Power Wheels Dune Racer Review

Power Wheels Dune Racer Review | 12 Volt Dune racer With Monster Traction

The Power Wheels Dune Racer with Monster Traction is not your average kids electric car. The Dune Racer is designed with off road tires, to explore and ride over dirt, grass, mud or gravel. Monster traction is designed to give this battery powered ride on superior performance on rough terrain and hills.

Power Wheels Dune Racer Review

The 12 Volt Dune Racer has a steel frame, and seats two in it’s open cockpit, looking just like a real dune buggy. With two forward speeds and reverse, the Dune Racer can travel at 5 mph max, to keep young riders safe. It is larger in size than standard powered ride-on’s, so kids will have a little more leg room too.

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Features of the 12V Dune Racer with Monster Traction

  • Monster Traction Wheels are more rugged, for smoother driving on rough surfaces
  • Dune Buggy features with chrome accents & steel frame
  • Open cockpit for 2 with seat belts
  • Storage compartment under the hood
  • Gear shifter
  • Two forward speeds ~ 2.5 and 5mph forward
  • High Speed Lockout for little ones
  • Moves 2.5 mph in reverse
  • Nickle plated side grab bars 
  • Front bumper
  • Stickers for exterior decor
  • 12 Volt Rechargeable Battery
  • Initial charge time of 18-30 Hours Before first use
  • Approximately 60 Minutes of driving per charge on a fresh battery
  • Assembly required (see instruction manual below)
  • Not for Use on Sand
  • Dune Racer Size: 25 x 46 x 15 inches
  • Age Range: 3 and over
  • Weight Limit ~ 130 Lbs

Dune Racer Tires and Monster Traction

The Dune Racer tires are meant to handle more off road driving, such as grass and dirt. These tires have a deeper thread, but are still made of hard and hollow plastic. The rear tires are also larger for added traction.

So, although it grips better, do not expect superior performance in soggy or uphill conditions. It will still have optimal performance on smooth flat surfaces.

Power Wheels Dune Racer Manual & Instructions

Fisher Price does offer full online instructions for the Dune Racer model W2602 online, so you can see what is involved with assembly before you buy or if you happen to lose them.

You can view the Power Wheels Dune Racer Instructions Here. Be aware, there is assembly involved with the Dune Racer by Power Wheels (Fisher Price indicates 45 minutes), and the manual does include pictures along with written instructions in a step by step fashion. It may be slow loading, as it is a big file.

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Dimensions & Weight Limit of Power Wheels Dune Racer Ride-On

The Dune Racer Weight Limit – It can hold 2 children weighing a total of 130 lbs.

Product Dimensions: 25 x 46 x 15 inches
Shipping Weight: 73.1 pounds

Power Wheels Dune Racer Ride-On Reviews from Buyers

Overall, reviewers didn’t find this ride-on toy perfect, but they really liked it just the same. Most buyers of the Dune Racer enjoy it, and kids have always loved driving in their own powered car.
Here is what some buyers of the Dune Racer Ride-On Car had to say:

Impressive in lots of ways – great engineering design, precision fitting parts, clear assembly directions, very sturdy then built, low to the ground for stability, looks cool, safe, (slowly) climbs a pretty steep hill behind my house with a 40 pound kid in it, makes me have to hussle to keep up with it on the sidewalk…

The traction is awesome and can go over or through MOST anything(wet long grass on a hill included)!!! It does really well with two kids in it and there is plenty of room..

You can read all reviews of the 12volt Dune Racer Here.

Overall, Reviewers rated this 4.5 stars out of 5 Stars as a Fun Battery Operated Riding Toy for Kids


The Dune Racer ride-on is larger than some prior models, and has a fun and uncommon design that kids will enjoy. It looks more like a really dune buggy. Although the tires are not rubber, they do offer more thread for varied surfaces.

The 12 volt battery offers 2 speeds and a speed lock, so toddlers can safely travel at 2.5 without any fears they will get by you.

With a 130lb weight limit, lots of bigger kids, who may not want to admit it, will enjoy a ride in this dune racer too.


Like all things, the Dune Racer was not perfect. Here are some of the complaint buyers had about this car.

  • No status indicator on battery for charge indicator.
  • Wheels are still hollow plastic rather than rubber.
  • Wheels can be noisy
  • Harder for very young kids to maneuver in and out without a dashboard to lean on

Where to Buy Power Wheels Dune Racer

You can buy the Power Wheels Dune Racer Here. It is a great product to order online, to get shipping right to your door.

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