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The Ultimate Guide To All Terrain 4×4 Vehicles


Are you looking to add some adventure to your Summer this year? Add some thrill you have been looking for while hitting the trail in an all new all-terrain 4×4 off-road vehicle. 

It is understandable that, if you are new to the 4×4 world, you may not know what to look for. Which one is right for you and your needs? 

In this new guide, we’re going to give you an overview of the 4×4 off-road vehicle world, and hopefully to help you decide for yourself. Let’s start with the basics.

Why Choose a 4×4 for Off Roading?

Off-roading tends to come with many options on how to drive. While some street vehicles can be outfitted for riding on non-paved surfaces, and dirt bikes are pretty good when it comes to two-wheel action, 4x4s are the best for handling the widely varying types of terrains across the United States. 

Why choose a 4×4

4×4 vehicles are easier to ride and balance than a traditional dirt bike or motorcycle. They have more balance in their design and can remain upright without an assistive device like a kickstand. 

With multiple options of 4×4 vehicles, you have a lot of options to choose from. All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) are among the most popular types of 4x4s.

What is an ATV?

ATV stands for “all-terrain vehicle”, and this sleekly designed vehicle is made to endure all types of topographies and landscapes. Also known as a “Quad”, ATVs are decked out with motorcycle-esque handlebars, which help to properly control all four wheels while driving. The riding style is also resemblant to a motorcycle.

The tires are sturdy, and their materials are durable and patterned for long wear and unpaved surfaces grip.

This vehicle does not have any kind of windshield or overhead coverings, so you are exposed to the elements around you while on the trail. This is one of the reasons why we recommend wearing proper protective gear while riding. These could include off-roading-specific gloves, boots, pants, jackets, helmets, and much more. 

These vehicles are normally designed for one person to ride at a time with no passenger, but the seat could fit another if seated behind the driver. While this vehicle can be used for some work uses like light towing and possibly snow plowing, it is mainly used for recreational purposes.

What is a UTV?

UTV stands for “Utility Terrain Vehicle”, and they are designed to take on heavier, more laborious activities, rather than trail riding at high, rugged speeds.

They often are able to accommodate between two to six people in a cab side by side, which is good for transporting multiple people from point A to point B. Riders sit in upright seats, which could be considered similar to a narrow car seat. 

These vehicles normally have more work-related features. Accessories like passenger seating, larger surface area in the bed, heavier towing capacity, and much more. Though they do have more of a utilitarian function, they can also be used for recreational riding. 

How to Decide Between an ATV and a UTV.

There are a variety of differences between an ATV and a UTV, which could be useful for different preferences. Let’s take a look at some important factors to take into account when deciding on the right vehicle for you.


ATVs are lightweight vehicles, which means that it is easier to gain speed. With a sporty, aerodynamic design, ATVs are made for moving quickly through rough terrain.

UTVs are heavier machines intended for work, so they are going to be slower. Although they are still able to pick up some speed, it is not going to be as easy to achieve as quickly. 


If you are in need of a vehicle that can seat multiple passengers, a UTV is more readily available. ATVs are typically used more for speed and their lightweight design and tend to come as single passenger vehicles.

If your intent is adventuring with your friends in a single vehicle, it may be best to opt for the UTV. It will give you the experience you are looking for, with more room for others to join.


As previously stated, ATVs are meant to be used for recreational purposes. If your intention with your 4×4 is some fun in the forest, an ATV

However, UTVs tend to be used for work or emergency applications. If you plan to use your vehicle for towing, landscaping, and more manual labor jobs, this may be a better option for you.

Find Your Perfect ATV or UTV in Pocatello, Idaho

Sometimes, you need to experience an ATV or UTV for yourself before making your final decision. If you are in southeast Idaho, come try out a Polaris or Yama vehicle at our showroom! 

We offer a wide range of the industry’s best new and used ATVs and UTVs, as well as competitive financing, which can help you start riding sooner. We also have a large selection of riding accessories, and our team of professional technicians can perform any repair or service you need to restore your current vehicle to trail-ready condition. 

If you want to learn more, visit the Switchback Motorsports showroom in our Pocatello showroom. You can also call our store anytime for more information.

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