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Toys cars are great fun to play with, but when the weather gets nice and warm outside and you want to play outside, there are few that are really well suited.

Have you ever gotten all that sand between those little wheels? Impossible to get out again! Therefore, for example this Hot Wheels Monster Truck so nice for outside too. Raised wheels and a completely closed chassis.

In this guide I look at the 7 best outdoor toy cars and what you should pay attention to when purchasing.

Best outdoor toy cars

Let's take a quick look at the top options. Then I'll go into more detail about each of these choices.

Overall best outdoor toy car

Hot WheelsMonster Trucks 1:24

There are plenty of Monster Trucks to choose from in 1:24 scale and durable die-cast bodies. Great to take out.

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Best outdoor kids car

ColdMercedes Unimog

It features a powerful 12-volt battery, not as powerful as some on our list, but still packs a punch.

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Best outdoor RC car

ArrmaGranite 1:10 Scale Monster Truck

[Hobby Grade] A low and sleek body that reduces drag and allows you to reach top speed, with tires built to grip the pavement.

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Best cheap RC car

Wonky CarsCheetah

[Toy Grade] They are made of a flexible, durable plastic PVC, which can withstand collisions and accidents, and even if damaged, they are easy to replace.

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Best cheap outdoor toy car

CatTough Machinery Dump Truck

For a cheap car it has very realistic sounds. It is a 10-inch (25 cm) Cat Dump Truck made of very sturdy plastic.

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Best toy car with water

brotherMAN fire truck 02771

Many functions provide endless fun: from the high crane to a real working fire hose.

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Best outdoor excavator

BIGPower Worker Maxi Loader

The excavator arm is controlled with 2 handles on either side to move the valve up and down and the excavator arm itself can also move up and down.

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Toy cars for outdoors buying guide

What should you pay attention to when buying toy cars for outside?

Sustainability

There are quite a few differences in quality between toy car brands. Just look at the difference between Bruder and Hot Wheels, you can clearly feel the quality.

But for the price, Hot Wheels is still very good.

In any case, almost nothing can go wrong with a complete diecast car. That is what I paid extra attention to when assessing the durability of the cars.

Quality of driving

With toy cars you want them to be able to drive well. Also outside on grass and in the sand.

A few things to watch out for are:

  1. the distance from the wheels to the chassis: some toy cars run into problems so they don't drive very well
  2. the rigidity of the shaft: some toy cars are very wobbly so the wheels can move far in and out, and still rub
  3. the quality of the wheels: is it plastic or are there really rubber wheels on the tires? Rubber rolls a lot better
  4. the weight of the car: you may not realize this right away, but the weight of the car plays a very large role in how well it rolls. A heavier car made of diecast or wood rolls a lot better and further than a plastic car

You also want them to be able to withstand sand, so that nothing gets in between.

Replayability

Much of the car's replayability is in how well it drives, but there are other factors that determine how often they return to it.

Age also plays a part. Is it a car that stays on the left after toddlerhood or can it last longer because it is also suitable for older children?

The number of extra functions also play a role, such as shooting water at the Bruder fire truck or the RC and drifting Wonky Cars.

I rated each of the cars on this list on these parts on a 5-point scale.

Best outdoor toy cars reviewed

Overall best outdoor toy car

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks 1:24

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8.9
Toy score
To drive
4.5
Replayable
4.1
Sustainability
4.7
Best for
  • Closed chassis is sand resistant
  • Nice big wheels for outside
Less good
  • Not so much detail

There are a lot of Monster Trucks to choose from in the Hot Wheels selection. The 1:24 scale with durable die-cast metal bodies are great for taking outside.

Nothing beats a good one Monster Truck when it's on playing outside arrives.

The chassis is completely closed because the suspension and wheels are completely on the outside. This makes it perfect for driving over grass and also sand.

Hot Wheels may not be the most detailed toy cars, but they are very sturdy so they will last a long time.

Best outdoor kids car

Cold Mercedes Unimog

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9.0
Toy score
To drive
4.5
Accu
4.7
Sustainability
4.3
Best for
  • 2 seater model for brothers and sisters
  • Good remote control
  • 2 speeds for smaller children
Less good
  • Quite pricey

This electric children's car is a super cool version with all kinds of technical gadgets.

It features a powerful 12-volt battery, not as powerful as some on our list, but still packs a punch.

So never let your toddlers or preschoolers play on it alone and make sure you always keep an eye on them when they are on the car.

A 12V7A is connected to both wheel axles for the wheel drive.

A remote control is included. You can take over the steering yourself at all times when your child is riding the car and the car has 2 driving speeds.

There is a slow start so that your child does not immediately fall off as soon as they accelerate. There is also a handle on the back so that you can easily move the quad.

Most people are happy with the battery life.

What age are these toys recommended for?

Toddlers from 3 years old and toddlers up to 7 years old

What makes these toys stand out?

The ease of use, strength and safety ensure that children have a lot of fun.

Parents are also happy because you can be in control if you wish, depending on the driving skills of their child.

Best outdoor RC car

Arrma Granite 1:10 Scale Monster Truck

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9.1
Toy score
Speed
4.8
Agility
4.1
Sustainability
4.8
Best for
  • cool look
  • Water resistant
  • 95+ km / h out of the box
Less good
  • Only one color available
  • Not for newbies
  • Pricey

Type: Hobby Grade

While Traxxas seems to dominate the RC market, I wouldn't forget the Arrma RC cars - they are top quality.

While I am deeply saddened by the discontinuation of the Nero 6S, their Granite is a great replacement that is a ton of fun.

This little car can go fast!

It can go up to 95+ mph straight out of the box, and with tweaks, we have no doubt you could get it even higher.

It has a low and slim body that reduces drag and allows you to hit top speed, with tires built to grip the pavement.

In addition, it works very well on dirt and snow.

It's one of the coolest little RC cars on sale right now.

It's waterproof and it comes from RTR. It also has a great 2 year limited warranty.

Best cheap RC car

Wonky Cars Cheetah

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7.1
Toy score
Speed
3.1
Agility
4.5
Sustainability
3.1
Best for
  • Looking awesome
  • For those who want a very affordable entry into RC drifting
  • 4 wheel drive
Less good
  • Top speed only 30 km / h
  • Weighs only 1,2kg, a little heavier would be better for drifting

Type: Toy Grade

You can get this Wonky Cars Drift for less than 50 euros.

It's nice because the housings are interchangeable with a huge selection of available versions.

They are made from a flexible, durable plastic PVC that can withstand impact and accidents and are easy to replace even if damaged.

The tires are made of rubber and can be replaced with another kind.

1/10 scale… it's really big!

Best cheap outdoor toy car

Cat Tough Machinery Dump Truck

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8.7
Toy score
To drive
4.3
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.3
Best for
  • Sturdy plastic
  • Lots of sounds like hydraulic action and reversing
Less good
  • Tipping bucket can be a weak spot

For a cheap car it has very realistic sounds. It is a 10-inch (25 cm) Cat Dump Truck made of very sturdy plastic.

The engine rumbles when you start the car. It also has flashing lights, engine revs, reversing and hydraulic sounds.

It takes 2 AA batteries and it lasts quite a long time. The car is also super sturdy, but there is one weak spot at the connection of the box. There he could break over time.

But with us he lasted a very long time with intense play, so definitely one for wild children.

Best toy car with water

brother MAN fire truck 02771

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8.9
Toy score
To drive
4.3
Replayable
4.6
Sustainability
4.4
Best for
  • Great sturdy construction
  • Good crane and real working fire hose
Less good
  • Very large and difficult to combine with other toys

Come to the rescue with this Bruder Fire Truck! With the fire brigade you can save people! Turn on the siren (which makes a real sound) and let everyone know that the heroes are on their way!

Of course it has a high crane so that is great fun and you can do up and down then and it can also stretch very far with the tray that can tilt.

Furthermore, the front can be detached and then you can actually see what is in it under the hood in such a car.

There is a cover that can be opened and underneath is a reservoir that you can fill with water. That is especially nice in the summer of course to take outside to spray, and he can spray quite far.

With the pump you can first pump it up a few times and you actually have to pump the water pressure on it. It's a bit of a classic fire engine as they might have done in the old days.

Bruder MAN real working fire hose

The car is also quite big. Very big actually. That's very cool of course, but it makes it difficult to combine with other toys.

Fortunately, we have quite a few other Bruder toys that fit it exactly, but many other toys are in 1:24 scale or smaller.

Still, he's a lot of fun to play with.

Also read: these are the best toy cars with light and sound

Best toy digger to sit on

BIG Power Worker Maxi Loader

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9.0
Toy score
To dig
3.9
Replayable
4.7
Sustainability
4.9
Best for
  • Super sturdy
  • Sliding valve stays in place when you drive
Less good
  • You can't send
  • Slide valve is very stiff and difficult for 2 year olds

The excavator arm is controlled with 2 handles on either side to move the valve up and down and the excavator arm itself can also move up and down.

This way you can pick up objects or dig in sand.

It is a sturdy construction that your child will certainly not sink through. My son was 2 when he got it and could just barely reach the ground but thought it was absolutely beautiful.

6 years is really too old for this. Our 5-year-old boy next door also babysat it, but he didn't really like it anymore.

Big power worker maxi loader reviewed

We've used it for over 2 years now and it's still going strong, even after playing outside in the sand.

No visible cracks or other cracks. Really solid build quality, but this will probably be the last season he will use it.

Because of the quality, we can then pass it on to friends with a younger child, or you can possibly buy it for quite a few brothers and sisters.

Conclusion

All toy cars can go outside, but to be able to play with them without breaking them, the ones on this list are the best choice!

Also read: these are the 23 best toy cars we've reviewed

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.