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As a child who was a car geek since he was a knee-high to a back bumper, I coveted a Power Wheels electric vehicle over all the other toys in the JC Penny Christmas Catalogue. Power Wheels were magically self-propelled by something called ewectwicitee and cost hundreds of dollars ($8 bajillion in kid money). I never got one and am emotionally scarred because of it, but am waiting for the day I have my own mini-me and can spoil him on his fifth birthday with his very first car.

Power Wheels have come a long way since I was a tike, however. Case in point is the new Jeep Hurricane produced by the Fisher Price division that features Ultimate Terrain Traction. Yeah, you're reading that right. The newest Power Wheels has traction control. The PR language says it all about this "high performance drive system" though skimps on the details:
  • "It powers through places where other battery-powered ride-ons need a push"
  • "Through lush lawns, wet grass, mud, gravel, rough terrain and more"
  • "It's there when you need it – even when you think you don't"
We're not sure what comprises the Jeep Hurricane's Ultimate Terrain Traction, though it's probably not a complicated mess of electronic nannies varying power output to each individual wheel based on tire slip. It could be the simple fact that this Power Wheels has rubber tires instead of slippery plastic ones, but we won't tell the kids that.

The Jeep Hurricane also fixes some proportion issues of past Power Wheels by riding on a much longer wheelbase than past models. If that's not enough, there's also an on-board cup holder (sippy cup approved) and real working FM radio (what, no iPod jack?). The base MSRP for the Ultiamte Terrain Traction Jeep Hurricane is $400.00. There are no options to inflate the price further, but there's also no financing and certainly no incentives. That's a pretty steep price for a child's toy, but it's so cool we think dipping into junior's college fund for this is perfectly warranted.

[Source: Fisher-Price]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Way better than a H2. That is sweet. Power Wheels rule. Anybody see the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Add me to the power wheels dreamer club as well. Ah unfulfilled childhood wishes...

      But hey why doesn't DCX have a jeep that looks this cool in production? Sure they have come out with all sorts of awesome concept cars of this ilk. But everything in the lineup is ho-hum or downright "they didn't really try" ugly. Take a nod from power wheels and build a wrangler variant that actually looks like this!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just bought the Hurricane for my Kid. It normally sells for $400.00 at Toys R Us. But i just purchases it from Linens & Things for just $254.00. I was on sale for $299.00 but I always get a 20% off coupon in the mail for Linens & Things. so i used it it went down to $240.00 and with tax it came to $254.00.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that power wheels should make a car that goes faster than average walking speed, actually make it fun to drive I have, and I am only 13 years old and I am on my 5th power wheels overhaul.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for some anal retentive COP to issue a summons to a kid riding one of these things.

      No Helmet... engine powered vehicle with no registration, license or insurance...

      Mark my words.. we will read about it eventually.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah yes. Back in the (early) '80s, I actually got a po-man's Power Wheels knockoff. I had wanted one for so long, but my 'rents didn't have the flow to get me one of those coveted mamma jammas. But they did get me this brand-unknown dump truck battery powered vehicle. Man, what an awesome three summers I had with that thing.

      ...three summers because that's as long as the battery would recharge... and about as long as I was able to fit inside the open cabin (I was a quick-growing little thing). Other problem was the plastic tires had absolutely no tread whatsoever, like racing slicks. No traction on anything but dry asphalt or cement. But man oh man, did I love that lever-controlled bed-dumping mechanism.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing is AWESOME!!! I was seriously thinking of getting my child one of these in the Jeep Wrangler style but after seeing this, it's gonna be a toss up!

      • 8 Years Ago
      I was ordered by a court to stop riding my power wheels because of a DUI offense. Too much cough syrup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We got my son one of these Jeeps for his birthday last year (3-29-07) and it is just absolutely incredible. Its quick, quite capable, very stable, not dinky-small like Powerwheels of old. Only the best for my boy :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The government should mandate that soccer moms drive these cars instead of Tahoes & Land Cruisers for the sake of safety to other drivers on the road.

      I think we'd all agree that I'd rather see one of those soccer moms talking on the phone, eating breakfast, applying makeup, in a power wheels Hurricane on the sidewalk rather than that Big ass Tahoe in back of you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First the Compass, now this? We don't need another non-trail rated Jeep.

      And I'm sure the winch isn't even powerful enough to yank the Hurricane from the slop!!

      DCX needs to really get on the ball and stop exploiting the Jeep brand

      /sarcasm off
      //Wishes I were a kid again
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I miss my camo Jeep Wrangler Power Wheels, it came with a canteen and a fake CB radio. But back in '93 it was the stuff!"

      I had that one too! It was cool because it was a 2-speed (it had a low and high speed switch accessible to the childdriver from the cockpit). I really wanted my dad to buy me one of the Power Wheels Barbie Corvettes and paint it black for me, but he said the Corvettes were slower than the Jeeps. The Jeeps' low speed was 2 mph, the high speed was 6 mph, and the Corvette (1-speed only) was only 4 mph. I guess I ended up with the better deal afterall 8-)
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