UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) has become a very popular machine today. They are as common as finding ATVs and, in my opinion, as or more versatile as ATVs.
One of the reasons why UTV is so popular is that there are a variety of manufacturers that produce them. manufacturers who do not even interfere with other sports construction.
Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Arctic Cat. These are the most popular names out there that specialize in UTV production together with other sportswear such as motorcycles, ATVs, jet skis, snowmobiles etc.
I want to talk about the other guy out there who builds just as good a quality UTV at an affordable price. Just because these guys do not specialize in sports construction does not mean that they cannot build a quality UTV.
I will not name them all, but we will cover three brands to give you an idea of the different UTV manufacturers. Again, these guys specialize in other equipment manufacturing but give the knowledge to the table to give us a quality machine.
o The Bobcat 2300 4X4 Utility Vehicle has a all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive system called InelliTraka. This system automatically sends power to all four wheels, which in turn helps to prevent pulling off
IntelliTraka has an automatic locking difference that engages when needed but releases during laps to minimize soil degradation and wear on other vehicle components and accessories.
The 2300 has its own hydraulic system to use the RapidLinka fastening system. You have five different options. a bucket, lawn mower, pallet forks, material / snow blade and a pressure basket. There is a front mounted hydraulic gear and arm that is the working horse for the RapidLinka attachment system and it has a 500 lb lift.
The Bobcat 2300 is equipped with a 20 hp Kubota diesel engine and a hydraulic automatic transmission. 25mph is about the top speed of this device.
o Husqvarna HUV 4421Utility Vehicle comes with either a Honda HP 23 hp or for an additional $ 1000 dollars you can get a 20 hp Kubota diesel engine
4421 has a very unique driving train. The wheel drive system is automatic; Husqvarna calls it the terrain-sensitive drag system. There are no levers or gears, if the rear wheels begin to slide, the front differential begins to unlock with an overall coupling system. This enables a real 4-wheel drive for all situations. This is a mechanical system; no electronic sensors or computers to activate the wheel system.
Transmission is a very common CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which is very common in UTVs. Husqvarna sealed CVT for deep water intersections and installed quick air intakes and outlet cords. This is standard only on the XP version.
o Cub Cadet C466 4X4 UTV was first introduced in 2007. It is the first 4X4 UTV ever designed by Cub Cadet.
Although this is Cub Cadet's first 4X4 UTV design, the engineers have held something back. This quality vehicle stands high with the rest of them.
The combination of completely independent front and rear suspension and the locking front gives the C466 a true 4WD package
The 20 hp, 624cc Kohler Command V twin engine sets out about 33 ft / lb of torque. This engine has been around since 1987; so it has proven to be a good engine for this application.
With the stylish hood, flared fenders, backlights, brush covers and sculpted sides; This unit has a very attractive look that attracts both recreational and professional UTV buyers.
The second reason why UTV is so popular is because of its versatility. There are UTVs out there that are built just for recreation; but there are many of them built for both work and recreation.
The combination of both work and games in a UTV design makes it much more appealing to the buyer. The more versatile the device, the more you get for your hard earned dollars.
Let's take a moment and look at several different features that make a typical UTV so versatile.
o Security: Every UTV out there is able to carry two or more people safely from point A to point B due to the fact that all UTV units are standardized with seat belts and roller cages.
Nothing against ATV, heck I have owned several earlier; but I live in a farming community where ATVs are very common. ATV and UTV are actually legal to drive in our city. But I know families who have either lost or had family members permanently confined to a wheelchair due to ATV accidents.
The combination work and leisure offer has a broader base and lower ground clearance. Lower ground clearance is equal to lower center of gravity; This lower center of gravity enables these UTVs to be stable on uneven terrain.
o Load capacity: UTVs are built to pull heavy loads. Most UTVs come standard with an inclined load bed; Depending on the make and model you can get cargo beds equipped with a 12 volt engine that automatically lifts the load bed.
The combination of a load bed and the ability to pull a trailer gives the UTV the advantage of getting more than one regular ATV.
o Passenger capacity: As mentioned above, UTV has the ability to pull two or more people. UTVs can take up to 6 or 8 people depending on the production and model of UTV.
If these two reasons were not enough to convince you why UTVs are so popular, then test drive runs a few and you will find out why they are so popular. You can even draw a home after a test drive. It's easy to fall in love with something so versatile; Not to mention fun to drive.
For those of you who can look for a UTV, I am sure there is one out there that fits your needs perfectly. With the amount of manufacturers out there that produce these vehicles, you will have a lot to choose from. I suggest that you drive and test several vehicles before making a final decision.
These are vehicles that the whole family can enjoy driving or just riding in; This may be another reason why UTVs are so popular.