The 7 Best Remote Control Cars to Buy in 2017

Take these mini wheels for a spin

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s just something about driving a remote control car that never gets old. Whether it's racing on a track, jumping over curbs or just tooling around the neighborhood, they're just fun entertainment. Regardless of whether you’re using a hobby-grade RC truck or an indoor-only kids' toy, there’s a remote-control car that suits your needs and budget. Check our list of the best remote control cars available for kids and for the kid in you; you'll notice most of the models come from Traxxas and Holy Stone since they're two of the leading companies in the space.

With outstanding 83 percent five-star reviews on Amazon, the Traxxas E-Revo VXL easily takes the top spot for the best remote control car. Featuring a top speed of 30 mph straight out of the box or adjustable to 50 mph with some quick modifications, the E-Revo offers full-time four-wheel drive for handling difficult terrains, as well as an advanced Revo suspension for excellent handling and control. The Traxxas stability management system helps with arrow-straight acceleration even on slippery surfaces without losing control of the car.

Weighing 5.1 pounds and with a length just under 13 inches, the Revo isn’t by any means a large car, but it is smaller than most vehicles you’ll find hanging around the aisles of the local toy store. The Revo itself is geared for children ages 14 years and older, which is an ideal time to start learning the ins and outs of the technology that goes into making the E-Revo such an outstanding performing car. The pistol-gripped remote control includes support for Android, iPad and iPhone devices that can, among other uses, record your speed runs through the Traxxas link app. As one final bonus, you can even tackle mud, water or snow since the E-Revo is fully sealed and waterproof to allow you to go where remote control cars have never gone before.

If you’re looking for performance on a budget, the Speedi2 remote control racing car is a standout choice. Featuring full-function control with forward, reverse, left and right, the Speedi2 can handle both indoor and outdoor environments and comfortably reach a top speed of around 13 mph. The included rechargeable battery lasts for around 25 minutes per charge, but that number can quickly vary based on environment. Additionally, the Speedi2 works off the 2.4GHz frequency, which helps allow for 170 feet of total range control before the remote will no longer communicate with the car. Rated for ages seven and above, the Speedi2 can more than handle some basic stunts, including “drifting” around corners in suitable environments.

The Holy Stone 2962A Lamborghini Veneno knocks it out of the park for children ages six and up. With Traxxas models traditionally geared toward teenagers and older, the Holy Stone Lamborghini fills a niche that helps prepare young RC car operators for the type of cars they can purchase in the future. With a 25- to 30-minute run time and a charge time of 4-5 hours, the Lamborghini is perfect for indoor and outdoor use on smooth surfaces. Additionally, Holy Stone includes a bonus rechargeable battery and charger to help double your playing time right out of the box.

With a range of around 30 meters, taking the Lamborghini outside on the street or on the sidewalk is simple and, with everything ready right out of the box, it’s as easy as charge and go. The gravity sensor control joystick offers a unique design that helps command the car's direction (forward, reverse, left and right). It has working rear lights, automatic opening doors and an engine sound that’s sure to light up the eyes of children every time they hear it. And it has a top speed of only around 20 mph, so you don't have to worry about your kids zooming through the neighborhood.

While the adults get to have most of the fun with remote control cars, kids are not without their own options. The Holy Stone RC cartoon race car doesn’t go off road and it doesn’t come waterproof, but this remote control car for those 18 months and up is the perfect beginner’s model for young children. Featuring two-channel direction with forward, reverse, left and right, there are also honking sounds, as well as music and flashing headlights. Additionally, there’s a removable race car driver that kids can take out and play with separately and then put back when they want to drive around the house. With a simple, two-button design, bright colors and plenty of noises to keep a toddler entertained, the cartoon race car will bring hours of joy. Three AAA batteries are required to power the car and two AA batteries are needed for the remote.

With the largest motor in its class, the waterproof Traxxas Summit offers an integrated dual-battery of both NiMH and LiPo configurations to provide extra power for handling all types of terrain. Like more traditional automobiles, the Summit includes remote-locking differentials and high/low transmission gears for carefully navigating various surfaces safely and without damage to the truck itself. In fact, the Summit includes 10 LED mounted lights to allow it to run in both daytime and nighttime without concern that you won’t be able to see obstacles or a trail ahead.

Fortunately, the seven-inch extreme tires help keep a secure footing whether you’re on gravel, rock or attempting to climb up a steep incline. Additionally, the Summit maintains a low center of gravity to reduce overall weight and maximize power to the drivetrain for outstanding 4WD performance. Weighing around 15 pounds, the Summit is geared for individuals 14 and up, so be sure to keep this RC car out of the reach of the little ones. Put together right out of the box, the Traxxas Summit is the clear leader in the off-road space and with its pistol-grip transmitter and waterproof design, it’s a car you’ll enjoy driving every time.

When you’re ready to really go big on a remote control car, the Traxxas XO-1 is the ultimate driving machine. Sure, it's a bit pricey, but it offers a 25.2V car that’s capable of going 0 to  60 mph in 2.3 seconds and over 100 mph with separately-purchased LiPo batteries. Add in a sleek and stylish design frame and outstanding controls and it’s hard to ignore the XO-1 as the pinnacle of engineering for remote control cars that are ready out of the box. At just 13.2 pounds, the XO-1 generates around 3.5 horsepower with its custom motor, which was specifically custom-built for this vehicle.

Once the batteries deplete, you can get back on the track in around 2.5 hours with around 20 minutes of total performance before requiring another recharge. Out of the box the XO-1 is governed to not exceed 50 mph, but that can be removed with the downloadable smartphone app for both Android and iOS that can dock on the included pistol-grip controller. There’s little question this car is for extreme remote control car enthusiasts who are experienced in handling high-performance machines (especially those that are more than two feet long and nearly a foot wide).

If the price tag doesn’t scare you off, the Traxxas 68086-1 Slash 4x4 4WD electric remote control car is an outstanding choice for the casual user and hobbyist alike. It features the TQi 2.4GHz radio system for additional range and a seven-cell NiMH 3000mAh battery good for between 15 to 20 minutes of life depending on overall performance. No matter how you cut it, the Traxxas Slash is ready to handle the elements as an all-weather driver. With 2.2 inch tires, a rigid chassis, efficient shaft drive, race-bred suspension and a new steering system, this a remote-control car an owner’s dream machine.

With speeds that can reach over 40 mph, the Slash is built from the ground up to excel at both performance and speed. The included remote is the classic Traxxas pistol-grip 2.4GHz transmitter that offers proportional control over the throttle. Essentially, how fast the Slash goes is determined by how much you are pressing on the trigger, so it’s possible to not always run at top speeds. There’s even a training mode that limits the Slash to 50 percent of its regular performance to help get a better feeling over handling before unleashing the full capability.

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