Kawasaki’s 2023 UTV Lineup
Jun 23, 2022
Like most things in recent months, the price of 2023 Kawasaki side-by-sides has become more expensive than in previous years. But are they any better? You might have heard about the new 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS and the Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS Special Edition (which we’ll get into later), but what about the non-KRX 2023 Teryx machines and the 2023 Kawasaki Mules, any changes there? We know all about it, so jump on in and fasten your 4-point harness, because we’re about to race right into Kawasaki’s 2023 UTV lineup!
The 2023 Kawasaki Mule
Although you’ll no longer be able to get a standard Kawasaki Mule SX with four-wheel drive in 2023, there are plenty of 4x4 editions of the 2023 Kawasaki Mule. With the 2023 Kawasaki Mule SX 4x4 FI, the Mule XC FI, the Mule FE, and the Mule XC LE FI, you’ll get electronically-selectable 2WD and 4WD functionality as well as a locking rear differential. The 2023 Mule SX FI and Mule XC FI come in either Timberline Green or Dark Royal Red, while the 2023 Mule FE comes in Bright White. The 2023 Mule XC LE FI comes stock with aluminum wheels and 4 LED headlights / tail lights -- instead of just two. Plus, the exclusive graphics (Metallic Onyx Black) of the XC LE FI is more than enough to compensate for the machine's 884 Lb load capacity compared to the 915 Lb load capacity of the 2023 Mule SX 4x4 FI.
Aside from the addition of a horn, the 2023 Kawasaki Mule 4000 and the 2023 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4 are nearly identical to their 2022 versions. And the 2023 Mule 4010 4x4 FE is a carbon copy of the 2022 4010 4x4 FE… only $500 more expensive.
As far as the 2023 Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX EPS is concerned, the color options went from Timberline Green / Bright White in 2022 to Timberline Green / Firecracker Red in 2023; and for that, you get the privilege of paying an extra $700.
Instead of the 25x8x12 front tires that came standard on the 2022 Mule Pro-MX EPS LE, the 2023 Mule Pro-MX EPS LE is fitted with 25x10x12 front tires from the factory. The same tire size upgrade was also made on the 2023 Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX EPS Camo and the 2023 Mule Pro-MX SE.
Moving on to the 3-passenger vehicles, the 2023 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FX, the Mule Pro-FX EPS, and the Mule Pro-FX EPS LE editions remained the same as their 2022 counterparts in every way except for price. There is no 2023 Mule Pro-DX EPS Diesel, and the 2023 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXR underwent zero changes as well.
Like with the Mule 4000 and 4010, the 2023 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans 4x4, the 4010 Trans 4x4 FE, and the 4010 Trans 4x4 Camo also come with horns from the factory. More models that remained unchanged in 2023 include the Mule Pro-FXT, the Mule Pro-FXT EPS, and Mule Pro-FXT EPS Camo. For the 2023 Mule Pro-FXT Ranch edition, your choice of color went from Metallic Phantom Silver to Metallic Titanium.
Finishing up with the workhorse vehicles of Kawasaki’s UTV lineup, the 2023 Mule Pro-DXT EPS Diesel FE is the same as the previous year, and it’s the only diesel side-by-side that Kawasaki released in 2023.
The 2023 Kawasaki Teryx / Teryx KRX
Every aspect of the 2023 Kawasaki Teryx lineup – even the price – is the same as the offerings of last year. But with regards to the sport-model Teryx KRX 1000, a new model series dropped in 2023: the Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS / Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS Special Edition / Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 SE. These all-new 2023 vehicles come in bold new color combinations (Metallic Flat Raw Graystone for the Special Edition, Metallic Raw Flat Graystone or Candy Steel Furnace Orange for the base model eS, and Lime Green or Metallic Onyx Black for the SE model), with heaps of other upgrades / improvements as well!
Although almost everything from the dash to the nose of the vehicle and the rear seats to the tailgate are basically the same – aside for some small changes to the rollover protection structure – the alterations made to the center of the vehicle allowed for the addition of another row of seats. The 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 drives surprisingly well, and it’s comparable to driving the 2-seater KRX. The extra length, however, does make the 4-seat KRX eS less capable as a woods racer, but it’s perfect for desert dunes, whoops, and jumps!
The real game-changing technology incorporated into the 2023 Teryx KRX eS is the Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS). Not only does the long-travel suspension of the KRX eS include dual wishbone front a-arms and four-link rear trailing arms, but the vehicle is also equipped with a Bosch control system that uses a six-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that coordinates with the engine ECU and a steering angle sensor to optimize the damping of the suspension for a real-time reaction to a diverse set of ground conditions. With this innovative electronically-controlled suspension setup, you can change the shock's semi-active damping mode on-the-fly from soft to normal, from normal to firm, or from firm back down to normal or soft! Where chassis stability, suspension consistency, and ride comfort are concerned, you can’t beat the KECS / Fox 2.5 Live Valve internal bypass shocks on the 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS!
The amount of space / legroom in the eS is also worth noting. The rear door openings allow for effortless access to the cabin, and the adjustable front seats / spacious cockpit ensures that there’s plenty of space for all body sizes. Behind the rear passenger doors of the 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 eS are two snorkel intakes (one for the engine and one for the CVT) that have recessed entrances and built-in pre-filters to handle everything from dust and dirt to rain and high humidity.
Both eS editions of the 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 4 1000 come with a 7” high grade TFT color instrumentation panel with digital meters, gauges, and vehicle info, and the screen can also display a suspension monitor gauge, audio controls, and a view of your rear backup camera. In addition to the multimedia console, the Special Edition Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 4 eS also comes with a Warn VRX winch, a sport roof, and a premium audio system with four 6.5” speakers and a 12” subwoofer!
2023 Kawasaki Side-By-Sides
If you’re in the market for a 2023 SX Mule, a 4010 Mule, a 4010 Trans Mule, or a Diesel Pro Mule, you might have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to take delivery. Although it’s rumored that Kawasaki is in the process of building a new production facility in Mexico (in addition to the existing one they run in Nebraska), this won’t be ready until the 2024 models are set for production. As it stands currently, the supply chain issues in Shanghai are really affecting Kawasaki’s operation. So if you can’t find a 2023 Kawasaki Teryx, a 2023 Kawasaki Mule, or a 2023 Kawasaki Teryx KRX, buy an older one and build it up the exact way you want it with the aftermarket parts, kits, and upgrades from Everything Kawasaki Offroad!