10 Frequently Asked Questions About the John Deere Gator
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Although we can and do appreciate everything from John Deere harvesters and backhoes to John Deere dozers and skid steers, here at Everything John Deere Gator, we have a particular passion for John Deere UTVs, XUVs, and side-by-sides. Before the Gator was even released, we were fascinated with small ATV-like haulers such as the John Deere All-Materials Transport (AMT) vehicle. But the world of small-size utility machines has come a long way since then, and the John Deere Gator has blossomed from a simple-yet-reliable utility vehicle to a fully-functional side-by-side with a dual-purpose commercial and recreational use. Nowadays, folks of any station and every vocation are using John Deere Gators to achieve a variety of aims. And to help Gator owners reach their goals, we created Everything John Deere Gator to be an all-in-one destination for all kinds of John Deere Gator parts, accessories, equipment, and more!
John Deere’s 2023 Gator lineup consists of Mid-Size 2-passenger vehicles like the XUV560E, the XUV590E, and the XUV590M; Full-Size 3-passenger vehicles like the XUV835E, XUV835M, and the XUV835M Honor Edition / Honor Edition with HVAC; Crew-Cab 4-passenger vehicles such as the XUV560E S4 and the XUV590M S4; and dedicated Work vehicles including the HPX615E, the HPX815E, the TE 4x2 Electric, and the TH 6x4 Diesel. The big news for 2023 was the introduction of John Deere’s AutoTrac assisted steering system, but many of the base models will now come stock with features that were only available on higher-end editions – such as side mirrors. Additionally, the 2023 Gator M-trim machines now come with Maxxis BigHorn tires, and both the M-trim as well as the R-trim models are going to be equipped with lined cargo boxes, brake lights, and tail lights – with the R-trim models also getting a powered dump bed!
A huge announcement was made in 2022, and that was the release of John Deere’s signature edition Gator XUV 835R/865R! These Signature Edition UTVs are based on the R-Spec XUVs, but with many added features that include backup cameras, in-cab infotainment systems, and many more creature comforts to make the vehicle look like, feel like, and handle like a high-end Truck or SUV! These machines are living proof that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get utility, performance, or functionality!
Several changes were made to the 2021 XUV and HPX John Deere Gators for extra refinement, convenience, and comfort with an equal amount of toughness! The park function is now integrated into the transmission, and you put the UTV in park with the gear shifter, just like you would with a car. Furthermore, the key must be turned on and the brake pedal engaged before you can switch from park mode to drive mode. The simple, straight-line, shifting pattern of the 2021 XUV and HPX Gators is another welcomed change, and so too is the electronic 4WD switch which replaced the old mechanical 4WD lever. The power steering in John Deere’s 2021 utility vehicles was made to be smoother, and a digital instrument display was added to show more information than was displayed in the 2020 Gator.