After comparing a half dozen of these motorized ride-on toys, we discovered they are VERY similar, the main differences being the style (truck, car, tractor, etc). For example, I have complaints about the quality of this Fisher Price Jeep, but in fact it's higher quality than some of the other units we compared (even more expensive ones). So a lot of these comments apply equally to all Fisher Price motorized toys (and even some other brands as well):
So while my kids & I have a blast with it, I still have mixed feelings because we so rarely use it. And they don't really ask for it either. It's a pain to pull out, a pain to store it, and a pain to keep charged up. I have an oversized lot (huge yard, fairly flat), yet it's not even enough, and it's frustrating for everyone as the Jeep gets stuck on a stick or a clump of grass. We have a blast taking it to the neighborhood playground, but loading it up is a chore (I have to take the rear seat out of the minivan in order to transport it). I have a feeling for many people, this is like the exercise machines that get used once or twice then get forgotten.
Driving Skills – After the excitement of driving anywhere and everywhere has worn off a bit, you can change the play time up a bit and teach the kids some real driving skills. If you take them to a big parking lot, you can set up a course of cones for them to roll along, and teach your kids how to check their toy for damage, when to stop the toy at a stop-sign, how to park the toy, how to go around a circle, and more. This will introduce the more difficult parts of driving that they will have to deal with later on for their real-life driving test one day. They might protest at first, but if you treat it as a challenge with a reward at the end like an ice-cream or a packet of chips you can be sure they’ll be into it almost at once.
Electric cars are great examples of ride-on toys that are otherwise similar with pedal-powered vehicles, except for the fact that these run on battery power. Nevertheless, these playthings are excellent for helping kids develop their psychomotor skills particularly in terms of their visual motor coordination, balance, and proprioception. Flicking on switches also help enhance dexterity and master their control of fine motor movements.
Another factor we took into account is the authenticity of the product. We want to remain culturally relevant, whether it is using a keyed-ignition for the design or a push-button starter, a manual or automatic stick shift. Whatever a child witnesses in their everyday life with Mom and Dad, or other adults on TV, we wanted it to reflect in our products — the look and the feel! Who wouldn’t want the authentic chrome-look of wheels on a Ford F-150 truck?
I purchased this for my 2 year old for Christmas and she absolutely loves it!! The remote control works great since she hasn't learned to steer by herself. Even my 9 year old thinks it's fun to ride it, of course his knees go up to his chin but it still pulls him around. I have gotten so many compliments on it and asked where I purchased it from. I was worried that it wasn't a power wheels but this is better than any power wheels we have owned in the past
Road Rules – even though your kids won’t be driving their toys with full-size cars on the road, they can still be taught how to drive toys properly and obey the law when they’re driving their toys. You can ensure they keep to one side of the road when they drive along. You can also take them to an open space and tell them that when they’re in the appropriate setting they can let loose and roll wherever they want to. If the kids crash into things or other people by mistake – or even on purpose, because we know those types of children are out there – you should explain to them how they have hurt someone or broken property that doesn’t belong to them. That being said, we obviously don’t mean that you should be authoritarian about it, but you can ensure they are aware of their actions even while making an amusing comment.
Completely redesigned with the latest Jeep styling, the Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler is the perfect vehicle for pretend “off-road” racing adventure! With the realistic Jeep grille, roll-bars, and front & back fenders, kids will feel like they’re driving the real thing! Plus, a larger cockpit area and increased wheel base gives kids more legroom and improved stability. Drives two speeds forward (2.5 & 5 mph max.), plus reverse, on hard surfaces and grass, with a high speed lock-out option for beginners and Power-Lock brakes.