A Side-by-Side (SxS) is an off-road vehicle that has a steering wheel, non-straddling seats, foot controls and four or more low-pressure tires. An easy way to differentiate between a Side-by-Side and an ATV is that you sit in a SxS and you sit on an ATV.
Side-by-Sides are also divided into two categories: Sport/Recreation and Utility. Having said that quite often utility models can also be used for recreational purposes. Sometimes the line defining the category is a little blurred.
Sport/Recreation SxSs tend to have a higher performance motor and chassis. They are meant to get you up to speed and soak up any bumps along the way. They have a long travel suspension and more assertive off-road treaded tires. They can be one-, two- or four-seaters. Sport models can have less cargo capacity than recreational or utility SxSs..
Utility SxSs place more emphasis on cargo and hauling capacity. The motor emphasizes torque or high revving horsepower. These machines can really get a job done.
Many of todays SxSs cross the line between sport and utility.
They aren’t thoroughbreds and they aren’t work horses.
They are just a nice daily rider.