If you are willing to step up a notch in terms of available budget, then this next list will surely seem interesting. I concentrated on more expensive models that can still be considered as budget options. Today, we’ll talk about Top RC Cars under $200.

With all of their prices dropping below $200, I’m sure plenty of you will find your next favorite RC car among them. So, what are you waiting for? If you are looking to purchase the best RC car under $200 but you are not sure which one to go for – then consider yourself extremely lucky since this list will help you do just that.

How? Well, it features a total of 10 models ranked from 10th to 1st spot (where 1st sport is, obviously, the best). Each and every one of them offers a great value for money and is bound to provide you with a ton of quality RC fun! P.S. If you’re looking for cheaper solution, you might be interested in our list of 10 RC Cars under $100.


10.   3Racing Rc Hobby Sakura D4

This is yet another one of those racing kit, just like the previously featured Tamiya DT03. It is made in the USA and is shipped from there so all you USA residents can expect extremely fast delivery. But, what else is there to be said about this model? Well, here’s what we know!

This kit is also made especially for professionals who know how to clamp together an RC car. That’s because this kit provides you with only the essentials. You won’t find servo, motor, controller, body shell or even ESC here. Nope. Those are just some of the parts that you will need to acquire on your own.

So, I hope you realize by now that this is not the typical full-package RC car. With that being said, if you are looking for a fully assembled, RTR package, then move forward since there is nothing to see here!

The chassis plates are FRP and they will withstand quite the beating. Independent springs are also here and they will allow your RC to work fluently no matter the type of terrain you put it up against. In the end, there is no doubt that 3Racing Sakura D4 is a top-quality kit. Still, for those of you who never made an RC car this way, I would warmly recommend you trying it out with a cheaper kit. This one, as its price suggests, is a bit more on the professional DIY side of the deal.


9. Velocity Toys RTR GT3 Racer

Starting off, we have an absolutely gorgeous model coming from Velocity Toys. Surprise, surprise – it is not a monster truck or a buggy. Nope! This is an exotic racing car built for roads and not for extremely rough terrains. Still, do not let that fool you – GR3 is amazing at what it is supposed to do!

It can reach speeds of up to 15mph which is not that praiseworthy. Still, considering it’s a 1/10 model, 15 mph is not that bad either. What’s interesting is that its frame is incredibly prone to scratches. Not only this – there are also many customers who state that the frame broke within the first day of use.

To be honest, I really don’t think much of it either. It seems plastic(ish) and doesn’t breathe confidence at all. But still, if you are not worried about it breaking or something like that, then be my guest and go for this one. If not for the performance then surely for its drop dead gorgeous looks that outshine all other models on this list.

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8. HUKOER 9115 Monster Truck

HUKOER is a well-known RC toys’ brand with a plethora of successful products already on the market. With that being said, it comes as no surprise to find out that their 9115 model (yup, 9115 is the official name of this one) is an absolute monster. How? Well, here’s the deal!

First off, we are talking about a 1/12 model here. It is not that big, but its extra height from its oversized wheels makes it look so. While we are at wheels, this little fella features texturized ones that are mounted on 4 independent springs for extra flexibility while riding on rough terrains.

Performance-wise, HUKOER 9115 offers quite the show. With roughly 80 meters of operating range and a Lithium Ion battery that can endure up to 10 minutes of joyriding, it ranks quite good against its main competitors. The top speed is also not to be taken for granted. It clocks in at roughly 25 miles per hour. What I am basically try to showcase here – if you are looking for a fast and reliable RC monster truck, look no further – HUKOER 9115 is just that! If you’d like to see more RC cars like this one, check out our list of 10 RC Cars under $300.

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7. Exceed RC DriftStar RTR – drift RC cars under $200

The first thing I would like to state about this particular model is that it come in several different colour variations. Each of them has a unique style and they are all cool in their own way. In the end, it is up to you to decide which one to choose… If you decide to purchase this RC car, that is.

In addition to the color variations, DriftStar also has solid specifications and features as well. Starting off with the 4-wheel drive that allows the DriftStar to be… well, a drifting star! Moving forward, we also have a great RC 520 motor that can dash out quite the speed. More precisely, Exceed RC DriftStar clocks in at around 30 mph which is amazing, especially considering this guy is a drifter and not a racer.

Moreover, it is also featuring stable suspension arms as well as aluminum capped shocks. Combine that with excellent build quality and a large front bumper and you’ll realize DriftStar has a solid amount of collision protection. Lastly, I would just like to add that it also comes with SP03018 speed control ESC and anti-skid tires which make up for a ridiculously enjoyable drifting experience.

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6. Tamiya DT03

Tamiya DT03 is not a complete RC car package but, in fact, just a chassis. Well, the world just doesn’t serve its right since we are talking about a highly anticipated entry-level chassis. Take this with a grain of salt though, since there are multiple packages available. Still, the most common one is just the 2WD chassis that requires lots of assembly and parts to be called a finished product.

After I managed to finish with the assembly (it took me more than I’d like to admit), I started inspecting the performance and assessing my labor. The finished product looks awesome. It features 2 sets of tires, back ones are spiky while the front ones have a 3-line texture going on.

When it comes to the mechanical parts, you will be happy to know that gears are made out of steel and will last for ages without any issues. While we’re talking about durability, Tamiya DT03 has an incredibly tough frame which helps it endure quite a beating. Lastly, I’d like to mention that there is also a solid servo involved. It helps controlling the buggy. All in all, if you are looking for a DIY experience worth the effort, you can’t go wrong with Tamiya DT03!

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5. Distianert DTN 4WD

There is a huge jump in size when going from the Volcano EPX which is a 1/10 model to Distianert’s model which is just 1/18. Still, this little fella comes with a responsive (and intuitive) controller and an extra battery which is always a good thing to have.

Regarding the build quality, it is pretty good, but still cannot be compared to that of Volcano EPX. But that is completely understandable since it costs half the price. Despite that, don’t think this is some cheap Chinese toy. Nope! This baby features a potent GP Brushed 390 motor and features 4WD for that extra bit of off-road fun.

In addition to that, you will also notice independent spring suspension system as well as grippy wheels that are pretty big in comparison to the body. Of course, it is shock proof and can go up to 30mph which is praiseworthy. All things considered, if fast, miniature RC cars are your thing, then you’ll really enjoy this Distianert’s model.

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4. Redcat Racing Electric Volcano EPX

Now we are moving back to full RTR models that require no assembly or additional parts. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade them with better batteries that can squeeze out the last bits of energy out of the motor.

Volcano EPX is a 1/10 model that runs on the popular 27T 540 motor. As all other monster trucks in this (and lower) price range, it runs on 4WD and features a powerful servo. It has incredibly torque and speeds up like crazy. Its max speed is around 20mph which is not that fast. Upgrade the battery and you will be looking at roughly 25+ which is quite the improvement.

It comes with waterproof electronics including ESC, servo and the receiver, all of which are nicely tucked away. Not only are they water resistant but shockproof as well. This means you will not break your brand-new RC car with the first collision you encounter.

Truth be told, there is nothing special about Volcano EPX. But still, it is a great all around choice for people who are just getting into the RC hobby and are not looking to spend a lot of money. It has an affordable price tag to its name and is extremely durable. At the end of the day, that’s what really matters for newcomers to the hobby.

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3. Tecesy FIGHTER – big wheels RC Cars under $200

In addition to its gorgeous black and red color scheme (that is not the only color variation though, there are total of 4 to choose from), Tecesy Fighter also comes equipped with serious power underneath the durable body.

Tires are soft hollow with anti-skid textures that will keep it latched on the rough terrains like never before. Likewise, the industry standard 4-wheel independent spring system prevents unnecessary vibrations and provides the RC car with an extra edge over its competition in terms of stability and flexibility.

Moving forward to the interiors, you will find the powerful 390 electric motor underneath the vac-formed body that can take quite the beating. Unfortunately, it does not feature adjustable steering parameters but what it does support is 4WD and we all know how important that is for off-road races. Some would say this model is built specifically for children who are looking for fancy outer appearance and solid hardware inside… and they would be correct!

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2. Traxxas Rustler

Traxxas is one of the most popular RC toys manufacturers. They have established themselves as a trustworthy brand by releasing top class RC cars and drones, leading many potential customers their way.

This would not be the case if they didn’t pay good attention to their manufacturing process. Luckily, they did it excellently and can now brag about awesome performance their 1/10 Rustler RC car provides.

Starting off at the motor, this thing runs on Titan 12-turn 550 modded motor. Accompanied by the XL-5 electric speed control, Rustler can easily achieve neck breaking speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Combine that with the fact that it sports fully waterproof electronics (meaning it can drive across puddles, snow and mud) and you will realize just how powerful this thing is!

Likewise, Traxxas Rustler also features a 7-cell NiMH battery that sports ID technology and has a 4 amp 12-volt DC charger that comes with the package. In terms of durability, there is nothing to worry about since it sports steel gears, sturdy frame and those already mentioned waterproof electronics. All things taken into consideration, I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that Traxxas Rustler is really close to being the best RC car under $200 currently available on the market.

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1. Redcat Racing Everest-10

At the top of our list we have another awesome model made by Redcat Racing. This time around, we will be taking a closer look at Everest 10, a huge rock crawler with beautiful design and monster-like spring suspension system.

When it comes to features, Redcat Racing made sure their Everest 10 model has all the essentials for an amazing outdoor, rock climbing experience. For an affordable price, this thing rocks a powerful brushed motor, waterproof electronics, Aluminum capped shocks, extremely oversized and texturized wheels and a 7.2v 2000mAh NiMH battery.

All of the above is in charge for Everest 10’s performance, and believe it or not – it performs excellently! With the previously mentioned amazingly flexible and independent suspension springs and ball bearings throughout the chassis, this thing can do wonders when it comes to rough terrain.

Unfortunately, the biggest downside of this one is its battery. But that should not be an issue for those of you who know how to replace it. Simply get a 2S LiPo (you can even go 3s but that will require a bit of modding and extra part upgrades) and not only will it run longer but faster as well!

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In the end, I’d just like to thank you for skimming through the list. As you could tell by yourself, I took a lot of effort to come up with all that information. It was rather time consuming and I would, of course, love to hear your opinions on it down in the comments section below.