Baby-Brute styling, low entry price, easy to use
Getting long in the tooth, no EFI, 2WD only, heavy for its size
The Brute Force 300 is an aging model, but is still easy to use and rings in with a low entry price.
The Brute Force 300 is a small, low-power, entry-level ATV. It is about half the price of its Brute Force 750 sibling, and frankly, less than half the machine. The 300 still uses a carburetor and is only available with two-wheel drive. It’s due for a refresh.
Updates for 2022
There are no updates to the Brute Force 300 for 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 MSRP: $4,599
The Brute Force 300 is available in one configuration for 2022. Buyers can choose between Super Black and Bright White liveries.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Brute Force 300 uses a single-cylinder 271cc four-stroke engine that makes a lowly 15.9 pound-feet of torque. Being that the baby Brute weighs 536 pounds, the machine is not quick.
Transmission duty is by way of a CVT with a centrifugal clutch. High, low, neutral, and reverse gears are available for your choosing. Power goes to the rear tires via shaft drive.
The 22-inch tires and a 536-pound curb weight plus a 45.9-inch wheelbase mean the Brute is neither light on its feet nor prepared for sporting intentions. A swingarm suspension out back with 5.6 inches of travel only compounds the situation.
Rear braking comes by way of a single 180mm disc, while the front gets a 180mm disc at each corner. It’s not much, but it’s enough to haul the Brute down from speed.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The baby Brute is an attempt at a one-size-fits-all solution, designed for riders who are getting their first non-youth ATV and workers who need an inexpensive utility machine. As such, it’s a little cramped, and bigger riders will lust for more room.
The Brute Force 300 is a utility machine in style, but not so much in practice. The rear rack can only carry 66 pounds and the front just 44. It’s enough for small items and light work use, but not much more.
As one would expect with a machine of this size and power, capacities are low, with the Brute Force 300 only rated to tow 500 pounds.
Reflecting its low price and antiquated components, the Brute Force 300 has very little in the way of electronics. It does have electric start, and there are 35W headlights along with a 5W taillight and a 21W brake light. Instrumentation is limited to a speedometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge, and coolant temperature light.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Kawasaki’s 12-month limited warranty is standard on the Brute Force 300. Kawasaki Protection Plus extended options are available for 12, 24, 36, or 48 months.
2022 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 Claimed Specifications
|Engine:||SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||N/A|
|Transmission:||Automatic CVT w/ centrifugal clutch, high/low range, reverse|
|Claimed Horsepower:||48 hp|
|Claimed Torque:||15.9 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel System:||Keihin VCK32 carburetor|
|Front Suspension:||Independent double wishbone; 5.2 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Swingarm; 5.6 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Dual 180mm discs|
|Rear Brakes:||180mm disc|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Steel; 10 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Maxxis; 22×7-10 / 22×10-10|
|Front/Rear Rack Capacity:||44 lb./66 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||500 lb.|
|Seat Height:||33.3 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||6.1 in.|
|Turning Radius:||9.2 ft.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||536 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||3.2 gal.|
|Warranty:||12 months, limited warranty|
|Minimum Operator Age:||16|