I disagree, just a visual eyeballing of the 2 compared to each other imho the XS looks a lot less dinky cheap plastic like the Traxxas stuff... Traxxas has nice vehicles and nice options but their stuff is built to break imho, too much cheap plastic at too many spots.... its all opinion, but for an extra $100 I'd buy the XS without pause
That's what's great about opinions, I suppose. But at this scale, unless you're jumping them off bridges or slamming them into concrete walls, a Stampede or Rustler will absolutely hold their own against the XS, stock for stock, out of the box. And be cheaper. I think the XS is a great truck. (And I do tend to agree with the Traxxas built to break idea, but they still have some very good trucks for the money.)
If I applied your logic, (spend extra to get better durability) I may as well go all the way and spend $450 on a Thunder Tiger MT4G3, which is way more durable than the XS.