The 10 Best Gas Powered RC Cars

Updated January 08, 2019 by Chase Brush

Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive
We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. While electric models may be more convenient, requiring less maintenance and making less mess, they're no match for the best gas-powered RC cars out there in terms of speed, durability, and customization. Our list includes options geared both for the asphalt and the dirt track, as well as for the casual hobbyist on a budget and the competitive racer looking for a truly high-end machine. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best gas powered rc car on Amazon.

10. Exceed RC Monster Truck

9. Redcat Racing Tornado S30

8. Redcat Racing Monsoon XTR Truggy

7. Team Losi Desert Buggy XL

6. Redcat Racing Earthquake 3.5

5. Traxxas Jato 3.3

4. Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3

3. Traxxas Nitro Rustler

2. Exceed RC MadFire .21

1. Team Losi 8IGHT RTR

Editor's Notes

January 07, 2019: Gas-powered RC cars may sound intimidating, but there's enough variety out there in terms of price and quality that drivers of all experience levels should be able to find a model to suit their style. We've updated and expanded this ranking to reflect that diversity. New and overlooked models include the Redcat Racing Earthquake 3.5 at #6 and Exceed RC MadFire .21 at #2, both of which make great entry-level options for beginners.The intermediate-level Team Losi 8IGHT RTR has been newly awarded #1, thanks in large part to its balancing of price, quality and upgrade potential.


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Last updated on January 08, 2019 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.


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