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The Best Car Toys for Kids of All Ages

Edutainment wins the race with these car toys.

the best car and truck toys for kids

The toy business was transformed by the pandemic. Parents and kids increasingly sought out ways to stay safe and entertained at home, without relying too much on screens. Old-fashioned toys (with modern upgrades) soared in popularity, with sales of toys like cars up by 16%, according to reports.

Car toys are easy options to play with indoors or outside, at a restaurant or at grandmas house. Plus, they'll help get out some energy too if you kid can run around with them as well. If you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for a car-obsessed kiddo, here are 30 of the best car toys that also make great gifts, from basic to extremely complicated.

For more gifts for kids, check out our guides on gifts for boys and robot toys.

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    Best Construction Set
    Jenlily Construction Set

    Best for toddlers

    This construction set is made of high-quality ABS plastic and alloy, and is designed for small hands. Kids will love the wide range of construction vehicles here, and will be able to work on shape recognition, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and planning as they dig, push, and pull through sand and dirt.

    Best Build-Your-Own
    Think Gizmos Take Apart Car
    Think Gizmos

    Best for kids ages 3 to 5

    Racing cars is fun, but kids will be even more invested in the game when they can build—and dismantle—the racers themselves. This car kit includes 30 parts, a drill, screws, the batteries necessary to make it go and clear instructions. It also helps kids gain a basic understanding of mechanics and math, while also being a blast.

    Best New Release
    Matchbox 4-Level Garage

    Best for ages 3 years and up

    This cute Matchbox garage is a one-stop wonderland with four levels of activity, including a spiral ramp and working elevator, a car “wash,” service station and a Matchbox tow truck. It's a new product and will be available on Nov. 1, so you can pre-order now.

    Best Fire Truck
    Electric Fire Truck Toy
    Zetz Brands

    Best for ages 3 and up

    This light-up fire truck features LED lights and siren sounds to help kids run with their imagination. The toy can run on its own (it can even change direction when it bumps into something), or can be used as a push toy.

    Best Transformer
    FIGROL Remote-Control Car Transformer

    Best for ages 8 years and up

    This car-to-robot transformer will mesmerize children for hours, and is easy enough for younger kids to control. The police car features Xenon-style headlamps, realistic engine sounds, scratchproof design. 

    It transforms between robot and car with one click. It can be operated via a robust 2.4G remote control from up to 45 meters away. Three required AAA batteries are included.

    Best Pull-and-Go
    Yeonha Pull Back Cars and Trucks
    Yeonha Toys
    $11.95 (38% off)

    Best for kids ages 3 years and up

    This pull-back-and-go vehicles are fun for kids who want to set up races on their own, or in groups. The 12-pack includes race cars and construction vehicles with joints that can swing. Kids will rev their imagination and language skills playing with these vehicles for hours. 

    Best RC Car for Kids
    Remote Control Stunt Trucks
    Gold Toy

    Best for kids 4 years and up

    This remote-control truck can go up to 7 mph and do stunts off-road without flipping over. The big wheels allow the truck to drive even if it does flip over. The truck runs on two powerful motors with a four-wheel drive system, via remote control. Batteries are included. 

    Best for Dino Enthusiasts
    FUTOLIK Dinosaur Car Toy
    $16.99 (43% off)

    Best for kids ages 3 to 6 years old

    Dinosaurs and cars? Yes please! This pull-back-and-release set of dinosaur cars doesn’t make sense, and your kiddos will be fine with that. 

    Kids will love naming and learning the different dinos (the eight-pack includes a T-rex, a pterosaur, and a gigantosaurus). The set is great for one dino-car nut or for handing out at a party. 

    A Fun Ride-On Toy
    Big Dig and Working Excavator
    The Big Dig
    $51.00 (15% off)

    Best for kids ages 3 years and up

    The Big Dig ride-on excavator allows kids to pretend they’re on a major construction or archeological dig. It features 360-degree swivel action, and digging and dumping power. 

    This is a four-season toy capable of excavating sand, dirt, and snow. The crane arm reaches up to 33 inches, and you can dig 15 inches deep.

    Best Farm Set
    John Deere Farm Collection
    John Deere

    Best for kids ages 3 years and up

    This 70-piece die-cast set includes everything your little ones need to set up a faux farm. The set is built to 1:64 scale and includes tractors, trucks, a machine shed, animals, and fencing. This set is great for solo imaginative and cooperative group play. 

    Best Light-Up Toy
    Laser Pegs Monster Truck
    Laser Pegs

    Best for kids ages 5 to 8 years old

    This light-up Lego-style build-your-own monster truck set incorporates bright colors, LED lights and fun. The kit comes with six different truck designs, 66 tinted construction bricks, one laser peg, and a Zippy Do power base. 

    The truck is a favorite among kids, parents and STEM enthusiasts.

    Best Race Portal
    Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit
    Hot Wheels

    Best for kids 8 and up

    This Hot Wheels id track offers a next-level of play that combines the exhilaration and old-fashioned fun of yore, with 21st century connectivity. The Smart Track Start Kit comes with three Hot Wheels id die-cast cars, premium track pieces and a Race Portal. 

     The cars can be launched at 900 mph scale-speed, and they can count laps and play games on the track through the app, which connects to smartphones and tablets. The more they play with the toys, the more they level up in the video game.

    Best Ride-On Bumper Car
    KidZone Electric Ride-On Bumper Car

    Best for kids 2 years and up

    This 6-volt ride-on bumper car is fully rechargeable. The ride-on car offers a full 360-degree spin, with simple joystick controls and a maximum speed of 0.75 mph. 

    Built from durable plastic, the car also has a soft bumper to prevent crash landings. The tires are made to withstand serious wear and tear, and a safety belt is built-in. No assembly is required.

    Best Family Race Game
    Racing Track Family Game
    Mundo Toys

    Best for kids 2 and up

    This racing set comes with 121 pieces, including bridges, two levels, lights, music and accessories for builders to create their own track. It’s a great way to get the whole family (or a crew of friends) in the game, by setting up a fast two-level track and then racing against each other.

    Best Remote-Control Racer
    Bezgar Remote Control Lamborghini

    Best for ages 8 and up

    This 1:24-scale licensed Lamborghini Aventador SVJ model race car is ideal for inside and gentle outside use. It features a delicate racing profile, a durable finish, and a fully functional remote that is easy to control; the car stimulates the powerful racing engine, and it maxes out at 4 mph. 

    The remote control and car require a total of five AA batteries sold separately.

    Lake Babe
    Candylab Toys Pioneer Aspen with Canoe
    Candylab Toys

    This classic Pioneer-style car is made from solid beech wood, with nontoxic paint detailing, real walnut veneer paneling and a magnet embedded on a roof with a canoe that snaps on and off. The Pioneer also features real rubber tires, making it a toy that's almost as good as the real deal.

    Best Police Set
    City Police Set
    Exercise N Play

    Best for kids ages 6 to 12

    This Exercise N Play STEM building block set includes 362 pieces so kids can create an entire “cops and robbers” set. Included in the package is a material for a jail cell, mini figures, two motorcycles, a police car, trailer, prison car and ATV. Kids will delve into imaginative play while also flexing STEM muscles.

    Best for Budding Engineers
    Playroom Rug with Pullback Cars
    Zoomie Kids

    Best for ages up to 7

    If your kiddos are obsessed with construction sites, or love to build, this set is a great bet. The 67 x 35-inch game carpet would look great in a play or bedroom, and it features driving roads, traffic crossings and intersections that make playtime fun for one to five kids. 

    The rug also features 3D Effect city buildings and construction sites. Also included are six construction vehicles (including a bulldozer and excavator) that are made to last.

    Best Car Coaster
    Up and Down Roller Coaster

    Best for ages 3-4

    Your kids will be thrilled (and you’ll be tempted) to ride on this ATV-style coaster car. Preschoolers can board the ride on the high-backed car and cruise down the 10.25-foot gently rolling track. Kids will have the fun of the ride, but they’ll also acquire gross motor, balance, and hand-eye coordination pushing the coaster to the platform and riding it down.

    Best Nesting & Sorting Car Game
    Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Game
    Melissa & Doug
    $20.99 (28% off)

    Best for kids ages 2 to 4

    This adorable and colorful car and garage game will keep toddlers busy for hours. The numbered and color-coordinated cars and garages will also help them learn their numbers and colors, and help them begin to understanding sorting and patterns. Seven stacking garages and seven wooden cars are included, and the options for play are endless.

    Best for Teens
    LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batmobile

    Best for ages 14 years and up

    This 3,306-piece Batmobile model car is a stunning LEGO version of the iconic car from the 1989 Batman movie. It features a slide-open dual minifigure cockpit, and two hidden machine guns with a pop-up function. 

    The set comes with a caped Batman figure, a Joker action figure, and a Vicki Vale figurine, along with a brick-built figure display stand.

    Best Safari Truck
    Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Truck
    Melissa & Doug

    Best for ages 2-4

    To the rescue! This rugged safari truck comes equipped with two people who are ready to dive in and help out their furry friends. There is also an alligator, zebra, rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo and lion that fit puzzle-style into the truck’s side-through die-cut slots. This is a great toy for firing up your child’s imagination and helping them with sorting, shapes, and fine motor skills.

    Best Toddler Ride-On
    White 3-In-1 Mercedes Benz Ride-On Car for Toddlers

    Best for ages 1-3

    This Mercedes Benz serves as a push-car and ride-on for toddlers. The car is constructed from nontoxic and odorless PP plastic, features a footrest and steering wheel. There is also an easy-pull handle rod so caregivers can join the fun and control the speed of the cruise. The Benz includes a sunshade as well.

    Best Variety Gift Pack
    Matchbox Gift Pack

    Best for ages 3 to 7 years

    This assortment of vehicles will keep kids entertained, is great for parties and is a super foundation for a larger collection. 

    This “fleet” of vehicles includes a wide variety of 1:64 scale die-cast cars, speedsters, specialty vehicles, and trucks. The set will keep them busy with imaginative play for hours, and will help them with sorting, and fine motor skills.

    Best Lego Set
    LEGO DUPLO Lightning McQueen Race Day

    Best for kids ages 2 to 5 years old

    Your toddlers will be racing toward fun with these Disney/Pixar Lightning McQueen racing cars. The set includes a Lightning McQueen racer, a Mater’s tow truck, a toy repair workshop, and more. Kids are able to flex their imaginative role-playing and fine motor skills.

    Expands from Car to Pool
    L.O.L. Surprise 3-in-1 Party Cruiser Car
    L.O.L. Surprise!
    $35.00 (44% off)

    Best for ages 3 and older

    This kitschy pink car features a surprise pool and dance floor, plus enough room to fit four L.O.L. and O.M.G. dolls. The party cruiser also includes four black light flashlights for extra fun. To convert the car into a pool, remove the roof and fill it with water. The seats are also removable for dance floor fun!

    Classic Building Kit
    LEGO Creator Ford Mustang

    Best for kids ages 14 years and up

    This build-your-own 1,471-piece 1960s-era Ford Mustang GT features dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, 5-spoke rims with rugged rubber tires, a detailed interior, V-8 engine, and a variety of add-ons—including a supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler, and nitrous oxide tank.

    Best Monster Truck Set
    Monster Jam Trucks
    Monster Jam

    Best for kids ages 3 years and up

    This 12-pack collector’s set of monster trucks comes with 1:64 scale versions of classic toy trucks, including the Grave Digger and El Toro Loco. The die-cast series brings the action right to you, featuring BKT tires, styled chassis, and detailed graphics.

    Best Robot Toy
    Sphero All-Terrain Coding Robot

    Best for ages 8 years and up

    This is a serious toy, and with its high price tag comes incredible power. The Sphero RVR is packed with a range of sensors that can be completely customized; best of all, it can be used immediately when removed from the box, no complex assembly required. 

    The car features a powerful motor, all-terrain treads and a high torque that makes it suitable for on- and off-road use. Advanced hackers and creators will be able to leverage the SDK and API libraries.

    Best Hot Wheels Set
    Hot Wheels 20 Pack
    Hot Wheels

    Best for kids ages 3 years and up.

    Car enthusiasts of all ages will shriek with delight at this 20-pack set of Hot Wheels. The set of 1:64 scale die-cast vehicles includes old favorites and new models, with classic decorations and hot designs. Each one can be distributed at parties, or kept together as the foundation of a mega-set.

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