Best RC Cars Under $100 – My top 5 rc cars in 2019

Best RC Cars under $100 in 2019

RC cars under $100 are in a special price category where you start seeing more quality parts like brushless motors and metal gears.

It took me quite a while to shift though the large amounts of RC cars on the market to come up with only a hand full of them to help you choose.

But these are the best…

I picked the top ones so that they each have at least something unique to it, so it satisfies each possible need.

 

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What are the different types of RC Cars?

RC Rock Crawlers

These are made for the toughest of terrain, they can take big jumps, run along steep hills, logs, ice, rocks and everything an RC car could ever do.

Short Course rc Cars

These are built for serious racing, offroading can be dangerous for them and they require more maintenance.

Rc Monster trucks

These come with poweful engines and enourmous tires, can be used in many environments, but are mainly built for fun of going over things.

Truggies and Buggies

Very fast and built for grittier terrain or even asphalt.

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MY TOP 5 rc cars under $100

This top list is not necesarily objective, I rated them by what I would personally buy and things like brushless motors, better build quality and how fun I think they would be.

For example, even though the Drift car would be nice to have on asphalt, I would prefer having something offroad for more versatility.

5.Feiyue FY03 Eagle-3

  • Brushed Motor
  • Off road/ racing
  • 150m range
min
Battery life
km/h
Speed

4.ZD Drift Car

  • Brushless Motor
  • Racing Only
  • 150m range
min
Battery life
km/h
Speed

3.Hosim Large Size

  • 2 Brushed Motors
  • Off road/ racing
  • 100m range
min
Battery life
km/h
Speed

2.Xinlehong Toys Q901

  • Brushless Motor
  • Off road/ racing
  • 100m range
min
Battery life
km/h
Speed

1.ZD Racing TX-16

  • Brushless Motor
  • Off road/ racing
  • 150m range
min
Battery life
km/h
Speed
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Feiyue FY03 Eagle-3 - for beginners

Build quality

Good ( mostly plastic with metal differential)

Scale

1/12

4×4

Yes

Motor

Brushed

The Feiyue Fy03 is an rc car that comes in two colors and can also be run on two different types of track very successfully.

It doesn’t come with a brushless motor and although it’s mostly made from plastic, it’s quite resilient.

There are parts made from metal, like the drive shaft, and it also has a usable spare wheel in the back.

The ground clearance is good enough for getting over small rocks and bumpy terrain and it’s still stable for road racing.

  • Aluminum shocks
  • 4 wheel drive
  • great handling
  • No actual lights
  • The differential is not entirely made of metal.
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ZD RAcing 16426-2016 Drift Car

Build quality

Good

Scale

1/16

4×4

Yes

Motor

Brushless

Although this car may look like a kids toy, from the looks of the canopy, Trust me, it’s not!

It comes with a powerful Brushless motor that makes it run up to 45 km/h and it’s totally made for street racing.

If you only plan to play with it on the street, get this one, because it’s not made for even a bit of offroad, considering it has a ground clearance of 13mm.

It does come with a solid foam front bumper which handles shocks very well, without cracking.

And this thing drifts quite nice too.

  • Aluminum shocks
  • brushless motor
  • very stable on the ground
  • 4 wheel drive
  • the canopy looks ugly in my opinion
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Hosim large size 9125 - double motor

Build quality

Good (metal differential and dog bones) +encased body

Scale

1/10

4×4

Yes

Motor

2 brushed

The two brushed motors do a great job making this a fast accelerating truck, and it becomes powerful enough to handle almost any type of terrain.

What’s most unique about it, and the reason I put it so high on my list is the fact that if you remove the canopy, you’ll find out it has all the parts encased in a very tight body, so it’s definitely splash proof and also well cooled.

The wide stance helps it stay stable on the ground and it doesn’t flip almost at all.

It’s a very quiet car and I like that sometimes, also it comes with 6 shocks, instead of just 4.

  • Metal dog bones and aluminum chassis
  • 2 brushed motors
  • very stable on the ground
  • 4 wheel drive
  • the battery casing can drop in crashes
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XINLEHONG TOYS Q901 - BRUSHLESS MONSTER

Build quality

Metal gears, drive shafts and bearings

Scale

1/16

4×4

Yes

Motor

brushless

Xinlehong toys makes some of the best trucks and RC cars in the industry, even though it may sound fishy to you.

Actually you can find on amazon many copies of their original cars, rebranded.

This one is such a win because it comes with a lot of metal components, a powerful 2845 3200kv brushless motor and even has headlights that work!

It’s a solid and stable car that does simple things well, and the transmitter feels good in hadn too.

I love how this car looks and it’s especially fun to drive at night thanks to the headlights.

  • Metal gears, drive shafts and bearings
  • brushless motor
  • headlights
  • 4 wheel drive
  • could be even faster for racing
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ZD TX-16 1/16 truggy

Build quality

Metal differential

Scale

1/16

4×4

Yes

Motor

brushless

Another car that looks like a cheap toy, you may ask. Why is it in the first place on my list?

That’s because under the hood it’s a complete monster and goes super fast thanks to the brushless motor.

I really love ZD racing as a company and this is no exception, as it’s a car that can do both street racing and offroad exceptionally well for something that’s under $100 in price.

It does come in two colors, if you’re put off by the strong green.

It comes with 4 wheel drive and it simply works great and drives fast and fun.

  • Metal gears, drive shafts and bearings
  • brushless motor
  • Best acceleration I've seen for the price
  • 4 wheel drive
  • The body looks ugly to me

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