Everyone loves all-terrain vehicles, but they are often confused. 

To better help you in your quest, we take stock in this article

The ATV or All-Terrain Vehicle

An all-terrain vehicle or ATV, also known as a Quad or 4-wheeler, is a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle with a seat, handlebars for steering and no enclosed cockpit. It is more comfortable and stable than a motorcycle. However, its handling requires much more effort with its handlebars. To control the vehicle, you must use your arms with enough energy.

An ATV is smaller than a UTV, which is why it can access more restricted trails. The ATV can be loaded more easily into your truck bed.

The UTV or All-Terrain Vehicle

A UTV, also known as a side-by-side, is a four- or six-wheeled off-road utility vehicle with a steering wheel, bucket seats or a bench seat with seat belts. It has pedals like all vehicles, also a roll bar or sometimes a roll cage. In some options there is a windshield and doors. The side by side offers several seats that can accommodate sometimes up to six people. Most of them are designed with 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4WD), however some models are designed strictly with 2WD.

The UTV is also referred to as an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) or Multi-Purpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicle (MPOHUV). Most UTVs have at least two front seats, hence the name side-by-side, also known as a two-seater. The cab seats allow for a more comfortable ride than the Quad.  It is larger than an ATV and has a large space in the back to carry your luggage or food and belongings you need for your trail ride. To transport an ATV you need a trailer.

Now that you have their particularity, what would be their respective use?

The use of ATVs and UTVs.

When you buy a vehicle, you have surely chosen the model for a specific use.

● the ATV

It is easier to transport over a long distance. The ATV can be easily loaded behind your truck or in a small standard trailer.

It is more maneuverable compared to an ATV because it can easily handle tight turns in dense woods or brush. It can easily access narrow off-road trails.

If you are alone with a lot of luggage, you can use a trailer to compensate for the lack of cargo.

If you often have to go up and down on your route, the ATV will suit you, or if you go through narrow paths or trails with obstacles.

However, if you want to go on an adventure with your family, a UTV would be more beneficial. The cost of a UTV is more affordable than many Quads.

● The UTV

If you want more safety and comfort, the VUTT is designed for you. It has a roll bar, seats with seat belts, a cab and sometimes a windshield, depending on the model. The UTV is ideal for outings with family or friends, with several people with or without luggage.

As an off-road recreational vehicle, the UTV is often used on more restricted routes off limits to larger vehicles. Primitive trails and rough terrain are just routine for the UTV. They are a favorite of hunters and fishermen, especially with their carrying capacity.

If you're a farmer, rancher, or someone who needs a rugged vehicle with a large cargo and payload capacity, the UTV is designed for you. It can handle heavy work and some heavy duty tasks such as pulling. It can replace a truck.

Know that 4-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, utility ribs (UTVs) can handle poorly maintained access roads and trails. And on top of that, they can carry enough load for your hunting or camping gear.

In any case, both ATVs and UTVs are rugged off-road vehicles. Their lifespan depends on your use and maintenance. When you buy any off-road vehicle, make sure you have adequate mechanical protection to avoid unexpected and often costly expenses in the event of mechanical failure.

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