Top 10 RC Cars, Trucks & Buggies Under $200
What are the “BEST” ready-to-run RC cars under $200? With so many different sizes, types, and price points available we're going to narrow down the RC cars to just ten. All of these vehicles are hobby grade RC’s with replacement parts, hop-ups, and accessories available at Amain Hobbies or your local hobby shop. So, let's find out who has made the list of the top ten ready to run RC cars under two hundred dollars!
#8 - Redcat Everest 10
Our next vehicle is our first introduction to the standard 1/10 scale size of vehicles and it's the Everest 10 from Redcat Racing. This impressive rock crawler is great for those that love the aggressive looks of a monster truck but want the capabilities of a rock crawler. It features solid locked axles, beadlock wheels, large aggressive tires, and a link suspension that provides huge amounts of suspension articulation to grapple whatever the terrain offers. The brushed motor and speed controller help you climb the mountain with a high torque steering servo, keeping you pointed in the right direction. The Everest 10 is a great starter RC and is a great crawler for rocks, roots, piles of dirt and whatever else you can imagine. Plus, there are tons of tire and wheel combinations available to get that certain look and style you're after. The truck comes fully assembled, includes the painted body, a nickel metal hydride battery, a battery charger, and the transmitter starting at $169.99.*
Power Type: Electric
How fast does the Redcat Everest 10 go? Around 10 mph
#5 - ECX Amp
For the number five spot on our list we're returning to the larger tenth scale size to mash through the dirt and it's the 1/10 AMP monster truck from ECX. This two-wheel drive electric truck is based off of a stadium truck design but boasts monster truck styling in the body, tires, and wheels. The brushed electronics are waterproof for when things get wet, and the shocks are oil filled for when the road gets bumpy. In the AMP you'll also find a gear differential, independent suspension, pre-styled body with two color schemes to choose from, and an included NiMh battery pack. But perhaps the best thing about the AMP is the value, this 1/10 scale vehicle includes the assembled truck, transmitter, a NiMh battery, and battery charger all for only $139.99* and, four AA batteries are required. If you prefer the AMP is available as a desert buggy for the exact same price including the exact same components if you really want some unique styling and looks.
Power Type: Electric- Requires four AA batteries.
How fast does the ECX AMP go? Around 20 mph
#2 - Traxxas Slash 2WD
Our next vehicle in the number two spot maybe one of the most influential RC vehicles of all time it's the Traxxas Slash. This two-wheel drive short course truck is no stranger to the RC world and has been providing hours of fun for people all around the world. At the heart of this brushed version of the Slash are waterproof electronics, metal gear transmission, gear differential, and fully adjustable ultra-shocks. The Slash is capable of using a six cell NIMH battery or a two cell LiPo or if you want the ultimate upgrade, the Slash is ready for you to install optional brushless electronics to take speed to the next level, but the upgrade possibilities don't end there. There are a massive number of hop-ups and accessory options for the Traxxas Slash so you can easily modify the looks, handling, and performance. The brushed version of the Traxxas Slash is available in either red or blue and can be had for $189.95* and includes the assembled truck, painted body, and transmitter, but does require the battery pack. If you don't prefer a short course truck Traxxas also offers their Rustler stadium truck and the Bandit buggy which are also excellent choices and worth taking a look at. These vehicles include all of the same electronics and same items for under $200* but they do require a battery pack.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a battery pack.
How fast does the Traxxas Slash 2WD go? Around 30 mph
And the #1 RC vehicle for 2019 is...
#1 Losi Tenacity SCT
If a two-wheel drive one-tenth scale short course truck didn't get you excited the next vehicle in our number one spot is the best RC vehicle under $200 in terms of styling, capabilities and value and it is the Tenacity SCT 4x4 from Losi. This 1/10 scale size short course truck is designed around Losi’s competition bred vehicles and offers brushed electronics with the control and capabilities of a four-wheel-drive truck. This makes the Tenacity SCT easy to drive and easy to control. Not only is this truck an amazing basher anywhere you take it but with a few upgrades you can transform the Tenacity SCT for the racetrack to start your journey into the exciting world of RC racing. But however you choose to use it the Tenacity SCT offers a low center of gravity chassis, independent suspension, waterproof brushed electronics, and a 4x4 driveline and adjustable differentials. And, when things get bumpy the large oil-filled shocks will soak up the jumps. The Tenacity SCT 4x4 is offered in two officially licensed body styles and is capable of accepting a 6-cell nickel metal hydride battery or a two cell LiPo. The vehicle comes with the officially licensed body, the assembled truck, and the transmitter all for $199.99 but you will need a battery pack.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a battery pack.
How fast does the Losi Tenacity SCT go? Up to 50 mph
*Prices subject to change without notice - last updated April 3, 2021
Note: Speed ratings are for informational purposes only, actual speeds may vary due to condition, terrain, battery type, and driving style.