When you are looking for just the right car, either for yourself or someone else, you want to make sure you get a good one and not some piece of junk. How do you make sure?
Well one sure-fire way to know which cars are good and which ones are bad is to check out their reviews online. These days, you can look around online and find comprehensive reviews on just about anything, but there is one problem…
…how do you know if the reviews are accurate? That can be a tough on. Another problem is that it can take time to dig around looking for reviews on different cars before you are ready to make up your mind.
That is why I wanted to put together a review section on my site. That way you can find all the reviews you need, all in one place!
I will base these reviews on my own experiences, the opinions of top RC professionals, and the thoughts of actual users of the product just like you and me.
When I put these reviews together, I will be focusing on the factors I think are most important for the average RC user (like me). Things like: durability, ease of use, maintenance requirements, handling, speed, intended uses, skill level, etc.
We will also look at whether or not the car is a good fit for beginners, or maybe its intended for serious racers or RC competitors. Whatever the case, I will try to lay out all the info I can to help you make your buying decision, and never fear, if I don’t like a car I will not hesitate to let you know.
Go ahead and browse through our reviews below, and make sure you take the time to check out my favorite RC cars.
Good Option For The Kids: RedCat EPX Electric Drift Car
RC cars are one of the best presents you can get for your child or grandchild. They’re colorful, fun to play with, and best of all they get your kids outside! If you’re searching through RC car reviews for a good beginner RC Car, then I recommend the RedCat Racing EPX Electric Drift Car. It has a good price point, for the value, comes from a recommended brand, and is fully drivable out of the box.
The EPX Electric Drift car is sure to pop eyes when your child unwraps it. Since it’s a 1/10 scale reproduction of an actual race car, this little racer is much bigger than the hot-wheels size RC cars most kids are used to, and the vivid colors and sleek curves of this car are sure to turn heads around the Christmas tree.
The Redcat Racer has four-wheel drive and special drift tires which are a ton of fun on hard carpet, or on your driveway. The brand, Redcat, have been selling quality RC products for over ten years, and I’ve never had a problem with one of their cars.
*Electric Brushed 27T 540 Motor
*Electric powered with speeds up to 25mph
*Rechargeable 7.2 volt battery
If you’re looking for the best RC car for beginners then consider this Redcat Racer. It’s easy, and fun to drive, looks great, and as you get more into the hobby you can easily customize it. The plastic chassis, while stylish, can be a little brittle. If something breaks, or cracks, during driving, you can always get a new one at your local hobby store, or online, and replace it yourself.
One drawback of this particular racer is the battery life. The 7.2V 2000mAh NiMH battery pack makes the car screamin’ fast, for about 15 minutes. The stock charger that comes with the car can take a long time, (like eight hours,) to fully charge, so you might want to consider finding a different battery, or a different charger to guarantee high speeds for longer, and less down-time between drive sessions.
Overall, if you’re new to RC racing, or if you’re looking for a gift for a family member, you can’t go wrong with this Redcat racer. It’s a great introduction to the hobby, and if you get more involved, you can upgrade this racer to make an even cooler driving machine.
Here is a video of the Lightening Drift in action:
Great All-Around Car: Traxxas Rally TQi
Race and drift style RC cars are great for playing around on concrete or hard carpet, but if you want a high-octane RC experience then you need a high quality rally car like this one from Traxxas. The Traxxas Rally TQi RC car comes with a hefty price tag, but once you get this car out of the box and feel it race through dirt, mud, and puddles you’ll know the price was 100% worth it.
This Traxxas car is hands-down the best RC rally car you can get for the money. With a special Velineon 3500 brushless engine and exclusive BFGoodrich Rally tires, it can reach speeds of up to 40 mph on nearly any surface.
The engine is water resistant, and comes standard with high-quality parts including steel turnbuckles, captured rod-ends, sealed, silicone-filled differentials, and a Revo-Spec torque-control slipper clutch. The brushless engine means electricity powers the motor in a slightly different way, which makes for greater speed.
*Velineon 3500 Brushless Engine (More expensive but MUCH faster,)
*Electric powered with speeds up to 40mph
*Rechargeable 7-cell 8.4 volt battery
*High quality and durable motor parts
*BFGoodrich Rally Gravel Tires
If you take the Traxxas Rally TQi to a nearby field and let it open up, you’ll love how responsive the controls are. This car hugs to the ground on turns at high speeds, and handles jumps, bounces, and jolts like a pro.
The Traxxas Rally has a lower profile and a sleeker design than other rally cars. The unique low-CG (Center of gravity) design makes it ideal for drifting on concrete, and more flip-resistant on wild terrain including dirt and gravel.
One drawback of this racer is the stock battery it comes with out of the box. The battery life is pretty short, (maybe 15 minutes,) before you need to plug it back in, and it can burn out after about a month of heavy use. That’s why a lot of hobbyists recommend you get a third-party LiPo battery which can give you speeds up to 60mph, a shorter charge time, and longer battery life.
I do a lot of RC car reviews, and I think that this Traxxas rally car is the best you can get for your money. That high price point may be a little intimidating, but this car will last a lot longer than other cars, for instance the RedCat drift car, and with the special design and fancy motor, it’s way more exciting to drive.
This is a thorough video review with plenty of action shots of the Rally:
Off Road Beast: HPI Racing Baja 5B SS Gas Buggy
For the serious hobbyist, the HPI Racing 1/5 Baja 5B SS Gas RC Racing Buggy is the best you can find. It’s rugged, fun to drive, and extremely customizable. It comes in a kit, which means you need to assemble the frame, engine, and steering by yourself. Fortunately, it comes with a manual, and HPI support is very useful if you find yourself stuck and need to talk to a real person.
This thing is a monster. 1/5 scale means the buggy weighs 29 pounds, stands 32 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 10 inches tall. It looks and feels like a real dune buggy, and is perfect is you’re a mid-level or expert hobbyist, with time for a project, and space to drive the buggy in.
The most exciting part of the Baja 5B kit is the chance to build your own custom RC buggy. The regular Baja 5B is a great stock car, but with this kit you can increase the speed and power of an already great car, and construct for yourself the best RC buggy. The kit contains various option parts to customize your ride, as well as a 26s 26cc fuel engine which has more acceleration, and a higher top speed, than stock.
This buggy is amazing when you’re out on dunes or rough sand. It’s fast, loud, and rugged. There’s no reason to worry about damaging it, because this the Baja buggy is built like a truck. The narrow channel Monocoque chassis are made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, very sturdy, and the kit includes an aluminum alloy differential case to protect the engine.
*Heavy-duty rear dogbones
*Chunky steel drive shafts
*Waterproof, high-torque servo
*High-impact nylon roll case
Many people prefer to have a buggy which is ready out-of-the-box, but a lot of serious hobbyists love to tinker with, and modify their RC cars. If you want to build the ultimate RC buggy, you’ll love how fully customizable this vehicle is. In addition to the various option parts which increase power and durability, the kit includes heavy-duty shocks with customizable dampening settings, and a fully adjustable suspension, caster, and camber.
What I love about this buggy is that I could see myself putting it together in my garage, and taking it out to sand dunes, a beach, or a local RC track, and showing it off. I always feel the most proud of things I build myself, so starting with a kit and building the ultimate RC buggy sounds like a great project.
Here is a cool video of a Baja 5B tearing around in some sand dunes: