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 the 1st spot 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 a cheaper solution, you might be interested in our list of 10 RC Cars under $100.
Best RC cars under $200 list
|10. TOZO WARHAMMER||25mph||1/12||20min||See price now|
|9. VELOCITY TOYS|
|15mph||1/10||15min||See price now|
|8. HUKOER 9115||25mph||1/12||10min||See price now|
|7. EXCEED RC DRIFT||30mph||1/10||15min||See price now|
|6. TAMIYA DT03||kit||1/10||kit||See price now|
|5. DISTIANERT DTN||30mph||1/18||15min||See price now|
|4. REDCAT RACING |
|20mph||1/10||10min||See price now|
|3. TECESY FIGHTER||25mph||1/12||15min||See price now|
|2. TRAXXAS RUSTLER||35mph||1/10||20min||See price now|
|1. REDCAT EVEREST-10||5mph||1/10||40min||See price now|
10. TOZO C5031 Warhammer
First I’d like to point out that these first 2 models are (by far, if I may add) the coolest looking ones in the entire list. This one goes by the name of C5031 and is made by TOZO, a well-known brand that has satisfied customers all over the world. Have the folk over at TOZO done a good job with their C5031 model? Well, that’s exactly the kind of stuff we’ll be sharing with you in the next couple of paragraphs.
Starting off with the design, it is noteworthy to add that this is a 1/12 model with 4 wheel drive incorporated into its system. It sports a gorgeous design and features a spare tire in the back. LED lights are present too and they give out the additional charm to an already stellar appearanceBut, not only do they embellish the appearance but they’re also providing an awesome front view that provides you with a pleasant sight during night sessions.
As far as the performance is concerned, TOZO C5031 is an absolute record-breaker. It packs amazing hardware including a 2S 1500mAh battery which can boost its motor all the way up to 25mph. Add 50 meters of operating range to that equation and you now know C5031’s specifications.
It’s also noteworthy to add TOZO C5031’s three-stage metal gears and shockproof suspension system that allow it to go over demanding obstacles. We are talking about a 4×4 drive here so obstacle-clearance doesn’t surprise us at all. Plus, it even sports an anti-interference system that enables competitive races including 2 or more players simultaneously. All things considered, the last drone on this list isn’t half bad. With great appearance, solid hardware (and supporting metal mechanisms), it’s definitely worth the money!
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!
Let’s get one thing out of the way – this might not be the best RC car out there, but it is definitely the prettiest one out of this bunch! Its appearance draws roots from the Porsche 911 GT3 which is an absolute beauty of a car. With aggressive front-end design, that sleek Porsche charm and a huge spoiler at the back, GT3 is definitely among the prettiest urban cars out there. And this RC model isn’t far off either. Add a beautifully stylized canopy to the equation to all things stated above and you’ll get Velocity Toys GT3 Racer.
It can reach speeds of up to 15mph which is not that praiseworthy. Still, considering it’s a 1/10 model on the cheap, 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.
With all that taken into consideration, it seems as though Velocity Toys GT3 Racer isn’t really that good… To be honest, I really don’t think much of it myself. 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.
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 trying 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.
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 comes in several different color 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 the excellent build quality and a large front bumper and you’ll realize DriftStar has a solid amount of collision protection. Generally, it just drives awesome!
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. So, with that being said, I believe you realize we are talking about a real DriftStar among RC cars! It definitely deserves to be featured on this list… and well worth checking out! So, what are you waiting for? If you are looking for a drift RC car on the cheap, you really can’t go wrong with this one!
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… which is always a huge plus for a mid-tier RC buggy. Still, don’t push it too far as you’ll end up being forced to buy spare parts.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that there is also a solid servo involved. It helps to control the buggy and allows you to make smoother turns. All in all, if you are looking for a DIY experience worth the effort, you can’t go wrong with Tamiya DT03!
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, I don’t think this is a 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 the independent spring suspension system as well as grippy wheels that are pretty big in comparison to the body. Of course, it is shockproof 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.
All things considered, if fast, miniature RC cars are your thing, then you’ll really enjoy this Distianert’s model. It delivers a marvelous performance and edgy design that will perfectly accommodate both children and adults.
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. Like all other monster trucks in this (and lower) price range, it runs on 4WD and features a powerful servo. It has incredible 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 if you don’t mind me noticing.
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 is exactly what really matters for newcomers to the hobby and Redcat Racing Electric Volcano EPX won’t let them down.
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 a 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. In other words, this little fella can endure a fair share of a beating before experiencing damaged parts.
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 the fancy outer appearance and solid hardware inside… and they would be correct!
2. Traxxas Rustler
Traxxas is one of the most popular RC toy 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.
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 a 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 of 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!
How do RC cars work?
Even though RC cars are sophisticated radio-controlled devices, I will do my best to explain how the work in the simplest of manners.
First things first, let’s focus on the controller… or how we should really be calling it – transmitter! That’s because it is essentially a nicely packed transmitter with an intuitive racing-style interface which is set to transmit radio waves towards the RC car. It does so usually via 2.4Ghz radio frequency which has established itself as the standard solution for most radio-control inspired devices.
Transmitters send the radio wave towards receivers found in each RC car. They communicate through a specified protocol allowing the receiver to perform commands to the RC car. Batteries and motor (or motors in some cases) are also important parts of this story as they allow everything else to work properly. Batteries provide the contraption with power and motors are considered as the designated workforce.
NiMH vs LiPo batteries
As you’ve had the chance to see in the list above there are 2 main types of batteries that these mid-tier RC cars use. I’m referring to NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) and LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries which are, by far, the most represented ones.
But what makes them superior to other types of batteries? Or better yet, what are the main differences between them? Let’s check out the main traits of these 2 battery types:
Amperage delivery goes heavily in the favor of LiPo batteries. However, due to higher voltages, NiMH batteries will usually have a faster burst of power right off the bat… but as their voltage gets dropped down to the degree of a LiPo, it’s going to be a neck to neck race to the finish line.
Even though most people consider NiMH batteries to be much safer than LiPos, that’s not the case anymore… if you are following the basic guidelines of using LiPo batteries. Furthermore, NiMH batteries tend to heat up (especially with brushless amperage demands) due to power inefficiency which is not usually the case with LiPos… unless you abuse them too much.
LiPo batteries are well known for having an extremely high energy density. In other words, they are superior to NiMH batteries when it comes to the weight/capacity ratio. If we are to be more precise with our numbers here, same capacity LiPo would be approximately half the weight of a NiMH battery.
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.