What are the Top 10 RC Cars for 2021
What are the best ready-to-run RC cars released this year? 2021 has seen its fair share of new bashers, speedrunners, and more, and out of all of them, we’ve picked our top 10 favorite cars that stood out the most to us. What are those cars? Well, let’s find out, starting in the Number 10 spot and working our way up the top 10 ready-to-run RC cars of 2021!
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 10 - Traxxas TRX-4 Ford Bronco
Starting us out in the Number 10 spot is a truck we’ve probably all seen before, but this particular version has something special. We’re talking about the TRX-4 2021 Ford Bronco from Traxxas. Under the hood is a standard TRX-4 truck with two-speed and remote lock differentials. It’s great equipment but not necessarily new for this year; instead, the greatness of this truck is all about the new officially licensed 2021 Bronco body. The new clipless body fastening system uses pinch tabs to hold and secure the body. This new style not only helps the body look more realistic because it’s hidden, but it’s also one of the fastest and most convenient ways to mount and remove a body. Ford Bronco is the only TRX-4 to include this fastening system, but I imagine more cars and trucks will include it in the future. The 2021 Ford Bronco TRX-4 is ready-to-run in two different colors for about $550 and requires a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Uses one NiMH or LiPo battery and four AA batteries.
How fast is the TRX4 Ford Bronco? Around 12 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 9 - CEN Ford F450 Dually Truck
For all your Super Duty towing hauling and big truck needs, there’s only one truck that comes to mind, and it’s the Ford F-450 SD KG1 edition custom dually truck from CEN Racing. If you’re familiar with the scale truck scene, you’ll understand this 1/10 scale truck and the scale realism it offers, making it great by itself and even better as a support truck for more complex RC projects. The new 2021 SD KG1 edition also provides updated scale wheels, updated shock bodies, and two new body colors. The body still retains the scale details and hard molded plastic accessories for increased realism but now adds a matte black finished drop bed to give it the appearance of a bed liner. This bed is also fully functional for projects, and if the optional aluminum trailer hitch is added, you can add the trailer of your choice to pull all your other radio control cars. You can find the CEN F450 SD KG1 ready-to-run for about $420, and it requires a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 2S battery and four AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Cen Ford F-450? Around 16 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 8 - Losi LMT Solid Axle Monster Truck
Solid axle monster truck fans say hello to the Losi monster truck, also known as the LMT. Now designed from the ground up, the LMT features a twin vertical plate chassis, long travel oil-filled shocks, and of course, a realistic solid axle design. Like actual monster trucks, the LMT also comes with front-wheel steering out of the box, but add a few parts separately, and the LMT can be a proper four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering monster truck—a feature especially helpful in making tight turns like in competition. The LMT styling looks fantastic with accurate recreation of the world-famous Gravedigger and Son of a Digger Monster Jam trucks to accompany these performance features. Each has matching wheels and appropriately sized treaded monster truck tires. A few extra realistic elements come from the tube cage under the body that hinges to the chassis for quick access and, of course, the driver sitting behind the wheel ready to go. You can find the Losi LMT ready-to-run solid axle monster truck for about $650, and it requires a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires 2S or 3S LiPo battery and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Losi LMT? Around 34 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 7 - Axial SCX6 Jeep JLU Wrangler
If you’re a fan of big old RC cars, then say hello to one of the biggest RC cars released in 2021—it’s the 1/6 scale trail truck known as the Axial SCX6. Featuring the licensed Jeep JLU Wrangler body. If you’re familiar with the 1/10 scale SCX-10 III you’ll understand the SCX6. It’s just proportionately bigger, so the truck and all the parts look familiar, just super-sized. The SCX6 is so big. It’s the largest vehicle Axial has ever made. On the SCX-6, you’ll find a proper link suspension solid axles with locked diffs and a functional hi-low two-speed transmission that is selectable on the included transmitter. The one-sixth scale body comes with many realistic accessories to mirror the real thing. These accessories include an interior set with a tube rollbar, molded door handles, and windshield wipers. Even the officially licensed BF Goodrich KM3 tires and black Rhino wheels add more realism to make this radio control Jeep as close to the real thing as possible. However, with its large 1/6th scale size and price tag, the SCX6 is meant for the most serious of R/C enthusiasts. Costing around $1100, and it requires a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 3S standard or shorty LiPo battery and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Axial SCX6? Around 9 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 6 - Kyosho Fazer Mk2 Mad Van VE
What’s one-tenth scale, four-wheel drive, and one of the cheapest brushless RCs you can get? Well, it’s the one and only Mad Van VE from Kyosho. The new VE Version is a shaft-driven four-wheel drive truck built on the simplistic Fazer Mk2 chassis like the original Mad Van. However, this latest version offers independent suspension, front and rear gear differentials, oil-filled shocks, and that awesome van life styling. In addition, the VE brings some heat—with a brushless motor and speed control system for about 50 percent more power and speed. The VE Version is also equipped with a functional wheelie bar, enhanced diff gears, and an aluminum center shaft as standard equipment. The VE also features enhanced body styling over the original. With plastic roof skids to protect the body, a sun visor, windshield wipers, and more. With all these beach vibes and sandy toes, the Mad Van VE is great to stroll around for attention or to just bash with friends. Plus, the Mad Van VE is the least expensive RC car to be included in this list. With a price tag of about $280, plus a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 2S LiPo or 6-Cell NiMH and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Mad Van VE? Around 35 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 5 - RMX 2.0 Brushless Drift Car with Mustang Body
If only we could drift through life as good as this next car. We’d all be a little happier because this is the MST RMX 2.0 drift car, with the brand new LBMT body. Which unofficially sure looks a lot like a Ford Mustang sitting on a wide body kit. Sadly we don’t talk about drift cars enough, and the RMX 2.0 chassis slid right under our radar because it’s not necessarily new for this year. But this particular version is, and it looks amazing. MST has been offering ready-to-run drift cars and drift car kits for several years, and they provide their scale realistic bodies to match. The LBMT body is no different, and thankfully, its dimensions make it compatible with many other conventional 1/10 scale drift chassis. Plus, the RMX 2.0 chassis is a well posed rear-wheel drive drifter. This RTR version includes the car fully assembled and set up, including all electronics and the steering gyro. There are also several different body styles to choose from, including the new and popular LP56. You can find the brushed RMX 2.0 ready-to-run drift cars with all of the various body styles starting at $169.00, and they require a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 2S LiPo or 6-Cell NiMH and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the RMX 2.0? Around 25 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 4 - Element RC Enduro Knightrunner
Scale realism continues with our next truck, which just might be the best-looking RC trail truck released this year, and at times, it looks so dang real, it will have you wondering—“is that real or radio controlled?” Of course, we’re talking about the Enduro Knightrunner from Element RC, created in part with James Knight of Knight Customs. Not all R/C cars try to look real, and not all that try, succeed. But every once in a while, when the stars align just right, a very special car is born, which excites RC fans, real car fans, and car collectors alike—and for 2021, the Enduro Knightrunner is one of them. For crawling, the 1/10 scale Knightrunner features an independent front suspension with a rear solid axle, linked suspension, overdriven tranny, and all-time 4WD to get the job done. The bodywork comes right out of the box, detailed and looking scale realistic, with a plethora of molded plastic accessories attached or ready to be attached. It can also be customized and modified to alternate looks if you want to create a radio control version of your real-life truck. However you want to use it, the Enduro Knightrunner from Element RC is a fantastic ready-to-run platform with a price tag of about $430 if you already own a 2S Lipo and charger. The combo version includes both at the cost of $499.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 7.4v 2S LiPo battery and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Enduro Knightrunner? Around 10 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 3 - Arrma Vendetta 3S BLX 1/8 Speed Bash Racer
Sometimes all we need for some R/C excitement is a little speed or a lot of speed, and that’s precisely why in our third spot is the brand new Arrma Vendetta 3S BLX. Sporting a 3S brushless power system, the Vendetta is a 1/8th scale, 4WD, on-road speed basher that sits low and aerodynamic to provide the most stable high-speed experience as you bash and powerslide around. When the call for an all-out speed run happens, the Vendetta includes different gearing that helps propel the car to speeds up to 70mph and only on a 3S lipo battery. Arrma also offers their larger 6S Infraction and Limitless on-road speed bash cars, and they’re a little faster but feature bigger price tags. So, if you’re looking for the perfect introduction to speed bashing, the Vendetta 3S BLX is the top choice for 2021. Offering a competent platform with AVC gyro stability, smart technology, and tons of speed, all for a price of about $450, and it requires a battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires a 2 or 3S LiPo battery and 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Arrma Vendetta 3S? Around 70+mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 2 - Kyosho Monster Kruiser USA-1 Nitro Truck
If you’ve been waiting for some nitro R/C, then wait no more because this is a nitro, 1/8 scale, solid axle monster truck. It’s the Kyosho USA-1. Sized for 1/8th scale bashing, the USA-1 is big and appropriately equipped for the full-flavor monster truck experience, with a high sitting stance, oversized monster truck tires, and the iconic American style flatbed truck body, which is a modern take on the old USA-1 truck from the 1990s. This body looks great and features many accessories to enhance realism. The chassis underneath that body is modern and comes assembled out of the box, including a .25 nitro engine that chain feeds a 3-speed automatic transmission, all supported on a proper linked suspension. The USA-1 also provides the option for 4-wheel steering, but only after adding parts separately. So if you’re a solid axle monster truck fan and you’ve got a taste for nitro, the USA-1 might just be calling your name. For its remarkable realism, nitro power, and unique monster truck experience, the USA-1 nitro is a top truck for 2021, and you can find it ready to go for $520, and nitro fuel is required.
Power Type: Nitro - Requires nitro fuel and 8 AA batteries for the transmitter and receiver.
How fast is the USA-1 Nitro Truck? Around 40 mph
Top 10 RC Cars - Number 1- Redcat SixtyFour Chevrolet Impala Lowrider
Of all the new cars released this year, there is one that stands out, not because it’s the fastest, the biggest, or the most bashable, no. Instead, this very special car is specialized to do one thing really well, and that’s hop, and look great doing it. We’re talking about the SixtyFour Impala lowrider from Redcat Racing. Technically, this car was announced at the end of 2020, but it wasn’t readily available until this year, and when it was, it created a lot of buzz in the R/C industry, and it’s easy to see why. From the body to the tires and wheels, the car is beautiful and an excellent example of R/C recreating real-life passions, which most people understand and can relate to, even if they’re not into R/C. That’s why the R/C lowrider grabs the attention of car guys, Impala fans, lowrider fans, and R/C enthusiasts, and they all want to know more. The SixtyFour lowrider is so good at pulling people in and if there was one R/C car to share at family dinners, birthday parties, or BBQs, the SixtyFour Chevy Lowrider would probably be it. Want to see for yourself?
Click here to watch Brett's YouTube video of the 1964 Chevy Impala Lowrider, and if you happen to be lucky enough to find one in stock, the SixtyFour Impala has a price of $600, including the battery.
Power Type: Electric - Requires 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.
How fast is the Redcat SixtyFour? Around 10 mph
Top 10 RC RTR Cars of 2021
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Traxxas TRX-4 1/10 Trail Crawler Truck w/2021 Ford Bronco Body (Orange) & TQi 2.4GHz Radio TRA92076-4-ORNG
CEN Ford F450 SD KG1 Edition 1/10 RTR Custom Dually Truck (Silver Mercury) w/2.4GHz Radio CEG8983
Losi LMT Son Uva Digger RTR 1/10 4WD Solid Axle Monster Truck w/DX3 2.4GHz Radio LOS04021T2
Axial SCX6 Jeep JLU Wrangler 1/6 4WD RTR Electric Rock Crawler (Green) w/DX3 Radio & Smart ESC AXI05000T1
Kyosho Fazer Mk2 Mad Van VE 1/10 4WD Readyset Monster Truck w/2.4GHz Radio KYO34491T1
MST RMX 2.0 1/10 2WD Brushless RTR Drift Car w/LBMT Body (Red) MXS-533720R
Element RC Enduro Knightrunner 4x4 RTR 1/10 Rock Crawler w/2.4GHz Radio ASC40113
Arrma Vendetta 3S BLX Brushless 1/8 RTR Electric 4WD Speed Bash Racer (Blue) w/DX3 2.4GHz Radio, Smart ESC & AVC ARA4319V3T2
Kyosho Monster Kruiser Nitro USA-1 GP 1/8 ReadySet Monster Truck w/Syncro KT-231P
Redcat SixtyFour "Kandy N Chrome" 1/10 RTR Scale Hopping Lowrider (Blue) w/2.4GHz Radio
*Prices subject to change without notice - last updated December 24, 2021
Note: Speed ratings are for informational purposes only, actual speeds may vary due to condition, terrain, battery type, and driving style.