From Forza Motorsport, to Gran Turismo, to Need for Speed, there are plenty of great driving games. But driving a vehicle around with just a controller in hand can take you out of the experience. So companies both big and small make racing-wheel accessories that feature everything from steering wheels to pedals. Their goal is simple: to make your driving experience as authentic as possible.
But before you buy just any racing wheel, consider that some are better than others. And finding the right accessory is the difference between really enjoying your driving-game experience and having it miss the mark. Here are the best-reviewed racing wheels on Amazon that have a B rating or higher on Fakespot, a website that uses algorithms to detect fake reviews.
The Hori Racing Wheel Apex is an affordable option that includes both a steering wheel and pedals. The Apex is compatible only with the PlayStation 4 and PC, however, so if you're a Forza fan, move on. The full-size wheel has a 270-degree turning radius, and its pedals are "optimized for authentic racing simulation." A mount clamp attached to the steering wheel can be used to keep it sturdy during use.
Accessories maker Thrustmaster's TMX Force Feedback is designed for Xbox One and Windows users. The steering wheel, which also comes with pedals, is 11 inches in diameter and is automatically recognized by the Xbox One when you turn it on. The pedal inclination can be adjusted, and the brake pedal offers progressive resistance. Additionally, the racing wheel comes with force feedback support that makes it feel even more like the real thing.
If you don't mind spending about the cost of a console for a racing wheel, the $274 Logitech G920 might be for you. The racing wheel has force feedback support and can be purchased in either an Xbox One/PC version or a PlayStation 4 version. With the three-pedal setup, you can accelerate, brake and shift gears. Logitech says it designed its G920 to be durable; the steering wheel is leather, and the pedals are stainless steel.
Fakespot Rating: A
The Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition is a single metal structure that features a steering wheel at the top and pedals at the bottom. The stand’s height can be adjusted to accommodate your height when sitting. While the Cockpit 458 isn't compatible with the latest-generation consoles, it's still a fine option for PC users who want a single, sturdy unit.
Fakespot Rating:No rating
If you don't mind spending nearly $500 for a racing wheel, the Thrustmaster VG T300 Ferrari Alcantara is worth a look. It's compatible with PlayStation 4 and PC, and can be detached from the base and pedals for more comfortable use. The wheel itself is actually a replica of the Ferrari 599XX Evo, and its wrapping was imported from Italy. In other words, it's all luxury. The wheel comes with an attachment system and built-in screws so you can mount it on a desk or table. If you want to get really serious, consider picking up the optional TH8A shifter to really put yourself in a Ferrari cockpit.
The top-of-the-line racing wheel on the market right now is the Fanatec Forza Motorsport Racing Wheel. The device, which costs a whopping $1,300, is the official racing wheel for Forza Motorsport on the Xbox One and PC. It includes three pedals and a racing-inspired wheel. The wheel and pedals are made from high-quality materials, and you can place buttons all around. You can also add shifter paddles. If you want one of the most authentic racing-wheel experiences out there, the Fanatec Forza Motorsport might be for you.
Amazon Rating: 5/5
Fakespot Rating: A