I have three boys, so cars are a bit of a hit around my house. Especially remote control cars, which capture most boys’ attention immediately. The older my boys got, the more advanced the features of the remote control cars got.
While there are a LOT of options out there, I love the Altair Power Pro XL as the best remote control car for 8, 9 and 10-year-olds! It’s rugged, fast, and can run for 30 minutes continuously!
|Best Remote Control Car for Older Boys||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Altair Power Pro XL||Long-lasting 30 minute drive time, fast, and entertaining truck that climbs the un-climbable.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|BEZGAR Remote Control Off Road Car||This highly-rated off roader has a working light bar for a fun touch.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Air Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Climbing Car||This small remote control car can climb walls!||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Amicool RC Cars Stunt Car Toy||This stunt car has a jointed and double-sided design that allows it to do all kinds of awesome tricks.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|SainSmart Jr. Remote Control Car||This "transformer" car has lights, sounds, and goes pretty fast on flat surfaces.||♥♥♥♥♥|
The Best Remote Control Cars for 8, 9, and 10-Year-Olds
Altair Power Pro XL
Boys love monster trucks, and your own remote-controlled monster truck is even better! If I was in the market for a remote control car and could only pick one, it would be the Altair Power Pro XL. This is not the lowest cost recommendation on this list, but it is the highest quality and does the coolest things with great durability and long-lasting performance.
This is a good gift choice for 10-year-old boys.
The Power Pro XL is designed for performance. It has a wide wheelbase (11 inches) that lets it go places most vehicles just won’t go. That means it is less likely to flip over, get caught, or lose traction, like many of the RC trucks out there.
The independent suspension lets the wheels crawl up on uneven rocks.
Pistol grip controller
The pistol grip controller is a popular feature of modern remote control cars, especially high-speed ones. It makes it easier for a young child to maneuver the vehicle versus the standard two-handed controller. The placement and operation of the buttons is intuitive. The monster truck can go forward, reverse, left, right, and stop.
The Altair Power Pro will actually get up to 30 MPH. That is a lot faster than you want to go on a regular basis, but it is awesome for jumping starts and flying on wide-open flat surfaces. While it can go fast on any surface, you have to slow down on bumpy terrain, or it will literally be flying.
This truck has a rugged body that can take the punishment where it counts. The top is plastic and feels thin, but that is intentional. No extra weight where it isn’t needed. The frame and tires are heavy and solid to take all the shock and pressure.
Long-lasting drive time with double rechargeable batteries
The Power Pro XL offers a whopping 30 minutes of continuous drive time! Two of the 7.4V 1600 MAh batteries are included with each providing 15 minutes of drive time. Attach the included battery adapter and you’re ready to go for a total of 30 minutes! No more waiting for the battery to charge before you can hit the road again.
The controller needs 3 AA batteries, which are not included.
The Power Pro XL is a great product with amazing remote control drive time. Altair has a lot of experience with remote control toys and hobby level devices. It is an American brand with world-class customer service.
BEZGAR Monster Vehicle Remote Control Car
The BEZGAR Monster Vehicle Remote Control Car is a highly-rated remote control car for kids. It features shock absorption and durable gripping tires for off-roading.
My favorite feature – headlights! You would think with the “monster” size of this car, it would run slow, but this BEZGAR car runs 20-25 km/h or 12-15 mph.
As for charging, this remote control car comes with two rechargeable battery packs that plug conveniently into a USB port (the wireless controller needs batteries). Charging time is about 3 hours for 20-25 minutes of run time depending on how fast it’s going.
Customers love how durable and impressive the BEZCAR remote control car is. It can even go out as far as 164 feet!
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Climbing Car
Best “It Does What?!” Car
If you would rather have tricks instead of speed, this Air Hogs Zero Gravity Wall Climbing Car is every boy’s dream! It can climb walls and ceilings, do gravity-defying stunts, and comes with an LED light controller. And the best part of all, it’s very affordable so you’re not breaking the bank for something that will break in a week.
This car is so cool for a boy, age 8 and up! It is lightweight and has a powerful suction fan, which allows it to climb smooth walls or the ceiling. If you get two for the low price, boys can race them all over the house, even on the ceiling! There is no cooler thing in a boy’s world than this gravity-defying car, guaranteed!
However, do note that the car can only work on smooth surfaces, so textured walls or ceilings are not going to work. it also has a rechargeable battery to race over and over again.
The Air Hog can do anything a regular race car can do, like race on the floor. It can also climb walls, windows, and ceilings. However, it does not go backward or do any fun tricks, but climbing is cool all on its own. The Air Hog climbing race car has a remote control with an LED “Laser” Light, which the car chases just point the beam, and the car will follow for up to 6 feet!
Amicool RC 360° Stunt Car
Best 360º Stunt Car
The Amicool RC Stunt Car is one that will captivate your 8-10 year old immediately. This is an off-road remote control car that has anti-crash tires and can maneuver, flip, and tumble for lots of fun.
Parents love how durable this remote control car is and how fun it is for their kids (and for themselves)!
A downfall we see to this Amicool RC car is that it is purely battery-operated and does not take a rechargeable battery pack like most remote control cars. For as fun as this looks, you may be flying through batteries pretty quickly as your child plays with it over and over. Batteries are not included for car or remote.
Haven’t found what you’re looking for yet? Here are some more cool options:
SainSmart Jr. Remote Control Car
The SainSmart Jr. Remote Control Car is a cool choice if you want nifty features like turning into a transformer with one button. The transformer even talks!
It’s a full-fledged race car that looks sleek and has working LED lights. The car has multiple sound effects, even a realistic engine revving sound.
Of course, it is not meant for any terrain other than smooth surface since it has smooth tires. The charge time on this is about an hour for a 20-30 minute playtime.
Growsland RC Sport Racing Car
This Growsland RC Sport Racing Car features a slim aerodynamic profile just like a real racing car. In addition, this car has functional headlights that make driving it in the dark even more fun! A two-joystick remote makes operating this car easy which could be good for a first-time remote control car user.
Because the Growsland car is more for show and less for performance, you won’t find any high speeds (max is 8-10 mph), nor will this car work well on all terrains. With smooth race car like tires, you’ll want to drive this on smooth surfaces and not grass, dirt, etc.
Both the remote control car and the wireless controller require batteries which are not included. Beyond that, customers say this a great car, especially for new drivers, and the functional headlights are an extra fun feature.
KidiRace RC Remote Control Police Car
The KidiRace RC Remote Control Police Car is great for kids who enjoy playing cops and robbers, or would love to have a realistic looking and sounding police cruiser.
It has working lights and sounds, such as horn, siren, and revving engine.
The Police car is suitable for flat surfaces such as driveway, but does okay on carpet as well. It attains speeds of about 7-10 mph and will last 30 minutes on a full charge.
SHARKOOL High-speed Remote Control Car
The SHARKOOL RC Caris great for a high speed, on or off-road racing experience. It’s also sturdy, fast, absorbs shock, and is reasonably priced for the quality and features of the car.
The SHARKOOL RC car has top speeds of 9-15 miles per hour. This is not the fastest on the market, but it’s plenty fast for a 10-year-old to have fun with. It’s also the fastest of the three RC cars reviewed in this article, so if you’re getting a car for speed, this would be your best bet.
For the SHARKOOL RC car itself, charge time is 4-6 hours, and a full charge will get you about 20-30 minutes of playtime. This car comes with two rechargeable battery packs so that you can rotate them out. In general, I prefer rechargeable toys to battery-operated ones, as that tends to get pretty expensive to keep them operational. The controller is battery operated and batteries are not included for that.
Remote control range is about 40-50 meters or about 131-164 feet, which is a considerable amount of distance. It should definitely be enough for a young boy who is having fun with his remote car.
The 4WD on this remote control car is worth the purchase. It works very well running through the grass without losing its speed. Customers have said this car has lasted quite a long time after a few crashes and hits. It’s also worth noting (again) how much customers love receiving two rechargeable battery packs with this car!
Double E Dual Motor RC Car
The Double E Dual Motor RC Car is a shockproof 4WD remote control car with powerful twin motors. The body itself is waterproof and features a unique artistic graffiti design. Even the interior is designed with detail and a driver.
There are two rechargeable battery packs that come with the Double E car which is super convenient; charge one pack while using the other and then switch them out! The wireless controller takes 2 AA batteries.
As for speed and charging time, Double E doesn’t easily provide this info but customers are very happy with this purchase, especially for the price.
SZJJX 4WD Off-Road Climbing RC Crawler
The SZJJX 4WD Off-Road Climbing RC Rock Crawler is a very heavy-duty, all-terrain remote control vehicle that can tackle just about anything.
Kids get a kick out of watching this truck climb and conquer obstacles. It has what you would expect a rugged vehicle to have – the heavy-duty tires, shockproof body, and full suspension. It does take 2-3 hours to charge for a 20-minute playtime.
It has an almost 5-star rating on Amazon as of this time.
Syma X9 Flying Quadcopter Car RC
This toy allows you to give your kiddo the best of the drone and RC car worlds. The Syma X9 Flying Quadcopter Car RC has a land mode and a fly mode.
In fly mode, the drone can do a 360-degree flip. It can fly very high and fully move left/right/up/down.
When it lands, it will automatically kick into land mode, where it has 2 different speeds for driving.
There are 2 batteries that are rechargeable. This is nice since you can use one while the other charges. No whiny kid waiting for a battery to charge for 45 mins!
Once charged, you get about 7 to 10 minutes of fly time and/or 15 minutes of drive time. But if you keep alternating batteries, your child could play all afternoon with only a little downtime.
This isn’t the most expensive or highest quality drone/flying car out there, but it works well and will survive a few crashes until your kiddo learns how to fly really well.