Traxxas Maxx vs Slash Best Comparison. [Which is better?]

Traxxas Maxx vs Slash was and still is a topic that a lot of RC cars buyers especially beginners are struggling to dissolve. A lot may say that the Maxx is stronger than the slash. But this is just one side of the comparison.

As a buyer, you should not only compare the performance but also, the price, the expenses of each one in case of upgrading, as well as the abundance of its parts.

And just to remind you: Buying an expensive thing doesn’t mean always the right choice, and the same thing goes for buying a cheap thing. Each buyer has his own reasons!

If you’d like to see the full review of each of those 2 RC cars, click here for the full review of the Traxxas Maxx, and click here for the full review of the Traxxas Slash.

Let’s get started…

Traxxas Slash VS Maxx Design and Chassis

Traxxas Slash / Traxxas Maxx Design and Chassis

The Slash 4×4 and the Maxx are completely different Traxxas RC cars when it comes to design. The Traxxas Maxx is much bigger than the Traxxas slash 4×4 including their parts also.

The design of the Slash, for me, is more classic than the design of the Maxx which is more aggressive and has a powerful looking.

If you’d like to know more about the design of these two cars, you can check them from here: Max and Slash

Traxxas Performance

Traxxas Slash / Traxxas Maxx Performance

Traxxas Maxx

The Traxxas Maxx comes with a 540XL motor that has a 5mm shaft, a powerful fan, and an aluminum heat sink. The vehicle has a waterproof coating to protect it from the elements. This means that it can reach speeds of up to 60+mph!

Also, the Maxx has built-in telemetry that sends real-time information on the speed, temperature, and voltage of the vehicle directly to your Smartphone. It also incorporates integrated cooling fans that give you an extended running time.

Therefore, the success of the Maxx comes from the Electronic Speed Control (ESC) that monitors its efficacy to ensure long-running performance.

Traxxas Slash 4×4

The Traxxas Slash also has a powerful Titan 12T 550 motor and the bulletproof reliability of the waterproof XL-5 electronic speed control makes him reach a top speed of 60+ mph.

This motor is also a 3500 kV motor as well as a VX l3 ESC which means that you have the best performance and fun!

Wheels And Handling

Traxxas Slash / Traxxas Maxx Wheels And Handling

When it comes to the handling, both cars are great and so much powerful that not only you enjoy them but you enjoy the way they surpass every single obstacle in their way whether was sand, water, mud, or even rocks.

Of course, a big part of this power and handling is because of the wheels. But the wheels in these 2 cars are different!

The wheels of the Maxx are bigger than those of the Slash which means that the Maxx has a better chance of handling and surpassing more obstacles than the Slash 4×4.

Radio System

The radio systems of both cars are pretty the same. They come both with a Traxxas’ TQi 2.4GHz radio system that gives you control, precision, and an impressive range.

This radio system has the Traxxas Link-enabled, allowing you to add a wireless module and connect it to the Traxxas Link app on your phone.

You can take full advantage of this to customize your vehicle settings and keep track of your performance with real-time telemetry that comes from the speed control. 

Other systems of the Traxxas Slash VS Maxx

The traxxas Slash 4×4 and the Maxx have some great systems like the stability management system. This system is designed to keep the vehicle going exactly where you’ve pointed it. Don’t worry, even when the tires are spinning, it’ll keep following your directions. You can adjust the assistance using your transmitter.

The traxxas Maxx has other systems as well that the traxxas Slash 4×4 doesn’t have which makes the Maxx more advantageous in this area.

There are some systems like The Drivetrain System Technology, this system is integrated more with RC cars with big sizes and wheels.

These wide steel gears operate with a steel ring and a splined aluminum center driveshaft. 

For maximum front-to-wear power distribution to keep your Maxx on its four wheels, the vehicle utilizes a Torque-Biasing Centre Drive.

The other system that the Traxxas Maxx has is the Cush Drive technology to absorb impact and improve durability. This system is a patent-pending innovation by Traxxas that uses 4S LiPo power to help flip the RC monster truck back onto its wheels.

This means that you don’t need to follow your truck all the way to flip it up after a rollover!

Batteries and chargers

The Traxxas Slash 4X4 comes with a 7-cell NiMH battery with iD technology and a 4 amp 12-volt DC peak-detecting fast charger for reliable charging.

On the other hand, the Traxxas Maxx offers easy battery access with the single 4S LiPo battery secured inside a snap-lock battery retention system that makes the battery more durable, utilizing the same system as the X-Maxx. This RC monster truck uses Traxxas’ Power Cell LiPo batteries that have one-button charging using the brand’s patented iD technology.

Of course, the battery of the Maxx is more powerful than the one on the Slash 4×4 because of different factors especially the size!


If you read the whole comparison, I think that you already know which one is the most expensive.

Yes, it’s the Traxxas Maxx, first because, it is the baby of the X-Maxx which makes it sound more powerful and enjoyable. Second, because of its big size, big wheels, as well as its strong power and performance.

This doesn’t mean that the Slash 4×4 is bad. Of course not, because despite having less power than the Maxx, the Slash 4×4 is more popular because of its handling and most important, it’s less expensive, more affordable, and funny as well.

Last but not least…

Both cars are so crazy and enjoyable on terrain. But personally, if I had money, I would choose to buy the Maxx. Otherwise, I would choose the Slash 4×4 over all of its competitors because it’s worth it.

Here is a link for you for more details about each one of them.

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