Top 10 R/C Cars for Kids 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Best Kids’ Remote Control Cars

 
Little boy playing with RC carWhat stands out to me the most about the “best of” RC cars for kids this year is the sheer variety of vehicles for toddlers, kids, “big kids” – and they’re a blast! Also there are remote control vehicles for kids that have entered the “high tech” era, and can perform some pretty incredible stunts!

What’s here: On this page is a top 10 list of the best RC cars for kids for the 2016 Christmas holidays and into 2017. Rankings for the list are from 1 to 10, and are based on a couple of factors – overall popularity and average consumer ratings. Remote control cars for a variety of age groups are included.

For shoppers: For each of the R/C cars listed here, one or more resources is hand-picked and recommended based on low pricing, trusted reputation for secure shopping and product availability. Links to customer reviews are also provided, where possible.

What’s Here:

1. Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Set
2. Air Hogs Thunder Trax RC Vehicle
3. Tyco Terra Climber RC Vehicle
4. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
5. Maisto Desert Rebel Volkswagen Beetle RC Car
6. Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC Vehicle
7. Disney Pixar Cars RC Fire Engine
8. MC2 Project H2O RC Car
9. Dinotrux Reptool Control Ty Rux
10. Jada Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger RC Car

1. Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Set

Price: $53.86
You save: $46.13 (46 %)
136 new from $42.462 used from $43.50

Ages: 8 and up

Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System arrives at the very top spot of the 2016-2017 top 10 RC cars for kids.

Hot Wheels is delving into the realm of digital fun with a race based on artificial intelligence.

Inclusive of two RC race cars, this setup allows players to compete against other players. Or, they can challenge the computer for racing victory. Controlled with a smartphone app to download 40 track layouts.

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NEW HOT WHEELS A.I. INTELLIGENT RACE SYSTEM STARTER KIT

$49.95
End Date: Tuesday Apr-4-2017 17:59:08 PDT
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New! Hot Wheels Ai Intelligent Race System Starter Kit

$48.99
End Date: Friday Apr-21-2017 8:07:16 PDT
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Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Kit NO TRACKS #sp751

$32.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 9:51:23 PDT
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2. Air Hogs Thunder Trax RC Vehicle

Price: $58.00
You save: $16.99 (23 %)
59 new from $51.5910 used from $50.46

Ages: 8 to 13

The Air Hogs Thunder Trax is another unmistakable addition to the best R/C kids’ cars this year.

The all-new Thunder Trax is an all-terrain rider with a classic remote control and two transformation modes.

This vehicle can go from a tank with rough-tread wheels, to a boat with water-churning flippers. Awesome radio communications for long-distance, rough-and-tumble adventures.

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Air Hogs, Thunder Trax RC Vehicle, 2.4 GHZ

$70.75
End Date: Friday Apr-28-2017 8:04:34 PDT
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NEW Air Hogs, Thunder Trax RC Vehicle, 2.4 GHZ Remote Control Transforming

$47.95
End Date: Monday Apr-24-2017 14:17:58 PDT
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RC Terran Air Hogs Remote Control Thunder Trax REPLACEMENT REMOTE CONTROL

$17.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-23-2017 8:52:54 PDT
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3. Tyco Terra Climber RC Vehicle

Price: $31.16
You save: $68.83 (69 %)
94 new from $31.1612 used from $31.16

Ages: 8 and up

The Tyco Terra Climber RC Vehicle arrives in the third spot on the list.

An award-winning toy, the Terra Climber is kinda scary. Ha, ha.

It looks like a creature with an extendable, spiky tail and a rough, ferocious appearance. Adventurous, fearless kiddos would love this one. Comes with all-terrain wheels that can climb.

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Tyco Terra Climber RC Vehicle - New

$34.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 8:27:35 PDT
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TYCO TERRA CLIMBER RC VEHICLE

$34.99
End Date: Friday Apr-28-2017 7:03:03 PDT
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Tyco Terra Climber RC VEHICLE TOY, 9.6-V Rechargeable Battery REMOTE CONTROL CAR

$53.14
End Date: Tuesday Apr-18-2017 23:16:13 PDT
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4. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Price: $149.99
14 new from $139.9933 used from $71.06

Ages: 8 and up

The Anki Overdrive Starter Kit is a returning favorite from last year, now making the 2016-2017 top RC cars for kids.

Overdrive is a robotic system that combines classic RC racing with the tech-savviness of our digital world.

There are 8 battlefields, each available to build and rebuild with a starter setup on your smartphone or tablet app. And, via the app, you race friends or worldwide players in real time.

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Anki OVERDRIVE Starter KIT, Kids Toy RC VEHICLES BATTLEFIELD SET

$100.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-27-2017 23:30:01 PDT
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Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

$147.41
End Date: Wednesday Apr-26-2017 10:42:27 PDT
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Anki Overdrive Starter Kit - Anki 000-00031

$98.99
End Date: Monday Apr-10-2017 21:35:32 PDT
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5. Maisto Desert Rebel Volkswagen Beetle RC Car

Ages: 8 – 15

One of my favorites among the best children’s remote control cars this year – Maisto Desert Rebel Volkswagen Beetle.

When I was a kiddo, I was a huge fan of the VW Beetle. My sister and I played punch buggy on the road and often referred to these vehicles as “bug” cars.

This scaled-down version is an RC original, decked out in desert camo and dubbed a Rebel. It is lightweight and versatile with lots of lifelike, cool details.

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R/C MAISTO 1:10 DESERT REBELS VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE OFF ROAD GREEN 82075

$59.00
End Date: Monday Apr-17-2017 22:16:06 PDT
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Maisto Desert Rebel Volkswagen Beetle Radio Control Vehicle (1:10 Scale)

$34.32
End Date: Sunday Apr-9-2017 10:37:28 PDT
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NEW Maisto 1951 Volkswagen Beetle 1:10 RTR Electric RC Car BG, 4WD Desert Rebels

$40.00
End Date: Friday Apr-14-2017 10:09:36 PDT
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6. Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC Vehicle

Price: $44.43
You save: $20.56 (32 %)
1 new from $44.4327 used from $19.65

Ages: 8 – 15

The Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC Vehicle holds the #6 spot on the list.

Another Hot Wheels instant classic.

The Sky Shock is an RC car and airplane rolled into one. Great for both track and mid-air races. You can trigger the transformation in mid-roll with the punch of a button. The car will evolve into an airplane, complete with racetrack wings for takeoff.

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Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC (Flame Design) Red Frustration-Free Packaging

$17.62
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 19:30:39 PDT
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Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC Flame Design

$18.75
End Date: Monday Apr-10-2017 9:54:19 PDT
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Hot Wheels Sky Shock RC (Flame Design)

$18.82
End Date: Sunday Apr-2-2017 15:02:34 PDT
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7. Disney Pixar Cars RC Fire Engine

Ages: 6 and up

One for the younger RC fans – Disney Pixar Cars Fire Engine also marks a spot among the best kids’ remote control cars for 2016 and into 2017.

I have never watched Pixar’s Cars all the way through. But, from the characters I’ve seen, this movie is a must-see. Or, at least some of those characters are must-owns, like the Fire Truck.

Nicknamed Red, this firetruck is an RC favorite with moveable eyes, top lights, and water cannons.

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Disney Pixar Cars RC Red Fire Engine Radio Control Fire Fighter Truck Dickie Toy

$85.50
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 17:09:58 PDT
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Disney Pixar Cars Turbo RC Red Fire Truck 2-7, GeoTRAX Geo Trax - NEW

$63.99
End Date: Sunday Apr-9-2017 20:47:40 PDT
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Disney Parks-Pixar CARS RC Fire Engine Remote Control Truck NEW IN BOX

$99.95
End Date: Monday Apr-24-2017 17:18:21 PDT
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8. MC2 Project H2O RC Car

Price: $40.96
You save: $29.03 (41 %)
1 new from $40.967 used from $31.54

Ages: 6 and up

Another very interesting inclusion to this year’s top picks in R/C kids’ cars is the MC2 Project H2O.

If your kiddo is a fan of Netflix originals, this water-powered RC original is a replica from the series, Project Mc2.

Sporty in bright red with cool purple interior, the car is easily navigated in forward or reverse with a classic RC steering wheel. Add water for complete, instant activation.

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Project MC2 H2O Radio Control R/C Red Car Convertible

$65.00
End Date: Friday Apr-28-2017 7:29:05 PDT
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Project MC2 H2O RC Car Remote control, Brand new in box

$30.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-6-2017 18:55:58 PDT
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Project Mc2 H2O RC Car | Fueled by Water | Powered by STEAM | NEW IN BOX

$39.97
End Date: Tuesday Apr-25-2017 12:36:55 PDT
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9. Dinotrux Reptool Control Ty Rux

Price: $28.98
You save: $21.01 (42 %)
36 new from $28.9521 used from $22.31

Ages: 4 and up

Hitting 9th on the list – Dinotrux Reptool Control Ty Rux.

This fierce RC truck is a wrecker, complete with a wrecking ball and chain.

There are 5 modes of fun play, including a mode where the dino dude follows kiddos around. Or, since the remote is called Revvit, another mode challenges Ty Rux to find his buddy.

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Dreamworks Dinotrux Reptool Control TY Rux

$35.25
End Date: Friday Apr-28-2017 12:06:29 PDT
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Dinotrux Reptool Control Ty Rux

$32.94
End Date: Friday Apr-21-2017 11:13:09 PDT
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Dinotrux Reptool Remote Control Ty Rux

$40.99
End Date: Monday Apr-3-2017 11:45:54 PDT
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10. Jada Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger RC Car

Price: $59.99
5 new from $59.997 used from $49.38

Ages: 8 and up

Rounding up the top ten RC cars for kids this year is Jada Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger.

From the Fast and the Furious movies, the Elite RC is a hobby-grade car for collectors.

Sure, you can play, but you have to know how to drive to keep it in pristine condition. The off-road chassis and speed-ready wheels make it so this RC classic reaches 10 miles-per-hour, all-terrain.

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Lot of 2 JADA RC CAR FAST & FURIOUS BRIAN'S TOYOTA SUPRA & DOM'S DODGE CHARGER

$79.99
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 7:46:19 PDT
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JADA R/C 1:16 RADIO CONTROL CAR FAST & FURIOUS DOM'S DODGE CHARGER R/T 97584

$39.50
End Date: Thursday Apr-27-2017 15:48:42 PDT
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JADA R/C 1:16 RADIO CONTROL CAR FAST & FURIOUS DOM'S DODGE CHARGER R/T 97584

$24.95
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 21:00:31 PDT
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/29/16.

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