The 2022 Kawasaki ATV Lineup + Our Take on Each Model
Kawasaki ATVs have been manufactured for just over four decades now. The Japanese manufacturer’s first ATV was a three-wheel model called the KLT200, which debuted in 1981. Following its success, Kawasaki expanded its ATV portfolio to include several models that would cater to different applications and requirements.
For 2022, the Kawasaki ATV lineup isn’t as extensive as it used to be a few years ago, but it still includes some impressive machines. The manufacturer has separated its ATVs into two categories: the KFX line and the Brute Force line.
The new KFX series includes two models—the KFX50 and the KFX90—for young riders getting their first taste of riding an ATV. On the other hand, the new Brute Force series includes two of Kawasaki’s Recreational/Utility ATVs—the Brute Force 300 and the Brute Force 750—packed with some of the best Kawasaki hardware in existence.
Let’s take a look at what each model in the 2022 Kawasaki ATV lineup has to offer.
2022 Kawasaki KFX ATVs
The following models are part of Kawasaki’s KFX category for 2022:
2022 Kawasaki KFX50
The KFX50 is the smallest and most affordable ATV model in Kawasaki’s 2022 portfolio. Powering this ATV is a 49.5cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. The company hasn’t revealed power or torque figures, but considering this ATV has been designed for riders aged 6 and over, we expect rather humble output figures.
That said, this is still a capable ATV for kids who are just getting started with riding in the dirt. It features an independent A-arm front suspension and a monoshock at the rear, which offer 2.8 inches and 2.9 inches of travel, respectively. Ground clearance, meanwhile, is 3.3 inches.
As a parent, you have access to a throttle limiter and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) collar. These features allow you to adjust the performance that your child will be able to access while riding. There are also some safety measures in place, like a keyed ignition system and full floorboards to reduce the risk of a foot injury.
The KFX50 rides on 16-inch tires all around and features dual mechanical drum brakes at the end, with a hydraulic disc at the rear.
Lastly, with two bold color schemes on offer, this is an ATV that your kid will be thrilled to ride.
The KFX90 is the other ATV in Kawasaki’s youth lineup for 2022. It’s meant for riders aged 12 and above and comes with a larger, more powerful 89cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine.
Apart from a new ‘Super Black’ color scheme, the KFX90 remains unchanged for 2022. In comparison to the smaller KFX50, this ATV offers 0.6 inches more ground clearance—at 3.9 inches—and that’s primarily thanks to its bigger tires. While the KFX50 runs on 16-inch tires, the KFX90 has 18-inch rubber instead.
Suspension hardware and travel are similar, too, with an independent A-arm front suspension and a swingarm-mounted monoshock at the rear. These offer 2.8 inches and 2.9 inches of travel, respectively.
Most of the features from the smaller KFX50, like the adjustable throttle limiter and CVT collar, have been carried over as well. It also features an easy-to-use one-touch electric start system. This system works only once the keyed ignition is activated, giving you control over when your child can access the ATV.
The KFX90 is a step above the KFX50 and is ideal for kids who already have a little saddle time atop an ATV. Despite no significant changes, it costs an additional $300 over last year’s model, but it’s still reasonably priced for what it offers.
Kawasaki’s Brute Force line of ATVs has been around for decades, and it’s grown to be one of the most sought-after heavy-duty utility ATV lineups in the market. For 2022, the manufacturer has equipped its range-topping Brute Force 750 4x4i with electronic power steering and has also given the other model in the line, the Brute Force 300, a new color scheme.
2022 Kawasaki Brute Force 300
The Brute Force 300 is Kawasaki’s entry-level Recreational/Utility ATV for 2022. It’s powered by a 271cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 15.9lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm.
Typically, Kawasaki does not reveal peak power figures for its ATVs. However, this is a relatively competent ATV and will be up to most jobs, whether you’re moving small equipment or ferrying loads around a farm.
Speaking of, the Brute Force 300 has a total rack capacity of 110lbs—44lbs at the front and 66lbs at the rear. This may not be sufficient for more substantial tasks, but it makes up for it with a 500lbs towing capacity. If this isn’t enough, and you’re looking for an ATV with greater carrying capacity, the bigger Brute Force 750 may be the one for you. We’ll take a look at that model next.
With regard to hardware components, the Brute Force 300 features an independent double-wishbone suspension at the front and a swingarm-mounted monoshock at the rear. Suspension travel is decent, with 5.2 inches at the front and 5.6 inches at the back. Large 22-inch tires keep this ATV quite high up off the ground, and it offers an impressive 6.1 inches of ground clearance.
Stand-out features are pretty minimal and comprise a basic digital cluster that displays speed, mileage, time, and coolant temperature. There are also wide floorboards to protect your feet while riding.
As we mentioned above, the Brute Force 300 is an excellent option if you’re looking at an entry-level ATV to help with smaller tasks and lighter loads. While it may not offer the power or features that the Brute Force 750 does, it’s also a lot more affordable.
Kawasaki’s top-of-the-line ATV offering in 2022 is the Brute Force 750. For 2022, it gets the added function of EPS, or Electronic Power Steering—automatically adjusting steering sensitivity based on speed.
At the heart of the Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS is the same 749cc, fuel-injected, V-twin engine from last year, putting out a peak torque of 42.7lb-ft at 4,750rpm. While Kawasaki has not revealed a power figure, it has mentioned that the ATV offers enough performance for any of your outdoor adventures.
Considering its utilitarian intentions, the Brute Force 750 offers substantial load-carrying capacities. The total rack capacity is 242lbs, split 88lbs at the front and 176lbs at the rear. You also have the option to add accessory storage boxes for even more load capacity. Additionally, it offers 1,250lbs of towing capacity so you can hitch a small trailer onto it for larger pieces of equipment.
Suspension is carried out by double-wishbone units at either end, offering 6.7 inches of travel at the front and 7.5 inches at the rear. Thanks to its all-terrain 25-inch tires and 9.4 inches of ground clearance, this is an ATV that will traverse through demanding terrain with relative ease.
For 2022, the Brute Force 750 4x4i is offered in two different trim levels that are essentially separated by color scheme. The available trims are:
Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS
Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS Camo
Both trim levels offer the exact same features.
Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS: Super Black, Fragment Camo Gray, Bright White
Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS Camo: Realtree Xtra Green Camo
The 2022 Kawasaki ATV lineup isn’t as extensive as it used to be. It’s also smaller than what competitors like Polaris have to offer but has about the same number of models as Honda. If one of the ATVs on this list suits your requirements, you can rest assured that purchasing it will give you a trouble-free, reliable machine.
This year, Kawasaki hasn’t announced any updates for its exciting Sport ATV lineup, and we’re going to miss having the option of models like the KFX 700.