows great traction with little steering effort  
4-wheel drive with 2-speed Transfer Case
 Selectable 4-wheel drive gives the operator traction options  
 Shift to 4-wheel drive and low range for maximum traction in adverse conditions, or select 2-wheel drive and high range to cut gear wear and increase fuel economy  
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
 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  
Independent Strut-type Front Suspension
 Stiffer springs prevent bottoming and increase ground clearance  
 Comfortable ride and excellent load-carrying capability  
DeDion Rear Suspension
 Overload-style leaf springs allow a comfortable unladen ride and is durable under maximum loads  
 Semi-independent action  
4-wheel, Self-adjusting Sealed Hydraulic Drum Brakes
 Brake drums have an added flange and seal to keep out mud and water  
 Low maintenance and powerful  
 Keeps productivity up and operating costs down  
Wheels and Tires
 23-in. tires have stiff sidewalls to improve the ride and add ground clearance  
 Rear wheel bearings use 2 rollers in one large bearing for added durability  
 Seals on all 4 wheels have 3 lips to better protect the wheel bearings  
Front Hood with Storage Tub
 Large under hood storage tub holds cargo out of sight  
 Offers quick, easy access with a push-button latch  
 Includes 4 D-rings for securing loads  
Tilting Cargo Bed
 Steel cargo bed can carry up to 1,100 pounds and tilts for quick unloading  
 Thick tailgate panel and secure latching tailgate locking pins reduce vibration and noise, and add durability  
Rugged and Capable
 Bodywork is a rugged, modern design with truck-like styling  
 Can tow up to 1,200 pounds with optional Kawasaki draw bar  
 Meets Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and also meets FMVSS 216 roof crush resistance requirement  
 Bench seat can carry up to 3  
 Durable chassis includes winch-ready mounts to simplify winch installation  
Simple Maintenance
 An automatic-style fuse box is convenient and uses blade-type fuses  
 Crankcase oil level dipstick under the seat  
 Automotive-type, spin-on oil filter  
 Coolant, battery electrolyte level sight gauges  
Cab Features
 12V DC outlet with 10A capacity  
 The 2WD / 4WD lever is mounted on the dash for easier 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 35W cat-eye headlights  
 Hour meter and a horn are standard equipment  


 Popular Accessory Items
 Soft or hard top  
 Enclosed cab  
 Cab heater  
 Snow plow  


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