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2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on November 1, 2010
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Photographers: Courtesy John Deere

In 1837, a blacksmith named John Deere made a polished-steel plow that cut clean furrows through the sticky Midwest prairie soil. He quickly became a popular man. It wasn't long before Deere was producing plows for the masses, and so began the John Deere legacy.

The 825i in John Deere green/yellow looks great, but if camo is your thing, they offer that too.

In 2011, the company bearing his name has trotted out the new Gator XUV 825i-the fastest and most powerful Gator ever produced. We're guessing that it's going to be as popular with the XUV crowd as his plow was with the "sodbusters."

Propelling the new machine is an 815cc, liquid-cooled, inline three-cylinder engine that has four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and electronic fuel injection. This potent 'plant kicks out 50 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque and is the main reason the 825i can travel at speeds up to 44 mph. This engine sets several precedents. It's the largest in its class, it's the only three-cylinder in its class, it's the only DOHC in its class, and it has the lowest noise/vibration. Power is routed through a CVT transmission with full clutch enclosure. The 825i has a two-speed transaxle, a self-locking front differential and a positive-locking, mechanically actuated rear differential.

The 812cc DOHC three-cylinder engine makes 50 hp and 47 lb-ft of torque. It's fuel-injected and liquid-cooled.

Fast is good, but so is handling. With that said, Deere engineers gave the 825i a new front and rear independent suspension. This suspension has a wide stance and long wheelbase and delivers a superior ride over rough terrain. It's designed for less body roll and superior side-hill stability with either no-load or maximum cargo. The suspension uses a double A-arm setup and it's fully adjustable. It offers 8 inches of front suspension travel and 9 inches of rear suspension travel.

The Gator 825i is also a workhorse. It comes standard with a deluxe hybrid metal and composite manual-lift cargo box that has 14.6 cubic feet of cargo space (also best in class) with a 1,000-pound capacity. The box also has a lift assist shock, auto-style tailgate, 20 integrated tie downs, and removable sides so you can have a flat cargo bed if you wish. There's also an available spray-in bed liner. Need to tow stuff? There is a pair of 2-inch hitch receivers and maximum towing capacity is a healthy 1,500 pounds. And whether you're off-road for work or play, the 825i boasts an impressive 11 inches of ground clearance.

Other 825i features include integrated brake and taillights, quick clamp attachment system, three-point automotive seat belts, multiple handholds, and an SAE-, ANSI-, OSHA- and ROPS-certified overhead structure.

So there you have it, the John Deere Gator XUV 825i. If Mr. Deere could see this awesome machine, we think he'd be pleased.


  • Vehicle model: 2011 John Deere XUV 825i
  • Base price: $11,199 (base)
  • Colors: Green/yellow, camouflage, olive/black


  • Type: Liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, four-valve, gasoline
  • Displacement (cc): 812
  • Aspiration: EFI


  • Transmission: CVT
  • Final drive: Shaft


  • Front: Independent, A-arm, adjustable spring preload, 8 inches of travel
  • Rear: Independent, A-arm, adjustable spring preload, sway bar, 9 inches of travel


  • Front: Hydraulic disc, twin-piston calipers
  • Rear: Hydraulic disc, single-piston calipers


  • Front: 27x9xR14 Maxxis Big Horn 2.0
  • Rear: 27x11xR14 Maxxis Big Horn 2.0


  • Weight (lb): 1,630
  • Length (in): 119.0
  • Width (in): 62.0
  • Height (in): 75.0
  • Ground Clearance (in): 11.0
  • Fuel capacity (gal): 5.3
  • Wheelbase (in): 79.0
  • Turning radius (ft): 15.9
  • Towing capacity (lb): 1,500
  • Payload capacity (lb): 1,400
  • Cargo bed capacity (lb): 1,000
  • Cargo bed dimensions LxWxH (in): 45.0x12.0x52.0


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