We here at Car and Biker love everything automotive, and even toy cars are no exception! Nothing is more fun than racing a remote control car around a track. Some cars are designed to really tear up the dirt, while others perform best on a flat, paved track. No matter which type of driving experience you long for, a RC car can give you a ride into the sunset. Before we speed into the review section of our guide, let’s take a look at some of the features that you will want to consider before settling on which RC car you are going to purchase.
- Means of Power
You can purchase RC cars that use different modes of power to drive. Electric cars are designed to run on electricity, which means that it will be a little lighter than cars that are powered by other methods. The car will have a very quiet motor, which is preferred by some, but those who like to hear the engine of their vehicle purring may prefer a louder source of power. Electric RC cars will need to be recharged quite often, so make sure that you account for this required charge any time that you want to race around the block.
RC cars can also run on gas or nitro. If you want a fast toy car that you can hear and smell the engine as it goes around the track, then this is the type of power that you most likely want to consider. Like with any vehicle that utilizes gas and oil, you will need to change the oil and replenish the gas to keep the motor purring like a kitten.
Remote control cars often vary in size, so the question that you need to ask yourself is: "How big of a vehicle do I want?" If you don’t have a lot of space, you may want a RC car that is 1/16th of a full-sized car in size. You can also get a much larger vehicle if you want one that specializes in driving across the dunes of a sand covered beach. The most common size is 1/10th, so if you are looking for a standard RC car, then consider this size. Though smaller vehicles seem to zip around the pavement, the 1/10th size model is more common, so parts will be readily available if they are needed.
- Easy to Control
The faster your car is capable of driving, the less control you will have over it. If you enjoy sliding around corners and spinning your tires on the pavement, then a faster model is perfect for you, but if you have a tightly confined space, then try something that only travels at about five miles per hour.
There are a myriad of different styles of RC cars that you can select from. Just like with full-sized vehicles, you can choose from any style that speaks to you personally. If you like a muscle car, have at it. You can drive a sweet little Ferrari or a Charger if you prefer.
On-Road vehicles are low riding cars. They are designed to ride on flat, paved surfaces so that they can reach their top speed in a matter of seconds. The more like a real car your RC car looks, the more likely it is to be a speedster on the track.
This type of vehicle, on the other hand, is designed to climb across rough terrain. Rocks, hills, and loose gravel will never be a concern, but these off-road designs are not going to produce any type of real speed in a race. They are designed to be durable and rugged, not fast and free.
Best Design Feature
Holy Stone 2962A RC Car Lamborghini Veneno Diecast Model with Gravity Sensor Function Remote Control
It utilizes a gravity centered control stick that makes it easier for children to control.
Radio Remote Control 1/14 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Licensed RC Model Car
This car features headlights and taillights that actually turn on and off.
Maisto R/C 27Mhz (3-Channel) Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle
It features a two motor design that is perfect for climbing up rocky terrain and loose gravel.
Top Race Remote Control Rock Crawler, RC Monster Truck 4WD, Off Road Vehicle
It has great shocks and an anti-collision design that is perfect for an off-road adventure.
Top Race Remote Control Road Racer, RC Monster Truck 4WD, High Speed Car
The over-sized tires are designed to be skid-proof in on any type of terrain, including mud, grass, and even shallow water.
RW 1/24 Scale Lamborghini Veneno Car Radio Remote Control Sport Racing Car
The headlights glow when you drive forward, and when you are in reverse, the taillights glow red.
- Holy Stone 2962A RC Car Lamborghini Veneno Diecast Model with Gravity Sensor Function Remote Control
The Lamborghini Veneno is one of the coolest looking RC cars on the market. If you like the way a real Lamborghini looks, then you will love this sleek, not so subtle design. The feature that is the most unique on this RC car is the fact that the doors actually open when you press the door button.
The car is positioned extremely close to the ground, so it should not be a surprise that it is easy to hit bottom while you are racing around the track. To avoid causing damage to your car, make sure that the track is as flat as possible. The car is not the fastest option on the market, but this model can still travel at speeds of about 20 miles per hour.
The 1/14th size model is perfect for adults and children alike, and with a fully charged battery, you can easily play for about 30 minutes. It will take four to five hours to recharge the batteries, so be aware that downtime will be necessary unless you have an extra battery on hand. Fortunately, two NiCad batteries are included in the packaging. The remote also requires three AA batteries to function.
- Radio Remote Control 1/14 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Licensed RC Model Car
The Bugatti is a complex, technical car that typically costs around a million dollars, so when purchasing a full-sized model is not an option, you can find a 1/14th scale model for about $30. The detail of the car is amazing, and the rims are shiny and realistic looking. The tires are made from a soft rubber material that is perfect for high speeds. In addition, the headlights and the brake lights on this model both engage at the appropriate times.
The remote part of the package requires a nine volt battery to operate, while the actual car needs to have five AA batteries as well. The car is designed to be driven on a flat surface because it is positioned extremely close to the ground. If you find that the car is drifting a bit too much, you can always adjust the trim underneath the vehicle. Controlling the car is simple; in fact, even a child can enjoy this vehicle, and since it is so close to the ground, it can easily drive under furniture. It can run at speeds of about eight to 15 miles per hour, so you can easily drift around your living area without wiping out.
- Maisto R/C 27Mhz (3-Channel) Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle
This is the first truck on our list. It is designed to perform off-road maneuvers with ease, so it has a slower speed than many of the cars that have been reviewed here. The Maisto is powered by six AA batteries, and the remote requires a nine volt to get it up and running. The remote aspect of this device is designed with a steering wheel, which gives you a lot of maneuverability when you are trekking through the mud.
This truck is designed with two motors, which means that when you utilize the lower gear options of the device, you can easily climb up any obstacle that you encounter. This rugged four by four vehicle is designed with coil spring suspension in the front and the back of the vehicle as well as oversized TPA tires that have exceptional grip. Loose gravel on a trail will never be an issue with this RC vehicle leading the way.
- Top Race Remote Control Rock Crawler, RC Monster Truck 4WD, Off Road Vehicle
This Top Race remote control vehicle is another monster truck option that you will love to take on off-road adventures. It is designed to crawl over virtually any obstacle, so it is designed with large tires that can easily grip the ground and pull the vehicle across the terrain. The suspension is raised so that it will never hit bottom, and when you travel across large rocks, you will notice that the motor of the vehicle does not seem to struggle at all.
One of the best features on this truck is the tires. They are built with a tread design that is perfect for any off-road situation. It can drive though puddles without spinning its tires in the muddy center of the puddle. It performs well on grass, but even though it is great on pebbles, and it has enough power to maneuver over larger rocks, the tires do spin once in a while because this truck is actually one of the faster off-road vehicles. This means that even though the tires can grip the ground, it may take a second to do so when your speed is up.
- Top Race Remote Control Road Racer, RC Monster Truck 4WD, High Speed Car
To start, this RC vehicle is a buggy, which means that it is a hybrid vehicle that will be great for on-road and off-road applications. It is designed to maneuver across a paved surface with ease, but when push comes to shove and you need to take the off-road option to get ahead of the pack, it will be able to make it though the terrain. This RC vehicle is designed with an anti collision feature that helps to ensure that it will not take damage as it rolls over larger obstacles.
In total, the vehicle takes six AA batteries to run, so make sure you stock up on the rechargeable variety so that you have the option to switch in fully charged ones when the batteries die. The shocks of this vehicle are also strong, because as an off-road vehicle, it would be impossible to traverse without good shocks and tires. The tread on the tires is designed specifically for a rugged road, so if you want to race your buddy up your dirt driveway to see who makes it through the potholes the fastest, you can be sure that you will not cause damage to the car.
- RW 1/24 Scale Lamborghini Veneno Car Radio Remote Control Sport Racing Car
If you like the look of a Lamborghini, then you will love the red exterior of this RC car. It is a 1/24th size model, so it is a bit smaller than many of the remote control car options on this list, but that means that it is able to travel at a faster rate of speed. It is designed with working headlights and taillights to give it a more realistic driving experience. Off-road enjoyment is not a great idea with this vehicle because it is rather low to the ground, but the car is perfect for flat surfaces and paved areas. It is actually able to maneuver over speed bumps, so you will not have any issue driving in a parking lot.
This unit requires five batteries to run; the car requires three AAA batteries and the remote requires two AA, so make sure to stock up on both of the battery types. If you don’t like the bright red exterior, there is also a silver option that you can choose from.
RC cars are one of the most enjoyable remotely controlled devices that you can own regardless of whether you are a kid or simply a kid at heart. Decide whether you are looking for speed, off-road maneuverability, or a snazzy looking sports car to show off at the park.
If we had to choose one of the options on the list as our favorite, it would be the Maisto R/C 27Mhz Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle because it offers one of the best off-road experiences. The suspension is great, and the tires are excellent for driving through the mud. If you are looking for more of a bang for your buck option, then check out the Lamborghini Veneno Car Radio Remote Control Sport Racing Car because it has excellent speed and maneuverability for a RC car that costs less than $20.