I remember the year that my nephew got a battery powered riding toy. He was 3 years old, and anxiously “helped” his grandfather put that car together. For the next several years he would drive that car all over the yard. He went in between other toys, around the neighbor’s house, even around the block. That car, a fire truck, was his favorite toy for years and it broke his heart when he finally outgrew it. So as my son was turning 3 and I was considering what to get him, a battery powered riding toy was the first thing I thought of. I couldn’t wait to see his little face light up when he opened the box and realized he would be getting his very own electric vehicle.
There were certain features the car had to have. For one thing, it had to have a higher weight limit. My nephew’s car had a lower weight limit, meaning that it was outgrown faster. I wanted my son to be able to enjoy the toy for as long as possible. I also wanted a battery that is easy to charge. The battery on my nephews was a little tricky to remove, and I knew I would want one for him that could easily be plugged in. I also wanted a vehicle with a longer battery life so my son could drive it around for longer periods of time. I also have two children, and I knew that the best way to prevent too much fighting would be to buy a vehicle that could seat more than one child.
Thus began my search for the hottest battery powered riding toys for 2010. Here are some of the models I found, what makes them appealing and where you can find them so you can get one for your child.
My son loves tractors and anything with big wheels, so the John Deere Gator HPX Ride-On was a really good possibility. Not only does it seat 2 kids, but it even has a little tractor bed in the back for hauling things around! This tractor has 2 speeds in forward and can go in reverse. The seats are adjustable and can hold up to 130 pounds of growing children. The bed can actually dump items out through the swinging tailgate making this ride-on that much cooler. The tires feature knobby treads for great traction and a fun look. I love that my son can move garden dirt and flowers around the yard for me when it’s time to work in the gardens!
Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and wondered if my son would prefer a sports car. The Mustang Power Wheels Ride-On, Item #FPC094, is styled after the 2009 Ford Mustangs. Not only does this car seat two kids, but it even has a cup holder! There is even a sound box that makes motor sounds to help my son really feel like he’s driving a real car. Like the John Deere, the Mustang can go 2.5 mph or 5 mph in forward and can also drive in reverse. It can drive on grass or sidewalks. The battery will run between 1 and 3 hours, depending on how heavy the driver and passengers are and what kind of ground it’s running over. This one is very tempting as it looks exactly like the hot Ford Mustangs, and my son is already a Ford lover.
And then I saw the Fisher-Price Battery Powered Cadillac Escalade EXT, Item #FPC096. This little car is fresh, different and full of style. It also seats 2 children, can run in two different speeds and has a rechargeable battery. This ride-on takes realism to the next level with real working doors that actually have windows. The grill is chrome, the headlights look real and there is even an actual working radio so my son can tool around and listen to tunes while he cruises around.
Just when I thought I knew which one I would get, I spied the Battery Powered Indian Motorcycle, Item #FNX001. On the downside, this only seats one child. But on the other hand it features a low enough price that I can buy two. Then I definitely don’t have to worry about the kids fighting over battery powered ride-ons. This motorcycle features training wheels to keep your little one safe and looks just like a 1948 Indian. The license plates are individually numbered, making this a toy that I might even keep for future generations. It can go up to 2 mph and makes awesome engine noises. It supports up to sixty pounds, meaning that my son could enjoy it for several years to come.
The hardest part now will be deciding which hot new battery powered riding toy I’ll chose for my son’s third birthday.
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