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What Are the Different Types of Toy ATVs?

Erik J.J. Goserud
Erik J.J. Goserud

There are several types of toy ATVs for children. Basic models generally have a maximum weight capacity of 100 to 160 pounds (45 to 73 kg), so they are typically targeted at children under the age of 10. These toy vehicles are cosmetically designed to replicate real sport utility ATVs. There are a handful of brands and models to consider when shopping for an ATV for kids, which cover different price ranges, speeds, and designs.

Some toy ATVs run at maximum speeds of three to seven miles per hour (five to 11 km per hour) and typically require a 12-volt battery that can be charged in any power outlet or wall socket. Less powerful models run on 6-volt and 9-volt batteries and operate closer to three to five mph (five to eight km per hour). Adult assembly is required upon purchase and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Almost all models are four-wheeled, as opposed to some adult ATVs, which have three wheels.

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Most of the higher-selling models are battery powered and seat one child. There are color options that vary from girl's to boy's to neutral. These types of ATVs are noted as a “kids’ all-terrain vehicles” meant to imitate a real ATV. The most popular toy ATVs cost between $150 and $200 US Dollars.

Toy ATVs can be purchased at most major online retailers. There are also a handful of Web sites that specialize in ATVs for kids. Auction Web sites are a great way to save money on a used model. Buying from the Internet will offer a plethora of choices of toy ATVs, but due to the size and weight, high shipping costs often outweigh the positives of an online purchase.

If budget is limited on a toy ATV purchase, there are plenty of cheaper options for parents to look into. Some economy models of toy ATVs can be purchased for $40 to $60 USD. These models usually run on only a 6-volt battery and thus operate at slower speeds than some of the higher-end models. Additional battery packs may be purchased at around $15 USD. It is typical to charge the battery overnight. Youth helmets should be purchased with a toy ATV, especially for the models that run at faster speeds.

Sometimes, retailers will include a helmet with purchase of a toy ATV. Helmets imitating real dirt-bike versions are also available for children. ATV models that run on fuel as opposed to batteries are usually not considered toy ATVs and should not be ridden by children.

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What will a top of the line toy ATV cost me? Also, how safe are they? I don't want my kid to go riding around on some death trap.

How useful are these toy ATV's? I have a 9 year old boy that is starting to get into hunting and I would like to get him a little ATV so he could go out on some of the trails with me. But can these little ATVs actually handle the hills and the terrain? And how far will they go on a battery charge?

We bought our son a power wheel that is designed to look like an ATV. I'm not sure if this actually qualifies as a toy ATV but it is basically the same thing.

He loves it. On nice days he will spend the entire afternoon riding it back and forth of on the driveway. I remember having one when I was a kid and I figure kids never get tired of toy cars.

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