Best ATV Brands | Top Makes and Models List
*UPDATE* I added the results of my best ATV brands poll below!
ATV brands listed by the best ATV manufacturers in the business. Suzuki, Polaris, Arctic Cat, Kymco, Yamaha, KTM, Kawasaki, Alpha Sports, Husqvarna, Sunline and Kingstar are well known for their ATV building skills. This is a good starting point in researching your next ATV purchase or finding parts.
There are additional companies who outsource ATV parts for use on many brands but these do not offer a full ready built ATV and so are not included in this ATV manufacturers list. Manufacturing plants where ATVs are re-branded by their distributor and parts are interchangeable can sometimes pose service problems later on. These are the official websites for each ATV brand.
Popular ATV Brands by Manufacturer
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So Which ATV brand is the best? (POLL RESULTS)
I ran a poll to get reader opinion on which ATV brands are the best. ATV Style readers have voted and the poll results are in. The winner for best ATV, in an extremely close race, is Honda! Now before you raise your fist and say “right on”, or shake it in my direction because you disagree, it's important that you understand exactly how the best ATV vote process worked.
Poll Security: For starters the voting system was set up to monitor votes both by unique IP address and by standard cookie together with a time delay of 24 hours if someone tried to clear cookies or use a proxy to vote more than once. It appears that less than 0.4% of the votes were attempted from the same IP address and/or with the same cookie which is excellent.
Sampling Size: As you can see from the image above 11,483 votes were cast between December 24th 2009 and June 24th 2010, which is exactly 6 months. To ensure fairness the voting form was available site-wide from every page in rotation to avoid bias in the results.
Science: Was the best ATV poll scientific? No, it wasn't. The question was simply “The Best ATV Is From” which is neither a fair question or indicative on any specific quality. The question was intentionally non-descript in order to gauge ONLY the general feeling of visitors about ATV companies in general. To be scientific the poll would have had to gather more information, such as which ATVs were owned by the voter, age, and a reason why. Hey, it's just a fun poll!
Fairness: Was the best ATV poll fair? Absolutely, in getting visitors opinions about which ATV company they prefer anyway. You have to remember that in general it's not possible to compare ATV companies against one another because some offer more ATV models than others, some spend more on advertising and race sponsorships etc.
So does that make the poll useless? Absolutely not, the poll took all of those things into consideration by default. If one company paid more in advertising and offered more models of ATVs you'd EXPECT them to have more votes and so from that point of view it's not hard to see that 1,319 votes for CAN-AM or 358 votes for KTM is excellent. Neither company offers as many models to choose from as Honda and Yamaha. Voting results reflect a roughly 79% U.S., 20% Canada and 1% other country demographic.
Overall: Overall the poll was a great success, thank you to everyone who took a second to submit your favorite brand choice. Will the voting be run again? Absolutely, it would be fun to see it run next year or in a couple of years to see the difference in ATV enthusiast opinions over time. In case the image doesn't load for whatever reason here is the voting results breakdown.
Best ATV Brands - Poll Results
- Honda: 2837 votes
- Yamaha: 2763 votes
- Polaris: 1571 votes
- CAN-AM: 1319 votes
- Suzuki: 899 votes
- Kawasaki: 833 votes
- Arctic Cat: 831 votes
- KTM: 358 votes
- Other: 71 votes
Update: The best ATV to buy is not going to be the same for all ATV riders because we all have different goals. This ATV poll was to gather popular opinion in general only, please read the guides and reviews of individual ATVs to see which is right for you.
This poll was run from December 24th 2009 to June 24th 2010, a full 6 months, but things change quickly in the ATV world. It would be interesting to repeat the poll every 10 years to see if/how brand preferences change.
So who makes these awesome ATVs that we love so much?
- Arctic Cat - Arctic Cat is an ATV and Snowmobile manufacturer with an extensive product line in North America. The company was founded in 1960 and is based in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
- Can-Am - Can-Am is a motorcycle production Division of BRP, Bombardier Recreational Products, a Canadian corporation. They also produce a popular series of All Terrain Vehicles.
- Honda Power-sports - Honda produces one of the largest selections of popular ATVs and is active in the racing scene. The powersports division of Honda Motors is a small part of a global automotive company with a proven track record of excellence.
- Kawasaki ATVs - Kawasaki is a Japan based multinational company with products in many different markets including aerospace, motorcycles, ships and heavy equipment, but we love them for the quads!
- Kymco - KYMCO, or Kwang Yang Motor Co Ltd, is a Taiwanese manufacturer of motor scooters, motorcycles and ATVs with worldwide distribution. Kymco was founded in 1963 after splitting from Honda where they originally made parts for Honda.
- Polaris - Polaris Industries is an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATVs, and electric vehicles. Polaris is based in the city of Medina, Minnesota, USA.
- Suzuki - Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Japan, which specializes in manufacturing automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles and of course All Terrain Vehicles.
- Yamaha - Yamaha Motor Company Limited is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, and we love them for their ATVs too.
- KTM - A relatively newer player on the ATV scene but with a fast growing reputation. KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, which was formed in 1992 but traces its foundation as early as in 1934. In 1992 the company was spun off from its parent company KTM when it ran into financial troubles.