To start with, I'm now 60 years old, but back in my younger days I used to work at the old Chevron/Standard station in Meeks Bay, Ca durring the summers. It's now been converted to a US Forest Service facility. It's where lots of the Jeeps would come to gas up as they finished the Rubicon Trail. I traveled on the trail back into Rubicon Springs by motorcycle, but never completed the entire run.
I've owned several different brand RC cars and trucks, but the Axial Rubicon 4x4 is pretty cool. When I received it, I took it next door and let the 3 year old drive/crash it for 20 minutes or so. It hit things at full speed and it didn't suffer a ding or scratch.
It has plenty of acceleration as it does cool little wheelies when you stab the throttle. (I'm using a LiPo battery which lasts at least 30 minutes) It also has excellent climbing ability. I have a dirt hill about 45 degrees with stones and plenty of irregularity. It takes all I've got to negotiate, but it replicates the real vehicle very well. Throttle control is very smooth from a crawl to full speed.
Quality is very high on both drivetrain and body. I have zero complaints and because it's not blazing fast, I recommend the Axial Rubicon 4x4 for kids, dad's with kids, dad's without kids, and mom's as well! And don't forget us happily single 60 year old kids!!
I'm currently ordering another one for my nephews 6 year old.
Have fun! Jay