When people talk about candidates to put in any compilation of best electric RC truck reviews, at least one model from Traxxas usually gets mentioned. Traxxas makes some of the best RC trucks around, and there are even collectors who will buy only their RTRs. There are many other good RC truck makers around, of course, but here we’ll devote our attention to this particular brand. Below are five of the most well-thought-of Traxxas RC trucks ever made and why they should be in your collection.
Traxxas reproduces the Ford F-150 with licensed graphic detail in this 1:10 scale model. It uses a 2.4GHz radio transmission to allow multi-unit racing and boasts a water-proofed steering servo and receiver box. It has an electronic speed control and a 12-turn Titan 550 motor, giving it top speeds around 30mph.
- Very responsive
- Strong engine
- Very durable build
- Most sellers don’t let you pick the color (there are 4)
If you can get over the fact that most sellers play a bit of random selection for the color of this truck, it’s easily among the best Traxxas models ever made. It’s extremely robust, so even an inexperienced user can have a lot of fun with it without worrying about $250 going straight down the drain in one tumble. It even boasts a waterproof servo, so it can handle a bit of water on excursions. Top speed is pretty good considering its size and handling is delightful.
This Stampede model is fabricated on a 1:10 scale and can stand all-weather, all-terrain use thanks to waterproofing of its electronics. It boasts a 2216 micro-receiver with 4 channels, a Titan 12-turn 550 motor, a top speed of around 30 mph, and an XL-5 electronic speed control.
- Nice, smooth handling
- A lot of spare and aftermarket add-on parts are available
- Some of its components could be more robust
Let’s get this straight: this is far from a weak truck, especially given its water-sealed electronics setup, but it could still use a bit more durability given the type of abuse most users like to put these RC toys through. Fortunately, even if you do damage part of it, it’s fairly simple to replace the piece yourself. Spare parts for this model also go quite cheap, so it shouldn’t be that hard on your wallet either. That said, the fact that it already costs $250 may have some wishing it were able to take 10 tumbles in a row.
One of Traxxas’s fastest 4×4’s, the Slash sports a Velineon Brushless Power System that allows it to reach 60mph. It also uses Traxxas’s High-Current connectors with Maxx Cable 12-gauge wire for maximum power efficiency and performance. All electronics are waterproofed, it comes with a digital high-torque steering servo, a NiMH 7-cell battery, and a 5-channel 2.4GHz micro-receiver for the transmitter.
- Ready to use out of the box
- Very fast
- Quite sturdy
- Some have reported one of the plastic pieces to be prone to melting
This is a great 4×4 RC truck if you like all-weather vehicles, and its brushless motor will appeal to a lot of performance nuts as well. It gets up to some great speed easily and will take most tumbles without a hiccup. One of its plastic bearing adapters—the one on the slipper clutch shaft—does tend to melt and deform over time, though. Fortunately, it’s easily replaceable, and Traxxas sells a great upgrade part for it that doesn’t suffer the same problem (it’s the 6893X aluminum bearing, and it costs about $6). This is a superb RC truck for serious users.
Equipped with the Velineon waterproof brushless power system, this Traxxas model delivers efficient and speedy performance whether on the road or off it. It has an electronic speed control, 5×11 ball bearings, a digital steering servo, steel transmission gears and turnbuckles, and maximum speeds going above 70mph.
- Compatible with a lot of battery packs
- Pretty sturdy
- Highly upgradeable
- Charger is a bit slow
This is a killer starter stadium RC truck, especially at just $340. It has amazing speed and will easily zoom past the vast majority of RC trucks nowadays, but it can also weather most crashes very well despite that. It’s hugely upgradeable. There are tons of aftermarket parts you can add to this beast to bring it to the level of truly epic performance—not that it falls far short of that out of the box.
The E-Revo is a brushless-by-design RC truck with serious 62 LiPo power and top speeds of over 65mph. It has custom-wound brushless motors, a 2.4GHz radio controller with the Traxxas Link Wireless Module, an MXL-6x ESC with the 2200kV motor. It also has various telemetry sensors, including ones for RPM and motor temperature.
- Hugely powerful
- Offers a training mode for beginner driving
- Has a lot of compatible replacement and upgrade parts
- Could use sturdier and bigger tires
This is a serious investment at $725, but if you really want the absolute best in motor power, it’s worth it. This monster will roar around the roughest terrain like it owns it, especially if you pop the 3-cell LiPos into it. The 2-cell LiPos it comes with will provide decent speed too, though, if you’re happy with 35 mph.
Again, this depends on what you’re looking for. The serious speed and performance freaks will likely gravitate to the E-Revo immediately (and they’d be right, too!), but not every RC truck owner needs that sort of power or is willing to pay for it.
For the average user (and this will include both beginners and hobbyists), the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Slash 4×4 models are likely the best bets, delivering unbeatable performance for their prices. They won’t outrun the E-Revo, but hey, as far as most people are concerned, they don’t really need to.