In this compilation of best RC truck reviews, you’re sure to find something you’ll want to drive even before your kid does. These RC trucks are as rough and ready as their real-life counterparts and will handle most off-road tasks with nary a screw popping out. They’re also cool-looking enough to give the sports car RCs a run for their money. In fact, most of them will leave the sports car RCs in the dust when it comes to sheer ruggedness as well as speed. Need we say more?
Based on the ever-popular desert-ready F-150, this RC truck is a 1:10 scale of the original and comes in 4 colors—all in officially licensed paint and graphics. Control is achieved via 2.4GHz radio and an XL5 waterproof electronic speed control is fitted in the body. In fact, the whole steering servo and receiver box is water-sealed. It holds a Titan 12-turn 550 motor that lets it hit speeds of about 30mph.
- Amazing handling
- Great stock engine and parts
- Beautiful detailing
- You can’t choose the color
- Antenna mount could be more securely attached
This is a fantastic RC truck that you can upgrade with a medley of aftermarket parts if you’re so inclined. However, it’s actually great out of the box, too. Top speeds are good and the handling is amazing; the Traxxas tires on it are actually good enough to take a lot of muddy action while letting you keep control. It looks great, too, and will continue looking great through a lot of tumbles. Basically, it’s sturdy, speedy, stylish, and super-upgradeable. The only hitch is really that you can’t choose the color you’re buying when you get it from most sellers. Other than that, this is definitely worth its $250 price tag.
This 1:24 scale 4×4 has articulating suspension to give it better support in obstacle-riddled terrain. It uses a 2.4GHz radio system and Micro AT tires with a wheelbase of 4.8in. It measures 6.89in in length and 3.7in in width. It also has friction dampers and a coil-over shock system.
- Great, rock-crawling performance
- Responsive to control
- Great specs for the price
- Battery could last a little longer (or come 2 per truck)
This is a great little RC truck for only $150 considering its sturdiness and overall quality. It’s not a speed demon, so you won’t be doing much off-road racing against other RC truck owners with it. However, it does handle a lot of obstacles much better than the faster and bigger RC trucks. It’s a good mini-rock-crawler and can also be a great introductory (but versatile) RC truck to use in introducing youngsters to this hobby. One does wish the battery lasted longer than 15min, but that’s not really so bad, at the end of the day.
This is a monster truck made to take serious abuse, being one of the ECX bashers. Constructed on a 1:18 scale, it is made of a sturdy nylon composite material and uses a 4WD system that is married to a tried and tested electronic speed control. The shocks are oil-filled for superior performance and a waterproof receiver gives it great all-terrain readiness.
- Small and portable
- Extremely fast on reasonably level terrain
- Limited upgrade options
- Shocks seem slightly less robust than the rest of the truck
This is a great RC monster truck available for $105—and if it’s not the most upgradeable of the RC trucks out there, that price should help to make up for that. Anyway, even if it’s not that upgradeable, there are still a fair number of parts and minor add-ons possible for it, so it’s not exactly a static piece, even so. It gets up to some great speed on its tiny motor, deals with different terrain types reasonably well, and has replaceable shocks. All in all, you could do far, far worse than this truck for a hundred bucks.
This RC truck is constructed on a 1:8 scale and is equipped with a special edition Colossus body with a Savox servo. It has a brushless competition motor from HobbyWing (2200kV, 4-pole) and an ESC, both fitted with high-efficiency cooling fans. The control is via 2.4GHz radio; it has 3 fully-sealed silicon-oil-filled differentials, and boasts 7.5-inch low-profile tires.
- Savox servo works beautifully
- Huge and robust
- Good bounce and jump
- A bit harder to control once you have it going at top speed (around 35mph or so)
- Wheel chrome comes off quite easily
This is a serious toy at $550, but it does deliver some great RC monster truck driving in exchange. You can do serious damage to someone’s shin with this beast, and it likely wouldn’t take a single dent in exchange. It’s big, it’s brawny, and it bashes with the best of them. The Savox servo gives it some great control mechanics and the looks aren’t anything to sneeze at either (with the exception of the cheap chrome plating on the rims). The transmitter isn’t great-looking either. Despite all of that, it’s still an amazing mini-vehicle for RC lovers.
This 1:10 scale Stampede model has all-weather performance thanks to its waterproof electronics. It has a 2216 4-channel micro receiver and an XL-5 electronic speed control. A Titan 12-turn 550 motor gives it the power it needs for all-terrain adventures and a maximum speed of about 30mph.
- Great handling
- A lot of available parts from hobby shops
- Some parts could be more durable
This is a great waterproof RC truck if you like taking your toys out to wetter terrain. The electric motor gives it great, low-maintenance performance and the waterproofing renders it impervious to wet weather. It could be tougher in some areas—a good smash can damage the servo or a shock cap, but it’s lucky that a lot of its parts are widely available and easily replaced. On the whole, it’s not a bad deal for $250.
These are all great RCs, but perhaps the best one to get if you want something well-balanced and good for both the beginner and experienced RC handler is the Traxxas F-150. It delivers stunning overall performance and is easily among the most durable in the lineup.
If you can afford to spend more and want something bigger, the CEN Colossus is better—but that’s only if you’re somewhat deep in the RC truck game already.
As for those who need a cheaper but still great beginner’s RC truck, the ECX model here is perfect.