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Best RC Cars For Christmas 2018 (RC Car Gift Guide)

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It’s not easy to pick out the best RC cars for Christmas. With so many options on the market, it can be heard to pick the best one for you or your child, especially if you don’t understand all of the more technical jargon.

Fortunately, here at Dronethusiast our team contains experts on all forms of remote control vehicles, from drones to planes to RC cars, trucks, and boats. We’ve gone through some of the hottest new cars on the market – plus a few of our old favorites – to find the top 5 best RC cars for Christmas 2018. We’ve found cars and trucks that are great for kids and adults, experts and beginners – anyone who could possibly be looking to put something special underneath their tree.

Best RC Cars For Christmas

The following cars were chosen based on their features, price, and specifications, as well as our reviewers’ own experiences driving each vehicle. They’re organized in approximate order of best to least best, but all five of these vehicles fulfill different needs and will be preferred by different types of consumers.

 

Traxxas Rustler

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Traxxas is the most popular RC car manufacturer in the world, and the Rustler is perhaps their most popular model. We at Dronethusiast also consider it their best.

Although some would argue for the superiority of the Traxxas Slash, the Rustler gives you better hardware in most categories at a lower price. It comes with a hobby-grade Titan 12-Turn 550 motor that can get the car up to speeds of 35 miles per hour. The Rustler is highly durable and drives well in almost any condition thanks to texturized tires, waterproof electronics, extra durable steel gears, and a Torque-control slipper clutch.

And since it’s a little cheaper on Amazon as part of a holiday sales event (at time of writing), there’s never been a better time to pick up this excellent RC car for Christmas.

RC Car Specifications:
• 16.2” x 8.6” x 6.5” dimensions
• 1/10 scale
• Comes with 1 Traxxas 8.4 Volt 7-cell NiMH battery
• 10 minute drive time per battery
• 35 mile per hour top speed
• Titan 12-Turn 550 motor
• Waterproof electronics
• Texturized tires and extra durable parts

Pros:
• Tons of features at a great price
• Recommended for serious RC hobbyists

Cons:
• Short battery life (although the battery can be upgraded)

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MKB Remote Control Stunt Car

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This stylish and unique-looking RC car is, without question, the best RC stunt car for sale in Christmas 2018.

The unique 5-wheel shape lets the MKB Stunt Car perform tons of unique flips, tumbles, rolls, stands, and many other stunts. It provides hours of entertainment as the driver explores the many possibilities this RC car offers and perfects their driving technique. The specs are nothing to sneeze at either, particularly the 15-minute flight time.

If you want a car that can flip, dance, and spin on its side – and which will look great the whole time it’s doing so – the MKB RC Stunt Car is a no-brainer.

RC Car Specifications:
• 38.5cm x 14.8cm x 8.5cm dimensions
• Comes with 1 4.8 Volt battery
• 15 minute drive time per battery
• 6 mile per hour top speed
• Unique 5 wheel drive
• Highly durable plastic shell and high traction tires

Pros:
• Can perform tons of unique stunts that no four-wheeled car could even attempt
• Costs less than $30 USD
• Recommended for those looking for hours of entertainment

Cons:
• Unimpressive top speed

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RW Lamborghini Veneno

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What kid doesn’t dream of owning a Lambo? Heck, what adult doesn’t dream of that? Make those dreams come true at the low price of $14 USD with the RW Lamborghini Veneno RC racing car for Christmas.

This is a gorgeous model at an insanely low price – the level of detail is such that it even includes working tail lights. But even if you don’t care about real-world accuracy and just want a good RC car for Christmas at a low price, this vehicle will definitely get the job done. It has an excellent drive time and range and a solid 10 mile per hour top speed. It’s also quite fun and fairly durable, provided you only drive indoors or on a smooth, flat surface. No off-roading with this car, we’re afraid!

This has long been one of our favorite RC cars for sale and that doesn’t look like it’s going to stop being the case any time soon.

RC Car Specifications:
• 10.7” x 4.3” x 5.8” dimensions
• 1/24 scale
• 5 AA batteries required (not included)
• More than 15 minutes of drive time
• 10 mile per hour top speed
• High-quality model includes working tail lights

Pros:
• Beautiful realistic model
• Cheapest RC car around (that’s still good)
• Recommended for budget RC car buyers

Cons:
• Can only be driven indoors or on a smooth, flat surface

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Arrma Granite BLX

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There’s a lot of all-terrain RC monster trucks out there, but the Arrma Granite BLX is one of the very best.

This super-tough aluminum and steel remote control car for Christmas has electronics that are entirely waterproof and a darn near indestructible frame, allowing the Granite BLX to be driven in all weather conditions and terrains. The powerful tires and serious top speed of 30 miles per hour are great for any kid or adult who wants to try their hand at some serious racing or rock crawling. And the controls are extremely precise.

This is definitely a pricier model and won’t be the right choice for everyone. But if you want to have one of the toughest trucks around, this is the RC car for you.

RC Car Specifications:
• 16.9” x 13.5” x 7.7” dimensions
• 1/10 scale
• 4 AA batteries required (not included)
• 30 mile per hour top speed
• Controlled by an extremely precise Tactic TTX300 transmitter
• Also compatible with 2S LiPo batteries for more speed and drive time

Pros:
• Extremely durable frame can withstand many crashes and drive in any conditions
• Powerful vehicle with great speed and precise controls
• Recommended for serious RC car hobbyists or shoppers who prioritize durability over all other considerations

Cons:
• The most expensive vehicle on this list by a fair amount

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LEGO Superheroes App-Controlled Batmobile

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Look. If we were simply making a list of the most technically impressive RC cars for sale, the LEGO Superheroes Batmobile would never make the cut. Its top speed and drive time are decent, but unimpressive, and the app controls are not as precise as we’d normally prefer.

However, as a toy for Christmas, it’s practically unparalleled. This reviewer LOVED both LEGOs and Batman as a kid, and I know that receiving this toy would have absolutely blown my mind. Not only do you get to build a cool car that you can really drive, but it has stud-firing missile cannons and can perform several simple steps right from the phone app.

Sure, serious hobbyists will turn up their nose at such a silly item. But if you’ve got a boy or girl you already know will love this toy, rest assured that it’s a high-quality build you won’t regret purchasing.

RC Car Specifications:
• 3” x 7” x 5” dimensions
• 6 AAA batteries required (not included)
• Controlled by a free smartphone or tablet app
• You build the car yourself out of LEGO building blocks
• Includes stud shooter cannons

Pros:
• A super fun toy that kids will love
• Recommended for fans of Batman, LEGO bricks, or those who are more interested in having a cool toy than in having the most powerful RC car for Christmas

Cons:
• Generally unimpressive technical specs
• Requires a lot of batteries

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Finding Remote Control Cars For Christmas

We hope this article has helped you find the perfect remote control car to put under your Christmas tree. But we know that everyone’s needs and wants are different – and moreover, we know that the RC vehicle community is full of wonderfully opinionated people who all have their own personal favorites.

If you know of a vehicle you think is one of the best RC cars for Christmas and it didn’t make our list, let us and our readers know in the comments! And whatever car you end up buying – whatever holiday you celebrate – we hope you have a wonderful holiday season with family, friends, and the most fun RC cars around.

Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

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