Best Electric Cars for Kids (The Automobile Engineers) in 2017

Ride-on toys may be among the most expensive gifts that young kids can receive. But these are also among the best gifts because these provide benefits for both givers and receivers – truly, a gift that can keep on giving.

Both the givers and receivers enjoy the electric cars albeit in different ways. The givers derive happiness from seeing their kids enjoying their ride-on toys zip around the park. The parents, the usual gift givers, are also happy in the knowledge that their children have toys that contribute to their physical and mental development.

The receivers obviously put little thought into their overall development. Their main thoughts, after all, center on their enjoyment zipping round and round the park with their friends. But their newfound physical and mental skills will be used in other areas of life, no doubt about it.

Get one of these electric cars for your child and get going on these health benefits. Be sure to choose the electric car suitable for your child’s age for safety reasons.

1. John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer

Suitable for: 2 to 7 years old

Farm tractors have a special appeal for children, whether they live in a farm or city, because of its large size. This tractor-inspired electric car provides its rider with a realistic experience because of its near-realistic features. These include extra-large farm tractor wheels, steering wheel, and fully adjustable seat, as well as 4.5 mph top speed, FM radio, and easy-to-flip armrests.

What's Great About It: We have to say that the John Deere tractor-inspired electric car has safety features that make it suitable for use even by a 2-year old child. The most notable of these safety features are the extra-large wheels for maximum stability on many types of terrain and the adjustable speed. In case of the latter, parents can set the maximum speed to 2.25 mph for younger users.

We also like that it has an FM radio, which adds music to the riding experience, and a wooden stake-sided trailer to enhance the illusion.

2. Power Wheels Dune Racer

Suitable for: 3 to 7 years old

Kids like to race in their electric cars, too, so the Fisher-Price dune racer is a great gift for the speed lovers in your family. Boys and girls will find it such a joy to use – just be sure to choose their preferred colors including green, purple, and camo – because of its 5 mph top speed. Parents, fortunately, don’t have to worry about the speed as the rugged tires offer excellent traction over several types of terrain (e.g., sand, mud, and asphalt).

What's Great About It: We like that it provides kids with a toy that enhances their overall muscle coordination, especially when working its different parts, such as the brake, accelerator and steering wheel. We even commend the manufacturer for its inclusion of a 2-speed system for younger and older kids, a 2-system seat for a driver and passenger, and power brakes. Kids remain safe within its sturdy steel frame even when it’s driven on rougher terrain, like a muddy park.

3. Power Wheels Kawasaki KFX

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years old

In the racing world, the Kawasaki brand is respected for its motorcycles’ world-class quality. The Power Wheels ride-on toy has been imbued with it, too, so parents are assured that it provides great value for the money. Your kids will love that it has a realistic-looking design from its wheels to its handle, which has a throttle mechanism capable of speeds up to 6 mph. You will like it that the speed can be limited to 3 mph, while the low profile, comfortable seat, and foot rests enhance their safety.

What's Great About It: We like its superb design that it truly looks like a racing vehicle in miniature while still ensuring the rider’s safety. This is a great ride-on toy for enhancing physical balance and coordination, as well as increasing mental skills like judging distances. The wide and large tires with deep treads also provide maximum traction while its strong steel frame ensures it can carry a 65-pound rider. But the ride-on toy doesn’t come with safety accessories, such as helmet, gloves and shoes. It can only be used by a single rider at a time for safety reasons, too.

​4. Power Wheels Ford F150

Suitable for: 2 to 4 years old

The Ford F-150 in miniature doesn’t have the impressive body, powerful engine, and luxurious features of its full-fledged version. But what it lacks in full features, it more than makes up for in superb design and construction. The ride-on toy is powered by a single rechargeable battery of 6-volt, which gives its “engine” 3.5 mph in top speed and allows it to be driven in forward and reverse.

What's Great About It: We like that it provides kids with a near-realistic experience of driving their own muscle car, the iconic F-150. It’s also available in two gender-friendly colors, yellow and silver, as well as equipped with several safety features including an automatic braking system, large tires, and wide wheelbase. It’s a great toy for teaching kids basic driving skills, such as stopping when there’s an obstacle and steering the vehicle in the right direction.

But it’s also just a single-driver toy car that can accommodate a 65-pound child. It also doesn’t appear to have a strong steel frame although its high-quality plastic seems sufficient. Your child will like it, nonetheless, because it’s the F-150!

​5. Power Wheels Tough Talking Jeep Wrangler

Suitable for: 3 to 5 years old

Yet another iconic vehicle in its miniature version is Fisher-Price’s Jeep Wrangler. This is a full-featured, two-passenger electric toy car with a left-hand drive, just like the real thing. The features are designed to appeal to young children’s imagination in driving, such as the braking system, wide wheelbase, and large all-terrain tires.

You can also set the maximum speed depending on the age of the driver and passenger. For older kids, the Jeep has a 5 mph top speed but it can be reduced to just 2.5 mph for younger kids. You can also skip on the frequent battery recharging since it has a 12-volt battery.

What's Great About It: We like it that the electric car has similar features with a real Jeep, such as the left-hand drive, so that kids can learn the basics of driving. You will like it that it accommodates a passenger, stops when the driver lifts his foot off the pedal, and maintains its stability even on rougher surfaces. The two-person capacity contributes to the enhancement of your child’s social skills, too (i.e., sharing and cooperating with others).

​6. Power Wheels Lil’ Kawasaki Quad

Suitable for: 1 to 3 years old

Even kids as young as year old can now have their electric cars, thanks to this Fisher-Price Lil’ Kawasaki. As its name implies, this is a miniature version of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) so it has plenty of safety features. These include a low profile, comfortable seat, and large tires with a wide wheelbase, as well as a sturdy and strong frame.

Your toddler will love its secret compartment, which can be used for his small toys, and the large automatic ignition push button for easy operation. You can let him zip around the park or yard at a safe 2 mph speed – and only in forward motion. You don’t want to give your toddler an electric car with a reverse function because of the safety risks involved.

What's Great About It: We like that it provides a realistic ATV experience for toddlers with none of the risks in ATV riding. Toddlers can have a head-start on their physical and mental skills as these apply to riding non-motorized and motorized vehicles.

7. Power Wheels Batman Dune Racer

Suitable for: 3 to 7 years old

Batman is a beloved superhero among kids so it comes as no surprise that this Fisher-Price Batman-inspired dune racer for kids is popular. Even at first glance, it has a strong Batman feel to it from the bat wing-like design to its decals and graphics. The bat wings, so to speak, on its front fenders has “cool” written all over it, but it may just be us considering our Batman fascination.

The dune racer isn’t just all show and no substance. You, as parents, will like it that it’s constructed with maximum safety in mind. Your kid will ride in a dune racer made of a steel frame, metal side bars, and durable plastic. You have safety features, such as Power Lock braking mechanism, 130-pound capacity for two kids, and two top speeds – 5 and 2.5 mph – for your peace of mind.

What's Great About It: We like that it allows kids to develop their imaginative play as well as their physical and mental skills within the Batman universe. The safety features are a bonus considering that it enhances motor coordination and spatial intelligence.

​8. Power Wheels Disney Frozen Jeep Wrangler

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

The Frozen franchise makes girls believe that they, too, can be heroes! This Fisher-Price Frozen-inspired electric car may not make your daughter a hero but it encourages her to act on her dreams.

Your daughter will love the decals from Frozen scattered over its light blue body and purple bumpers. You will like it that the ride-on toy has two comfortable seats in a sturdy frame capable of accommodating up to 130 pounds. Your child will also love the spacious cargo bay at the back.

What's Great About It: We like that it has a long-lasting 12-volt rechargeable battery, a two-speed system (i.e., 5 and 2.5 mph), and large tires for stability over different kinds of surfaces. But this shouldn’t be driven on ice for safety reasons. When used properly, we believe that its driver will develop self-confidence behind the wheel.

​9. Kids 12V Ride On Car

Suitable for: 18 months to 6 years old

Ride-on toys that can grow along, so to speak, with their users are great choices for parents. This is true for the 12V Ride On Car, which can accommodate your child as he grows older. For as long as you take good care of it, your child should have an electric toy for his enjoyment until he outgrows it.

Your child will appreciate that it has working headlights, MP3 player, and side mirrors coupled with a tinted windshield, just as in sports cars. You, on the other hand, will appreciate that it’s available in several gender-friendly colors, as well as its 12-volt rechargeable battery, 2-speed system, and 2-point lap seatbelt.

What's Great About It: We like its radio remote control feature, just a handful of electric cars with such a safety feature. Basically, you can control the electric car via the remote control while your young toddler just rides on it. You can then let him take over as he gains more steering and pedaling skills.

​10. Power Wheels Barbie Jammin Jeep Wrangler

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

Barbie is an iconic figure among girls, even a staple presence in the toy industry for decades now. This Fisher-Price Barbie Jeep will be a hit for your Barbie-loving child. Like the Frozen-inspired Jeep, this has a two-seat, 130-pound capacity, a sturdy and strong frame, and a spacious cargo bay. The two-speed system, 12-volt rechargeable battery, and large tires are a joy for parents, too.

What's Great About It: We like the fact that it can promote physical and mental development in a young child while also allowing her to enjoy her pretend play sessions. You will find that catering to your child’s desire for driving pretend play makes her happier, even more confident about her abilities.

​11. Dune Buggy

Suitable for: At least 8 years old

The Razor brand is a well-known brand of toys that parents actually trust. This Razor Dune Buggy isn’t an exception, thanks to its rugged design suitable for kids’ use. Your older child can zip around it at a relatively fast 9 mph with its two 12-volt rechargeable batteries and 35-watt electric power. You may even be told that the electric car actually feels like the real deal, especially with its high torque and chain-driven motor.

As for safety, it features large pneumatic tires, rear suspension, and classic bucket seat with safety harness for the shoulder and lap. Its tubular steel frame can accommodate up to 120 pounds in weight.

What's Great About It: We like that it has the hallmark features of the classic dune buggy but updated for contemporary times. Aside from the snazzy design, you will appreciate that it has all the necessary safety features. Plus, it’s a great toy for the development of muscle coordination, problem-solving skills, and social interaction.

12. Jeep Wrangler Style Ride On Car

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

The Jeep Wrangler makes another appearance on our list. This time, we choose Moderno Kids’ ride-on car because of its 2-hour riding time on a full charge. The 12-volt rechargeable battery charges in 10-12 hours for a full charge.

Your child will love being in the comfortable polyurethane seat – or he will love being the driver with a passenger beside him. The ride-on toy has a maximum capacity of 66 pounds and a 3 mph maximum speed, which can be set via the Parental Remote controller.

You will love that it’s safe to use even for a 3-year old. The features include gradual acceleration, electronic brake, and durable frame, as well as MP3 system, LED headlights, and battery level indicator.

What's Great About It: We like it because it appears to be a safe and fun ride-on toy for kids. You can’t get better with safety and enjoyment in any kid’s toy.

​13. Lamborghini Aventador Kids’ Electric Ride On Toy Car

Suitable for: At least 3 years old

Say “Lamborghini” and the first thing that comes to mind is luxury sports car. You may want to introduce your child to the brand, perhaps even satisfy your own desire for owning it, with this Aosom ride-on toy car. You can charge the 6-volt battery within a few hours and let your child enjoy it for 40 minutes or so of continuous use.

The miniature Aventador has the superb styling of the real thing so it can only be used on smooth and even surfaces. But its features including 4 mph speed, MP3 outlet, and working horn more than make up for these limitations.

What's Great About It: We like that it has a parental remote control that allows parents to stop and steer the ride-on car even with a child in it. The 4 mph speed may be slow but it’s ideal for young children. We also like the seatbelt because you can’t be too conscious about safety for kids.

​14. Power Wheels Ford Mustang

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

The miniature version of the Mustang comes in four gender-friendly colors, namely, light blue, pink, red, and yellow. Your keen eye for details will appreciate the sporty wheels with chrome finish, pony grille with fog lamps, and rear spoiler. Your child will just love its easy ride-ability, two comfortable seats with a 13-pound capacity, and 5 mph top speed on a 12-volt battery.

What's Great About It: We like its good overall quality from the sturdy frame to the stylish details. You can even let your kid learn the basics of driving with its pretend car key, working horn, and realistic engine sounds. Your child will definitely hone his physical and mental skills on it.

​15. Surfer Girl Battery Operated Ride-On

Suitable for: 3 to 7 years old

Surfing is such a fun activity with plenty of learning opportunities. With this ride-on car, you can let your child pretend that she’s a surfer. Your daughter can be the driver while she takes on a passenger in the 130-pound capacity ride-on toy.

You should teach her first about speed safety, especially as this has a 5 mph top forward speed and 2.5 mph reverse speed. Better yet, you can control the speed by setting the maximum speed to just 2.5 mph for younger riders.

What's Great About It: We like that it allows kids to learn about driving in forward and reverse, which requires motor coordination and mental planning. We don’t like that it cannot be used in many types of terrains although it works relatively well in sandy and grassy surfaces.

How I Chose these Electric Cars for Kids

We considered several factors in choosing these 15 electric cars for kids including:

  • The durability of the materials used, from the steel frame to the plastic cladding.
  • The weight capacity including the number of kids that can ride in it.
  • The overall styling particularly the eye-catching aesthetics of the car, especially as kids like their toys to be attractive to the eyes.
  • The safety features of each ride-on toy, such as the safety belts, power lock brake, side bars, variable speed, and parental remote control

Of course, we also considered the age-appropriateness of the electric cars. We advise parents to follow the age and weight limitations for the safety of their children.

How Kids Can Benefit From Electric Toy Cars

Ride-on toys particularly electric toy cars are popular gifts because these are excellent toys for the development of a child’s physical, mental and social skills. Numerous studies have attested to these health benefits, too, and we agree about them.

First, these toys improve physical mobility particularly in the development of better balance and coordination. Bear in mind that these toys build a child’s gross motor skills since riding them requires the use of larger muscle groups. In contrast, smaller toys like puzzles develop fine motor skills because these demand using smaller muscle groups.

Each stage in the riding process also engages the mind and body in different yet complementary ways. When climbing on and off, a child has to engage his entire body to maintain his balance and avoid falling. When on the seat, he has to practice his hand-eye coordination in steering the wheel or manipulating the handlebars.

He must also use his mental skills in judging the distance, knowing when to start and stop, and getting the feel of the ride-on toy. He should also coordinate his movements when operating the features, such as the knobs, radio, horns, bells and lights.

Indeed, the physical and mental skills required in operating an electric toy car for a kid are worthy to be praised! When you see your own child learning to use it well, you will also be proud of their achievement, as small as it may seem in the eyes of adults.

Second, these toys inspire kids to engage in independent play. Of course, kids should always have adult supervision when they are on electric toy cars, especially in open spaces like parks and playgrounds. But when the kids are on these toys, they have an opportunity to engage in independent play with less parental supervision.

Let them work out the ways that the electric cars work after teaching them the basics for a few minutes. This will promote their cause-and-effect skills, especially when they observe that each action has specific effects.

Of course, these benefits are in addition to the general benefits that play offers children. You, the parents, have the responsibility to ensure that your kids have plenty of opportunities to enjoy playtime with their family and friends. Electric toy cars are just one of the tools for it.

Conclusion

Make your choice from one of these electric toy cars for your child. You will find that, indeed, it’s a worthwhile decision for you and your daughter or son.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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