Both ATV and UTV are all-terrain vehicles. But there is still a big difference between the two.
First the ATV
The full name of ATV is All Terrain Vehicle, commonly known as “ATV”. The appearance is generally without canopy, with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, ATV is simple and practical, and has good off-road performance.
The biggest difference between it and UTV is the structure. ATV structure is fully open, using motorcycle engines and motorcycle steering handles. Many ATV parts are common to motorcycles, so some people call it “four-wheeled motorcycles.” In addition, the ATV body does not have a roll cage, so the safety is low.
And the UTV
The full name of UTV is Utility Vehicle. It is a model derived from ATV. Compared with ATV, it is more like a car. Because it is controlled by the steering wheel, accelerator, and pedals, there is also a difference between four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive, so it feels more like an off-road vehicle when driving. The other difference between UTV and ATV is UTV with roll cages and seat belts, which can be said to be an upgraded version of ATV.
Finally, summarize the difference between the two:
UTV is mainly operated by the steering wheel, and is equipped with protective measures such as roll cages and seat belts.
ATV uses handle control, there is no professional roll cage and safety system like UTV.