All Terrain Vehicles or ATVs for short and also known as four wheelers, come in all different types and sizes with engines ranging from as little as 50cc (cc – cubic capacity which refers to the number of cylinders the engine has) to as much as 1000cc with total weights varying from 200 to 1600 pounds (non-passenger weight). Below we break down the weights of the 4 major types of ATV.
One of the most popular types of ATV is the Sport variety built for speed and agility. Preferred for racing and recreational riding, these four wheelers are typically lighter with power that leads to higher speeds and shock support systems that aid in landing jumps, tighter turns and more agile off road performance metrics. While the shocks may not add a significant difference to the weight they are definitely important in activities surrounding the use of Sport ATVs. The right shocks help provide comfort and safety to the overall ride. By design, the weight of these ATV types are typically between 350 and 400 pounds
|ATV Type||Size (Length x Width x Height in inches)||Weight (lbs)||Seating Capacity||Average Cost (USD)||Engine Size (cc)||Power (HP)||Top Speed (MPH)|
|Sport ATV||72 x 46 x 42||350 – 400||1||$5,000 – $10,000||200 – 450||20 – 50||55 – 75|
|Utility ATV||80 x 48 x 49||600 – 800||1 – 2||$7,000 – $12,000||350 – 600||30 – 45||50 – 65|
|Youth ATV||50 x 30 x 33||210 – 250||1||$2,000 – $5,000||50 – 125||2 – 10||10 – 30|
|Side-by-Side||120 x 64 x 75||1,200 – 1,600||2 – 4||$10,000 – $25,000||500 – 1000||50 – 120||45 – 75|
If the Sport ATV is like the fun, fast street racer car of four wheelers, then the Utility ATV is like the heavy duty pick up truck of the ATV world. Built to perform work duties over hill jumps, the Utility ATVs are more practically and usually heavier. Their weight ranges from 600 to 800 pounds with stronger frames and larger engines designed for towing. Add in some racks and hitching features and you have a farming tool, construction aid, hunting vehicle or compliment to any other type of activity with a workload.
The baby of the bunch can be cute in size and weight but it is not to be toyed with! Youth ATVs, which are typically smaller and lighter weight, are designed for younger riders or novice beginners with smaller engines and less torque. These types of ATVs range between 210 and 250 pounds. While it is designed to be a slower and safer riding experience, the Youth ATV can still hold its own and produces a very similar riding experience as its Sport and Utility counterparts.
Ok, so we have covered the sports car, the pick up truck, and the baby of the ATV bunch. Next up is the minivan/SUV of the ATV world, the Side-by-side ATV also known as the UTV. Designed for multiple passengers these can typically seat anywhere from 2 to 4 people comfortably. They also have heavy duty features such as cargo areas, heating and sound systems. Larger frames for multiple passenger seating and off road capabilities make this the heaviest of the ATV family ranging from 1200 to 1600 pounds.
Four wheelers are a great source of American fun from the small child rider to the stunt performing daredevil. If you are thinking about joining in on the fun or simply changing from one type of ATV to the next, having a grasp on things such as weight, vehicle type, price, engine type and all other comparative metrics is key. While the lesser weight Sport and Youth ATVs are the usual pick for fun and adventure, the heavier Utility and Side-by-side ATVs have no lack in their value and usefulness. No matter your ATV of choice just remember to practice safety, know your limits and know your four wheeler!