We have the best Rocket League cars for casual and competitive play
What do you get if you mix the fast-paced directing skills of a Fast & Furious movie with football tactics worthy of Jürgen Klopp? The answer is one of the most exciting sports: Rocket League .
Players love the action of four-wheel football, and the game's casual and competitive modes exploded in popularity after its release. Five years later, there is still a strong fan base climbing the ranks of Rocket League and representing teams in sports tournaments, but the free game update has given the racing game a new lease of life.
Whether you're a rookie or an ex-Supersonic Legend, your choice of car says a lot about who you are as a player, but it also affects your playstyle.
If you thought that all cars were created equal, you would be wrong, so we are here to help you understand what makes one car better than another and, ultimately, what the Rocket League best cars to choose.
This guide will cover everything you need to know about choosing a car, including everything from top speeds to our top picks. Let's start with some slightly technical stuff: hitboxes. But don't worry, this really isn't as complicated as it sounds and can have a big impact on your chassis choice.
BEST ROCKET LEAGUE CARS: HITBOXES
If you've never heard of a hitbox before, that's fine. Hitboxes are invisible lines that determine the edges of a model, in this case, the car. These lines form, you guessed it, a box, and if another asset (e.g. a ball) hits that box, the game will register this as a collision and the ball will fly in the appropriate direction.
To put it simply, the best Rocket League cars are the ones with hitboxes that most closely resemble your model.
Some of the vehicle options have hitboxes (looking at you, Zippy) that jut out of the roof or through the bumpers, making it harder to accurately judge whether you're going to hit the ball or not, and if you do, what angle at which you will hit.
About two years after the game's release, developer Psyonix standardized car hitboxes, so now each of the game's 74 cars fits into one of six hitbox classes. As you can see from the images above that u/Trelgne created and shared on Reddit, both Octane and Zippy use the Octane hitbox, but the Octane model fits the hitbox much better. Note the gap between the roof of the Zippy model and the top of the model – this discrepancy can make it harder to judge when the car hits the ball.
Here's the full list of cars in each of the six classes, according to the Rocket League website.
- Mind GP
- Breakout Tipo S
- '89 Batmobile
- After the clash
- Right handed
- Fast and furious Dodge Charger
- Formula 1 2021
- Gazella GT
- ice carrier
- Imperator DT5
- Lamborghini Huracan STO
- McLaren 570S
- Peregrine TT
- Samus ‘Gunship
- Fast and furious Nissan Skyline
- Pontiac Fierce fast and furious
- Hunter 619 RS
- X Devil
- X-Devil MK2
- Battle bus
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- bone shaker
- fast 4wd
- Ford F-150 RLE
- Jurassic Jeep Wrangler
- Luigi NSR
- Mario NSR
- road hog
- Road Hog XL
- Sweet tooth
- The Dark Knight Rises Tumbler
- '16 Batmobile
- praise God
- Twin Mill II
The most popular hitbox is the Octane, due to it being the tallest and second widest, so you have a better chance of hitting the ball. Plank is another favorite, especially if you want to play a defensive or goalie role, as it has the longest and widest second hitbox.
The Dominus' hitbox is notorious for its paddle-like shape and large surface area, making it perfect for trick shots, but losing out in many clashes due to its low height and clunky front end that doesn't exactly match many of the model cars.
However, players have had great success with cars from other hitbox classes as long as the model is similar in size. The Jäger 619 and Endo cars are available for purchase in promotional starter packs after the free update and both fit perfectly in your Hybrid hitbox.
The v1.79 patch that went live on September 17, 2020 added the Merc class hitbox. So far, only Merc and Battle Bus are in this class, but we can expect more cars to be added in the future, whether new hull types or swapped old ones.
HOW TO UNLOCK THE BEST ROCKET LEAGUE CARS
If you're a new gamer, or even an old gamer confined to a PC or console, some of the organs mentioned above might not sound like anything. That's because new players only start with Octane, Gizmo, Road Hog, and X-Devil unlocked.
The bodies are divided into five rarities; Common, Import, Exotic, Premium and Exclusive. You can start unlocking bodies from the first three rarities just by playing matches and unlocking Blueprints, though obviously the commons drop more often than Import, and you'll be incredibly lucky to find Dominus or Komodo, the two Exotic class chassis.
However, if you find yourself with a backlog of useless items (not just Bodies), you can try your luck with the Trade feature. Go to your garage from your game's main menu and select Manage Inventory.
From here, you can select five items of the same rarity and exchange them for an item that is one stage rarer. Your new item will be completely random, except one caveat: if all five items are from the same Crate series, you will be rewarded with a new item from that same series.
Keep in mind that some items cannot be traded, such as anything unlocked in a Rocket Pass, and you are not guaranteed the type of item you will receive.
It doesn't matter if you trade five toppers or a mix of five different items, you can get any item for your work. If you still have any questions, there is a full FAQ for Trading In available on the Rocket League website.
Premium bodies are those that come with Rocket League DLC. This includes the Batmobile, Jurassic Jeep Wrangler and McLaren 570S.
However, if you purchased the game before it was free, simply link your account to an Epic Games account after the update and you will be upgraded to a Legacy edition with all free DLCs. You may also see these bodies listed as Limited in your game, it's just another term for the same thing.
The Lamborghini Huracán STO is available for purchase for 2.000 credits (about $20), similar to the Ford F-150 RLE. There is currently no other way to unlock these bodies.
The final Rocket League hull type is Exclusives. Depends on the platform you play on. PC gamers unfortunately miss out, but those who run on console can unlock their own unique bodies by jumping some hoops.
|Body||Sideboard||How to unlock|
|Hogsticker||Xbox One||Play a game with every common body|
|Tatu||Xbox One||Complete a season in Season Mode (single-player)|
|Luigi NSR||Nintendo Switch||Unlocked by default for Switch users (Luigi only available for Blue Team)|
|Mario NSR||Nintendo Switch||Unlocked by default for Switch users (Mario only available for Orange team)|
|Samus ‘Gunship||Nintendo Switch||complete games|
|Sweet tooth||PS4||Play a game with every common body|
While they all fit into the five hitbox classes, each car has a slightly different feel based on minor differences like axle placement and turning circles. You'll just have to play around with a variety of them to find which one suits you best!