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2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i
2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i & 855D UTV Test Ride Review

2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i
The John Deere 31" Sport Seats are well worth the upgrade from the factory because these seats are really comfortable compared to the standard bucket seats & the ability to customize your Gator straight from the factory is a huge bonus from John Deere
Inside, the Gator line up offers a digital instrument cluster that shows speed, rpm’s, an hour meter, odometer, clock, water temp and a 4WD notice. You can also opt for the field kit, which we felt is worth the upgrade. The Gator also offers three different types of seats, a standard 20” bench seat, standard 21” bucket seats, or the upgraded 31” sport seats, which we preferred hands down as they gave a lot more neck support. The seat belts come with a driver side warning, just like in an automobile.

Now for the best part: the John Deere buying experience. Buying a John Deere UTV is a very different experience than purchasing a UTV from any other manufacturer. With John Deere, it is more like purchasing a brand new car from a dealership. John Deere gives you a list of options to choose from, and we have to stress that there are many, many options and possible combinations to choose from. After you make your choices, your Gator is built to order, with no need to purchase additional expensive aftermarket products or go through the hassle of installing those products yourself. And for those who are on a budget, the best part of that is there is no additional charge from John Deere for installation of any accessories you choose, and those parts are also discounted if purchased at the same time you buy your vehicle.

While we were doing our test ride, we had the opportunity to drive the 2011 Gator 825i with power steering, which is an option that will not be available to the public until January of 2011, but we were very impressed with the easy handling and steering capabilities and cannot wait until this version is available for purchase.
2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i
2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i
For 2012, we would like to see the Gator come with a tilt steering wheel because the current position feels like your driving a tractor more than a performance vehicle
For the Gator to live up to its name, John Deere should raise it air intake snorkels & gas tank because it wouldn't take a really deep water hole to drown out the Gator

2011 John Deere Gator XUV 825i
Overall, the John Deere Gator performed extremely well on our test ride & it would be right at home on the farm with a big appetite for working, but also has a fun side with its improved suspension & engine performance
We did think that the Gator was a little on the heavy side, but the stability of this UTV was awesome and not once did it feel tippy. We hope that in the future that John Deere will add a passenger side hand hold, and possibly update the chassis in order to reduce the weight a bit, but overall we think that the John Deere Gator 825i definitely has its place in the market of working UTV’s and with the wide variety of work accessories, it is surely the best in its class.

If you are in the market for a good work horse UTV, you cannot beat the John Deere Gator, especially if you are a farmer and already use John Deere tractors and such as it provides a certain convenience with fuel, and you know that with John Deere you are getting top quality and reliability.

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