With four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and an optional Caterpillar 3-cylinder diesel engine, think of Cub Cadet’s latest 4×4 utility vehicle as the ultimate ranch runabout or hunting camp transport. Of course, living in North Texas as we do, these vehicles are all the rage, so we thought we’d take a swing by our local dealer to have a look — and a drive — for ourselves.
Read on past the jump for our hands-on experiences as well as lots of great pictures.
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Wow — there’s really a laundry-list of neat stuff available on these vehicles starting with a 3″ welded steel ladder-style frame complete with full front and rear skid plates, which make for a quite stiff and capable chassis to support its unequal-length A-arm front suspension with coil-over shocks — all with 8″ of suspension travel. All models feature rack-and-pinion steering.
The mid-mounted engine in our test model was the optional Caterpillar — yep, just like the big boys — 760cc 3-cylinder diesel making 20 horsepower and 34 ft-lbs of torque. The standard-issue engine is a 624cc Kohler V-twin (20 HP/32 ft-lbs) — similar in power, though lacking the cachet of the Cat name.
Power connects to the heavy-duty locking rear differential via a fully-enclosed continuously variable transmission (CVT) which eliminates any gear shifting and makes the most of either engine’s power band — just step on the pedal to go, step harder to go faster. To select forward or reverse you simply grab the Hurst-made (!) shifter which connects to the CVT via a shaft instead of a wire for more positive feel and longer life.
Not that this vehicle is a speed demon by any stretch, but you’ll have no problem stopping it via 8″ disc brakes all-round.
Our test model also featured Cub Cadet’s “True Trak” 4WD system with a dual-range hi/lo drive system and the ability to disengage the front wheels for light towing and hauling. And speaking of hauling, there’s a standard 2″ receiver hitch in the back rated to pull up to 1,300 lbs. You can throw 900 lbs. in the bed.
Read on to page 2 for our hands-on experience with the Cub UV.