If you’re trying to get your human children (or perhaps your adventurous pets) interested in cars, a battery-powered ride-on electric car is kind of the next best thing to a real car — unless you’re already independently wealthy and have plans to raise the next Senna by financing their karting career.
Like seemingly everything these days, ride on toys have graduated beyond the Power Wheel toys of yore. In fact, they’ve gotten cheaper and offer way more choices to gearhead parents, be they Jeepers, Bugatti enthusiasts, budding farmers or TikTok celebs. Seriously, there’s an electric toy car for every small human or animal out there who can’t reach the foot pedal of a full-size version and has graduated from their little yellow and red push car. However, with so many electric ride options, how’s a person to choose?
That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of the best kids’ electric car options out there, taking into consideration things like safety features, maximum rider weight (if you have an older kid), rechargeable battery, seat belt, adjustable seat, whether or not the car comes with a parental remote control (for younger kids) and so much more. Some of these even have LED headlights! So if you’ve got kids (or cats — and if it’s cats, please send videos) who are ready to wheel around in a smooth ride, we’re sure to have what you’re looking for on this list. Keep reading for all of the best kids electric cars and let your kids ride away into the sunset!
Some kids want wild sports cars or crazy Jeep ride-ons, but not your kid. Your kid only listens to Bob Seger and wears Carhartt. They jabber on in baby talk about working an honest 40 hours a week and complain about how their stuffed animal subcontractors are slowing the whole job down. In short, your kid needs a truck — and what better truck to ride around on than this Silverado from the inexplicably named Little Brown Box company.
People love the Ford Mustang and it’s easy to see why. It’s great-looking, fast and generally good to drive. It’s also an attainable sports car that offers a lot for the money. That’s not all that dissimilar from this tiny, plastic electric Mustang. It’s affordable and unlike some other ride-ons, it has a leather(like) seat. Plus, it’s pink — and pink is a pretty good color for a Mustang. We can’t attest to this electric vehicle’s levels of traction, though, so try and keep your offspring from spinning out into a curb in front of a cars-and-coffee, if possible.
Nobody should race semi-trucks — or at least that’s what you’d think until you saw them caned around a road course or up a hillclimb. Then, like us journalists, you’d be obsessed with the weird racing subculture that has people adding big wings and more power to giant diesel semi trucks that look ready to roll over in any turn. Previously, if you wanted to get in on the semi racing action, you’d have to go to Europe or Pikes Peak or something, but now you can buy this Mercedes Actros racing truck ride-on for your kid (who is also hopefully a weirdo) and let them tear around your cul de sac at maximum attack.
The Polaris Slingshot is a three-wheeled vehicle that is very popular for reasons that are completely inexplicable to most people. I will say that it’s definitely a vehicle (I’m reticent to use the word “car”) that gets looks wherever it goes. Now your toddler can enjoy a driving experience with that same kind of utterly puzzling automotive notoriety when they creep around on your sidewalk on this three-wheeler.
The Bugatti Divo is meant to be the “sports car” version of the already silly-fast Chiron, and while it’s unlikely that you will get behind the wheel of one of the exceedingly limited and eye-wateringly expensive hypercars, thankfully you can live vicariously through your progeny as they careen around your driveway at nowhere-near-nosebleed-inducing speeds. Seriously — this is a cool electric car toy, and I’m kind of jealous.
Perhaps you and your bambino are looking for a slightly more Italiano experience, one where the backward hand wave thing that your kid picked up God knows where doesn’t seem quite so weird or off-putting. In that (very specific) case, the Lamborghini Sian may be the right ride-on electric car for you and your famiglia.
So three-wheeled novelty transportation and hypercars aren’t your kid’s thing? Maybe they have an old soul or were just born with a level of class and sophistication far outsizing their tiny body. In that case, there’s the Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster ride-on with an electric foot pedal, steering wheel, safety belt and working headlights.. Sure, you can complain about the lack of a gullwing model, but frankly, do you want to be responsible for what happens when it inevitably breaks with your kid stuck inside? I didn’t think so.
What if your progeny is shaping up to be a budding Emme Hall? Maybe they want something rugged and rough terrain capable-looking. Well, of course the ride-on market has you covered here as well. This fully fake-mall-crawl-accessory-clad (seriously, look at those angry eyebrows!) Jeep Wrangler should absolutely get your kiddo practicing their Jeep wave in no time.
*Emme Hall-style hair not included.
Is your human child a budding Tik-Tok star? Are they already looking at overpriced empty mansions to rent in Los Angeles? Are they possibly destined to be Roadshow’s social media maven, Daniel Golson or the future head of a global petrochemical empire? Well, if they are any of those, then the only reasonable option for them when it comes to a ride-on is a Mercedes Maybach.G650s.
What about you, person-who-only-wears-F1-merch and who is obsessed with shaving another few tenths off of Junior’s first hot laps? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you. Meet the questionably-licensed McLaren 720s ride-on. Even with its polarizing headlights, it’s one of the best looking McLarens available today, so Junior will be patrolling the neighborhood in fine fettle.
Maybe your kid is a budding agriculturalist like Roadshow’s editor-in-chief and biggest tractor enthusiast, Tim Stevens. In that case, this six-wheeled farm implement is just the ticket. It’s got LED lights and a gearshift handle. It’s awesome. All it needs is a front-end loader and some cows.
Will having a tiny plastic car that they can drive make your kid the envy of all other kids on the block? Probably, so there’s no reason not to get one. Maybe also consider what you’ll need to charge it efficiently as well as a helmet and while you’re at it, score some cones so that you can set up a tiny, little Nordschleife in your cul-de-sac. That way Junior has a leg up when it comes time to graduate to more expensive ways for you to live vicariously through them.
Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to make sure you’re supervising your kids while they’re motoring around and that they really should have helmets, too.