After ordering a 2018 Kawasaki Mule SX 4X4 XC SE at the beginning of the month, I was finally able to pick it up today. I currently own a 2016 Mule 610 XC SE, so it was also interesting to compare and contrast the two. They will be used on two different properties, which is why I needed a second SXS.
Price: As stated in my first post, I set a budget of $10K "out the door." I was able to get the Mule for $7949 "out the door." The sticker price was $10,009 (including destination). My out the door price included the $250 military discount plus the amount I negotiated off from the dealer. In August 2016 I picked up the 610 XC SE for $7649 "out the door," which at the time "stickered" for $9189 with destination.
The changes, which took place starting the 2017 model year, include the following:
1) LED Headlamps and Spotlamps on the XC-SE model. The 2016 lamps were the same as the other models, which is why I needed to add a light bar.
2) Fuel Gauge. The new one has a digital fuel gauge on the dash above the hour meter. The 2016 has a fuel gauge next to the fuel tank filler.
3) Retractable seat belts. The older models had non-retractable belts.
4) Front tubular bumper. This is a really nice bumper. The 2016 has a plastic bumper that looks good, but is not functional.
5) Under seat storage is standard on the XC-SE. In 2016 this was an $90 option.
6) Tilt steering wheel is now standard. Not available on the 2016.
7) Integrated cargo rails in the bed. These will be nice. I put after market rails on the 2016.
8) The bottom of the cargo bed is now coated with stuff that looks like bed liner.
Other changes are primarily cosmetic. Once I have an opportunity to put the Mule to work, I'll do another post.