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How Do I Choose the Best New ATV?

By Lori Kilchermann
Updated May 17, 2024
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In order to choose the best new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for your needs, you will need to examine several features to determine which type of machine you want. You will want to examine all types of new ATVs, from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive models, in order to determine which type of ATV will best fit your needs. From single and two-place machines to four-place ATVs, you can choose from a wide array of new ATV designs in order to find one that will meet your expectations.

The ATV has evolved from the three-wheeled vehicles of the late 1970s to the multi-passenger machines that fill dealer showrooms around the world. Two- and four-wheel drive versions of the new ATV can be found in a multitude of sizes and models, and are available from several manufacturers. You will have to determine the most frequent use that your new ATV will most likely be subjected to in order to make the proper choice as to which model will best suit your needs. Engine size, transmission type and optional equipment are all areas of consideration when attempting to choose the best model for your requirements.

Many single-rider models offer optional accessories, such as winches, gun racks and snowplows. These new ATV vehicles can be purchased in both two- and four-wheel drive versions, with the latter typically being more expensive. You may wish to choose a power-steering-equipped model for your new ATV if you use the machine in rough or rocky terrain. This feature makes steering much easier to use, and that often results in a safer and more manageable ride when traversing hunting grounds with a fully-loaded ATV. Objects, such as tents, camping supplies and hunting equipment, add a lot of weight to an ATV, so steering can become difficult without the power-steering option.

For competitive racing use, you might want to choose a large, displacement engine, complete with a manually-shifted transmission in a two-wheel drive ATV. These machines can be very fast and often are intended for experienced riders only. The four-wheel drive models are typically the most versatile machines and often make the best choice for a new ATV owner. These models provide stable riding on most types of terrain and provide the rider with a reliable platform on which to build a customized machine that will best suit your individual preferences for a new ATV.

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