When it’s time to buy a new off-road vehicle, ATVs and UTVs are popular options. ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and UTVs (utility task vehicles) have many similarities, but there are several key differences buyers should keep in mind when shopping.
ATVs are smaller than UTVs, making them better at navigating tight spaces. Riders sit straddling the seat to maintain balance and control. UTVs usually have bucket or bench seats, similar to cars. Their larger size makes them the better choice for hauling gear and traveling with others. Their enclosure also makes them safer in an accident.
ATVs are less expensive, in part because of the add-ons available for UTVs, like roll cages and seat belts (however, plenty of modifications are available for ATVs, too). Before buying, folks should take into account the price of any necessary modifications and gear, including safety gear, protective clothing, and loading ramps, to determine which vehicle type best fits their budget.
Choose an ATV If…
The biggest factor in deciding which vehicle to buy is why it’s needed. ATVs can access remote areas that UTVs can’t reach, so they’re better for rugged terrains, like exploring the vast untouched beauty of the U.P. They’re not intended for hauling; any additional gear above 250 pounds or so will likely strain the vehicle. They can often be transported in a truck bed, and they’re the more budget-friendly option.
Choose a UTV If…
UTVs are the obvious choice for group use, especially for hunters who need to transport their gear. They must be transported via a large trailer, which can add to their cost. They also need to be stored somewhere when not in use. When it comes to safety, UTVs are the better option thanks to their roll cages, seatbelts, and other accessories.
Ultimately, there’s no one “right” choice. The vehicle that works for you might not be suitable for your neighbor. If you’re not sure which option to choose, check out both types of vehicles until you feel confident in your decision. Town & Country Sports Center has a large selection of new and pre-owned ATVs and UTVs to help you get where you’re going off-road, and we can help you find the one that works for you. Call us at 517.236.7203 to schedule a test ride, or visit our showroom to start shopping today!