5 Best Off Road RC Cars in 2018 you need to know about

If you're in the market for a new remote controlled vehicle and want something that can tackle anything thrown at it, then you should be looking for some off road remote controlled cars. Off road remote controlled cars can go anywhere you want, and tackle any weather condition available. The engineering behind these machines often pioneers the way for racing track RC vehicles and help change the way RC vehicles operate in the future.

To determine the best off road RC cars, we'll look at the technology behind each RC vehicle, maneuverability, required maintenance, capability of different terrains, and durability.

Review of Best Off Road RC Cars in 2018

vaterra slickrock RTR off road RC cars

The Vaterra 01003 Slickrock buggy makes our list of one of the best off road RC cars available in the marketplace today. With one of the most aggressive stylings to date, this rock crawler separates itself from some of the other options on our list from its unique look. Vaterra displaces their suspension to hide it underneath the body lid when compared to some other buggy options available from other competitors that usually like to make the suspension stand out to the side of the frame.

Engineered with a complete waterproof servo that has enough torque to tackle any terrain thrown at it, this 4x4 buggy style off road RC car is great for those looking to keep this RC car on all four wheels while going over hurdles. Designed with increased traction at all times, Vaterra placed the main weight of the RC car at the front so as to increase traction at all times. With complete waterproof electronics, electronic speed control, and 1.9 inch-sized tires, this is an off road RC car you can trust in.

Things We Liked

  • 4x4 Drivetrain
  • 1.9 Inch Wheels
  • Hidden Suspension Underneath Body Lid
  • Aggressive Styling
  • Complete Waterproof Electronics
  • Servo Placed Towards Front of Frame To Increase Front Traction

Things We Didn’t Like

  • 1/18th Sizing is Relatively Small
  • Aftermarket Options for Parts That Should Come Standard
Axial Wraith SpawnRock Racer

Axial has created one of the most exciting jeep/buggy crossovers in recent years with this hybrid of an RC car. Axial’s marketing campaign for the Wraith has been about showing this beast of an RC tackling any obstacle that could arise on its quest for entertainment, and it does just that. With virtually bullet proof axles that hammer through tough trails, or the 2.2-inch tires that grip and tear all surfaces the Wraith Spawn is capable of holding its own.

One of the neatest features about the Wraith Spawn by Axial Racing is that it comes with a full tube-frame chassis that wraps around the entire body. This is one design feature that makes this off road RC stand out for the attention to detail that Axial has clearly put into this vehicle.

Axial created a partially waterproof design that leads some elements to be desired but makes up for it with some of their other features. Included with this RC vehicle’s design are oil filled shocks, a versatile crawl capability, off-center axle design, and a dual slipper clutch.

Things We Liked

  • Off-Center Axle Design
  • Full Tube-Frame Design Packed with Authenticity
  • Oil Filled Shocks
  • Versatile Crawl Ability

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Partially Waterproof – Some Parts Have To Be Waterproofed By Owner
  • Does Not Come Included With Charger, Battery, or AA Batteries for Controller
Traxxas E-maxx best off road RC cars

Traxxas makes our list twice for best off road RC cars available in the marketplace today with their E-Maxx Brushless Edition. This self-righting behemoth comes with a high power 2200Kv motor that makes a storm in its wake. With an extremely low stance aggressive styling that makes the center of weight lower to tackle the roughest terrain available, it’s clear that Traxxas made this machine to climb steep inclines with aggression.

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With a unique stability management feature and waterproof electronics, owners can take this off road RC car anywhere they desire, as the self-righting feature will help get them out of trouble in the event that they might be turned upside down. Compatible with 7-cell NiMH batteries, Twin 2S LiPo or Cell 3S LiPo batteries, Traxxas lets the owner decide where they want to take this powerful machine, and how fast they’d like to go. Reaching speeds of 35mph or 65mph respectively, the E-Maxx Brushless Edition grants users the ability to start small and work their way up depending upon their own experience level.

Things We Liked

  • Self-Righting Features Get You Out of Trouble
  • Low Stance Aggressive Styling
  • Stability Management Features
  • Waterproof Electronics
  • Three Separate Battery Compatibility Options
  • Customization of User Difficulty and Operating Level

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Operating Accessories Have To Be Purchased Outside of Initial Purchase (Like Batteries)
  • Expensive Compared To Some Other More Advanced Models That Traxxas Offers With More Features

Traxxas Bigfoot No.1 - Budget Choice

Axial Racing Best off road rc cars

The first thing that you need to know about the Traxxas Bigfoot is that it is a high-performing, 1/10 sized replica of the original monster truck. The Bigfoot is equipped with proven Stampede chassis, Which is known for it's high durablity. 

It comes with XL-5 ESC with waterproof electronics. The truck is equipped with bearings in the transmission only, and bushings everywhere else.

It has the amazing look of the original Ford F-100 Bigfoot which give it more excitement to have such a truck.

​What we find from trying this monster that it has a ton of torque and high acceleration. This car fit beginners very much as it easy to drive and need low maintenance to keep it going. for more about this car see this review

Things We Liked

  • Super Durable
  • Really affordable for being able to get such a high performing RC Off-road truck.
  • Waterproof and Water-Resistant Parts

Things We Didn’t Like

  • The Truck is a Two-Wheel drive not four.

Traxxas Summit - Best Off Road RC Cars

Traxxas Summit Review

The Summit is a newcomer to the world of off road RC cars, built by one of the most recognized brands in the business, Traxxas. The Traxxas Summit is one of the most entertaining and thrilling off road RC cars available, as they pack enough technology into it to surprise even the most knowledgeable in the RC hobby realm. With revolutionary remote locking differentials that help change power to the drivetrain at a moment’s notice, or the transmission switches that allow owners to go from 70:1 first gear to 25:1 second gear makes it clear that Traxxas has a goal for tackling all off road obstacles.

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Included with the Summit are 10 LED Lights that are mounted to this large off road RC to enable owners to take this bad boy out for a daytime or nighttime joy ride, without having to worry about losing it or not seeing the obstacles you might be facing. With a solid exoskeleton frame built around the entire body that protects against rugged terrain and potential damaging obstacles, Traxxas also secures the Summit with seven-inch extreme terrain tires that help secure the footing that this off road RC car might face.

Just like the first option on our list, Traxxas has included waterproof electronics along with a 16.8volt Titan 775 Motor to provide the most power that could tackle any steep incline or surface available.

Traxxas rounds out this beauty of an RC car with a low center of gravity that matches the styling of this off road RC car so that the owner can reduce weight and maximize power.

Things We Liked

  • Remote locking differentials
  • Telescoping Axles
  • ​Aggressive Chassis Design
  • Complete Waterproof Electronics
  • 10 LED Lights
  • Titan 775  16.8volt Motor
  • Full Body Exoskeleton Shielding
  • Low Center of Gravity

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Blue, Red, White, Black Color Scheme – Blue Doesn’t Mix Well


As you can see there are some great contenders that everyone should look at for best off road RC cars available today in the marketplace. Off road RC vehicles contain some of the most groundbreaking technology that transitions into additional models from remote controlled companies, as these machines need to handle the toughest terrain while still providing great power and stability.

While some options on our list come packed with features to the tee, others come with fewer features that are upgradeable in addition to a smaller learning curve. Off road RC cars are some of the most entertaining remote controlled vehicles available today, as they can achieve feats few other RC vehicles can come close to.

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