Kelly's Kawasaki
817 S. Country Club Drive
Mesa, AZ 85210


Mule 550
MSRP: $5,699.00

The MULE™ 550 is Kawasaki's smallest utility vehicle, but its reputation for dependability and affordability have made it one of the best selling utility vehicles in the industry.

Built for both off-road work and recreation, the MULE 550 utility vehicle shares many design features with its larger MULE 3000-series siblings, including a bench seat, automotive-type controls, a tilting cargo bed and a host of accessories available through Kawasaki MULE dealers.

The MULE 550 is powered by a durable 286cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke industrial engine that features an air intake located high in the cab frame in order to draw 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. Plus, the MULE 550 comes equipped with a quiet, large-volume muffler with a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) approved spark arrestor.

The four-stroke engine is matched to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System, Kawasaki's continuously variable transmission, which features forward and reverse gears. Power is delivered through dependable shaft drive to a dual-mode differential that can be "locked" for maximum traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns.

The engine for the MULE 550 utility vehicle 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, and it can tow up to 900 pounds with an optional Kawasaki tow hitch.

The 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 seat belts for two. Plus, the forward/neutral/reverse shift lever is conveniently located beside the seat within easy reach.

Other features include light and accurate rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel suspension and four-wheel brakes. Plus, the bench seat flips up, allowing easy access to the fuel tank and engine air cleaner.


- Durable 286cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke industrial engine has proven performance and reliability.

- Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System with forward, neutral and reverse gears makes operating the MULE 550 simple.

- Dual-mode differential can be "locked" for maximum traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance.

- Dependable shaft drive is quiet and requires minimal maintenance.

- Rack-and-pinion steering is light and accurate.

- Full suspension provides a smooth ride yet can handle heavy cargo loads.

- Four-wheel brakes provides abundant stopping power.

- Cargo bed can carry more than 350 pounds.

- With an optional Kawasaki tow hitch, it can tow up to 900 pounds.

- Muffler comes with USFS-approved spark arrester.

Technical Specifications


Type: Four-stroke, single-cylinder
Displacement: 286cc
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, neutral, reverse
Final drive: Dual-mode rear differential


Front: Tubeless 22 x 9-10
Rear: Tubeless 22 x 11-10


Front: Independent A-arms with adjustable shock absorbers
Rear: Unitized swing-axle with shock absorbers


Four-wheel hydraulic drums


Wheelbase: 66.2 in.
Overall length: 103 in.
Overall width: 50.9 in.
Overall height: 70.5 in.
Ground clearance: 6.3 in.
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.


Hour meter,(2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/stoplight


Aztec Red
Hunter Green

* Price and specifications subject to change