John deere GATOR XUV590I
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.