Traditional four wheelers only have one seat. Yet despite this solo status, two people can ride an old school 4 wheeler. Which can be very dangerous. To elaborate, when two people ride an ATV or UTV that has only one seat, the riders increase the odds of a rollover.
Since this type of accident can have devastating results, ATV manufacturers started producing side-by-side four wheelers. In this article, we discuss what side-by-side ATVs are, and review a few of the best models on the market today.
Side-by-Side ATVs vs Traditional Four Wheelers
As the name implies, side-by-side ATVs make it possible for four wheeler fans to sit next to each other while riding the device. To achieve this feat, side-by-side UTV models come with two bucket seats or a single bench seat. Other noteworthy differences are listed below.
- Many side-by-side UTVs have a mini truck bed
- A large cage extends up above the four wheeler akin to those found inside race cars
- Four wheeler fans sit inside a side-by-side ATV rather than on it
- Side-by-side ATVs have a steering wheel instead of handlebars
- Seat belts are often included
Now that we know a bit more about side-by-side ATVs, let’s review a few of the best models that are currently available.
Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Ranch Edition 2021
This gas powered four wheeler is ideal for those that want a super versatile UTV or ATV. To elaborate, the Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Ranch Edition 2021 has 4WD and a towing capacity of a ton, thus making it perfect for camping or hunting trips. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough on its own, Kawasaki also added the features listed below.
- Electric power steering
- Halogen and LED headlights
- 812cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine
- Cargo capacity of 1574 lbs
- Front and rear suspension
- Four seats bucket seats
- 7.9 gallon tank
- Weighs 1962.5 lbs
ATV fans can purchase this family-friendly four wheeler for $17,300.
2021 Polaris RZR Trail 570
For those hoping to procure a side-by-side ATV that is almost the size of a traditional four wheeler, check out the RZR Trail 570. This side-by-side model from Polaris features two bucket seats, and is ideal for riding on width-restricted trails. Other attributes are listed below.
- 10.5-inches of ground clearance
- Comes with All Wheel Drive
- 45 horsepower
- 567cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine
- Weighs 967 lbs
- 7.25 gallon tank
- Payload capacity of 750 lbs
Pricing for this gas powered four wheeler starts at $11,000.
Traditional ATVs and UTVs
Four wheeling is all about blazing trails, having fun, and riding on a plethora of different terrains.
Although this exciting activity can be conducted together in the same machine, the ordeal typically pales in comparison to riding solo on a traditional four wheeler.
Be sure to take this into consideration prior to purchase.
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