The ATV market is growing at a surprising pace, and if you’re considering buying one, you’re not alone. There are over 1.2 million ATV owners in the United States alone, and annual sales hit a milestone of 0.7 million worldwide last year.
As well as being practical means of transportation and hauling, ATVs can be a lot of fun. But how much does an ATV cost? The good news is, unlike a UTV, you can pick up an ATV for as little as $3,000 but there are a few factors that go into the cost when you buy an ATV. Read on to find out the average costs of an ATV and any additional costs you’ll need to factor into your purchase.
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How Much Does an ATV Cost?
The total price range of ATV models can stretch from $3,000 to $15,000+ with an average price of $7,000.
You get a full-spec ATV with a moderate-size engine for around $10,000, and for a similar price, you can get a more powerful model with a basic configuration. Youth ATVs fall on the lower end of the spectrum, with costs ranging from $2,000 up to $5,000.
Prices can vary a lot based on the type of ATV, engine size, and advanced features. To narrow down the differences, we’ve broken down the cost of different types of ATVs, along with how much you can save by buying a used ATV.
How Much Does a Sport ATV cost?
Designed for competition, a sports ATV is lightweight, fast, and maneuverable. They pack a ton of suspension to handle bumps, jumps, and turns. Sport ATV models range in size from 250cc up to 700cc, and can be enhanced and modified with thousands of optional accessories, technology, and add-ons.
The cost of sport ATVs can vary widely but average prices are in the $6,000-$8,000 range. Examples of popular sport ATVs include:
- KYMCO Mongoose 270 (MSRP $4,099)
- Honda TRX250X (MSRP $5,049)
- Can-Am Renegade (MSRP $8,749)
- Yamaha YFZ450 (MSRP $9,199)
- Polaris Scrambler 850 (MSRP $10,899)
How Much Does a Utility ATV cost?
Utility ATV models are a little larger and heavier than sports models. They can be used for trail riding as well, but are largely designed for handling heavy-duty tasks like hauling equipment. Costs for a utility ATV range around $5,000-$8,000.
Some examples of popular utility ATVs are:
- Honda FourTrax Rancher ES (MSRP $5,599)
- Can-Am Outlander 450/570 (MSRP $6,499)
- Suzuki KingQuad 400 ASi (MSRP $6,599)
- Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. (MSRP $6,599)
- Yamaha Kodiak 450 EPS SE (MSRP $7,899)
How Much Does a Youth ATV cost?
If you’ve got teenagers or younger drivers interested in going off-road, a youth ATV could be just the ticket. These ATVs are a little less powerful with engines in the 70-250cc range and exclude many of the bells and whistles found in a sports or utility ATV. A youth ATV is also smaller than other types to accommodate the smaller frame of a child.
You can expect to pay around $2,000-4,000 for a new youth ATV. Here are some examples:
- Artic Cat Alterra 90 (MSRP $3,359)
- Can-Am DS 70/90 (MSRP $2,349)
- Honda TRX90X (MSRP $3,249)
- Kawasaki KFX50 (MSRP $2,099)
- Kymco Mongoose 70S/90S (MSRP $2,499)
Cost of a Used ATV
To avoid the higher price tag of an ATV, newbies will often opt for a used model as their first purchase. If you’re not sure how much use it will get or which model will best suit, a used ATV allows you to test the waters with a much cheaper cost of entry.
The price of a used ATV takes into account additional factors, such as mileage, age, and overall conditions. You’ll also need to do your due diligence before purchasing, as with any used vehicle, and don’t forget to negotiate.
Used ATVs can get as low as $3,000 with an average cost of $5,500 across the board. Compared to the average cost of $7,000 for a new ATV model, you can save $1,500.
Additional Costs Associated With Buying an ATV
Unlike buying a car, when you purchase an ATV, there is some gear you’ll need to consider before taking off on the trails. Some can be bought second-hand to save on costs, and many choose to rent the more expensive pieces and buy over time.
- Helmets ($100-$200). Accidents can and do happen, and head and neck injuries make up 27% of ATV injuries, so make sure you pick up a high-quality helmet to protect yourself.
- Protective clothing ($100-$800). This means a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, boots that go over the ankle, and a chest protector.
- Goggles ($20- $200). Not only will they help you see while out on a muddy or dusty trail, but they’ll also save your eyeballs from flying rocks, dust, and branches.
- Basic toolkit ($40+). Pack a few basic items, like a Swiss Army knife, wrenches, duct tape, air pump, tire plugs, and a vise grip. More experienced riders swear by plastic zip ties, which can help in a pinch.
- Winch ($100-$200). When you or your riding partner get stuck in a sticky situation, a winch can help get an ATV out without needing to call for help.
- First aid kit ($10-$50). Band-aids, gauze, and antibiotic ointment at a minimum mean that you can handle any scrapes or injuries until you can see a doctor.
Ready to Buy an ATV?
So, how much does an ATV cost? Now you know that it largely depends on whether you buy a new ATV or used one, and the type of ATV that catches your eye. There’s an ATV for almost every budget, and if you’re finding the costs are just out of your reach, financing is often an option.
Brand new ATVs can be found as low as $3,000, and if you’re willing to purchase used, you could be forking out a little less. Once you start getting into the more popular models and adding on more bells and whistles, that’s when the prices start to get up there. Find out more ATV basics and the latest news in the world of off-roading here at UTV Ride.