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If you're looking for cute cars for your child with eyes and faces, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Or you just happen to come across them.

Fortunately, there are a number of brands, such as these amazing Vtech Toet Toet cars with a complete garage, which make fun and interactive toy cars with eyes.

In this guide, I take a look at the best toys cars with eyes and what you should pay attention to when purchasing.

Best toy cars with eyes

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

Overall best toy cars with eyes

VtechToot-Toot Car Garage

Elevations on the road with pegs that press pins under the car so that they say a certain phrase that belongs to that spot on the garagesuch as the car wash.

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Best cheap cars with eyes

Funcorn Toyspull-back

Just a set with 12 very cheap cars. They can all be pulled back and then drive off “pull back.”

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Best race track for cars with eyes

Disney CarsRadiator Springs Mountain Race

The mountain serves as a race track that they have to drive off of with a real racing element due to the two spirals on either side.

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Best toy cars with eyes for babies

Melissa & DougSoft Pull-Back Cars

These are already fun for the smallest children from 9 months. Perfect size for your baby and nice and soft.

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Best toy cars with eyes for toddlers

B ToysMini Pull Back Cars

Very nice design and bright colors, that's what the school bus, racing and police car from B. Toys look like.

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Funniest toy car with eyes

ontelBalloon Zoom

The idea is super fun and kids think it's very funny. A balloon-powered race car. You attach the balloon, inflate it and let it ride.

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Toy cars with eyes buying guide

What should you pay attention to when buying toy cars?

Sustainability

There are quite a few differences in quality between toy car brands. Just look at the difference between Melissa & Doug and Ontel, you can clearly feel the quality.

Can they last a long time and certainly at the age for which they are intended. 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. Some may be for display only, not for play. But you still want them to roll well.

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

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 plays a role, such as the race track at Disney Cars et or the balloons at Ontel.

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

Best toy cars with eyes reviewed

Overall best toy cars with eyes

VTech Toot-Toot Car Garage

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7.9
Toy score
To drive
3.2
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.1
Best for
  • The car makes noise at different points on the track
  • The garage also makes noise itself
  • Nice car wash
Less good
  • More fun when you have more Toet Toet Cars track pieces and cars

Age: 12 months +

The Vtech Toet Toet car garage is what we chose for our son. We already had a loose toot toot car got, I'm guessing at birth or when he turned 1 maybe.

And he already played quite well with the car. If you press on the front, it makes a noise and of course he could drive around with it.

But what makes the cars really nice is that they have pins on the bottom that make it possible to say different sentences.

That is why it was time to give the garage a try, because it also has elevations and when the car drives over it, the pins on the bottom are pressed in a certain way.

Because some pins are pressed and others are not, the car says a certain sentence that belongs to that place on the garage:

  • like parking,
  • going to wash in the car wash
  • ride the elevator to go up and down
  • Stand on the repair platform ready for maintenance

Those kind of things.

The garage itself can also make noise by pushing the buttons and there is one tow truck that triggers songs, phrases and fun sound effects when it crosses one of the garage's 9 SmartPoints.

The only sad thing about it was that the car that comes with it is one of the least suitable for the garage because it is a bit high and does not slide off the garage slide so well, while the car we already had is much better off to drive.

Anyway, this is only a minor detail and immediately fixed if you buy several cars for it.

Why I like him: a well-priced, easy-to-assemble garage that is solidly set up for children under 3 and offers a lot for the money.

The buttons to press are nice and sturdy, and the sound effects are great, entertaining and educational, but not too overwhelming and fortunately it also has two volume levels.

Best cheap cars with eyes

Funcorn Toys pull-back

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7.9
Toy score
To drive
4.3
Replayable
4.1
Sustainability
3.4
Best for
  • Very cheap for a complete set
  • Pull back system works well
Less good
  • Strange Chinese translations
  • Very cheap plastic

This is just a set with 12 very cheap cars. They can all be pulled back and then drive off “pull back.”

The plastic feels quite thin, but it is made of non-toxic material, so safety has not been spared in any case.

The colors are bright so it's a happy bunch. Each car is about 2 inches (5 cm) so that's really, really small.

Because they are so small, it is recommended to give them from 3 years old. They are a bit more fun for small children unfortunately, but if you stick with them you can also give it to a younger child.

There are 12 cars, each with its own role, such as a police car, taxi, fire truck, bread truck, petrol truck, truck, fruit truck and etc.

This also makes the set extra fun for pretend play.

The images and the translations on the cars are not very good. A bit strange combinations arise with a fire truck, for example, with hot sauce and pizza on it.

Best race track for cars with eyes

Disney Cars Radiator Springs Mountain Race

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8.4
Toy score
To drive
4.5
Replayable
4.3
Sustainability
3.8
Best for
  • Disney Cars theme appeals to many children
  • It really is a race between two cars
Less good
  • Decorations look very cheap

When you say cars with eyes, the first thing that comes to mind is Disney Cars.

And why not immediately a complete play set so that they can have fun with it. You get Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm.

The mountain serves as a race track that they must drive off. They have also really added a racing element with the two spirals on either side.

This way the cars can drive off at the same time and the question is who wins!

On top of the Wheel Well Motel is a button so that both cars start at the same time, so they drive down the mountain and through the waterfall.

The background of the mountain looks a bit cheap. For example, the waterfall is just some blue clear plastic hanging off the track.

But my son has no problem with it and the cars run well.

Best toy cars with eyes for babies

Melissa & Doug Soft Pull-Back Cars

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
3.9
Replayable
4.4
Sustainability
4.5
Best for
  • Nice and soft and suitable for babies
  • Fabric is removable for washing
Less good
  • Good value for money but set of 4 makes it pricey

These are already fun for the smallest children from 9 months. Perfect size for your baby and nice and soft.

They are 4 safe, soft vehicles, including a school bus, family car, fire truck and police car with cheerful colors.

It is a nice introduction for your child to friction cars. They can pull them back and they ride nicely on the floor. Real cause and effect toys.

They are also safe to put in the mouth for exploring. And Melissa & Doug has anticipated this by being able to detach the fabric cars from the undercarriage.

They are attached with Velcro and so you can just put them in the wash.

They are good for the price, but they are equal to 4 cars, which makes the set a bit more expensive, and you don't actually need 4.

But very fun to play and they last a long time.

Best toy cars with eyes for toddlers

B Toys Mini Wheee-is

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
4.1
Replayable
4.4
Sustainability
4.2
Best for
  • Soft plastic is suitable for small children
  • Pull back system works well
Less good
  • Are a bit small to keep baby's attention

Very nice design and bright colors, that's what the school bus, racing and police car from B. Toys look like.

These also have a nice pull-back system so that they can drive themselves.

While Melissa & Doug really focuses on babies with the soft cars, these are suitable for slightly older children from 1 year.

They become really fun to play with for the older toddlers and toddlers. The plastic is flexible and very soft so that even small children can play with it.

The set is slightly cheaper than Melissa & Doug's but you get 3 cars instead of 4. Ultimately, the price per car is comparable.

Funniest toy car with eyes

ontel Balloon Zoom

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8.0
Toy score
To drive
4.1
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
3.4
Best for
  • Very fun to play
  • Educational STEM toy
Less good
  • Very fragile

The idea is super fun and kids think it's very funny. A balloon-powered race car.

You attach the balloon, inflate it and let it ride. Completely on balloon energy.

You can also use the balloons on the rocket that comes with it that you can let go like this.

Very nice toy that immediately teaches your children about energy and gravity.

Suitable for children from 3 years old and it is STEM toy par excellence.

The system to inflate the car and the rocket is quite fragile, so it is best to help, especially with toddlers.

I would also advise using the car and rocket only with this set and not putting them in the car box with other toys.

If it breaks, there is no way to make an airtight seal and you cannot inflate the balloon. Then it is of no use to you anymore.

Conclusion

Hopefully this will give you some ideas for fun car toys. I paid particular attention to the different ages so that there is something for everyone.

Also read: these are the best toy cars for different ages

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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.