By Bob Humphrey
You’ve saved your pennies and you’re finally ready to get that ATV you’ve always wanted. But in the time it took you to save, something new came along making the choice much more difficult. What’s it gonna be?
You have two basic choices. The Four-Wheeler, sometimes alternately referred to as a Quad or ATV, is a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle with a single-rider, saddle style seat behind the gas tank and handle-bar steering, throttle and braking.
The Side-by-Side (SxS) is a dual-passenger ATV with conventional bucket or bench seats, steering wheel and foot pedal brakes and accelerator. Both are ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), but Yamaha prefers to assign the term “ATV” solely to four-wheelers like the Grizzly and Big Bear, and “Side-by-Side” to the Rhino.
Deciding which is best for you may depend largely on your specific needs or intended application. There are two major differences between the two. The SxS is a two-passenger ATV with a cargo bed. The Four-Wheeler is intended as a one-passenger vehicle and while it does have front and rear racks, they’re designed for carrying smaller amounts of gear.