RTV500: The First Ever Gas-Powered Utility Vehicle from Kubota

Kubota Adds a Refined, Compact, Gas-Powered Model to Popular Utility Vehicle Lineup

Kubota introduces the new gas-powered, RTV500 compact utility vehicle that comes with the comfort, technology and refinement of a larger utility vehicle, but is compact enough to fit in the bed of a full-size, long-bed pickup truck.  The RTV500 is powerful enough to handle the toughest challenges on rugged terrain. At 54.7 inches wide and 72 inches tall, the RTV500 gets the job done with a 15.8 horsepower, liquid-cooled, two-cylinder Kubota gas engine, four-wheel drive, and a top speed of 25 miles-per-hour.
“During the past 35 years Kubota has built its quality reputation on meeting and exceeding customer expectations; the RTV500 is another example of how we continually deliver everything our customers value,” says Dan Muramoto, product manager for Kubota. “Compact, gas-powered quiet and refined, the RTV500 provides exceptional ease of transportation making the vehicle ideal for moving to and from worksites or for recreational uses such as camping or hunting trips.”
Gas-Powered Engine and Variable Hydro Transmission

No other compact utility vehicle comes with the quiet, smooth, reliable performance of an electronic fuel-injected Kubota gasoline engine.  Unlike ATV-based powerplants that require constant throttle adjustments to maintain RPM levels, the Kubota GZ460FE3UV engine features a liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder design that ensures smooth, quiet, consistent power delivery throughout its powerband. The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) further improves engine performance by providing quick, easy starts, even in the most severe weather conditions, as well as on-demand power, optimized acceleration, and eliminates the need to adjust the carburetor.

The RTV500 comes standard with Kubota’s exclusive new “VHT Plus” variable hydrostatic transmission, which eliminates the need to adjust belt drives and provides smooth, reliable transmission-assisted braking and hill-holding capabilities. Weighing a modest 1,278 pounds, the RTV 500 can handle upwards of 440 pounds or nine cubic feet in its durable, metal, dumping cargo box. The RTV500 can tow up to 1,100 lbs.

Operator Comfort
Kubota’s RTV500 is designed to ensure comfort and safety. The durable bench seats are roomy and comfortable, the dash layout is simple and intuitive and the flat floor provides lots of unobstructed legroom. The standard, integrated Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) meets OSHA 1928.53 rollover protection standards.

The Kubota RTV500 is available in both Kubota Orange and Realtree® Hardwoods Camouflage, and features an extensive list of optional accessories and implements, including a state-of-the-art modular cab, rugged 60-inch snow blade, 2,500 lbs capacity winch, work lights and more.

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-branded equipment, including a complete line of tractors up to 103 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.

For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation at
3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com

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  1. Roger says:

    It’s April 2009 and the Kubota 500 has been out for a while. I just bought one and was looking for reviews or articles on it. I am disappointed there are not any reviews or articles yet.

  2. Larry Blackmon says:

    I also have bought a rtv 500 and was searching for reviews. And I wished that there were more to find. I am very dis-satisfied with this units power. My prior unit that was belt driven had a 18 hp. Honda engine) Over all this unit is fine but is suffering on power and I am very displease with this. I would not purchase another on for this reason.

  3. ryan says:

    I have one at my workplace and i must say i am very dissapointed. Seats are incredibly uncomfortable, machine lacks power, horrible shocks, and just downright poorly built. I had a John Deere Gator before and am getting it back, a much better machine.

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  5. Doug Moir says:

    I’ve had the RTV 500 for about a month now and I am quite pleased with its operation. I use it on a small hobby farm and it really gets the job done. It’s not a speed demon (25 mph with the wind at your back) but it pulls my 900 Lb. traveling gun sprinkler with ease. It also climbs the lava rock hill at the back of my property like a mountain goat. The VHT transmission is really cool once you get the fact that letting off the gas also initiates a form of hydro braking. The brake pads should last forever. Not too many accessories out yet but that should change soon.

  6. Trent says:

    We use the 500 for work purposes, the lack of power is a huge draw back. The machine got stuck in the middle of a muddy road as it has no power to clean out the tires. Is there any performance upgrades for the engine out there?

  7. Michael says:

    I have had mine for about 3 months. It’s fine around the property but lacking when needed to tow. The quality is somewhat poor and I do wish i had other options prior to getting this one.
    Overall, I am dissapointed with my purchase.

  8. mike says:

    needs more clearance and bigger tires. Is there a lift kit?

  9. Steve Dumire says:

    I have had mine for 4 months june through sept. It is a great machine, We have pulled huge boulders out of the woods, hauled dirt, and wood. It will do whatever you want it to. It is just a work horse. I will be taking it hunting this winter in WVA. I have full confidence in this machine

  10. Michael Chase says:

    I purchased the RTV500 last week and so far I have enjoyed it. I use it mostly around the farm. I am a little dissapointed with the speed. Other then that I think it is a great machine.

  11. Scott says:

    I just bought a Rtv 500. Seems to do everthing I expected. Until theses machines are legal on trails in our state speed is not an issue. It appears to be built like a tank. Overall I am pleased with it.


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