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What is the Difference Between an ATV and a UTV?

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

An ATV or UTV offers a great way to zoom through the outdoors, exploring new terrains at thrill-inducing speeds. While many use the terms ATV and UTV interchangeably, they are in fact two different types of vehicles with notable differences. Stereo Depot in San Diego and El Cajon specialize in installing stereo systems into both ATVs and UTVs and are experts when it comes to both kinds of vehicles. Below, they explain the difference between an ATV and a UTV, and if you are interested in learning more about ATV or UTV stereo system installation contact Stereo Depot today by calling at (619) 286-1234.


An ATV is an All-Terrain Vehicle that allows the rider to drive through a variety of different terrains and conditions. An ATV can have either three or four wheels and are built for just one rider. An ATV has the rider straddle the seat, having one leg on each side of the seat. It also features handlebar steering and high maneuverability to drive through even the most intricate terrains.


A UTV is a Utility Terrain Vehicle that is usually used for completing tasks or a job. This workmanlike approach means UTVs tend to be big and powerful while having the capacity to seat more than just one person. A UTV is usually used to haul

large loads through difficult terrain where using a truck would be impossible.


Now that we know a little about an ATV and a UTV, we can now point out the primary differences between the two. Below, you can find some of the most notable difference between an ATV and a UTV.

  • In general, an ATV is used for fun and thrills, while a UTV is used for work or tasks

  • An ATV only can seat one individual rider, while a UTV can sometimes seat more than one individual.

  • An ATV has handle steering like a motorcycle, while a UTV usually has a steering wheel like a car

  • An ATV has three or four wheels, while a UTV can have more than four wheels

  • A UTV can go faster and is stronger than an ATV

  • An ATV is more agile than a UTV, allowing it to take sharp turns and tackle any terrain.

  • An ATV features a thumb throttle to accelerate, while a UTV usually has a foot pedal.


An ATV and a UTV may be very different, but one thing they both have in common is that they are much improved with a premium sound system. Stereo Depot is the expert when it comes to installing top of the line speakers into both ATVs and UTVs, giving passengers high-quality sound while they are racing through the great outdoors. With locations in San Diego and El Cajon, Stereo Depot is able to equip any ATV or UTV with a booming stereo system. If you are interested in learning more about ATV stereo systems or UTV speaker installation, contact us today by calling (619) 286-1234.

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