2017 Best Electric RC Cars for Kids Under Age 14
Kids love to race. Speed excites them—a trait some of us don’t grow out of when we get older! And so remote control, or RC, cars almost always make a great gift. They teach fine motor control, are a chance to get outdoors, and nothing gets kids more animated than the roar of a little engine. With such a choice, we’ve worked hard to find the 10 best electric RC cars for kids under 14—any older than that, and they’re starting to think about driving real ones!
Whether it’s detailed replicas, DIY kits, or pure speed they’re after, we’ve got something for everyone in our countdown.
What’s here: The top ten list below is a mix of the best electric RC cars around, blending style, price, range, and speed from all the options out there.
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Updated: September 26th, 2017
1. HOSIM New Version RC Truck 9123, 1/12 Scale Radio Controlled Electric Car
2. Vatos Remote Control Electric Racing Car
3. Remote Control Building Kit
4. High Speed Remote Control Car
5. Offroad 2.4Ghz 2WD Remote High-Speed Control Monster Truck
6. Genuine License Lamborghini 16.4 Grand Sport RC Car
7. WLtoys 12403 RC Car 1:12 Remote Control Electric Truck
8. Off-Road RC-4 Climbing Big Cool Cruiser
9. RASTAR 1/24 Scale Ferrari RC Car
10. Team Energy V8SC 1/8th Scale Brushless Powered Truck
Top 10 Best Electric RC Cars for Kids Under Age 14:
Our first RC car is more of a truck, to be honest, but what a truck the HOSIM New Version RC Truck is!
This is an updated version of a previous off-road demon and now delivers even more oomph, reaching a top speed of nearly 40km/h. It’s tough and semi-waterproof, so it can handle tricky conditions, and if it does struggle, it’s covered by a 1 year replacement warranty. Its battery life isn’t the longest, but it’ll be an adrenaline-filled ride!
- Play time – 11 minutes
- Top speed – 38km/h
Second on our list is the Vatos Remote Control Electric Racing Car, part of the Desert Gale series.
It boasts fantastic detail, especially on the interior, and the build quality means you get a steady and reliable drive.
The range is good and you can expect it to run for up to a quarter of an hour without too much trouble. The ease with which you can use this out of the box makes it a winner for kids for want to get going!
- Play time – 12 minutes
- Top speed – 15km/h
We always like to bring you something a bit different, hence number three on this list: a Remote Control Tank Building Kit.
Combining kids’ twin loves of construction and remote control, this is a 145 piece set to build your own remote control tank.
The illustrated instructions are simple enough that a 7 year old will be able to happily build this on their own, and the finished product is definitely something they can be proud of.
- Build your own RC kit
- Requires AA and AAA batteries for operation
Our fourth entry is a great High Speed Remote Control Car choice for younger kids from A AURA.
The durable design means this can handle most terrains, and is highly responsive even at distance thanks to the 164 foot transmitter range. It’s easy to use and comes with a rechargeable battery and USB cable that powers up to half an hour of performance—among the best we’ve seen.
- Play time – 30 minutes
- Top speed – 15km/h
Our fifth entry brings us back to the serious speed with this Offroad 2.4Ghz 2WD Remote High-Speed Control Monster Truck.
The powerful motor can push this beast of a car to 40km/h, and it’s a strong performer on and off road. The style may not be for everyone, as it’s not the sleekest model, but the performance is undeniably impressive.
- Play time – 20 minutes
- Top speed – 40km/h
Number 6 is all about style, but the substance is there too! Welcome the Genuine License Lamborghini 16.4 Grand Sport RC Car.
If your kid has an eye for flair, this replica Lamborghini could be the answer. The 1:14 scale model looks loud and proud with a classic bright orange sporty paintjob, and the interior detail is true to form as well. It runs off included rechargeable batteries and even has working LEDs.
- Highly detailed replica
- Includes 66 AA rechargeable batteries
At number 7 is this high-speed, off-road buggy, aka the WLtoys 12403 RC Car 1:12 Remote Control Electric Truck.
Definitely one for kids with a bit more experienced driving RC cars, this isn’t the easiest to control due to the fantastic amount of power at your disposal. The 550 motor can take this up to 45km/h, and luckily, it’s strong enough to survive the inevitable high-speed collisions that occur! Great for young boy (or girl!) racers.
- Play time – 10 minutes
- Top speed – 45km/h
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Our eighth RC is a big game, Off-Road RC-4 Climbing Big Cool Cruiser straight off the African savannah!
This Doatry RC cruiser looks the part with incredible detailing and a proud upright stance thanks to its high suspension. It’s impeccably built and definitely isn’t the cheapest because of that, but it guarantees a lot of fun and is an impressive size.
- Top speed – 10km/h
- Range – more than 150m
At number 9, what RC list would be complete without a RASTAR 1/24 Scale Ferrari RC Car?
Arguably the most famous supercars in the world, Ferraris have an air of superiority that other brands can’t match. The famous logo is here in great detail, along with a suitably outrageous yellow paintjob. This car reaches a good speed but is very much confined to indoor use on a flat surface, and won’t run well on carpeted floors either.
- Top speed – 10km/h
- Range – 5-10m
Make no mistake, our final entry, the Team Energy V8SC 1/8th Scale Brushless Powered Truck, is a proper racing car.
If your kid is an experienced RC driver and is looking for the real deal for racing, this is a serious contender. Engineered for performance, it’ll do 56 km/h out of the box and, with a more advanced setup, can reach speeds of over 100km/h. Not for the faint-hearted, but if your kid’s got the racing itch, it might just be worth it.
- Play time – 45 minutes
- Top speed – 56km/h standard, 100mk/h with modifications
Update note: This Top 10 Best Electric RC Cars for Kids Under Age 14 page was modified to reflect current information on September 26th, 2017.