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By Jon

They’re age-old questions: style or function? Cheap or luxurious? Practical or glamorous? To get to the bottom of this we took a stroll down to the local Toys’R’Us. Toddlers everywhere are trying to decide the right path — is it the one of humble beginnings or the Rockstar life of luxury? 

In the market there are really two main options: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Edition and Power Wheels Cadillac Hybrid Escalade Custom Edition. One is very down-to-earth and completely eco-friendly. The other sets your toddler up for the big time with expectations of stardom and big paychecks. 

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe has been around for a few decades, which is why the 30th anniversary of the Cozy Coupe is so special. A modest one-seater coupe, the Cozy Coupe is durable, cute and ultimately serviceable with foot power and push power. Yes, the Cozy Coupe has features you can’t find in other vehicles like a removable floor allowing for your toddler to glide across the back patio with sustainable and environmentally friendly foot power. For the smaller toddlers out there, there is a well place handle at the back of the top that gives parents the ability to push the Cozy Coupe around. 

The best part of the Cozy Coupe is the maintenance-free operation. Plastic construction, foot or push power operation and no electronics make the Cozy Coupe durable and a vehicle that can be handed down from generation to generation. 

PowerWheelsSometimes practical just won’t cut it; you have heard of the silver spoon, haven’t you? For those toddler divas only a Power Wheels Cadillac Hybrid Escalade Custom Edition will do. The Hybrid Escalade features a 12-volt electrical system powering an electric motor drivetrain. The Escalade is powerful with both 2.5 and 5 mph operating speeds plus reverse. And, as you would expect, the Escalade has working doors, tinted windows, a real FM stereo with sound-boosting rear speakers, flashy chrome wheels and seating capacity for your toddler and their BFF.

The Hybrid Escalade has the added benefit of being on the green curve with complete electric operation. So not only can your toddler ride around in style, but they will have the value and importance of hybrid and electric vehicle instilled in them from a very young age. 

What are these two vehicles going to run you? The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Edition will set you back somewhere around $55, which is truly a bargain. The Power Wheels Hybrid Escalade Custom Edition is a different story tipping the scales at just over $550. 

Maybe the way we grow really is a matter of nature versus nurture. An Escalade with One Direction cranked up anyone?

Jon is obsessed with all things cars and trucks, in addition to being the most advanced technical writer in his Montessori.