In this article, we compare the Razor Dirt Quad vs Razor Dirt Quad 500 (also known as the Razor Dirt Quad 500 DLX). Both are excellent choices if you want to treat the adrenaline junkie in your family to a well specified electric quad.
But, although they share many of the same mechanical components, there are important differences between both models.
Our guide below will help you find which is the most suitable for you. First we’ve got a quick comparison table of the main features of the Razor Dirt Quad vs Dirt Quad 500.
Then we look at the advantages of each ATV, in turn. Finally, we’ll summarize the pros and cons of both rides, to help you make the right choice for your kids, and for you.
Razor Dirt Quad vs Dirt Quad 500 – Quick Comparison
Both these quads won Best in Class awards when we reviewed 8 ATVs for kids and youths recently. Let’s take a closer look at how they compare against each other.
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each quad in a side by side comparison, to make it easy to spot the differences between them.
|Razor Dirt Quad||Razor Dirt Quad 500 DLX|
|Miniature electric off-road dirt quad with authentic quad geometry||Larger framed "grown-up" version of the Dirt Quad for older drivers|
|5-10 * Children should be supervised by an adult||11+ * Children should be supervised by an adult|
|120 lbs||220 lbs|
|8 mph||9 mph|
|Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
|24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included||36V (3 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included|
|Up to 40 minutes of continuous use||Up to 60 minutes of continuous use|
|12 hours||12 hours|
|350W, high torque, gear reduction, chain||500W, high torque with internal/integral gear set and self-adjusting chain|
|Variable speed with twist grip||Variable speed with twist grip|
|Hand operated rear disc||Hand operated rear disc|
|Rear droop travel with coil shock absorber||Fully active rear suspension with coil shock absorber|
|Powder coated tubular frame for all weather durability||Powder coated tubular steel frame for all weather durability|
|Adjustable height, riser style, with soft rubber grips||Adjustable height, riser style, with soft rubber grips|
|13” pneumatic knobby||Front and rear specific (size and tread) pneumatic knobby|
|89 lbs||113 lbs|
|43" x 24" x 31.5"||50.4" x 28.7" x 31.9"|
|95% pre-assembled||95% pre-assembled|
(assembly recommended by an adult with experience in bicycle mechanics)
|10 minutes (adult recommended)|
* Razor’s recommended age for the Dirt Quad is a conservative 8+ but an age range of 5-10 (real world guide…) with parental supervision may be more suitable. This ATV is quite small so kids much older than 10 may find it too small…
Razor’s recommended age for the Dirt Quad 500 is 14+ but, again, this is conservative. An age range of 11+ (real world guide…) with parental supervision may be more suitable.
The biggest difference between both quads is the size and age of driver that each vehicle was designed for.
The Razor Dirt Quad can only carry a driver weighing less than 120 pounds and is therefore more suitable for those aged 5 to 10, not teens or adults.
The Razor Dirt Quad 500 is the big brother of the Razor Dirt Quad – it is 24 lbs heavier and much larger. It can carry a driver weighing up to 220 pounds and so it is more suitable for those over 11 years of age, including teens and many adults.
Thanks to a more powerful motor (500W vs 350W) and extra battery (36V vs 24V) the Razor Dirt Quad 500 also benefits from a higher top speed and 50% longer battery life. This means you can have more fun before it runs out of juice – 60 minutes of driving, compared to just 40 minutes on the Dirt Quad.
Check out this video to see the larger Razor Dirt Quad 500 in action, with an adult driving:
For comparison, this video shows the Razor Dirt Quad in action, with a child driving:
Advantages of Razor Dirt Quad
- Ideal for children up to around 10 years old.
- MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is $310 cheaper than the Dirt Quad 500 – but check the actual prices below.
- Available in 3 colors (only 1 color option for the Dirt Quad 500).
- 21% lighter than the Dirt Quad 500 (89 lbs vs 113 lbs) – easier to lift or maneuver when reversing.
- 30% smaller overall – less storage space required and easier to transport.
Advantages of Razor Dirt Quad 500
- Ideal for teenagers and small adults.
- 50% longer battery life per full charge (60 minutes vs 40 minutes for the Dirt Quad).
- Slightly faster top speed (9 mph vs 8 mph). This could rise to 10-12 mph if the driver is light e.g. less than 140 pounds.
- Designed to allow fast change of battery (some users find it difficult to change the battery in the Dirt Quad).
- Self-adjusting chain – requires less maintenance.
- Better traction and ride comfort – fully active rear suspension and front / rear specific sized tires.
- 33% faster initial full battery charge time (12 hours vs 18 hours).
Pros of Both Quads
Here is a summary of what we love about both models:
- Specifically designed for children (Dirt Quad) or teens (Dirt Quad 500)
- User friendly controls
- Adjustable height handlebars can adapt to growing children
- Linear steering bar makes sharp turns easy
- Fast enough to give children an adrenaline rush
- Slow and stable enough to minimize risk of a rollover
- Real rubber pneumatic tires (unlike plastic tires of cheap quads) can tackle many ground conditions
- Auto roll back (if it gets stuck up a steep slope, the motor stops so the quad rolls back down the hill safely)
- The seat is protected by top mud flaps to keep the driver clean
- Powder coated steel frame for weather resistance, specifically designed for dirt tracks
- No pollution (compared to a gas powered ATV)
- Space saving vertical storage option
- Razor is a long established US manufacturer – spare or replacement parts are readily available from their website
Cons of Both Quads
Here is a summary of what we don’t like so much about both models. But most of these issues are common to all electric quads in this price and power range:
- Relatively short battery life (like most electric quads). But 40 to 60 minutes is still enough to cover 6 to 9 miles
- Battery recharge time is 12 hours so charging needs to be planned. This is normal for electric vehicles with this much power
- No reverse gear – can be awkward to maneuver backwards
- No headlights or rear lights – can only be driven in daylight
- Braking is gradual rather than a more sudden stop – driver needs to factor this in
- High center of gravity – like any ATV, care should be taken during sharp turns (or when standing up) to prevent the vehicle toppling over
- Not intended for use on public streets or sidewalks
- Protective clothing (see our ATV FAQ for recommended safety gear) may be uncomfortable in hot weather
- Must be stored in a dry area – due to the electrical components
- Not supplied with a tire pump – but most people will already have one
The owner’s manual for the Dirt Quad is available in PDF format from Razor here.
The owner’s manual for the Dirt Quad 500 is available in PDF format from Razor here.
NOTE: A parent’s decision to allow their child to ride either the Razor Dirt Quad or the Razor Dirt Quad 500 should depend on the child’s individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.