Since the name Power Wheels was born in 1986, the premium kids electric cars (trucks, jeeps, ATVs, motorcycles as well) have become the dream toys of many young kids. “I always wanted a Power Wheel as a child, but never got one.” When I hear about this, I have to ask myself, “Do I want to hear my kids talk like that when he is 20?”. Among kids Power Wheels’ more than 100 models, Power Wheels Dune Racer is one of the most popular battery powered ride-on toys. With detailed product information, customers reviews, videos and pictures, this review will help you decide whether the most wanted toy is for your precious little one.
Power Wheels Dune Racer Features:
- Monster Traction system designed to drive on hard surfaces, wet grass, rough terrain and common backyard bumps like tree roots, ruts, driveway edges and garden hoses without getting stuck.
- With parental-control high speed lock-out and two speed options of 2.5 and 5 mph (4 and 8 km/h) forward, and 2.5 mph (4 km/h) in reverse.
- Power-Lock brake system automatically stops the vehicle when the foot is removed from the pedal.
- Roomy open cockpit for two kids and supports up to 130 pounds of weight, with comfortable bucket seats and metal sidebars for hand support.
- One year bumper-to-bumper limited warranty backed by over 300 service centers throughout the country.
- Storage under the hood for necessities and toys
- Includes 12-volt battery and charger
- Recommended ages: 3-7
Let’s check out Power Wheels Dune Racer in motion:
Power Wheels Dune Racer – All the Details
Power Wheels Dune Racer has received scores averaging 4.5 stars from about 1,000 users at Amazon.com. With such high ratings from so many people you can be assured that this is a high quality, very fun toy for your kids. You can find some of most helpful user reviews at the bottom of this page. To validate this very popular riding toy, let’s look at why this is a great electric car for kids.
Kids don’t want to just stay on smooth roads. They love to drive over backyards, lawns, and especially love going up and down hills. This Dune Racer all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is designed for kids to have lots of thrills by driving on rough terrain, bumpy areas and hills. Being able to outperform other kids Power Wheels models on tough surface conditions comes down to the combination of the Dune Racer’s more powerful battery (12 volts rather than 6 volts), superior traction with Monster Traction, and wide rugged tires with directional treads.
Speed with Parents Control:
Power Wheels Dune Racer go up to 2.5 mph ( 4 km/h) for beginner drivers and up to 5 mph (8 km/h) for more experienced drivers, powered by a 12 volt battery. Power Wheels with a 6 volt battery are limited to 2.5 mph. The lower speed gives you and your kids the peace of mind when they are just getting used to their new vehicle. The higher speed gives your growing children the necessary speed to keep the driving fun as they get bigger and more experienced. Parents can remove the high speed lock-out to shift the speed from low to high. 2.5 mph (4 km/h) in reverse is a useful option for kids to ride backwards. Many users are saying this kids electric car is powerful and runs well.
The Power-Lock brake system is especially important when kids drive the Power Wheels Dune Racer at the faster 5 mph speed and/or downhills. You want to know that when it comes to stopping that your kid’s electric car can actually stop quickly and under control. The Power-Lock brake system provide better stopping ability to maximize safety. For older and more advanced drivers, this brake system also allow you to pull off some great slides!
A battery powered ride on toy could be one of the most expensive single toys for a 3-7 year old. You want your kid to be able to enjoy it for several more years. Power Wheels Dune Racer is a high quality, solidly-built, serious vehicle. It is built with a sturdy steel frame, metal tubing and stylish “chrome” accents. It supports up to 130 pounds of weight with a spacious interior for two kids and is even good for tall kids. Several 5’2” moms, even a 6′ dad, are able to drive this car. The storage under the hood, bucket seats and metal sidebars for hand support provide comfort and convenience.
For an expensive electric car for kids, a good warranty will give you peace of mind. ,The Power Wheels Dune Race has a one-year bumper-to-bumper limited warranty backed by over 300 service centers throughout the country. You can find an authorized Power Wheels service center near you.
What’s in the box:
- Power Wheels Dune Racer
- Rechargeable 12-volt vehicle battery
- 12-volt battery charger
- Owner’s manual
There are lava red & black, green, camo, pink & purple, and chrome. Click any Power Wheels Dune Race below for price and customer reviews.
What Customers are Saying?
This is the one your kid wants. Even if he or she doesn’t know it yet. Out of the box, my very first thought was “is that a box steel frame?”. Sure enough, it was. The Dune Racer seemed pretty serious. So serious, in fact, that it wasn’t until I was in to step 12 or so, before I noticed that the wheels even have directional treads. Total assembly time on my own was a good hour plus. Easily twice the time of a “normal” Power Wheels model, but in retrospect, for good reason. Between the steel frame and metal tubing, the Dune Racer is designed to take some abuse, and that means many more pieces to assemble. Because of the seating position, battery placement, and directional treads on the tires, the Dune Racer gets traction like I’ve never seen from any Power Wheels model before. I’m not saying it’s an awesome beach toy, but it can definitely stand up to lawn use.
A couple of weird things worth pointing out: The seating position is pretty close to a dune buggy, rather than a car or chair, so shorter kids may have a harder time reaching the pedal than in a more traditional Power Wheels toy. For reference, my daughter’s pushing 4T, and she’s just tall enough to comfortably use the pedal. Also, the steering wheel is more of a batwing than a wheel. It kind of confuses kids initially. All things being equal, the Dune Racer is probably the best motorized toy I’ve seen in its price range. — Kevin (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)
Totally worth the money! The Dune Racer was a present for my son’s 5th birthday, and he declares it the “best gift ever.”
What I love:
-It seats 2 comfortably. My son is 5, 45 inches tall and 42 lbs. My daughter is 2 1/2, about 38 inches tall and 30 lbs. The 2 of them fit well.
-It’s powerful. In low or high speed, this thing can take hills whether paved, grassy or covered in leaves.
-Battery life is good. Even with both kids riding at high speed, the battery lasts nearly 2 hours of ride time. The battery compartment is in the back and it’s easy to remove to charge, although you do have to remove it to plug in the charger.
-It looks cool! It’s not “babyish” so my son can ride this for a while.
-Rear wheel drive. Since it pushes from the back, it seems stronger.
-Seat belts! Although I don’t know that the velcro belts really hold a child in, my kids think they’re big stuff when they buckle up before they drive.
What I don’t love:
-The chrome paint on the front bumper is pretty well scratched up. If your kid only drives on pavement or through a big field, it probably stays nice. But my kids drive this thing through trees and brush, so the paint in the front bumper is all chipped off.
-The plastic wheels wear quite a bit on pavement. Although my kids prefer to drive through the grass and woods, we do sometimes take the dune racer around the neighborhood and the pavement eats the wheels. Not a HUGE deal, but some rubber or a stronger coating would be nice.
Overall, this Dune Racer is outstanding. It’s bigger than most Power Wheels which is great for taller kids. It looks really cool. It’s powerful and runs well over lots of surfaces. I can imagine that my kids will be able to enjoy this for several more years. So glad we bought it! — Heidi