There are probably very few children, or parents for that matter, who do not love to play with Hot Wheels cars. The expandable play, wild and crazy track designs, and fair competition practically guarantee a great few hours of play. If you are searching for the best Hot Wheels race track, this review can point you in the right direction. Don’t blame us if Hot Wheels turns into an obsession with your child!

Our Top Picks

Criss Cross Crash Track Set

Best Overall

Criss Cross Crash Track Set

Super Ultimate Garage

Upgrade Choice

Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage

How to Pick the Best Hot wheels track set

Basically, any child from 4 years and older will enjoy Hot Wheels at some time during their school years. Hot Wheels cars and play sets are often passed down to younger siblings. There are plenty of collectors who never stopped loving the iconic cars. Beware of CHOKE HAZARD warnings. Small parts, those that can pass through an empty toilet roll, can seriously injure a child less than three years old. We have provided the warning in the information if a track set poses this hazard.

1. Recommended Age

One of the best features of Hot Wheels toys is that they are interchangeable and expandable. You can buy cars by the dozens, and they will work with any track set. The Hot Wheels cars are 1:64 scale. Other brands may be a different scale and will not work well with these tracks. Disney cars, for instance, are larger at 1:55, just enough to get stuck on a track. So, if you are buying other brands of diecast metal cars, look for that 1:64 scale.

2. Pieces

Some track sets sold by Hot Wheels have no cars included. Other sets have one or several. It’s a good idea to make sure you buy enough extra cars to at least fill the lanes of the tracks. If your child has siblings or plays Hot Wheels with friends, you may wish to buy enough for everybody.

3. Batteries

There are battery-driven track sets and those that are child-driven. The mechanical tracks that are powered by a lever or button require nothing but kid power. We have listed the number of batteries with the required size for each track set. Batteries are not included with Hot Wheels track sets.

4. Dimensions

Hot Wheels tracks can be huge. Your young one may like it set up permanently because it is a chore to build the track each play session. Make sure you have a good place and enough room for the set you choose for your child.

5. Weight

Along with the dimensions of the track set, the weight will determine what shipping charges you will need to pay if any. If a boy or girl will have to carry the set from place to place to construct the track, make sure they will be strong enough to handle it alone.

The Winners

If you’re looking for a great Hot Wheels track, the 11 sets reviewed here might lead you to the perfect purchase. Kids from preschool through elementary school, and sometimes far beyond, love Hot Wheels action. The sets are expandable, and additional cars will always make fun and thrills bigger and better.

#1

Criss Cross Crash Track Set

Best overall

The Criss Cross Crash Track Set has four exciting track loops go round-and-round and cross each other in mid-race to either hit the finish line or crash. This elevated figure-eight track features scary intersections, motorized boosters, hairpin turns, and a large zone for crashing. There is a battery-powered car feeder ramp so the next competitors can slide smoothly into the action. The track has plenty of parking space for a child’s collection.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 1 car, track
Batteries: 4 D
Dimensions: 2.8 x 24 x 15 inches
Weight: 1.85 pounds

#2

Super Ultimate Garage

Upgrade Choice

When we discussed large Hot Wheels track sets, the Super Ultimate Garage was indeed in our minds. At just more than three feet in height, this is a behemoth. There is parking for more than 140 cars in this most massive Hot Wheels playset yet. There’s more than parking in this garage. There are a drive-up restaurant and a car wash. There is a large jet plane with its landing zone by the penthouse. For additional chills, a giant ape stands ready to swipe the plane right out of the sky. If your young kid has a big collection of Hot Wheels and a desire to expand, this is the playset for them.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 4 cars, 1 jet, track
Batteries: 4 D
Dimensions: 8 x 30 x 34 inches
Weight: 29 pounds

#3

Super Speed Blastway Track Set

Best Budget Buy

The double race track pits one kid-powered car against another with side-by-side racing. The kids use slam launchers to start the race. There are characters in the grandstand above the action that pop off by each lap completed. Who’s the winner? A finish flag shows the results.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 1 car, track
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 7 x 14 x 8.5 inches
Weight: 2 pounds

#4

Track Builder Multi-Loop Box

Ten feet of track loop then shoot out into straightaways, pitting one Hot Wheels driver against another. Who will win? The one who man-handles the launcher with the most power and finesse, of course. The Track Builder Multi-Loop Box is a kid-powered track set that’s compact and portable, the on vacations or to a friend’s house. The handy carrying case doubles as a support for the track. Does he want to build an even bigger track? Remember all the Hot Wheel tracks work together.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 1 car, track
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 7 x 14 x 8.5 inches
Weight: 2 pounds

#5

Track Builder System Race Crate

She can build three of her own big stunt courses with the Hot Wheels Track Builder System Race Crate. Get ready for the Mega Jump, Drag Race, and Gravity Drop! There are eight feet of track in a pop-out raceway, so there’s plenty of road for two friends to play and challenge each other. There is a fair-start gate, two double-slam launchers, a two-lane loop, and a finish gate for the winner to reach first. When she folds up the crate, all the parts will fit snugly inside for easy carrying to the backyard or her best friend’s house.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 10
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 2 cars, track
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 9 inches
Weight: 5.69 pounds

#6

Ultimate Gator Car Wash Playset

Here is a real, genuine, honest-to-goodness Hot Wheels car wash. The Ultimate Gator Car Wash Playset is a large set that uses water to wash special Color Shifters cars. Watch out for the giant gator! He’s waiting to grasp a car in his jaws from the whirlpool! Water play is great. The Color Shifter is excellent with changing colors when wet versus dry. Water is messy and should remain outdoors. There is a way to keep the spills contained, but you’ll have to be exact in following directions and obeying fill lines. All the action is child-driven, no batteries. There is only one Color Shifter car with this set, though you can purchase more.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 8
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 5, 1 car (changeable)
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 6 x 26 x 17 inches
Weight: 4.09 pounds

#7

HOT WHEELS Super 6-Lane Raceway

Eight feet of track and a steep downhill racecourse pits six Hot Wheels racers against each other. The competition features realistic lights and sounds. An announcer shouts which car the winner is at the end of the race. Although the track is very long, it folds up to store and transport. The set comes with six 1:64 scale Hot Wheels racers.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 6 cars, track
Batteries: 3 AA
Dimensions: 6 x 4.2 x 15 inches
Weight: 9.15 pounds

#8

HOT WHEELS 4-Lane Elimination Trackset

Leave it to Hot Wheels to design a real elimination race. The 4-Lane Elimination Race Trackset  is one that has disastrous consequences for the losers. Four cars begin the race at the top of the course with a fair-start launcher. As the four travel down the course at breakneck speeds, the course narrows. First, the slowest car is thrown off the track that suddenly narrows to three lanes. On it goes down the track until there is room for only one Hot Wheels car in the winner’s lane.

Recommended Ages: 4 – 12
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 1 car, track
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 20 x 3.2 x 10 inches
Weight: 2.05 pounds

#9

HOT WHEELS Corkscrew Crash Track Set

The huge Corkscrew Crash Track Set corkscrew around the course with three crash zones, three loops, and three high-speed boosters. The boosters push the cars through the loops at best speed without crashing, or so the driver hopes. The point is to go as fast as possible without crashing, so speed must be balanced with caution. The corkscrew design keeps cars running around the track until they careen off into the distance. This set can be played happily by one child.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 1 car, track
Batteries: 4 D
Dimensions: 4.2 x 24 x 15 inches
Weight: 1.85 pounds

#10

HOT WHEELS Ultimate Garage Playset

The Ultimate Garage Playset is a giant set, a centerpiece for the collector for certain. Three elevated parking levels have spots reserved for 36 Hot Wheels cars. On the street level, there are multiple zones for interesting play. There’s a shark, a gas station, and a tune-up shop. It’s quite handy for those parking customers.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 12
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 5 cars, helicopter, track
Batteries: 3 C
Dimensions: 30 x 5.8 x 24 inches
Weight: 6.64 pounds

#11

HOT WHEELS The Super Ultimate Garage

What’s bigger than the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage? Why, it’s the Super Ultimate Garage, of course. This has four parking levels and handles more than 140 Hot Wheels cars. A continuous motorized elevator brings up to 23 cars at a time to the higher levels. Be careful though. A gorilla is intent on swiping down as many cars as he can. If that isn’t enough, a pterodactyl tries to feather his nest with cars.

Recommended Ages: 4 – 9
Expandable: Yes
Pieces: 4 cars, jet, track
Batteries: 4 D
Dimensions: 8 x 30 x 34 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

DIY, Craft, and Décor Ideas

Make your own wooden track

If you’d like a project that kids and adults could do together, this homemade wooden track is just the thing. The project isn’t terribly difficult, and the results will be long-lasting.

How about a wall race track?

If you have room in a basement or a kid’s bedroom, why not build a race track right on the wall?

Build your own race track wall

Hot Wheels race tracks work very well on the wall when they stay there that is. Why not fabricate your own race track wall that will help you avoid putting a hole in the real one?

Organize your Hot Wheels

If your kids have very many Hot Wheels, you know you need a place to put the cars, so you don’t step on them in your bare feet in the middle of the night. Try these creative ideas for storage all organization at luresandlace.com

How to host a Hot Wheels birthday party

If your child is a Hot Wheels fan, he or she may want that to be the theme for their next birthday party. See how cleverly you can build a great party with a little forethought and planning at thepartyporch.com.

Quick Decision

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set – Best Overall
Has thrills and chills as the tracks crisscross and challenge children to steer their race car to safety at the finish line.

Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage – Upgrade Choice
A gigantic, in Hot Wheels terms, garage with many play features and room for more than 140 Hot Wheels cars.

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Track Set – Best Budget Buy
Great fun for two kids to race each other around and down a dual track.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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