RC cars for toddlers are great for engaging the senses and providing an important boost to hand-eye coordination, but there are so many out there differentiating between their features can be difficult. Some offer extra visual stimulation while others have fun educational audio, and you might be left wondering which toy has the most ideal features and would be the best pick for your toddler. We took a peek at the 7 best remote control cars for toddlers to help you make a pick your little will love.

Our Top Picks

Best Over All RC Car

Best Overall

Prextex Cartoon RC Police Car

Upgrade Choice RC Car

Upgrade Choice

Haktoys HAK101 Stunt RC Car

Best Budget Buy RC Car

Best Budget Buy

Rainbrace RC Racing Car Toy

How to Pick the Best Remote Control Car for Toddlers

1. Recommended Age

For kids to use toys easily and safely, the toy should be intended for someone their age. This is especially important here. RC cars are made for everyone from toddlers to adults, and there are models for older kids and grownups that look fairly childish but would be very unsafe for your toddler. Make sure you verify that a toy is intended for a younger child before you buy to avoid choking hazards and other issues. 

2. Colors

Colors offer important sensory stimulation and teachability in toys for toddlers, and most RC cars designed for littles are colorful. If you’re looking for specific shades, like primary colors for teaching or your little one’s favorite color, have no fear – there are many fun designs available. Some picks have multiple color options, a customization option which may make them even more enticing. 

3. Batteries Needed

RC cars require power to run, and it usually comes in the form of a battery. Sometimes it’s a rechargeable battery which comes with the car and includes a charger, but other times, you’ll need to use household batteries in both the controller and the car. This is often the case for toddler RC vehicles, which tend to be slower and create less battery pull. Being aware of a toy’s battery needs can make the unboxing process less stressful, especially when you have a toddler who’s ready to play. 

4. Size

Very big or very small toys can be difficult for toddlers to handle. They’re at a specific stage of motor development and are still developing both small and gross motor skills, so for them to use toys easily and safely, they should neither be too huge nor too small. Your child’s indoor and outdoor play space may also inform your decision in this area, so note the dimensions to make sure you’re making a pick your toddler can use without frustration. 

5. Special Features

Because they’re toys for toddlers, these RC vehicles tend to have special features geared toward education or sensory stimulation for small children. These features can keep kids interested and make RC playtime even more developmentally beneficial, so keep an eye out to see if any of the features would make a car a great pick for your kiddo. 

6. Includes

Toddler RC vehicles sometimes come with only a remote and a vehicle, but other times they’re more like a car with an accessory play set. Play sets can be great for kids who love pretending and creative play, but not every kid is interested, and sometimes accessories fall by the wayside. You know your child’s play style – if they’ll ignore accessories, don’t bother, but if they’ll entice play, they could be worth checking out.

The Winners

#1

Best OVerall

Great for siblings, friends or family fun, the Prextex Cartoon RC Police Car offers toddlers plenty of chances to get in the race. Featuring a blue police car with removable policeman as well as a race car with a driver in uniform, the 2 channel movement of these cars is easy for younger users to understand and master and the lights and sounds offer a fun sensory experience. The two cars operate on two different frequencies to avoid jamming, making for frustration free play. 

  • You'll love: The two pack is a great feature and they have anti jamming capabilities

Recommended Age: 3 – 10 years
Colors: Blue, red, green, yellow
Batteries Needed: 10 AA batteries not included
Size: 5 x 4 x 4 inches
Special Features: Driver figures, lights and sounds, 2 pack
Includes: 2 cars, 2 drivers, 2 remote controls

#2

Upgrade Choice

A lot more like a big kid RC than pretty much all the others on our list, the Haktoys HAK101 Stunt RC Car uses a rechargeable battery to charge and then run. This affords it more power and speed than other toddler RCs as well as the ability to do tricks, plus the car features 4 channel motion. It also means the car requires charge time, so it’s up to parents to make sure batteries are geared to go so as not to frustrate toddlers. In motion, the quality holographic illuminated wheels are awesome to watch and super wheelies, spiral spins and 360s all amaze younger kids. 

  • You'll love: It has many of the features of a big kid RC but it's safe for younger users
  • Watch for: The battery requires charging, so make sure it's ready to roll before using

Recommended Age: 3+
Colors: Red, holographic
Batteries Needed: 2 AA batteries not included
Size: 7.75 x 6.25 x 6.35
Special Features: Illumination, speed
Includes: Car, remote control, rechargeable battery, charger

#3

Best Budget Buy

The Rainbrace RC Racing Car Toy  is nother cute, super safe RC dump truck  features real rear dumping motions that will delight kids and help them master essential motor skills. The low price tag of this toy certainly doesn’t hurt, making it an ideal pick for a first RC for your toddler. The wheel remote is comfortable to hold, giving your child reign over lights, sounds and horn, and the 2 channel motion is fun and easy for younger users to learn and use. 

  • You'll love: Kids will develop small motor skills while engaging in important creative play with their dump truck

Recommended Age: 3+
Colors: Blue, yellow, orange and red
Batteries Needed: 5 AA batteries not included
Size: 6.3 x 4.5 x 5.5 inches
Special Features: Driver figure, lights and sounds
Includes: Car, remote control, figure

#4

This sweet first Holy Stone RC Dump Truck in a recognizable dump truck theme features a removable driver action figure and an easy to hold wheel remote control that’s great for encouraging important hand-eye development in growing kids. The wheel remote features a horn and triggers lights and sounds for extra sensory stimulation, and the small but sturdy truck fits well into tight spots and makes a good take-along toy for adventures. 

  • You'll love: It has real dump truck motion plus lights and sounds

Recommended Age: 18 months +
Colors: White, blue, yellow, green
Batteries Needed: 5 AA batteries not included
Size: 6.7 x 4 x 5.3 inches
Special Features: Driver figure, lights and sounds
Includes: Car, remote control, figure
Prextex Pack of 2 Cartoon R/C Police Car and Race Car

#5

The FILWO RC Cartoon Car is great for providing soothing sensory stimulation to toddlers as they play. The easy to hold wheel remote control offers forward and reverse motion and plays melodies, sounds the horn and flashes the headlights on this cute little car. The driver figure is fun to play with and removable, and kids will be excited to discover that he laughs when they press the top of his head. 

  • You'll love: The music is great for soothing kids, plus the driver figure has extra interactivity

Recommended Age: 3+
Colors: Red, yellow, blue
Batteries Needed: 5 AA
Size: 6.7 x 5.9 x 4.3 inches
Special Features: Driver figure, lights and sounds
Includes: Car, remote control, figure

#6

A unique vehicle pick, the Toch RC Truck Toy has a removable driver kids will love to use in their creative play. The zero edge construction means little fingers never get pinched or scratched, and lights and sounds triggered by the simple, ergonomic wheel remote control delight toddlers while they play with their tractor. The shovel really moves, which is both exciting to kids and a good way for them to improve small motor control. 

  • You'll love: The moving shovel offers developmental skill building opportunity

Recommended Age: 3+
Colors: Yellow, orange, green
Batteries Needed: 5 AA batteries not included
Size: 9.4 x 7.1 x 4.9 inches
Special Features: Driver figure, lights and sounds
Includes: Car, remote control, figure

#7

The Joyin RC Cartoon Race Car features illuminated tires that are similar to those featured on the previous model, but the rechargeable battery on this stunt car can charge quickly through a simple wall charger that’s included. It has an impressive range for a toddler toy – most max around 40 feet, but this car can reach up to 100 ft without disruption. It’s an easy RC for toddlers to control, and it features musical sounds for extra fun (but they’re a bit loud and can’t be turned off). 

  • You'll love: The impressive 100 ft range encourages kids to roam and play
  • Watch for: The sound is a bit loud, and there's no volume control

Recommended Age: 3+
Colors: Blue, red and yellow
Batteries Needed: 2 AA batteries not included
Size: 11.2 x 6.5 x 6.3 inches
Special Features: Tires, rechargeable
Includes: Car, remote control, rechargeable battery, charging cable

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for RC Car lovers

Paper Plate Car Craft

If you want a fun rainy day craft to do with your toddler, check out this adorable paper plate car project from Angie at Real Life at Home that uses items you probably already have in your craft collection.
DIY Plate Craft

Racecar Themed Birthday Party

Want to throw a race car birthday party with details they’ll talk about for years? Check out this gorgeous race car themed birthday party by Kara’s Party Ideas – we love the flowers, makes them look like they just won the championship!
DIY Race Cakes

Sponge Painting Car Craft

Another simple car craft they’ll ask to do again and again is this sponge painting car design activity from Chelsey at Buggy and Buddy – they can use one color or experiment with layering multiples for a unique effect.

Quick Decision

Prextex Police Car & Race Car – Best Overall
The twin pack is a great value and awesome pick for siblings, plus it’s anti-jamming so there’s no radio control issues

Haktoys HAK101 Stunt RC Car – Upgrade Choice
It’s just like an RC for bigger kids, but it’s safe for littles

Rainbrace RC Racing Car Toy – Best Budget Buy
The dump truck motion encourages small motor control development at a low price

Mini RC cars are a fun, miniature-sized version of a car. Your kids will surely love our selection.

Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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