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Top 10 RC Trucks 2017

For tackling the toughest terrain accessible, not anything pretty compares to a terrific faraway control truck. They can climb steep, rocky, snow-blanketed boundaries as quite simply as they could race along a flat tune. We have covered RC models on our list to fulfill people with a need for speed, in addition to folks that select an off-street adventure. There are even more than one realistic replica for you to test out. When users purchase our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Traxxas Revo 3.3: 1/10 Scale 4WD Nitro-Powered Monster Truck with TQi 2.4GHz Radio & TSM, BlueAxial SCX10 II 2000 Jeep Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD RTR AX90047Traxxas Summit: 1/10 Scale 4WD Electric Extreme Terrain Monster Truck with TQi 2.4GHz Radio, BlueVATERRA K-5 Blazer Ascender 4WD RTR Truck (1:10 Scale)Traxxas Stampede 4X4 VXL 1/10 Scale Monster Truck with TQi 2.4 GHz Radio & TSM, BlueRedcat Racing Volcano EPX Electric Truck, Blue/Silver, 1/10 ScaleBlexy RC Car Rock Crawler 2.4Ghz 4WD Remote Control Vehicle High Speed 1:14 Off-Road Monster Truck Electric Racing Buggy with LED Headlights (Red)Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary)HOSIM All Terrain RC Car 9112, 38km/h 1/12 Scale Radio Controlled Electric Car - Offroad 2.4Ghz 2WD Remote Control Truck - Best Christmas Gift for Kids and Adults (Blue)Click N' Play Rock Crawler RC Car Blue Vehicle

A Broad Spectrum OF Power

When most people think of RC vehicles, be they cars, or trucks, or some other land-based machine, they often call forth images of children mindlessly ramming toy trucks into walls, failing miserably to control them.

The trucks we're talking about here today are of a different class altogether, though there are a couple on our list designed as bridges between the world of RC toys and a more adult RC experience.

Those gap models are usually electric, receiving a radio transmission from your handheld controls and translating it to move from an electrical motor that pumps the wheels. There are extremely high-end electric models (some well beyond high-end), as well, that reach incredible speeds and require minimal maintenance.

Other models utilize small internal combustion engines more akin to what you'd find in your actual car, just scaled down tremendously and running on a very different kind of fuel mixture that more closely resembles the mix in a lawnmower. These models will usually operate on a basic throttle, the reverse action of which will apply a kind of engine breaking as it reduces the mixture flowing through the carburetor.

Whatever method of motion you employ, these trucks get more expensive as you add nicer features, like improved shock absorbers and stronger chassis, which will increase the durability of your truck over hard terrain.

And don't be shocked if you get a workout just picking the truck up and moving it from one place to the next. Given the size of some of these motors and the quality of the materials used in their construction, a lot of these trucks get up to around 16 lbs. in weight.

Trucking To The Ends Of The Earth


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An RC truck is, by default, a rugged character. I'm tempted to compare them to characters of the old American west for their perseverance, strength, and singular vision, but even there something is amiss. Something about that doesn't quite do these trucks justice.

Perhaps it's that there's a greater variety of applications for a given RC truck than you might get from a lonesome cowboy. They could shoot a gun and ride a horse, and that was about it. These trucks are far more specialized.

Depending on what kind of trucking you do, you'll want to target certain features that some models lord over others. If speed is your game, for example, and RC racing is an active part of your life, then you want to get your hands on the fastest thing out there. If you're more into climbing through rough, impersonal terrain toward the height of some desert or wooded landscape, than a truck with more torque and more flex in its chassis would suit you best, without as much thought for top speed.

No matter what your preference, though, be it speed or strength, or maybe even replication of other classic trucks, there is one variable that will guide you toward your perfect pick: maintenance.

You either love maintaining your RC truck, or you put up with the maintenance of your truck until you can get it back out on the tracks. There's little room in between.

Simply put, electric motors require less maintenance. Sure, a truck with an electric motor will still have a similar variety of moving parts and potential problems in every area other than the engine, but electrical motor maintenance is simply cleaner and less time-intensive. Fueled trucks are going to require greater knowledge and handling of precision parts, as well as an inevitably greater mess.

Some people revel in that mess. You may not be one of them. If you are, then dive into the fastest or the strongest, a most complicated machine you can find. Otherwise, look to keep it electric.

Freed From The Slots


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Although Lionel and other companies produced remote controlled slot cars as early as the 1910s, wireless RC cars didn't make their way to the market until 1966. That was when Elettronica Giocattoli, an Italian company nestled in between Bologna and Parma, produced an electric 1:12 scale model of the Ferrari 250LM. It hit the UK in December of that year, and the popularity of that and their next model, a 1:10 Ferrari P4, spread through most of Europe by 1968.

US-based companies caught onto the trend and began manufacturing small RC vehicles of their own in the early 1970s. In true American fashion, these vehicles renounced the use of the electric motor in favor of a nitro-powered .21 cc engine.

Within a few years, racing, hobbyist, and enthusiast groups cropped up throughout the country and gave birth to a craze that still ripples throughout the land. Manufacturers, in response to the specialized intelligence of their particular demographic, have doubled down on an effort to increase the precision and quality of their lineups, offering variety and customization like never before, as well as a whole scale of introductory, beginner, intermediate, and professional models to get you started and keep you trucking.


#10.Click N' Play Rock Crawler RC Car Blue Vehicle


Remote control cars and trucks have always been a childhood favorite for generations of kids. Now with Click N' Play remote control RC car your child will have hours of fun pulling off stunts and stimulating their imagination as they pretend to be in the driver’s seat. Remote control vehicles are also educational as well, they can encourage learning in areas of technology and electronics. Being an all-weather RC car your child will love to play with this toy no matter the weather. Fun for parents too!


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#9.HOSIM All Terrain RC Car 9112, 38km/h 1/12 Scale Radio Controlled Electric Car - Offroad 2.4Ghz 2WD Remote Control Truck - Best Christmas Gift for Kids and Adults (Blue)


I love the car. We have two of them, but the batteries are terrible. We can never get more than 10 mins. Also, design flaw, the on-off switch and battery compartment are on top, so after 10 mins or less of playing, you have to pull all the clips and take the body off, just to recharge/swap batteries.


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#8.Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary)


Take your radio control experience off-road with the all new Rock Crawler from Maisto. This off-road radio control truck boasts articulated suspensions, two motors, and low gearing to make for awesome rugged off-road action. Rock Crawler is 12.5'' long and sports both articulated front and rear suspension. Vehicle comes with TPE tires for ultra grip. Tri-channel transmitter allows for three people to play simultaneously with their other Maisto radio control vehicles. Go off-road with your brand new Rock Crawler today. 6AA batteries required for vehicle (not included) and 2 AAA required for controller (not included)


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#7.Blexy RC Car Rock Crawler 2.4Ghz 4WD Remote Control Vehicle High Speed 1:14 Off-Road Monster Truck Electric Racing Buggy with LED Headlights (Red)


This is a great little RC truck. I was looking for an RC truck for my son for his 4th birthday but I was worried about getting something junky as most of the cheap ones seem to be. I was also concerned about getting a proprietary rechargeable battery that would wear out and be hard/expensive to replace.


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#6.Redcat Racing Volcano EPX Electric Truck, Blue/Silver, 1/10 Scale


Are you ready for an adrenaline explosion? Fast and powerful, the Volcano EPX is equipped with a 27T brushed 540 electric motors, with a heat sink, and forward/reverse ESC. Ready to run out of the box, the Volcano EPX is eager to heat up the neighborhood. Complete with battery and charger, this mini Mount St. Helens will rearrange the landscape in seconds!


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#5.Traxxas Stampede 4X4 VXL 1/10 Scale Monster Truck with TQi 2.4 GHz Radio & TSM, Blue


OMG! This thing is crazy fast right out of the box! I've got a Nitro tmaxx. I wish I bought this first. Same performance less pain. I put it on beginner for my grandson. Don't let that fool you if you're a novice. This thing is still plenty fast. Only reason 4 stars is charger sucks. Glad I had a good one already. Can hardly wait for my lipos and cooling fans to get here. Motor and ESC get hot quickly. Well worth purchasing!!


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#4.VATERRA K-5 Blazer Ascender 4WD RTR Truck (1:10 Scale)


This 4WD juggernaut is based on the Vaterra Ascender chassis an incredibly scale off-road platform that is engineered for extreme off-road environments. It comes completely assembled and equipped with waterproof electronics so you can drive it anywhere a full-scale off-road truck would go. Stamped-Steel Ladder Frames with Adjustable Wheelbase Steel, C-channel frames form the backbone of the Ascender chassis and give you four wheelbase lengths to choose from: 12.36 in (314mm), 11.9 in (302mm), 11.4 in (290mm) and 10.95 in (278mm).


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#3.Traxxas Summit: 1/10 Scale 4WD Electric Extreme Terrain Monster Truck with TQi 2.4GHz Radio, Blue


The Traxxas Summit offers versatility, durability, and off-road capability greater than any other 4WD monster truck on the market. Only Summit gives you transmitter-operated locking front and rear differentials and a high/low transmission. Tear up the trail in "high range" with a 25:1 ratio for dirt-slinging speed or drop it into "low range" for a 70:1 ratio and unreal climbing torque. Summit also lights up the night with LED illumination.


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#2.Axial SCX10 II 2000 Jeep Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD RTR AX90047


Axial takes off-roading to another level with the SCX10 II with 2000 Jeep Cherokee body. A full-time four-wheel drive locked drivetrain and dual slipper clutch let you take on the most unforgiving terrain. The speed control and receiver box are sealed, and the steering servo is water-resistant, so you can defy the elements. Officially licensed by BF Goodrich, the All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires provide consistent gripping power, and they're mounted on Method Mesh wheels. The front and rear bumpers and rock sliders are true-to-scale and licensed by JCR Offroad. Among the molded detail parts on the body are mirrors, door handles, liftgate trim panel and a rear tow hitch.


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#1.Traxxas Revo 3.3: 1/10 Scale 4WD Nitro-Powered Monster Truck with TQi 2.4GHz Radio & TSM, Blue


The Revo 3.3 is the pinnacle of nitro monster truck performance. Revo 3.3's heavy-duty reversing transmission lets you back up with the flick of a switch, while the OptiDrive guarantees safe engagement every time. Traxxas Stability Management allows arrow-straight acceleration on slippery surfaces, without fishtailing, spinouts, or loss of control. The Geode wheels and massive 6.3" Maxx-sized tires give Revo an aggressive, high-riding stance.


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