11 Best RC Cars for Sale: The Ultimate List 2018 (Updated!)

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The Heavy Power List of Top 10 Best RC Cars for Sale includes a huge price range of RC cars, as it was our goal to make something that was all-inclusive for all budgets. That’s one of the great things about remote-controlled cars — there’s a car out there for every type of user.

From the kid who just wants something to race with to the hardcore hobbyist adult with a bigger budget, there is an RC car out there. But when buying them — especially the higher end models — there’s a lot you need to know (for example, which are simply battery powered and which are gas powered, which are the fastest RC Cars, which are just meant to be drift cars, etc).

And, there are different types of RC cars that specialize in different things, such as being a rally car or a drift car or simply specializing in being the fastest remote-controlled car available.

So without further ado, here are the top 11 best RC cars for sale in 2018, along with all of the important information you need to know about them:

What Are the Best RC Cars For Sale in 2018?

traxxas xo1 Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Fastest RC Car ever made
  • Stylish
  • Tweaking options
Price: $749.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
arrma talion 6s Amazon Customer Reviews
  • 70+MPH Out of the Box
  • Waterproof
  • Sleek Look
Price: $499.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
traxxas rustler Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Electric powered
  • Waterproof
  • Flies off jumps nicely
Price: $209.74 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
best rc cars Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Cheap
  • Stylish
  • Ready to Go out of the box
Price: $149.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
traxxas ford gt Amazon Customer Reviews
  • High speeds
  • Impressive-looking replica
  • Uses Traxxas’s 4WD 4-Tec 2.0 chassis
Price: $289.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
hpi racing 107014 Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof
  • Thick aluminum chassis
Price: $459.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
redcat racing rampage Amazon Customer Reviews
  • 1/5 Scale
  • 11.1v Battery
  • Electric
Price: $739.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
redcat racing blackout sc Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Fast
  • Aggressive Look
  • KV3800 Brushless Motor
Price: $239.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
arrma notorious Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Unique Look
  • 60+MPH
  • Stuntastic
Price: $499.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
exceed rc drift king Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Looks Great
  • Working LED Headlights
  • Price
Price: $209.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
exceed rc buggy Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Great Starter RC Car
  • Super Cool Look
  • Lower Priced
Price: $119.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. Traxxas XO-1 64077 Supercar

    Pros:
    • Fastest RC Car ever made
    • Stylish
    • Tweaking options
    Cons:
    • Expensive
    • Requires iPhone 4 or higher for top speed
    • Not Practical for everyday use

    If you want the fastest RC car currently available, you’ll have to shell out some dough for the Traxxas XO-1 64007 Supercar, which hits 100mph out of the box and can go even faster with some optional upgrades.

    Not only is the car stylish and sleek, but it controls beautifully. This car hits 60mph in just 2.3 seconds, and 100 mph in 4.92 seconds — incredible! To reach such speeds, Traxxas partnered up with Castle Creations to develop the Mamba Monster Extreme power system for the unique requirements of the XO-1.

    The custom motor is a mere few cubic inches so that it fits inside the beautiful design. The TQi pairs with the Traxxas Link app for powerful tuning tools that can even be tweaked by someone else while you’re driving for extreme precision. If you want speed, the XO-1 is second to none.

  2. Arrma Talion 6S 1:8 Scale

    Pros:
    • Sleek Look
    • Waterproof
    • 70+MPH Out of the Box
    Cons:
    • Only one color available
    • Not for newbies
    • Pricey

    While Traxxas seems to dominate the RC market, I wouldn't sleep on Arrma RC cars — they're super high quality. While I'm heartbroken over the discontinuation of the Nero 6S, their Talion 6S is a great replacement that's TONS of fun.

    This little baby can ZIP!

    It can get up to 70+MPH right out of the box, and with tweaks, we have no doubt that you could get it even higher.

    It has a low and sleek body that reduces drag and allows you to hit top speed, with tires that are built to grip the pavement. What's more, it does very well on dirt and snow.

    It's one of the coolest little RC cars for sale right now.

    It's waterproof, and it comes RTR. It also has an awesome 2 year limited warranty.

  3. Traxxas 37054 2WD Stadium Rustler XL-5

    Pros:
    • Electric powered
    • Waterproof
    • Flies off jumps nicely
    • Good tires
    Cons:
    • Heavier chassis
    • Not 35mph out of the box (needs tweaking)
    • Not very durable

    Traxxas’s Rustler XL-5 37054 is one of the most fun RC cars available. It’s the number 1 selling 1/10 stadium racer, and for good reasons. For one, its waterproof electronics allow for all-weather driving, so you can run it through water, mud and snow without damaging the electronics.

    Secondly, it comes with Traxxas’ Power Cell 7-cell NiMH battery. The Traxxas Rustler Xl-5 is rugged but still sporty, topping out at 35mph. Under the body you’ll find a Torque-Control slipper clutch, which allows the Rustler XL-5 to operate smoothly with consistent traction control.

    There are three drive profiles an easy-to-use Electronic Speed Control for high current handling, allowing new or young drivers to develop their control skills before unleashing the full power of its Titan 12T motor. It’s also RTR (ready to race), so all you have to do is throw the batteries in and you’re ready to go. You won’t find a better hobby RC car for under $250.

  4. Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift Car

    Pros:
    • Cheap
    • Stylish
    • Ready to Go out of the box
    • Fast
    Cons:
    • Short battery life
    • Takes 8 hours to fully charge
    • Slow charger

    While Redcat Racing has a lot of mediocre offerings, their Lightning EPX Drift Car is a standout in the price range. It sports a 2.4GHz radio (which requires a whopping 8 AA batteries), aluminum capped oil filled shocks with a stellar polycarbonate body with 3 color options.

    The black and orange Lamborghini style is the coolest of the bunch, and it’s also the sportiest. It’s fast and durable as well. And, as expected, it drifts wonderfully, allowing you to turn corners without hiccups. The battery leaves much to be desired, but if you or your child is just getting into RC cars, Redcat Racing’s Lightning EPX Drift Car is a great choice.

  5. Traxxas Ford GT

    Pros:
    • High speeds
    • Impressive-looking replica
    • Uses Traxxas’s 4WD 4-Tec 2.0 chassis
    • Built brushless-ready to handle extreme power upgrades
    Cons:
    • Doesn’t come with battery or charger
    • Best-looking blue costs more on Amazon
    • Expensive

    Racing enthusiasts can’t get enough of the Ford GT, and it’s mostly because of its sleek look. Now, you’re able to bring that sleek-looking goodness home with the Traxxas Ford GT 1/10 FWD, which is a new addition to their arsenal of great RC cars in 2017.

    This officially licensed scale Ford GT uses the 4WD 4-Tec 2.0 chassis, and although it won’t hit the same speeds as the actual Ford GT, it will look just as cool. This baby can hit speeds over 30mph out of the box, and it comes with aggressive street tires with replica brake discs and calipers for the ultimate realism.

    It’s also waterproof, so you’ll have no electronics issues if you drive it in the rain or over puddles.

    It’s available in Liquid Red or Liquid Grey for $297, or Liquid Blue for $314.

  6. HPI Racing 107014 Trophy 4.6 Truggy

    Pros:
    • Reliable
    • 2.5hp nitro engine
    • Thick aluminum chassis
    • Waterproof
    Cons:
    • Have to refill nitro once depleted
    • High maintenance
    • Some complain about the servos

    HPI Racing is another popular RC Car company with hobby enthusiasts, and they have a nitro RC car that is powerful, fast, and reliable. The HPI Racing 107014 Trophy 4.6 Truggy RTR is that car, and it’s a great pick of big-air stunts due to its durable aluminum chassis, braces and shock towers, and its Nitro Star F4.6 HPI engine, which sports power that’ll allow you to easily pull off huge long-air jumps, backflips and tall umps.

    Its big wheels and 4WD make it perfect for landing on even tough terrain. And, like the majority of Traxxas’ cars, HPI Racing’s Truggy Racer is waterproof. You’ll also get a full, in-depth instruction manual for disassembling and reassembling the Truggy for easy servicing.

  7. Redcat Racing Rampage XB-E Buggy (1/5 scale)

    Pros:
    • 1/5 Scale
    • 11.1v Battery
    • Electric
    Cons:
    • Very basic looking, save for its size
    • Requires 8 AA batteries for the Transmitter
    • Long charge times w/ included charger

    Another great Redcat Racing RC car is the Redcat Rampage XB-E Electric Buggy, a super speedy buggy that uses an impressive 11.1v 3600mAh LIPO battery to power it.

    It has a super zippy 980KV electric brushless motor that provides all the torque you could ever want and some fantastic horsepower.

    This thing is a MASSIVE 1/5 scale extreme buggy, so make sure you have storage room for it.

    While the price tag is high, the pay-off is as well, and it's one of the coolest RC cars available right now.

  8. Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro

    Pros:
    • Fast
    • Aggressive Look
    • KV3800 Brushless Motor
    Cons:
    • One User Reported gears wearing down quickly
    • Not really 1/10th scale, more like 1/12th
    • Some stiff suspension

    Redcat Racing is another favorite brand of ours in the RC world, as they continually release quality car after quality car. One of our top choices for RC trucks is the Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro.

    It has a super aggressive look to it that makes it look like a racing truck (which is essentially what it's supposed to be), and there are two colorways available: red or blue.

    More importantly, is that it has a super impressive 7.4v 3200mAh LIPO Battery (and yes, the charger is included, of course). The motor is an electric brushless KV3800 motor.

    It also uses four wheel drive to push itself along any terrain (it's one of our favorites during the winter for snow!).

    It's a fast and powerful beast, and since they no longer make the Arrma 6X trucks (they've been discontinued), this is a second best.

     

  9. Arrma Notorious BLX 6S Stunt Truck

    Pros:
    • Stuntastic
    • 60+MPH
    • Unique Look
    Cons:
    • But is it ugly or not?
    • Only 2 colors available
    • Only 2050kv Motor

    The Arrma Notorious 6S BLX is one of Arrma's newest RC cars, and it looks to use the same design as the Arrma Nero 6s line that was discontinued.

    Except, it looks super weird...not necessarily in a bad way, just ultimately different than any other truck design we've seen.

    There are two colorways available: black or blue.

    It uses a '50s-style truck body with an aggressive-looking, low-sitting chassis. It has on-demand back flips and wheelies available, so you can easily impress your friends.

     

  10. Exceed RC MadSpeed Drift King

    Pros:
    • Looks Great
    • Working LED Headlights
    • Price
    Cons:
    • Only one color available
    • Not for novices
    • Weighs only 2 pounds...a little heavier would be better for drifting

    For ~$20 less than the Redcat Racing EPX, you can pick up the Exceed RC MadSpeed Drift King, which is also widely considered to be one of the top 10 best RC cars available in 2018.

    1/10 scale...it's big!

    It has an impressively low center of gravity design that makes it perfect for drifting around long corners. It sports a 380 3000KV Brushless motor.

    This baby also has LED headlights and a cool neon glow, so it looks really good at night.

    It's one of the best-looking RC drift cars you can buy right now, and it helps that it's really good at what it says it does on the box: drifting!

     

  11. Exceed RC Sunfire Off Road Buggy

    Pros:
    • Great Starter RC Car
    • Super Cool Look
    • Lower Priced
    Cons:
    • Not as fast as other RC cars available
    • Only one colorway available
    • Only 1800mAh battery

    Exceed RC is typically overlooked for more name brands like Traxxas, Redcat, or Arrma — but the RC company has some high-quality RC cars that typically come in at a much lower price tag.

    One of their coolest RC cars is the SunFire Off Road Buggy. It comes RTR, and it uses a powerful 540 brushed motor. It also has a more typical RC car look — like something you might've found at a Toys R' Us. But despite its toy-esque look, it's no toy.

    Its top speed is around 25mph.

    It does pretty well on all terrains, and although it isn't the fastest of the RC cars on this list, it's a great starter car for RC hobbyist beginners.

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34 Comments

34 Comments

Spencer

It depends, nitro cars can’t be driven in most places, but they can be driven all day and are generally cheaper, but there is a lot of maintenance required. electric rcs, on the other hand, can be driven almost anywhere, and need almost no maintenance, but the battery needs to be charged so you can’t drive it a lot.

jessica

@nailpolishreview Yea but i can’t believe they didn’t include the gravity defying RC car. This thing goes from your floor, up the wall and on the ceiling! This website called Jiver has it thoguh

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