The Difference Between UTVs and ATVs

UTVs and ATVs are often understood to be the same thing. They’re not. Though many similarities exist, there are some major differences, particularly in what they are specifically built and designed to do. And just in case you weren’t told, ATV stands for all-terrain vehicle and UTV stands for utility vehicle. If you don’t own an off-road vehicle yet, whether you end up joining the UTV owners or the ATV owners should depend on some of the following points.

UTVs, more so than ATVs, are typically constructed with a much higher hauling capacity. UTV owners shouldn’t find themselves in very many situations, if any, where towing is necessary. This is because UTVs tend to be a bit more spacious as they almost always have large cargo holds in the rear, and many are capable of dumping. Because UTVs are mostly designed for various forms of transport, they are usually more comfortable to ride in compared to ATVs. This, of course, isn’t the case 100% of the time, but most of the time you can count on UTVs being built with comfort (and sometimes luxury) in mind.

Also, the capability to add accessories on UTVs is much higher than ATVs. UTV owners have more freedom to trick out there machine compared to ATV owners. ATVs certainly can have accessories added on to them, but options are limited in comparison. So if you are the type of off-road vehicle owner who loves to customize your machine, a UTV is more often than not the way to go. Whether your customization is work-related or attention-related, there are hundreds of items you can purchase to personalize your vehicle to your heart’s content.

ATVs, on the other hand, have superior driving and turning abilities compared to UTVs. Stopping and turning quickly are ATV specialties. This comes in handy if the nature of your relationship with your off-road vehicle is work-related involving quick, little transportation runs. Because ATVs are usually more sensitive when it comes to controls, it can take a bit more time to get comfortable riding one than riding a UTV. Once you’ve got it down, however, the smooth and fast response time should be very welcome to all riders.

Off-road racers should be riding ATVs, not UTVs. They’re built for it. From a speed and engine power perspective, ATVs are superior, not to mention the fact that they are smaller in overall size and don’t weigh as much as UTVs. One of the areas where accessories are readily available for ATVs is for racing.

Also, ATVs almost always come at a significantly lower price point. If you’re on a budget, an ATV may be the way to go. The general price for repairs, upgrades, and accessories tend to be less for ATVs as well.

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The Difference Between UTVs and ATVs

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