7 Best Remote Controlled Cars in 2018 You Need To Have One


With so many remote controlled cars on the market, it can be difficult to sift through the masses to determine the best remote controlled car in 2018 available. This list will help to showcase some of the best remote controlled cars available, their positives and negatives, some of their unique features for each one, things we like and don’t like, and our rating for each one.

Some of the RC cars we will list are meant for a certain experience level only, and we will cover that for each one as we go through them.

Review of Best Remote Controlled Cars in 2018

Traxxas XO-1


This remote controlled racing machine is meant for expert drivers only as this super quick RC car can reach speeds of 0 to 100 mph in slightly under five seconds. Yes, that is correct, it has life-like speeds built under its lid.

This super quick machine comes with a TQi 2.4 Ghz radio system with Traxxas’ Wireless Link Module. With the unique ProGraphix painted bodies that add the extra styling that is hard to beat, everyone will be trying to catch a glimpse of this fast RC car as it zips past the competition.

This RC car can reach speeds of 100 mph straight out of the box with additional Power Cell LiPo batteries available through back-end purchases. Traxxas has been widely known for the last several years as creating the best engineered and quickest cars in the marketplace, and they certainly do not let down with this mention on our list of best remote controlled cars in 2018.

Traxxas uses state of the art tech with this powerful RC machine to make sure that it can handle the top speeds through precise speed control along with all-wheel drive capabilities. It claims to be the world’s fastest ready to run RC car, and it’s easy to see why as it can reach 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and 0 to 100 mph in 4.92 seconds.

Traxxas partnered with Castle Creations to create the powerful engine, speed control, handling, and stability controls. With over twenty features that are too many to count, it is easy to see why this Traxxas XO-1 is arguably the fastest RC car available in the marketplace and comes with a steep price tag to boot. This RC car is perfect for those with the most experience who want to blow past the competition on the race track with ease never before seen in the RC realm.

Things We Like

  • Top Speeds of Over 100 MPH
  • Great Styling
  • Back-End Modifications
  • Exquisite Engineering
  • Traxxas Link Wireless Module
  • Over Twenty Features Available
  • Fully Assembled and Ready To Run

Things We Don’t Like

  • N/A

Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift

Redcat Racing EPX Drift

The Lightning EPX Drift with a brushed motor by Redcat Racing is perfect for those individuals looking to get a powerful machine at a fraction of the price of some of the other mentions on our list.

This Redcat Racing product allows owners to customize the style in which they want to race. Whether you like drifting forward or even sideways, the Lightning EPX Drift enables you to do it your way. The Lightning EPX Drift make it possible to blur the line between controlled driving and out of control drifting all in one, without having to worry about disaster striking because the RC car can’t handle it. Contrary to some of the other items on the market, this RC car can handle everything you throw at it, as drifting is its specialty.

This RC car can drift around corners with ease and have enough power to propel itself forward to retain momentum built up before going around the corner. The lightweight built and plastic chassis that Redcat Racing engineered this beauty enabling it to recover easily after entering the drift.

The unique feature of this RC car is that Redcat Racing not only engineered it to get it out of trouble before it occurs but also to have the ability to backup in case you still went a little too wide with that drift you just entered. A backup functionality was built into this RC car’s transmission so that you can get out of trouble and back to drifting around corners in no time.

Redcat Racing engineered this beauty with customization in mind so that each driver could continue racing and tuning to their full potential with adjustable suspension. With no assembly required, this racing machine is ready to drift around corners in no time.

Things We Like

  • Adjustable Features
  • Different Styling and Colors With the Same Engine Build
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Forward and Backward Transmission
  • Affordability

Things We Don’t Like

  • Plastic Chassis Raises Questions of Durability

HPI Racing 1/5 Baja 5B SS

HPI Baja 5B

HPI Racing makes our list twice with their very own RC Buggy car. Just like the other RC buggy stylized car on our list, this one also requires gas. While nearly a meter long, this large machine can get to speeds of over thirty-five (35) MPH with no problem at all. Included with the 2.4 Ghz radio control system is a built in failsafe to make sure that the RC car doesn’t run away on its own with its immense power.

With aluminum steering, you can rest assured that this is a durable machine that won’t break any hard usage. With a 2 stroke 23cc pull starter engine that requires gasoline to fill a 24 oz fuel tank, you can rely on the fact that this machine can last for a long time and provide power for an enjoyable time. Thirty-two (32) inches in length, this RC car is relatively difficult to transport but comes with a host of accessories and features that are only matched by one other mention on our list, the XO-1.

With unique adjustable features that enable owners to customize the ride to their terrain and racing endeavors, the Baja Racing Buggy is perfect for individuals looking for one of the best remote controlled cars available on the market today.

Things We Like

  • Large list of Features
  • Adjustable Options
  • Power
  • Large List of Accessories

Things We Don’t Like

  • Pull Starter
  • Requires Gasoline
  • Need Assembly 

Traxxas T-Maxx Classic


The younger brother and original Maxx truck from Traxxas, the T-Maxx Classic makes our list. Traxxas joins our list twice, as this RC car provides a great look into one of the pioneers of the RC truck styling for RC cars.

The T-Maxx Classic is powered by Traxxas’ racing engines that they roll into their other more premium models and comes with an electric starting system. Just like their other model we covered earlier in our listing, this model also comes with a unique styling and graphic set that make it stand out in a crowd.

This classic model makes our list because it is the highest standard that companies can hope to achieve with their RC truck styling cars, as this model has been around for a long time due to its reliability, handling, and love by its owners. One of the coolest features of this RC car is that it comes with Traxxas’ Smart Start technology which helps owners to diagnose any problems their RC car might be facing.

This also highlights how easy it is to maintain this wonder of machinery as the T-Maxx has been around for so long that there is no shortage of parts to be found for quick repairs or modification accessories.

With a top speed of forty (40+) mph, and a backward and forward transmission, it is easy to see why the T-Maxx continues to stand the test of time and is still one of the best remote controlled cars still around.

Things We Like

  • Reliable
  • Durable Engineering
  • Superb Handling
  • Smart Start Technology To Diagnose Problems
  • Abundance of Parts Available

Things We Don’t Like

  • Hard To Transport
  • Need Gas

Axial SCX10 Honcho RTR AX90022


This RC car styled into an RC truck is one of the best remote controlled cars available in the marketplace today with a mid-ranged affordability. The greatest feature of the SCX10 is that it doesn’t sacrifice the quality of its performance because of its styling. This beast of a machine can perform fantastic on or off trails.

Built with an ultra durable transmission and axles that enable drivers to take this machine wherever they want without having to worry about engineering concerns is great for those looking for a machine to traverse unique trails that offer a bumpier ride.

The SCX10 Honcho was designed with heavy duty differential lockers to help distribute weight where needed so that the chassis and suspension don’t buckle under the increased weight during rough rides. In addition, the suspension has a 4 link design to reduce some of the torque twist and steers that can come with some of the steep climbs that could be required.

Just like the previous mention on our list, this RC car also comes with adjustable shocks to customize the off-road performance to get a better grip or ride depending on the terrain this RC car attempts to tackle. One of the greatest styling features of this RC car is that it comes with LED lights so that you won’t be hampered by only being able to drive during the day.

Unfortunately, this RC car does require some extra purchases before you can take this out on some of the rough terrains because it requires: AA Batteries, a charger, and electric battery.

Things We Like

  • Styling
  • LED Lights
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Durable Engineering

Things We Don’t Like

  • Mid-Ranged Affordability
  • Extra Purchases Required To Get It To Run

Redcat Racing Rampage XB

Rampage XB

Redcat Racing makes our list twice with the Rampage XB RC car. This RC car comes in slightly larger than some of the other options on our list, as it is a 1:5 scale to its off-road counterparts. With a host of features that make it stand out from some of the other options on our list, this is definitely one RC car you should look at before making your purchase.

The Rampage XB from Redcat Racing has a gas motor, which is in contrast to some of the completely electric offerings that are on our list. In addition, it comes with waterproof electronics which don’t limit where you can drive this RC car, or how you clean it when you’re done having a good time.

Redcat Racing takes a cue from some of the dune buggies of old with their styling of this RC car as they have a minimal lid styling that only covers the top of the car, and leaves the suspension, axles, wheels, and spoiler exposed. This styling is quite unique, as most RC car companies like to keep all of the inner-workings underneath the lid, but in this instance, we really like how it looks.

With extreme power through its 2 stroke gas engine, this RC car boasts 30cc’s with an aluminum chassis that will handle anything you throw this car at. A ready to run manufacturing with no extra purchases required, this RC car is one of the best available on the market.

Things We Like

  • Styling
  • Heavy Duty Engineering Built For Durability
  • Waterproof Electronics
  • 30cc 2 Stroke Engine With Loads of Power
  • Dual Disc Brakes

Things We Don’t Like

  • Needs Gas

HPI Blitz ESE Clear RTR Electric RC Truck

HPI Blitz

HPI Racing joins our list with their RC Car stylized to look like a truck. With a much more affordable price tag than some of the other options on our list of best remote controlled cars, this RC car looks like a stadium truck that can pack a powerful punch.

The Blitz comes with all new performance racing parts by HPI Racing to enable owners to take this machine to the winner’s circle in no time. These performance racing parts allow users to customize their racing style and driving style for whatever terrain they need to tackle. Adjustable camber and casters enable drivers to change the grip of their RC car so that it can tackle any problem in the future.

One of the best features that comes with this car is the extra accessories that come with the purchase. Included with the purchase of this RC car is the Race Truck Kit, Body, Shocks, Decals, Silicone Shock Oil, and Instructions. With a metal gear brushless ready engine, this RC car doesn’t have as much power as some of the other mentions on our list but handles itself nicely. Just like the last option on our list, this car requires some purchases before you can take this beauty out to ride.

Things We Like

  • Customization
  • Adjustable Features

Things We Don’t Like

  • Doesn’t Have As Much Power As Other Mentions
  • Requires Extra Purchases To Use

Buying Guide for Best Remote Controlled Cars

Remote controlled car come with many features that you need to know before you buy one. Some of the features depend on your use of the car. Some will rely on the place you are using the car so here are some most important points you should consider before you buy a remote control car

Features to look for when you choice RC Cars


We’ve listed some of the best remote controlled cars that are available today, and there are some large differences between the two. Each one has its benefits and slight drawbacks that will determine whether the RC car is right for you or not. Some of these cars are great for those who have some experience, while others are extremely powerful and should only be used by experts. The RC cars mentioned are without a doubt the best remote controlled cars available today.

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