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Finding the Best UTV For You

What is a 4×4 UTV?

UTVs (Utility Task Vehicles), which are also known as side-by-side vehicles or quads (side by side), are quadricycles (4×4 UTVs) somewhat larger than a quad and considerably heavier. In the family of quadricycles, we find a type of quad that, unlike other models that have handlebars such as motorcycles, is more similar to a small car or a buggy, and is driven with a steering wheel.

They are UTVs, 4×4, or Side by Side vehicles, a larger and heavier type of quad that is characterized by its versatility and functionality.

In this post, we are going to tell you what a UTV vehicle is and what differentiates it from other quadricycles. There will also be some insight into the best side-by-side UTV and which is the best value for money! 

These heavy quadricycles are usually prepared with two seat side by side, the driver and the passenger, although they can be more seats. As an all-terrain vehicle, the UTV has 4-wheel drive and is characterized by having a steering wheel instead of a handlebar for driving and having a roof or cage that covers the passengers.s


How Much Do UTVs Cost? 

One of the requirements of any vehicle is the maximum budget we have to spend. Here the range of possibilities is quite extensive, although the clearest thing about this factor is knowing that at the same displacement, ATVs are usually somewhat cheaper than UTVs. It is very important to know the use that you will give your new acquisition. Leisure, work?

Any of them will allow you excellent functionality. However, it will also depend on the budget you have, the chosen mechanics, and its 4×2 or 4×4 traction configuration. Whilst there are varying options, ranging from around $8000 and upwards. The typical favorites include: 


  1. Best for value: Yamaha Wolverine. 
  2. The Viking
  3. Kawasaki Mule SX XC 
  4. Honda Pioneer 500  
  5. Polaris Ranger 500  
  6. Yamaha Wolverine X4 (Four Seater)
  7. Can-Am Maverick Trail 800 


Kawasaki Mule SX XC – $8,399 – Kawasaki’s smallest Mule but reliable and built to last. 

Honda Pioneer 500 – $8,999 – Small, fun, and reliable. 

Polaris Ranger 500 – $8,999 – 2 horsepower and 10 inches of ground clearance, this is a strong and powerful engine.

What is the best side-by-side UTV? 

Side-by-side vehicles are highly functional utility vehicles that allow their use both to enjoy a walk in nature or the beach, as well as to carry out agricultural tasks and transport machinery or all kinds of packages.

It depends on the reasoning behind your need for a UTV and what it is likely to be used for. Given this opportunity, it is likely that you will find different UTVs that give different performances. sports, families, and hunting, each with different power and style. 


  1. Best for sport: Polaris RZR Turbo R
  2. Best for families: Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Limited Edition. 
  3. Best for hunting: Can-Am Defender Mossy Oak Hunting Edition. 
  4. Best for value: Yamaha Wolverine
  5. Best for utility: Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Ranch Edition.


When it comes to the best side-by-side UTV, Kawasaki is truly the leader in proficiency and offers incredible UTV models that are superior in all aspects, including ride comfort, handling, power, and speed. This is something to note when searching for your next side by side. RZRs are purpose-built to conquer any obstacles you put in front of them which is what makes them a great investment for hardcore trekking through mountainous areas. 

Is RZR a UTV or ATV? 

The RZR is a sport UTV specifically built to provide you with an unforgettable off-road experience. The RZR uses an on-demand all-wheel-drive system, which makes it primarily a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with the ability to transfer torque to the front wheels as needed. Fully loaded with driver and front passenger, it weighs 1,700 pounds.

With the Polaris continuously variable transmission, you have plenty of power at all times for around $17,999. But if that’s not enough, you can upgrade to the RZR XP Turbo, with 168 horsepower for $19,999.

The real magic of the RZR comes with the suspension. It looks pretty slim, with thin bars supporting the wheels, but trust us it’s the sturdiest part of the Polaris. The suspension design gives you a wide range of motion, keeping the wheels in contact with uneven terrain almost at all times.

You have the option to choose between different configurations. The ones with basic needle valve dampers are already pretty good. Depending on the terrain, that may be all you need. If you want to run on dust – like Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park – the RZR will do it like a charm.

On the rough rocks of the Mint 400 field, outside of Las Vegas, not so much anymore. You can upgrade to Fox internal bypass shocks with five separate compression zones, for about $3,000 more, but the RZR you want has Polaris’ new Dynamix active suspension. All-inclusive with the turbo engine, it costs $25,999.

On the other hand, if we look at the money that one of these quads costs, in the decision between an ATV quad and a UTV vehicle you should also take into account that the former usually have an economical price. Being heavier vehicles and dedicated to greater efforts, UTVs also tend to be more expensive to maintain.

If you’ve ever ridden a modern two-seater ATV, you will have seen that the level of safety has reached previously unknown limits. In other words, active safety has increased thanks to new chassis designs, suspensions, and improvements in weight distribution and centers of gravity. Still, in passive safety the UTV is a few integers ahead; the seat belts, the roll bars, and the seats protect the occupants against eventual incidents in a better way than the ATV.

So, it is vital that you focus solely on what you want, your budget as well as knowing the best brands, and what they offer for the more modest budgets. Stop by Switchback Motor Sports today to browse our selection of side-by-side (4×4) Utv’s and get back out in the adventure!

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