After you get your driver’s license, it doesn’t take long for the thrill of driving to wear off and for you to associate driving with brake lights and road rage. But driving can be actually fun, and you don’t have to break any laws to enjoy getting behind the wheel. How? With a go-kart, of course. The average person’s experience with go-karting is probably a public indoor or outdoor track, replete with suit and helmet rentals. But you can actually own a go-kart.
Buying a go-kart obviously isn’t going to be viable for everyone. If you live in a third-story apartment in New York City, there’s a good chance you won’t have anywhere to drive (let alone store) a go-kart. But if you live somewhere with nearby access to wide-open outdoor space, a go-kart can be a great gift for a kid or a kid at heart.
Unsurprisingly, go-karts can be pretty expensive, with some options in the range of a cheap used car. Others are only a few hundred bucks. The difference between these go-karts comes down to power and performance. If you want a two-seater that can reach road speeds, you’ll find yourself at the higher end of the price range. On the other hand, there are plenty of budget-friendly options if you’re looking for something slower and kid-friendly. We’ve taken a look at some popular go-karts at a wide variety of price ranges that you can buy right now.
1. Realtree RTK200 Camo Ride-On Go Kart
Does your go-kart need to be camo? Of course not. But is it more fun that way? Absolutely. Since this go-kart comes from Realtree, it’s no surprise that it comes decked out in camouflage. It has two seats with safety straps, plus a cargo rack in the back. The 196cc engine allows it to reach speeds of up to 25 MPH.
2. Segway Ninebot Electric GoKart Pro
The Segway Ninebot is the Tesla of go-karts, and it’s not just because they’re both electric. It has a sleek design and a powerful battery that allows you to travel up to 15.5 miles and reach speeds of 23 MPH. The cleverly designed unit converts a Segway Ninebot into a GoKart. If you already have the Segway, you can buy the GoKart kit by itself, but this option includes both the go-kart and the scooter. It supports weights up to 220 pounds.
3. Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart
BEST GO-KART FOR KIDS
If you’re looking for a fun option for kids, Razor’s drifter kart is a great option to buy. It’s powered by a rechargeable electric motor that allows you to reach speeds of up to 12 MPH, and the hand brake means you can go full Tokyo Drift.
4. Razor Dune Buggy
BEST DUNE BUGGY FOR KIDS
Razor makes a go-kart that’s built for off-roading, too. It has a rechargeable electric battery, so you won’t have to deal with messy and noisy gas. It can support drivers of up to 120 pounds and it can reach speeds of up to 9 MPH. It has a thumb-operated accelerator and a hand disc-brake.
5. Coleman Powersports KT196 Go Kart
Coleman’s go-kart is built for offroad adventures. It has an easy-to-use 196cc gas engine, and it can seat two riders side-by-side (up to 400 pounds). The safety cage and harnesses make for a safer ride, and the back of the kart has a convenient storage rack.