Hijet UTV Features & Equipment
Hijet Mini Dumps have such an incredible array of standard equipment compared to any other UTV on the market, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised. In fact, even if you check every box on a typical UTV option list — pushing it’s price way higher than the price of an equivalent Hijet — you’ll find you still can’t match all the features. That’s how far ahead Hijet Mini Dumps are.
So, let’s take a look at the features and standard equipment you can find on Japanese Hijet UTVs for sale in the USA. But, before we dive in, let’s be clear that not every model literally has every single one of these features. Certainly, the newest models will have a lot, but if you’re not sure, or if there’s a particular feature you really cannot do without, then of course ask before you buy. But be reassured, when it comes to the basic equipment everyone wants — like 4WD and AC + heat — you can stop worrying right now, as these are standard.
Engines and Transmissions
Hijet UTVs are sold as off-road use only vehicles in the USA and are limited to 20 MPH. Howeverm, even though they are for off-road use only, their engines and transmissions are so quiet and smooth that your experience from the cab is of levels of refinement far better than you have any right to expect from an off-road UTV. You see, these Japanese-built UTVs are powered by sophisticated 3-cylinder, 12-valve gasoline engines with electronic fuel injection. To anyone familar with Kubotas, Can-Ams, Kawasaki or other work UTVs, this could seem incredble, but these vehicles are so quiet that the can even be driven around highly strung animals like horses and not spook them at all.
This sophistication doesn’t just give you a nice, quiet ride — it also means you achieve much better fuel economy of 35 to 40 miles per gallon, as compared to about 20 miles per gallon which is all you will see from an equivalent UTV — or the 10MPG your pickup gets around the farm.
So you have this much more mechanically sophisticated engine, paired with a similarly sophisticated transmission. Again, these are properly NVH-insulated transmissions. They’re built to be smooth, quiet, and user-friendly.
Depending on the model and year, you will find your Hijet UTV will have one of these four different kinds of transmission:
- 5-speed manual transmission
- 5-speed manual transmission + ultra-low range selector + rear locking differential (this is the “Farming Package”)
- Regular automatic transmission (shown in the photo above)
- CVT automatic transmission + rear locking differential
The difference between those two kinds of automatic transmission is that the “regular” automatic transmission is what you are probably most used to having on your truck — an automatic shifter that selects the ratio for you. In the case of a typical Hijet UTV, this will usually be 4 forward gears plus reverse.
The other automatic transmission option is called CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This is a little different, in that it doesn’t have distinct separate gears. Instead, as the name suggests, it has an infinite range of ratios, so that it can always be in the right one to make best use of the engine’s power and torque while accelerating smoothly, without the step changes of traditional auto gearboxes. Either way, if you just want to focus on where you’re going across the fields, and don’t want to think about shifting, then either of these automatic transmissions will work well for you. Whichever transmission option you choose, you’ll find it’s so quiet, smooth and sophisticated when compared to what you’re used to in a Kawasaki, Kubota, or Can-Am.
Bonus: The engine and transmission on your Hijet UTV will be covered by either a 12-month / 12,000 mile or 6-month / 6,000 mile warranty, depending on whether it’s classified as “new” or “used”.
Suspension, Wheels and Tires
Each suspension setup is optimized for your particular Hijet UTV, so that it is safe and stable off-road. This will give your Hijet UTV between 10 and 14 inches of ground clearance, as well as the ability to haul and dump up to 1500lbs of load in the case of the Hijet HD Mini Dump model.
This underside photo also gives you a good idea of the high level of engineering that goes into these Japanese Hijet UTVs. They may be cheaper than other similar UTVs, but that’s not because the manufacturer has skimped on sophistication or quality.