Kids LOVE cars. It’s just a thing. As it turns out, these playroom essentials also encourage creative play, motor skills, and language development. Who would’ve known? With that said, we’ve got the best toy cars for toddlers and babies. Fret not, these options are equal parts and adorable.

Our Top Picks

Upgrade Toy Choice Cars

Upgrade Choice

Indigo Jamm Colin's Camper Van

Best Budget Buy Toy Cars

Best Budget Buy

Yeonha Toys Pull Back Vehicles

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The Winners

#1

Green Toys Dump Truck

Best Overall

Green Toys’ eco-friendly dump truck boasts a toddler-friendly design made from recycled milk jugs. While the red and yellow toy lacks metal axels, it has a fully functioning dumper and rolling wheels. Don’t worry if it takes a bath in the mud. It can be washed in the dishwasher. That’s why it’s our editor’s choice!

Recommended Age: 12 months – 10 years
Materials: Plastic
Type :Low-tech

#2

Indigo Jamm Colin's Camper Van

Upgrade Choice

Inspired by the van life movement? Want a quality upgrade choice? This 70s-inspired camper van and wooden peg figure set (which includes four people and one dog) closely resemble a famous team of mystery solving cartoon teenagers. Plus, it’s easy on the wallet and good for the environment!

Recommended Age: 12 months – 18 months and up
Materials: Wood
Type: Low-tech

#3

Yeonha Toys Pull Back Vehicles

Best Budget Buy

Who said you can’t have quality and quantity? This 12-pack of construction vehicles will keep your overactive toddler busy for hours on end. The cars even have an engaging pull-back function that will send them zooming across a room! It’s also our top budget buy.

Recommended Age: 36 months – 8 years
Materials: Plastic
Type: Low Tech

#4

Melissa & Doug Plush Pull-Back Vehicle

Melissa and Doug’ plush pull-back car set is ideal for curious babies and toddlers. The toys wind up when pushed in reverse and then accelerate forward when released. The kit includes a cartoonish school bus, fire truck, police car, and a passenger car. Just check out this adorable baby getting in on the racing action.

Recommended Age: 9 months and up
Materials: Fabric and Plastic
Type : Low Tech

#5

Green Toys Scooper Truck

Looking for an eco-friendly construction vehicle toy? The Green Toys scooper is made from 100-percent recycled plastic. While it’s yellow in color, it’s conceptually green. This toy car enables productive and progressive dig sessions that won’t put a hole in the ozone. Yay!

Recommended Age: 12 months – 10 years
Materials: Plastic
Type: Low Tech

#6

WolVol's Push and Go Car Set

The three-vehicle friction-powered car toy kit by WolVol offers endless entertainment. The set includes a street sweeper, cement mixer, and harvester. Each vehicle boasts a unique colorway and specialized spinning mechanisms. The friction-powered vehicles just need a gentle push forward to garner sustained power.

Recommended Age: 18 months and up
Materials: Plastic
Type: Low Tech

#7

Tonka Steel Mighty Dump Truck Vehicle

Tonka’s classic yellow and black dump truck has a vintage look that can take a serious beating. Children will have a blast filling and dumping the movable truck bed. This mighty toy is even guaranteed for life! Not to mention, it’s an American sandbox standard.

Recommended Age:3 and older
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low Tech

#8

LEGO DUPLO My First Cars and Trucks

The Duplo car and truck block kit is perfect for budding engineers. It comes with 36 colorful blocks that combine to create vehicles in three easy steps. Children can build a car, a dump truck, a fire truck, and a crane. Bob the Builder would approve!

Recommended Age: 1.5 to 5 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low Tech

#9

Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage

Melissa and Doug’s charming wooden service station boasts a fully function elevator, three parking spaces, and a drive-true washing station. It also as a curved wooden “Station” sign that doubles as a handle, making it easy for little ones to take on the go. The kit comes with two simple wooden cars that kids can dispatch into the service station. Who knew a car garage could be so precious?

Recommended Age: 3 – 6 years
Materials: Wood
Type : Low Tech

#10

Melissa & Doug Rug & Car Set

What good are toy cars without winding roads to explore? The Melissa and Doug Rug and Car set comes with a durable woven rug that depicts an entire make-believe town. Children can steer the four painted wood cars around the loopy roads or park them at one of the main attractions. Alas, no more gauges in the new wood floors!

Recommended Age: 3 – 8 years
Materials: Woven fabric and wood
Type : Low Tech

#11

3 Bees Rolling Dinosaurs

Want to combine your child’s love for prehistoric creatures and fast cars? Be sure to check out this colorful set of wheeled dinos. The charming creatures get revved up when pulled in reverse. Just don’t get in a tyrannosaurus wreck!

Recommended Age: 12 months – 10 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low Tech

#12

VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

Introduce your youngin’ to the world of construction with this smart dump truck. It comes with color-coded “rocks” that encourage color recognition and counting. The truck also has a handy pull string, because sometimes the best pets have wheels. We’re just hoping this will facilitate our toddler’s fast track to Harvard. Hey, parents can dream!

Recommended Age: 6 months – 3 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : High-tech

#13

O Ball 1-Piece Rattle & Roll Car

Encourage crawling with these adorable rattling vehicles. The flexible tops are ideal for teething and make them easy to grasp. Meanwhile, the bead-filled wheels add charming (and tolerable) sound effects.

Recommended Age: 3 months and up
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#14

Holy Stone RC Cartoon Race Car

Introduce your wee one to the world of remote control racing. This adorable cartoon-style car comes with a two direction remote control for toddler-lead navigation. It also honks, plays music, and has flashing headlights. What more could you want?

Recommended Age:18 months and up
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#15

Kid O Go Car Early Learning Push & Pull Toy

The Kid O Car’s integrated handle top gives young drivers something to grasp as they navigate over carpets and furniture. Meanwhile, its non-marki

Recommended Age: 12 months and older
Materials: ABS and rubber
Type : Low-tech

#16

Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Garages & Cars

This set of stackable cars and garages is the perfect way to inspire mathematical thinking in your little one. Each garage is color-coded, staggered in size, and boasts a number that corresponds with a car.

Recommended Age: 2 – 4 years
Materials: Cardboard and Wood
Type : Low-tech

#17

Green Toys Ferry Boat Toy

Let your child bring their love of cars to the water with this adorable ferry boat and passenger car set. With a spacious cargo area and slide-out ramp, this toy enables flawless vehicle transfers.

Recommended Age: 36 months – 10 years
Materials: Recycled plastic
Type : Low-tech

#18

PJ Masks Vehicle Cat Boy Cat Car

Help Cat Boy save the day with this fierce feline car and figure set. Of course, this kit enables toddler-level sleuthing. Other PJ Mask characters and vehicles are sold separately.

Recommended Age: 3 and up
Materials: ABS and rubber
Type : Low-tech

#19

VTech Go! Smart Wheels Starter Pack

Hit the highway with this set of three light-up vehicles. The set comes with a miniature helicopter, fire truck, and police car. Pop in batteries and the vehicles offer an assortment of audio responses, including letter sounds and songs.

Recommended Age: 1 to 5 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#20

PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 Truck with Garage

The Playmobil truck and garage kit are a fun take on traditional shape sorters. Encourage your child to drop the cargo pieces through the appropriate hole in the roof and watch as they land in the truck bed parked below.

Recommended Age: 18 months – 5 years
Materials: ABS and rubber
Type : Low-tech

#21

Bruder Skid Steer Loader

This German-made steer loader is perfect for the sandbox. The scooper lifts up and down, and the cab opens to accommodate a tiny driver. This is definitely a toy that can put up with toddler abuse!

Recommended Age: 24 months to 4 years
Materials: ABS
Type : Low-tech

#22

Melissa & Doug Mega Race Car Carrier

Arrive at the race track in style with this wooden double-decker and six unique racers. No fleet of cars ever looked better. It even folds down for easy loading!

Recommended Age: 36 months – 7 years
Materials: Wood
Type : Low-tech

#23

Mega Bloks Caterpillar Large Dump Truck

This CAT construction vehicle comes with dozens of blocks to haul and build with. It also has an adorable peg construction worker figure. This kit is perfect for pairing with large Mega Blok sets.

Recommended Age: 12 months – 5 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#24

TOP BRIGHT Wooden Shape Sorter

This adorable pastel cement mixer doubles as a shape sorter with seven colorful wooden shapes. Children can sort the loose blocks and then churn the rocky cement mixture for an engaging and informative play session.

Recommended Age: 1-2 years
Materials: Plastic and wood
Type : Low-tech

#25

Green Toys Fire Truck - BPA Free

Are you committed to providing your children with an eco-friendly childhood? Green Toys makes a classic toy fire engine from 100-percent recycled materials. With removable ladders and thick all-terrain wheels, rescues have never been easier.

Recommended Age: 12 months – 10 years
Materials: Recycled plastic
Type : Low-tech

#26

Green Toys Car Carrier Vehicle Set

Add to your eco-conscious toy collection with the Green Toys double-decker car carrier. It’s made from recycled milk jugs, meaning it’s actually good for the earth. Plus, it fits three adorable buggy-style cars!

Recommended Age: 12 months – 10 years
Materials: Recycled plastic
Type : Low-tech

#27

Automoblox Wooden Car Three Pack

The Autoblox wooden car collection features a retro-styled adaptor system that enables your little one to design their own vehicles. These adorable racers also look great traveling down a cardboard ramp!

Recommended Age: 3 and up
Materials: Beech wood
Type : Low-tech

#28

Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies

Encourage walking with this incredible Stand ‘n Play Rampway. Cars utilize gravity to speed down the twisting, turning vertical racetrack. Lights and sounds included!

Recommended Age: 18 months – 6 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : High-tech

#29

Lewo Wooden Ramp Racer Toddler Toys

This Montessori-esque car ramp consists of four rotating tracks and four colorful wooden race cars. Children can lift and lower the track to create a fluid speedway for their tiny vehicles. It’s a great way to teach cause and effect!

Recommended Age: 36 months – 12 years
Materials: Wood
Type : Low-tech

30

KidKraft Deluxe Garage Set

We’re sort of obsessed with KidKraft’s 360-degree play centers, and this deluxe four-tier garage set is no exception. It includes multiple vehicles, wooden figures, and props. Kids can take their vehicles to the third-floor car wash and then work there way down to the other service levels using the functioning elevator.

Recommended Age: 3 and up
Materials: Wood
Type : Low-tech

#31

Tonka Steel Tow Truck

Looking for a classic tow truck to share with your little one? This adorable Tonka Steel Tow Truck is built like the toys of the past. In fact, with a steel chassis and durable plastic cab, this truck can withstand the torchers of any child’s sandbox. 

Recommended Age: 36 months to 6 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#32

Disney Pixar Cars Tow Truckin'

What would our tow truck toy list be without everyone’s favorite Pixar rescue vehicle, Mater? This oversized Disney Pixar Cars Tow Truckin vehicle has plenty of moving parts to amuse your young road warrior.

Recommended Age: 26 months to 7 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#33

Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker

Being battery-adverse parents, we have a true affinity for friction-powered toy cars. The Big-Daddy Duty Friction Police Wrecker is a realistic tow truck, complete with a retractable string cable and powerful friction powered motor.

Recommended Age: 3 and Up
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#34

ToyVelt Carrier Megatoybrand Truck

What if we told you there was a semi truck built with budding paleontologists in mind? The ToyVelt Carrier Megatoybrand Truck offers ample space to store your favorite prehistoric lizards

Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
Materials: Plastic
Type : Low-tech

#35

Melissa-Doug Wooden toy Trailer

Looking for a set of toy cars that inspire learning while keeping your little one pleased. Melissa and Dough are the gold standard for well-rounded educational toys. Their adorable Melissa-Doug Wooden toy Trailers are designed to spark the imagination while teaching colors, letters, and numbers. The best part is that it manages to do all this without the need for batteries or showy features.

Recommended Age: 36 months to 6 years 
Materials: Wood
Type : Low-tech

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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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