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There are a lot of nice ones toys cars for sale, few have a working steering wheel.

Brands that are as realistic as possible auto want to put down as Bruder with their Dodge Ram 2500 there aren't many. But they are so good and detailed without sacrificing the fun.

In this guide I look at the best toy cars with steering wheel and what you should pay attention to when buying.

Best toy cars with steering wheel rated

Let's take a quick look at the top options. Then I'll dive deeper into each of these choices.

Best toy truck with steering wheel

brother Dodge Ram 2500 With Horse Trailer 02501

It's one of the toughest toy cars I've ever seen. Bruder is expensive, that's for sure. But it is also really quality.

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Best activity wheel

Melissa & DougVroom & Zoom Wooden Dashboard

Realistic play wheel with lights, sound effects and moving parts, including a scrolling GPS.

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Best toddler go-kart

MOUNTAINBuzzy Aero

Adjustable handlebar and saddle. This way it can be tailored to the specific needs of your little one.

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Best Lego car with working steering wheel

LEGOCreator Expert Ford Mustang 10265

It is a real Ford Mustang GT from the 60s and the doors of the car really open. The trunk and hood can also be opened.

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Best RC car with steering wheel

RastarLamborghini Aventador

With the official license of the real Lamborghini Aventador SVJ it is a beautiful RC car to see.

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Toy cars with steering wheel 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 Bruder and Rastar, you can clearly feel the quality.

A working steering wheel and working spinning wheels are also a point where the car can easily break down, so I paid extra attention to that in these reviews.

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 extra figures with the Melissa & Doug School Bus or the Lego bricks with the Ford Mustang.

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

Best toy cars with steering wheel rated

Best toy truck with steering wheel

brother Dodge Ram 2500 With Horse Trailer 02501

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9.5
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4.7
Replayable
4.7
Sustainability
4.9
Best for
  • Super sturdy construction
  • All doors can be opened, including the tailgate of the truck
Less good
  • Very expensive
  • Little big to play with and difficult to combine with other toys

The Dodge pick-up has a cab with four doors that can be opened and closed. The tailgate can also be opened.

There is a small steering wheel that you can click on the steering wheel through the sunroof so that you can also control the car from the outside.

The wheels turn really, really well.

Bruder Dodge Ram 2500 steering wheel

Toy horse trailers are also available for older children who can handle small parts responsibly and may be more interested in a more truthful design.

Great fun for children who still have a lot of interest in horses and horse trailers as they grow up.

It's one of the toughest toy cars I've ever seen. Bruder is expensive, that's for sure. But it is also really quality.

Due to the size and especially small parts (the doors can be detached and there is a loose tekhook), the set is particularly suitable for children from 3 years old.

Bruder Dodge Ram Pickup Horse Trailer

The horse trailer is equipped with a rear door that can be easily folded open and can serve as a platform for the horse to be guided inside.

The Dodge Ram is also available separately without the horse trailer.

Best activity wheel

Melissa & Doug Vroom & Zoom Wooden Dashboard

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8.3
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3.8
Replayable
4.8
Sustainability
3.9
Best for
  • Lots of activities in one
  • Nice sounds and music are not too loud
Less good
  • Quality plastic is disappointing

Is your child very interested in what you do while driving? Then it's time for your own dashboard.

The Melissa & Doug wooden activity board has a realistic play wheel with lighting, sound effects and moving parts, including a scrolling GPS.

Everything is included to make it as real as possible. Includes starter key, gear shift, 4-station radio, horn, adjustable heater and air conditioning vents, signal, hazard and headlight indicators, sport mode button, fuel tank countdown timer, and fuel cap.

The sounds and songs are not that loud so it's not that it drives you crazy. But the sound is not adjustable.

It's also a game. By turning the steering wheel you have to keep the car on the GPS track.

The base is made of really sturdy wood, but unfortunately the rest is all plastic and could break with very rough use.

Best small toddler go-kart for 3 years: BERG Buzzy racing

Best toddler go-kart

Mountain Buzzy Aero

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9.2
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4.5
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.8
Best for
  • Very very sturdy construction
  • Steering column works very well
Less good
  • From a toddler they grow out quickly

The BERG Buzzy racing is the best go-kart for the little ones

This go-kart is designed in a compact format for the little ones who also want to go-karting.

The age group for which this fun go-kart is intended is between 2-4 years, but is best for children from 3 years old.

This go-kart is built to the perfect size so that these children can also romp.

The handy thing about this go-kart is the adjustability of the handlebar and saddle. In this way, the device can be tailored to the specific needs of your little one.

The EVA tires of the go-kart are not made of hard plastic, so you hardly hear the go-kart and it runs smoothly.

The Buzzy racing is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. We think it is a beautiful item for your little one to start with.

Best Lego car with working steering wheel

LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265

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8.9
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4.1
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.8
Best for
  • Very very large building set
  • Huge amount of detail in the interior and engine
Less good
  • Very pricey
  • Harder to play with

Although these Lego Creator sets are aimed at adults, teenagers can of course also play with them. With 1471 pieces, it is quite a construction kit that will keep you busy for a while.

The nice thing about Lego is that you can combine it endlessly. This way you can pimp your Ford Mustang with different types of Lego pieces. The possibilities are endless.

Lego has also responded to this by making some adjustments such as the supercharger, ducktail rear spoiler, sturdy exhaust pipes, and nitrous oxide tank.

Make it a post-apocalyptic car with a laser turret, or just give it a wider bumper.

It is a real Ford Mustang GT from the 60s and the doors of the car really open. The trunk and hood can also be opened.

It is also quite large at 10 cm (3″) high, 34 cm (13″) long and 14 cm (5″) wide. He is very expensive though. Part of it is in the amount of Lego pieces, but also partly in the fact that it is an official Ford Mustang.

Playing with it is a bit more difficult than with other cars because you don't want pieces falling off, although it is very solidly built. The pieces on the outside keep the whole thing together very well.

Best RC car with steering wheel

Rastar Lamborghini Aventador

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8.5
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4.3
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
3.9
Best for
  • Detailed both inside and out
  • Handles well and can be done quite quickly
Less good
  • Batteries drain very quickly

It's a pretty big 1:14 scale car but is also available in 1:24 if you'd like.

With the official license of the real Lamborghini Aventador SVJ it is a beautiful RC car to see.

It has a 2,4 GHz operating system in the form of a real wheel to make it even more realistic. Most RC cars use a trigger or a controller for control.

The speed 8,2 km/h, range up to 15 m and a striking interior and exterior with real LED headlights and taillights.

There are no batteries included and the batteries also run out quite quickly. So make sure you have a family suit at hand!

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Conclusion

Not many toy cars have quality working steering wheels, but with this list there is something for every category.

Also read: these are the best toy cars for kids in every category

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

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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.