As a parent, there’s nothing like sharing my passions with my kids. That’s why I’m excited to dive into this article, where we’ll explore the best UTVs for kids aged 3 to 10. Drawing from personal experience and thorough research, I aim to guide fellow parents through the options available, focusing on what makes a UTV great for our little adventurers.
Moreover, I’ll share personal anecdotes and experiences from other parents who have bought these UTVs for their kids. This real-life feedback provides valuable insights into how these vehicles perform in everyday scenarios, from garden adventures to visits to grandma’s house.
Whether you’re looking for a UTV that excels in durability battery life, or just offers endless fun, this article will help you make an informed decision. As a parent who has been through this journey, I understand the importance of finding a Mini UTV that is not just a purchase but an investment in our children’s joy and development.
Note: If you have a bigger kid you should consider these youth UTVs for ages 10+.
Here are the Best UTV for Kids (ages 3 to 10):
ELEMARA 2 Seater XL
Best for: Impressive Sturdiness and Durability
Highlight: The ELEMARA 2 Seater XL is a durable and fun ride-on UTV for kids, perfect for young trail enthusiasts, offering easy assembly and impressive sturdiness.
As a parent who enjoys trail riding and hill climbing with on my Polaris, I was thrilled to find a kid-friendly version that mirrors the excitement and ruggedness we love. Last Christmas, we surprised my son, a budding trail enthusiast, with the ELEMARA 2 Seater XL. Her excitement was beyond words!
Assembling the UTV toy was a breeze, and let me tell you, this thing is impressively sturdy, like a miniature tank! My son has been having a blast with it, even taking on challenges like driving over our fire pit without any issues.
The Bluetooth radio’s range is limited, around 20 feet, but that’s a minor hiccup. We’ve found that a simple, inexpensive MP3 player is a great workaround. The UTV’s battery life is decent for its size – we get about an hour and a half to two hours of continuous use at full speed, even when it’s carrying around 135 lbs.
In summary, I would wholeheartedly recommend the ELEMARA 2 Seater XL to any parent looking for a durable, fun, and quality ride-on Mini UTV for their kids. It’s been a fantastic addition to our family’s outdoor activities, and we’ve had absolutely no issues with it. Make sure to store it properly to keep it in great condition.
Best Choice 12V UTV for Kids
Best for: Impressive and Reliable Battery Life
Highlight: Offering impressive battery life and easy assembly, this UTV is a perfect, space-efficient choice for endless fun and practicality.
This was the best gift for my son! Set up wasn’t too difficult, the size works well for us since we store it in the house and didn’t want it taking up too much space.
The battery life is great. My mom lives about a quarter mile from our house and my son always wants to drive over to see his grandma. He’ll do like 6 laps at a time from our house to hers just so he can wave to her and honk his horn. The longest we’ve gone is on a 3-mile walk and it didn’t die. I wonder how far it can go on a charge, but we haven’t taken it to that point. I’m impressed that it didn’t die on us by the end of 3 miles.
The “fast” speed setting is perfect for us as it matches a comfortable walking pace. The slow speed is way too slow, but great for when we get to an open area so he can practice steering the wheel on his own. The remote is great, though we go through a lot of batteries. I have my son control the gas, and I just use the side to side buttons to help control the steering wheel. Maybe when he’s 2 he’ll figure it out on his own, but it definitely comes in handy now. (I thought the remote didn’t work well at first but I kept hitting the force stop button on accident. Now that I use the correct buttons, it’s perfect.
The radio works well, as do the headlights. It has gotten daily use since it was delivered 2 and a half months ago. I imagine he’ll continue fitting well in the UTV toy for a couple more years. Our neighbor’s grandson is 5 and still fits, though his knees are squished. We’ll probably upgrade to a bigger model around 3 or 4, depending on how comfortable he seems.
I’m very happy with this purchase, and so is my son!Nicole Ross
Charger came broken
This was a birthday present for our 4 year old daughter. She was beyond excited when it arrived on her birthday. Assembly was very simple and didn’t take very long at all. It looks really nice but we are unable to use it as the charger came broken. My daughter was devastated about this. I’m hoping the seller will just send a replacement charger so the whole UTV doesn’t have to be returned. Will update review if there is any sort of resolve.
***UPDATE: I was able to get in contact with the company that sells the UTV and they were very polite, understandable and swift about my problem. They took care of the issue and everyone I spoke to was polite and respectful.Jmallak
As for the UTV itself it is absolutely the best UTV you can buy on here for the price. My daughter is very happy with it and it’s perfect for her size. If you are trying to decide between the other 12V that are on here I really recommend going with this one.
Easy to assemble, mid tier ride on
Went together very easily, the only thing I used the manual for was diagram of the front steering assembly. Everything else on assembly was easy, and intuitive, all plug and play parts with exception of wheels and seat which was a few screws and nuts.
Charged the recommended 12hrs then used it, speed is fine, remote works as well as peddle control, the only slightly annoying thing is the small turning radius for confined spaces (a lot of “Austin Powers” back and for it to get turned in a small space) but other than that , this item is exactly as advertised.
I did order 2 different power wheels at the same time and this model is slightly smaller than the other both in body size and tire size, This one will be for the younger girl age 3 so keep that in mind if you are looking for a bigger vehicle for an older child this particular one might be a bit small and geared for younger smaller children.
all in all, the price is fair for what you get, and so far (only had it for a week so far) but I believe this is a pretty good quality product.Amazon Customer
Sopbost 4X4 Ride-On UTV
Best for: Robust and Versatile Performance in Various Terrains
Highlight: Remarkably durable and versatile, this UTV for kids excels in all terrains and conditions, perfect for adventurous kids.
Fast UTV, Remote is awesome, Amazing Customer Service
UPDATE: still love this UTV. Have been using it for almost a year now, it’s gone camping and places I’m sure most battery toys wouldn’t survive, but the thing powers through! Great deal, get it you won’t be dissatisfied.
ORIGINAL: I love this UTV! I wanted a battery powered UTV for my sons second birthday and spent ages looking online before deciding to buy this one. Reviews were 50/50 but I decided to give it a chance and I am SO glad I did. The good: it came super quick, was easy to put together, is solidly built (no flimsy pieces), goes fast and goes everywhere!
We’ve taken it over grass, dirt, snow, rocks, and down streets and it works perfectly. Battery life has been great on it, I always keep it stored in the garage after using it and plugged in over night to charge up. The remote has amazing range and can get pretty far before signal gets lost. The only two cons, if you could call them that, were that after five months of having this UTV, the steering motor went out and I couldn’t get it to work with the remote.
Manually it worked, but remote wise it didn’t. However, I contacted the company and they got back me to asap and are sending me the pieces to fix it for free and have already shipped it, which blew my mind. Amazing customer service, especially given the fact I’ve had the UTV for so long at this point. The only other minor con is the seat belt straps are a little funky, might be just my son but they fit him odd, however i haven’t had an issue with not using them with him since there’s different levels of speed you can choose to drive the UTV at.
Overall, buy this!! You won’t regret it, your kid will love it as much as mine.emma13
Great Ride-In UTV, just one small flaw.
My todler weigs close to 40lb. He is only 2 years old but he is tall and bulky. He fits in well and i can remote controll the UTV enough time to entertain him. Kids dont sit still for long so we would ride 5-10 minutes at a time several times a day. I never ran out of battery yet. In the evening i charge the battery and it never takes more than maybe 2 hours to fully charge it, maybe because i never drained it much.
The assembly is easy as long as you can read and perform basic functions with a screwdriver and a wrench. Assembly took about 30 minutes and i watched the video on youtube. The quality of the parts seems to be decent. Everything snapped in place well and nothing came loose yet.
Every function such as 4WD, lights, speed control, remote control functions, lights, music, etc works as advertised. The only thing that cought my eye was the large turning radius but that is something the kid can easily get used to. The charging is easy as all you have to do is plug an audi jack like charger unde rthe hood.
Very easy and fast. I am surprised at how well the battery performs even under 4WD conditions which requires all 4 motors to operate. I thought i would have to upgrade the battery right away with a lithium battery with higher amp hour but it seems that this factory 10 amp hour battery is doing a decent job. I think you will enjoy this UTV as your kid will as long as you take care of it and store it properly.Veaceslav
Durable and the Kids Love It!
My 7 year old son has been asking for a UTV for THE longest time so we ended up buying this one. For the price, it’s a really good UTV and the kids love it!
Even though I needed an extra set of hands, it was fairly easy to put together. It’s big enough to fit both our kids (ages 7 & 5).
The detailing is great. They love to play the music when they are driving. and it drives really good in the grass. Only thing is we have to be careful going over bumpy areas in our yard because the hood pops off but it’s not really a big deal. It easy to just put back on.Jasmine S.
Sometimes we just leave it off because it doesn’t affect how the UTV drives at all.
We’ve had 2 different powerwheel 12v I knew I would upgrade the power and wheels and if we got another. This was a birthday present for my two year old, but I also have a five-year-old. The remote ended up being much handier than I thought with my two-year-old. He can pretty much go anywhere in that thing. While we drive him.
The four-wheel-drive definitely goes in place is the 12 V and 2 Wheel drive never would. It’s not as fast as I thought but it has good battery life so far and has plenty of power for both kids to ride on. It’s definitely faster than a 12v and would encourage anyone to buy this cause u can adjust the power u just get longer battery life out of it.
It is smaller than my other UTV, but it more than makes up for that with features. The Bluetooth it hooks up to the phone for music and the horn and other features work great. Only problem I have is we don’t have two lol worth the extra money for the power and features.Justin
ANPABO 24V 4WD Ride
Best for: Easy-to-assemble design
Highlight: Renowned for its easy assembly and versatile 4WD capability, this product is a reliable and fun choice for children, backed by excellent customer service.
Just as Advertised
-Easy to assemble, use, and play with.
-Remote control works great
-Drives over all terrains I’ve come across with ease in 4WD
Minor Issue/Easily and fast fix – Ordered this for my 2yr old for his birthday. It worked great at first but a week later it had what turned out to be a connection problem which was later resolved promptly when I contacted customer service. Ellen read my issue and knew exactly what to send (new receiver) to fix the issue. Easy to install and now it works great once again. Thank you!!!Aaron V.
Great little truck and great customer service
My son loves this thing! He rides it all the time. He got it as a gift from my in laws. The battery is still doing good, (he doesn’t use 4wd often, it drains the battery faster)
One of the rear motors went out (after ALOT of use, so I put the front motors on the rear until I could order replacements. Reached out to their customer service and got a response the next day. (See screenshot).
I think some folks are quick to leave bad reviews before even trying to contact customer service. I have zero complaints.Anna
18 months later and my toddler still loves this RC truck!! Would definitely recommend!!
Received truck in box, took about 15-20mins to assemble as most of it was together already. The truck and controller worked flawlessly for about 6 months. Each charge would last about 2-3hrs of run-time then I noticed the battery wouldn’t hold a charge longer than 30mins.
I purchase an aftermarket battery from Amazon ($40) which was a little bigger than the original one but still fits under the hood and it last about 4hrs. Recently, I accidently left the truck out under the patio when it rained over night and the steering stopped working. I contacted customer support from the truck maker and they assisted with a new part (main controller) and now again the truck works perfect!!Shaun
Not Quite as Described
I am a mechanic so I found it very easy to assemble; however, the pictures in the instructions are worthless.
The instructions tell you to install the steering shaft and engage it into the bracket on the tie rod . My shaft was already installed and would not pull out of the steering actuator. I had to bend the tie rod to couple the two pieces.
In the description it states that it has 4 shock absorbers. That’s no where near the truth. Both axles have small coil springs that are pretty stiff but there are no “shock absorbers” on the machine. I am 200 lbs and I would say that it takes about 100 lbs of weight to compress the springs so my sub 50 lbs grandson will have a pretty rough ride for many years.
A little tip to get the front suspension to work smoothly is to add some grease to the top of the spindles where they go through the axle. Straight out of the box the painted surfaces of the axle and spindle cause stiction so the components will not slide smoothly. I have attached a few pictures. One showing the suspension springs and another of how the steer shaft/tie rod is intended to be assembled. If your steer shaft has already been installed from the factory you will need to turn the shaft and right spindle to the left turn position and then force the tie rod’s slotted bracket over the end of the “hook” of the shaft. Make sure that you do not connect the tie rod to the left spindle until after you have completed the steps above.Bowl Slinger
One other note, the description also states that the machine does not have taillights. It does have them as seen in the picture. The headlights are LED so they are actually pretty bright.
Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV, Green
Best for: Durability and Long-lasting Battery Life
Love this product
my son LOVES this thing so much. He goes ripping through the yard all day and night, it’s great. Pretty easy to put together if you follow the instructions. I read some reviews talking negatively about assembly, but not sure what that was about. Instructions are easy to read, and this was pretty straight forward if you just follow them. It is time consuming (mostly putting the stickers on), but it’s a big UTV for kids with lots of parts. Took me a couple hours total, but again, it was pretty easy.
This has been left out in the rain and sun, and color isn’t fading one bit, stickers are still all in-tact, and runs smooth. Battery last for a long time as well.
I was skeptical because of the big hard plastic tires, but they work great! He mostly uses it in the yard to avoid wear because they will wear down faster on the driveway or road. Barely ever gets stuck to where he needs a push, but it can happen. Easy to use speed gears, and good traveling speed.
If it had to complain; I can pick 2 things to complain about.Colin J
1- why wouldn’t you have a simple squeek horn? Kids love horns, seems like a rip off to have this big expensive thing and they don’t even have a horn to toot. Just stickers stickers everywhere.
2- the dump cord for the trunk is unusable for kids. To dump the trunk, you pull this red cord straight up. This takes a good amount of effort, and you need to be significantly taller than the cord itself (meaning no one who can actually drive this UTV will be taller than the cord). Not a big deal, but annoying that I need to pull this cord every time he wants to dump out his truck. This doesn’t happen all too often as he just drives around aimlessly for the most part, but this seems like a fairly major flaw.
Great UTV for hours and hours of fun!
Terrific toy for kids! That doesn’t stop this from being a favorite UTV for all three kids (6 year old twins and a 2 year old).
CONS:(Please keep in mind these are very nitpicky CONS)
The tailgate will pop open occasionally when they go over big bumps.
Admittedly the leg room is a bit tight even for my 6 year olds (avg height 44″-45″).
It doesn’t have great traction on wet grass or going up steeper hills…but keep in mind it’s a battery powered not an actual 4 wheeler.
This overall build and feel of the JD Gator is noticeably better than previous ride-ons our kids have had.
It was fairly easy to put together and the instructions are decent. No real issues.
Battery Life is quite good (I would recommend the Peg Perego 12V Quick Charger…Yes it’s a few more dollars but if your kid or kids love the toy it is well worth it!
Dual speeds make it perfect for older speed demons and smaller drivers to have fun
The high weight tolerance of this lets the kids load the UTV and sometimes even tools and trash bags in the back. Max weight doesn’t seem to have an effect on the performance or speed.
Honestly overall, while it is one of the most expensive things we have ever bought our kids (and I do mean ever)…it is also one of the best. They play with it constantly and it seems to handle just about anything they throw at it quite well. Make sure you note the size so you have a good place to store it, or make sure you cover it as like most battery powered toys it can’t get wet. We use an old over size grill cover to protect it between uses before we stow it for winter.T. Wolf
and liked the features that I saw on this machine
Bought this for my 3 year old son. I wanted something that would last him a while, and liked the features that I saw on this machine. The dumpbed is easy to operate, and we use it like crazy. It’s plenty fast in first gear, but you can unlock second gear, and really have fun! Reverse is easy to use, the cup holder does well on bumpy terrain. I prefer this over any comparable Power Wheels model, this seems better built. It also has the ability to run an additional battery for 2x ride time.
The only thing I would knock this machine for, traction. It does alright, but with nothing in the bed it spins easier than I prefer. But you can toss a block in the back and it makes a huge difference. I would love to find aftermarket rubber tire upgrades, this thing has plenty of power and needs a little help planting it. This small negative, isn’t really an issue, just wanted to let others know exactly what this thing offers. Also, it pulls great going uphill.
2 kids, loaded with about 10 bricks, didn’t even bother this gator. So, moms and dads, take it from this dad who has loved motorized things all his life, this is a great choice. If you are deciding between this and something about 100 cheaper, that is smaller/less of a machine, don’t do it. Just fork out the extra money and enjoy this purchase, I am glad I did.Amazon Customer
Fun, Fun, Fun!Melanie
This was the BEST gift we could have given our little one. We got it for him when he was 3 and the amount of miles he has put on it is uncountable. This John Deere comfortable fits 2 kids, until the age of 7 when my sons legs got a little too long for this vehicle. The back has a handle to pull to “dump” the contents in the back. It is durable, great battery life, and the best part FUN for years! Exactly what we had hoped for in kids vehicle!