John deere GATOR XUV590I

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the xuv se­ries is deere’s at­tempt at adding a bit more style and in­field func­tion­al­ity to the long-stand­ing Gator line. Based on its per­for­mance in our test, the ap­proach was a suc­cess­ful one.

The 590i’s en­gine packed plenty of power in a small(ish) pack­age, and the over­all ride and han­dling, thanks to the power steer­ing, were best in class. The four-wheel-drive sys­tem was ef­fec­tive and quick to de­ploy.

The rig had lit­tle trou­ble weav­ing through trees and in-field ob­sta­cles, and its ad­justable sus­pen­sion was ex­cel­lent.

One knock on Ga­tors of the past was how loud they were. The 590i wasn’t the qui­etest ve­hi­cle in its class, but it was far from the loud­est—a marked im­prove­ment over pre­vi­ous mod­els.

The ma­chine’s build qual­ity was su­perb and in­cludes a num­ber of smart but sub­tle touches, like 20 tie-down points, sealed un­der-hood stor­age, and easy-ac­cess ser­vice points. There’s also one less-sub­tle ben­e­fit: markedly more in-cab legroom than on com­pet­ing mod­els.

Our test model in­cluded an op­tional winch and up­graded wheels and tires—both use­ful ad­di­tions.

score: 82.8 Price: $9,999; $12,199 AS TESTED out­door life septem­ber 2017 1

The Gator XUV590I gets wet on a test lap around the course.

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