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ATV Or UTV: Which One Is Better For You?

Posted By: Greenville Motor Sports
Post Date: 01/18/2021

ATV or UTV -- it has been a hot debate for many decades. And, in recent years, with the growing market and changing needs of people, the debate has grown even hotter. 

While the ruggedness of an ATV magnetizes the classes and the masses, the utility of a UTV emphasizes the benefits of having it. However, choosing one over the other is a tough call as both these vehicles are loaded with excellent features. 

If you find yourself in this dilemma, let us help you out. Here we have listed down every detail that will help you make this tough choice easy. 

The difference between ATV and UTV

The basic difference between an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and a UTV (utility task vehicle) is their utility and size. While an ATV is for a single rider, a UTV, which is bigger than an ATV, allows multiple riders to sit on it, side by side. 

Owing to its small built, an ATV is the ride of choice for tight spaces and it allows you to make quick turns. On the other hand, the beefier built of a UTV restricts their use in small spaces. 

ATVs are a little physically demanding to ride, as compared to the UTVs, which are more comfortable. 

Listed below are the pros and cons of ATVs and UTVs. Take a look:

Pros and cons of an ATV 

As its name says, it’s an all-terrain vehicle that can be ridden on every kind of terrain making it very versatile. Maneuvering and parking an ATV is really a cakewalk. Also, it is easy to maintain. 

An ATV is not very expensive and its smaller size makes it more accessible.
Talking about the cons of an ATV, its smaller size makes it a little difficult for beginners riding alone. As you need to straddle the seat to maintain balance while riding, riding it for a longer distance can tire you. 

Pros and cons of a UTV

UTV, side-by-side, SSV SXS, or ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle) is more technologically advanced than an ATV. Its bulkier built lends it stability while riding, hence, making it safer than an ATV. 

The biggest benefit of having a UTV is that you can ride it with your friends or family sitting alongside. Furthermore, it is designed to haul, and so, you can carry your heavy gears and luggage on it. 

You can enjoy a comfortable long ride on a UTV without subjecting your body to aches and pains. Also, it is very durable. 

Coming to the cons, its features, safety, and accessories come at a cost. Based on its advanced features, it can be really expensive. Also, it is difficult to maneuver it in small spaces, and finding a parking space for it is a big task. 

Which one should you buy?

Well, it depends on what you want from your vehicle. 

Buy an ATV if:

  • You are a single rider.
  • You want an agile ride. 
  • You are on a budget. 
  • You don’t have a lot to haul.
  • You ride across different terrains. 

Buy a UTV if:

  • You want to ride with other passengers. 
  • You have a lot to haul. 
  • You want to perform specialized tasks such as working on your farm. As UTV performs like a sub-compact tractor, you can use it to plow, push, mow, and lift a heavy-duty load. 
  • You are concerned about your safety and security.
  • Budget is not a concern for you.

 The bottom line 

The battle between ATV and UTV is never-ending. Both vehicles have their own set of pros and cons. Hence, determine your purpose, gauge the advantages and disadvantages carefully, and then make a choice. We hope this article will make it easier for you to decide between an ATV and a UTV. 


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