May 21, 2021


Life can be complicated but your choice between an ATV and UTV doesn’t have to be! Are there differences? Most certainly! Which one is right for me? Well, we need to discuss that further . . .

An ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) also known as a quad or a four wheeler is intended for single-riders. A UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) tends to be a little more robust and allows for side-by-side riding, which is why some simply call it a side by side, a two seater, or SXS for short.


Each vehicle comes with its own pros and cons and your decision as to which is best for you is going to come down to your basic needs in the vehicle. An ATV is going to be cheaper than a UTV simply because of the size and engine. UTV’s are overall bigger, so obviously will cost more. However, a UTV is more versatile when it comes to storage, and add-ons. They usually have the ability to tackle trickier terrain, and have towing capabilities. 


ATV’s are smaller and easier to handle. They can be used for trail riding or racing, and are closer in nature to a dirt bike only with more stability. If you’re looking to invest your powersport time into something that’s fast, fun, and can get you close to nature, then an ATV is a solid choice. 


As a people mover, the UTV wins everytime. Sure, you can pile people onto an ATV, but you shouldn’t. UTV’s are designed for 2-4 people depending on the model and style. If you’re looking to move anything at all, the stability, hauling capacity, and tow ability of a UTV will provide you with ample solutions. 


This is where you need to consider what you’re going to be using your powersports vehicle for, how much you want to spend, where are you planning on riding, etc?

Budget – While the ATV is the most economical option, it’s not the most versatile so you may end up spending more later to upgrade.

Intended Usage – If you’re just looking to rip along the trails in a thrill-seeking manner, then an ATV will serve you well. If you’re looking for a more comfortable solution for getting people around in the wilds, then the UTV is your best bet. 

Terrain Type – Both types of vehicles are made for the outdoors and for rough terrain. If you’re looking for better maneuverability, then the ATV wins in this category because it’s smaller and easier to navigate. If you’re looking to go longer distances, carrying more cargo and people, then the UTV is the way to go. Both vehicles should be able to handle whatever crazy terrain you throw at them. 

Style Preference – Let’s face it, you’re going to look super cool in either of these babies!

Comfortability – This one is a bit of a no brainer because the UTV has actual seats, a steering wheel, cup holders, etc. The ATV is a handlebar vehicle that needs to be straddled so it’ll never be as comfortable as the UTV. 



Which vehicle wins out? Neither! And both! UTVs and ATVs are both superb powersports vehicles designed to take you where you need to go. They’re both fun to drive and can give you lasting memories of thrilling adventures in the great outdoors. Your decision will come down to the main factors discussed in this article. If you need more help, contact our team at Throttle Powersports and they can help you make a decision and show you some of our awesome inventory!


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