If your pre-teen or teen is looking to spend a gift card or credit with Amazon, here are a few RC car options:
The Traxxas cars cars range from $200 to $1,000 dollars.
If you have between $200 and $300 dollars:
I recommend either getting a Traxxas slash 4×4 or a Traxxas raptor. The slash 4×4’s speed ranges from 30-40 mph. The raptor goes around 35 mph. Both of these cars are waterproof which makes them a lot more durable. Both of these cars are great off road. One caveat: the battery life on the slash 4×4 is not great.
I recommend getting the Traxxas rustler. The rustler is a very aerodynamic car which makes the car go up to 70 miles per hour with optional gearing and 3s lipo batteries which are are sold separately. If you don’t buy the extras, it still goes 35 mph. This car is waterproof so you can ride it through puddles. With this car you can do crazy flips and tricks in the air. The rustler is not made for off roading so its best on a flat road.
I would recommend you pick up the Traxxas TRX-4 Tactical. for $420. This car is made for off roading, not speed. This car is 100% waterproof so it will not affect it at all if you drop is in a pool of water. This car is super durable. In my opinion, if you want speed, even if you have $400-$500 dollars to spend, you should save the money and buy the Traxxas rustler.
If you are willing to drop $800-$1,000 dollars:
I would recommend the Traxxas X-Maxx, if you are looking for a off road car. If you prefer a car that is built for speed, I would go with the Traxxas X0-1. The Traxxas X0-1 it goes a whopping 100 mph!!!! The X-Maxx still goes fast at 50 mph. The Traxxas X0-1 is a lot easier to break and crash because it is very hard to steer at speeds up to 100 mph.
These are my recommendations for what RC cars to cop. I think an RC car is a great toy to get for adults and kids. For kids it is very good option because it teaches them responsibility. These cars have a lot of power. Without being responsible for this piece of machinery, the car will likely crash and break.
One accessory I recommend you buy is a Madd Gear mini ramp. If you want me to do a in depth post on one of these cars leave a comment down below.
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