You’ve undoubtedly heard of them; tough, four-wheeled and look like they’re ready to take on anything. UTVs, a.k.a utility terrain vehicles, fit just that description. You’ve probably seen them hauling feed and supplies on a farm, or maybe you’re an avid hunter and were told to get a UTV when you mentioned that you wanted to upgrade your vehicle.
Whatever brought you here, rest assured that we’ll address all the questions you could have about this vehicle. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up scouting the nearest car-dealership out for one for yourself!
Types of UTVs
The various models of UTVs that you can find can be classified into three categories; utility, sport, or sport-utility.
Utility UTVs are mainly for farm work, hunting, or any other practical duty.
Sport UTVs are optimal for recreational riding, such as on high-speed trails and sand dunes.
Sport-utility UTVs offer the sweet balance between both models, where you’ll get good use out of them, whether that’s on the trails, hauling cargo, or scouting the woods for your next prey.
Utility terrain vehicles, often referred to as side-by-side vehicles, are mainly built for off-road use, such as hunting and farm work. They’re also frequently used at recreational spots, like desert OHV (off-highway vehicle) areas.
Their durability and toughness make them a staple for any work where hauling supplies are needed, as they’re considered more practical to use than trucks, thanks to their exceptional cargo space and towing capabilities.
In fact, they’re becoming more and more popular within non-agricultural communities. They’re often used at schools to transport sports equipment, and some are bought with the intention of pure recreational use.
With a range from 800cc to over 1,000cc in engine size, this powerhouse vehicle is ready to make all your heavy-work dreams come true.
While their shorter suspension prevents them from catching up to sport ATVs in terms of speed, we can assure you that you’ll be able to customize them to your liking. With add-on wheels, lights and suspension, you won’t run out of options to get a UTV to fit your needs best.
UTVs are designed to fit at least two people; hence the name “side-by-sides”, and many models have rear seats and can carry up to six people in total. If you’re more familiar with driving a car, then UTVs will be an easy transition. Much like cars, UTVs are steered via steering wheels and have gas and brake pedals.
Besides, UTVs have ROPS (Roll Over Protective Structure), where a roll bar or cage is provided to protect you in case your vehicle rolls over. You should also make sure to always wear the provided seat-belt.
The versatility that UTVs offer with all their customizable features comes at a price. They have a broad price range, with lower-end models starting at around 5,000$, while high-performance models tend to range between 10,000-25,000$. With added features, they tend to get more expensive.
The wide range of available UTVs makes it hard to pinpoint their exact average speed, but expect a top speed that’s between 45 mph and 85 mph. Depending on the model and horsepower, this number could vary.
If 45 mph sounds too slow and unappealing to you, then don’t worry. Since UTVs are meant to be driven off-road, this speed will feel much faster than it would on paved roads.
Should I Buy a UTV?
If you’re considering getting yourself a UTV, but you’re still not sure it’s the right fit for you, take a look at the following list and see how many of these descriptions you check off.
- You need a large storage room to transport equipment
- Most of the time, you’ll have at least one passenger with you
- You like customizing your rides to fit your needs better
- You’re more used to driving cars or trucks, so you want a ride that’ll ease that transition
- You prefer power over speed and are looking for a vehicle that’s durable enough for all the work you want to do
If the above descriptions describe you, then it’s time to get your hands on one.
There you have it! UTVs broke down to a T. So, what do you think? Are you as fascinated as we are by the sheer power of these vehicles?
We hope this article answered all your questions and addressed any concerns you had. Safe driving!