Different Types of ATVs & How to Choose One

There are many types of ATVs that look different from one another and also come with different features that make them distinct, which can be quite confusing especially when buying a new ATV

Before buying an ATV, you need to know perfectly the different types of ATVs and the various advantages and disadvantages that each of them has.

This is the reason why I wrote this post, to show you all the types of ATVs that exist in the market today. In addition, I will show you the drawbacks and benefits that each one has as well as which one is right for you. So when you’re done reading this post, you’ll know exactly which ATV is best for you!

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Side by side

Comparatively, ATV is becoming more and more popular especially in recent years. It has been outstanding in long riding, adventure and ATV tours as well as riding with friends because it has two seats so you can take a friend with you

Placed Side-by-side with some others, ATVs are not monstrous and neither are they the fastest but it stands out most in terms of comfort. Based on my research, there is no ATV variant that can be compared to these types in terms of comfort and they are by far the best option you can export for long-distance riding

Another great feature they have relative to others is that they are most effective in carrying Heavy luggage and equipment which reinforces the fact that they are great for ATV long trips even for a few days

Top models of ATVs comparatively

  • Polaris® RZR® XP (2 & 4) 1000
  • Yamaha YXZ1000
  • Honda® Pioneer 1000-5
  • Can-Am® Maverick X3 Turbo
  • Polaris® RZR XP (2 & 4) TURBO

Utility ATVs

Utility ATVs are the most popular type of ATV in the world for ATV riders, and are designed for jobs that are mostly agriculture; such as in farms, fields, and especially for hunts, and has only one seat. While Utility ATVs are the best ATV type for these jobs, mainly because of the massive engine it comes with which is bigger than all other types of ATVs. Their engine volume ranges from 200 cc to 700 cc and sometimes even more

Also, Utility ATVs are the best and most efficient for carrying heavy loads and equipment. They are equally more effective for carrying cargo than all other types of ATVs

In my opinion, Utility ATVs are the type of ATV that will be most suitable for people that are looking for ATV with proven capacity to perform hard work in the field, especially for farm work, and for hunting purposes. However, Utility ATVs are less suitable for ATV riders who want ATVs for fun or long ride because they aren’t designed for it

Top Models of Utility ATVs

Sports ATV

Sports ATV is the best type of ATV for race riders simply because they are very light and able to deal with all types of environment including riding on heavy rocks to mud. No other ATV has a better capability to maneuver over such environments than Sports ATV.   

Also, Sports ATV has lots of different racks which allow them to be very powerful and also Sports ATV has a very powerful engine that ranges from 200 cc to 700 cc Which makes them very fast and very quick, these factors contributed in making Sports ATV the second most popular in the United States.  

In my opinion, Sports ATVs is the perfect choice for ATV riders that compete in races. This is because they are specially designed for racing and no other ATV type can compete with it in terms of speed and power.

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Top Models of Sports ATV

  • Yamaha YFZ450
  • Honda TRX250R
  • Yamaha Raptor 660/700
  • Suzuki LT-R450
  • Kawasaki KFX700
Quad rider jumping on a muddy forest trail

Children’s ATVs

Children’s ATVs are the type of ATV that is just as they are called, adapted for children and are therefore the least dangerous of all the ATV types this is mainly because of their Small engines that are usually between 50 cc to 125 cc thereby making it perfect for beginner kids

Also, Children’s ATVs can also be great for rookies because starting with Children’s ATVs can be a great option for them until they were more advanced

Also, if you want to see the Best models for kids over the age of 10, I recommend that you go and read the post I wrote on the best ATV for kids click here to view

Top Models of Children’s ATVs

  • Polaris ACE 150
  • Honda TRX90X
  • Can-Am DS 90X
  • Razor Dirt Quad
  • Yamaha YFZ50

ATV gas 50 cc

50cc Gas ATV will only be suitable if your child is under the age of 6, this is so because they have a 50 cc engine and they usually do not have Racks which makes them very safe for children

Also, 50cc Gas ATV won’t be able to get through the speed of 25 km which makes them perfect for small children

In my opinion, 50cc Gas ATVs are by far the best option for kids but if you have a child who knows how to ride on ATV and has shown he has the capability to control the ATV, then it may be okay to switch to a more powerful ATV. Therefore, it all depends on your child’s riding level

How to choose the type of ATV that best suits you

Having showed you all the types of ATVs that exist today in the market, it can be very confusing to choose one, so because of this I will help you to choose

If you need a massive ATV to use for farm work or hunting in the fields i.e. for hunting purposes, then Utility ATVs will be the perfect choice for you

If you need an ATV for long-distance riding or likes going on adventures with Friends, then Side by side will be the perfect choice for you

If you are a competitive racer or competitor rider and need an ATV that displays crazy speeds then Sports ATV will be a great choice for you

And now if you have little kids who need an ATV that will be for fun for them while ensuring their safety, then Children’s ATVs or ATV gas 50 cc will be a great choice for him

But regardless, there are many other factors that you will need to consider based on the specific ATV type, and because of this I wrote you this post to show you how to choose the perfect ATV.

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Thanks for reading until next time


I’m Rob, the owner of RX Riders Place. My family and I have a long history of riding dirt bikes and ATVs and want to share what we have learned.

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