ATV and UTV are fun, smooth riding and hard working off-road vehicles that are growing in popularity, even in this economy.
They are being used in a variety of different areas, such as: farm, construction, landscaping, hunting, racing and general recreation activities.
The John Deere Gator is the most popular brand, but Polaris, Kawasaki, Kubota and others are giving them a run for their money.
When is an ATV the best choice and when is the UTV the best choice?
Here are the 6 important factors to consider:
- The UTV is wider, more stable and safer than an ATV.
- The ATV can turn sharper and is easier to manipulate through the woods.
- It’s easier and quicker to get on and off of an ATV.
- The UTV is more functional. You can haul a lot of stuff in the truck-like beds and with accessories like snow plows, dump beds and others, it is for sure more functional and useful for getting work done.
- The UTV is more comfortable with it’s bench seat – especially for longer trips.
- And one of the biggest factors to consider is that an ATV is less expensive than an UTV. Also, the basic UTV can be upgraded with heated cabs and a list of accessories that can really run the price up.
Bottom line: Let’s face it, an ATV is less expensive and more fun to ride with it’s saddle-style seating — you are part of the machine rather than riding along on a bench seat as you are in an UTV. But the UTV is safer and you can do a lot more work with it.