2015 BEST REMOTE CONTROL CARS
#1
Rustler XL-5
The Traxxas Rustler XL-5 is an excellent car that keeps things simple for you as you explore the possibilities of RC racing. An intuitive remote control makes ...
#2
Slash 2WD
The Traxxas Slash is a great off-roading RC truck. Its high clearance and plush suspension may hold it back in competitive racing, but this design also makes is one ...
#3
DriftStar
Rather than aiming for versatility, the Exceed DriftStar is a very specialized vehicle, built mainly for on-road driving and drifting. It doesn't cover a wide ...
#4
Tremor ST Truck
Overall, Redcat Racing's Tremor ST is a solid choice for an RC truck. It is versatile, well priced and repairable. Its price and smaller size makes it perfect for ...
#5
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
Overall, the Silverlit Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is fun to drive, but its value comes more from its additional features. Realistic design and almost total control over ...
#6
Rock Crawler
The Rock Crawler Extreme isn't the fastest RC truck out there, but it excels in difficult terrain and climbs over large obstacles incredibly well. Large tires, a full ...
#7
Baja Beast
Despite falling short of its hobby-grade aspirations, the Baja Beast performs very nicely. It works well on-road and off, due to its large wheels and full suspension, ...
#8
Morphibians Rover
Due to its low speed, simplified controls and kid-friendly looks, this vehicle isn't for everyone. However, its durability, ease of use and amphibious capabilities ...
#9
Micro Desert Truck
The Losi Micro-Desert Truck is an off-road style truck with realistic looks and hobby-grade features. Although there is no extended warranty with this truck, readily ...
#10
Billy Fun Wheels
Ultimately, Billy Fun Wheels is an inexpensive, toy-grade radio controlled car that's made exclusively for young kids and toddlers. It does not have features that ...
Vehicle Performance
rating
9.50
9.30
8.32
8.20
7.78
7.50
6.95
6.70
6.38
5.25
Performance
90%
90%
90%
80%
60%
70%
65%
60%
50%
45%
Best Value
only $99.95
Tremor ST Truck
Speed
35 MPH
30 MPH
20 MPH
20 MPH
4.5 MPH
5 MPH
12 MPH
8 MPH
15 MPH
Not Specified MPH
2-4 Wheel Drive
2
2
4
4
2
4
2
4
2
4
Batteries Required
NiMH
NiMH
NiMH
Li-ion
4 AA
6 AA
NiMH
3 AA
NiMH
4 AA
Batteries Included
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Suspension
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Reverse
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Brake
1
1
1
1
1
1
Charger Included
1
1
1
1
On Road
 
 
 
 
 
Off Road
 
 
 
 
 
Design Features
Durability Score
100%
100%
85%
65%
60%
70%
60%
90%
70%
40%
RTR (Ready to Run)
Waterproof
1
1
1
Length (inches)
17.5
22.36
14.2
10.62
10
12.5
13.5
7
5.7
6
Width (inches)
13
11.65
7.9
8.46
4.8
8
10.25
6
3.5
7
Weight (pounds)
7
4.8
3
4
2.4
3.5
8
2.1
32
16
Height (inches)
7.5
8.4
4.4
5.31
3
7.5
4.3
6
NA
5
Remote Features
Batteries Required
4 AA
4 AA
4 AA
3 AA
N/A
2 AAA
3 AA
2 AA
8 AA
3 AAA
Batteries Included
1
1
1
1
Remote Type
Pistol-Grip
Pistol-Grip
Pistol-Grip
Pistol-Grip
iPhone, iPod or iPad
Pistol-Grip
Pistol-Grip
Two- Button Controller
Pistol-Grip
Two- Button Controller
Radio Frequency
2.4GHz
2.4GHz
2.4GHz
2.4GHz
Bluetooth
27MHz
27MHz
27MHz
27MHz
.27MHz
Proportional Throttle
1
1
1
1
1
1
Proportional Steering
1
1
1
1
1
1
Help & Support
Support Quality
100%
100%
15%
90%
60%
75%
75%
70%
80%
60%
Warranty
30 Days
30 Days
None
90 Days
None
30 Days
30 Days
None
None
None
Replacement Parts
1
1
1
1
1
Email Support
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Phone Support
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Instruction Manual
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
FAQs
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
User Forum
1
1
1
1
#1 RATED REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR
The Traxxas Rustler XL-5 is the best remote control car for someone new to the hobby who is also looking to improve the experience as their driving skills increase. This RC car can take a beating and continue running smoothly. We are impressed by the level of detail put into the chassis, with it's slipper clutch, ribbed tires with foam inserts and completely waterproof parts. This vehicle is a great value that will provide many great times for older children and adults.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE RUSTLER XL-5
DURABILITY
To protect the internal components, the body is fully sealed and watertight to keep out unwanted and harmful natural elements.
SPEED
For such a small vehicle, the Rustler XL-5 also impresses in the speed department. You can reach speeds up to 35 mph, which is as fast as a full size car.
EASE OF USE
The unit comes with a pistol grip controller. It's easy to grip and easy to maneuver with very little practice for either skilled or beginning RC drivers.
AGILITY
Life-like suspension allows you to corner like you're on rails. It also helps you jump from rock to rock and keep going.
READY TO RUN
Like the best radio-controlled cars, the Rustler XL-5 is ready to run. This means you won't have to assemble your card from a kit before you drive.

Remote Control Cars Reviews

Remote controlled cars appeal to an incredibly wide range of people. From adult hobbyists with technically advanced vehicles to toddlers driving a simplified truck in the living room, there is something for everyone in the world of RC cars.

There is much more to the hobby of remote controlled cars than simply driving them around. Hobby-grade vehicles like the Traxxas Rustler, Traxxas Slash or Exceed DriftStar offer upgrades and modifications will keep you busy as you customize your car to your liking. The RC hobby community is very active, so there's always something new to keep you interested.

Kids also love radio controlled cars, and with so many different choices, it's easy to find something appropriate for your child's age. You can find off-road vehicles with rock crawling capabilities or cars like the Morphibians Rover that drive as well in water as they do land. Read our latest articles about RC cars to discover what meets your needs best.

Remote Controlled Cars: What to Look For

A wide range of available products means a wide range of features to sort through. Before you buy a radio controlled car, it's important to understand what's going on under the hood. We've broken it down into four categories to help you choose a model that suits you.

Vehicle Performance
Whether it's an RC rock crawler or an RC drift car, some vehicles perform better in their respective fields than others. Some models offer off-road capabilities with four-wheel drive and independent suspension, while others come equipped with street-specific tires. Keep in mind the kind of driving and performance you want as you look for an RC car.

The type of battery required by your vehicle will also help to determine the way it's going to perform. The actual battery life of will depend on your driving style and the car itself, but high-quality NiMH batteries will always last longer and deliver more power than simple disposable batteries. Plus, rechargeable batteries will end up saving you money over time.

Design Features
Some models come preassembled, so you don't have to have any previous knowledge of RC cars to get started, while others come as kits and require you to build the car yourself. Our reviews focus on ready-to-run (RTR) models, which come preassembled and are more about the driving experience than customization or technical knowledge.

You'll also want to take note of the durability of the design and the availability of replacement parts. Off-roading vehicles are made with high ground clearance to avoid scraping and crashing into obstacles in uneven terrain. They also often come equipped with oil-filled shocks to absorb potentially damaging impacts.

Some models also incorporate waterproof components into their designs for use in adverse weather. If you live in area that gets a lot of rain or snow, this ensures that you can enjoy your RC car year round.

Remote Features
The remote is a large part of your RC experience, so it's a good idea to find one that suits your driving style. Most hobby-grade models include a 2.4GHz pistol-grip transmitter with proportional steering and speed control.

Proportional steering and speed control allows you to precisely adjust the speed and direction of your RC car. In slower toy models, this feature isn't quite as important, but it's a vital component of any hobby-grade vehicle.

Kid-friendly remotes keep it simple with just a couple of buttons for easy control. This enables children to have fun while they're learning rather than becoming frustrated with complex or overly sensitive controls.

Help & Support
Due to the high-risk nature of the hobby, warranties are generally short with remote controlled cars. Some manufacturers offer up to a 60-day warranty period, but many offer no warranty at all. If you're looking for a car that's really going to last, you'll want to make sure to get one with available replacement parts.

Remote controlled cars offer levels of fun and experience far beyond other toys. At their most complex, RC cars represent an in-depth hobby requiring technical knowhow and ingenuity. Cars at this level are geared toward adults and are capable of reaching high speeds, turning on a dime and climbing over intense obstacles. On the other end of the spectrum, simple and safe RC vehicles help young ones learn fine motor skills, explore their environment and, most importantly, have fun. Regardless of your level, a large number of remote controlled options make it easy to find the right combination of features for you.

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