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Top Five Considerations When Assessing Your Utility Vehicle Needs


A utility vehicle purchase for your property can make chores a bit easier to tackle, and can help you to simply get around your farm faster. But, with all the options on the market today, it can be an overwhelming task to narrow down your choices. With a little guidance from Kubota – the best-selling diesel utility vehicle manufacturer in North America since 20041 – you will be well on your way to choosing the right vehicle for your property wants and needs.

  1. Terrain: Consider the terrain and the sheer distance you must cover to accomplish your daily tasks. This is an important consideration, especially if you need something rugged enough to traverse any terrain, no matter the weather conditions.  
  2. Speed: Terrain will also help you determine the speed you need, and what type and size of engine you need to help you accomplish the jobs you have in mind.
  3. Cargo: Next, take into account what type of cargo you need to haul. Will you be carrying people, towing a trailer with hay, hauling feed or your harvest on the farm? Are you simply running between fields or dashing to the upper pasture? Estimating your daily load size can go a long way to helping you select the right vehicle.
  4. Accessories: Start with the basics, such as deciding on what type of tires you need. For example, will you need tires with a lot of tread and durability, or low impact for crossing wet fields? What about storage? Does your ideal vehicle have under seat storage, a glove box, cup holder, or cargo box option? What about add-ons you need for your property chores. Do you need a winch? What about options for snow removal, brushing, sweeping, or plowing?
  5. Safety and Comfort: Next consider LED headlights for night work, maybe even front and rear mud guards, or what about a head rest for added seat comfort? Look for all these options and more to make your ride safe and more enjoyable.

While Kubota offers a full line of utility vehicles that are ready to work, wherever your work takes you, the company recently launched the all-new Kubota Sidekick a top contender for your consideration. Not only does it check the boxes on all these questions and considerations, the Sidekick is at the top of the list for durability and speed – up to 40 miles per hour of speed with cargo.

Roger Gifford, Kubota product manager for utility vehicles describes the Sidekick as “Kubota’s fastest gas-powered utility vehicle yet. It really blurs the line between work and fun, because the Sidekick offers leading handling and acceleration with cargo,” he said.

Gifford explains that it is not only built for stability, durability and superior handling on any terrain, the Sidekick can move up to 1,000 lbs.2  in its cargo bed. Not only that, the Sidekick offers 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity (1,550 lbs. on hills) with standard equipped trailer hitch mount, making it ready to tow almost anything across the toughest terrain.

What’s more? With any Kubota utility vehicle, you will be making an investment that is built to last. Gifford said that Kubota has extensively tested the Sidekick to ensure it maintains the speed and agility you need in all types of situations. And, like all Kubota products, your purchase is a good investment as the Sidekick comes with a Kubota two-year/1,000-hour warranty, whichever occurs first.

To see the Sidekick in action, click here. Also, your local Kubota dealer is a great resource for helping you find the right utility vehicle and features to fit your needs.

1 According to Power Products Marketing, North American Utility Vehicle Markets Report.

2 600 lb. cargo in California.