- This article is about a usable vehicle in Diddy Kong Racing. For the Yoshi transformation from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, see Car Yoshi. For the obstacle from the Mario Kart series, see Car (obstacle).
- Not to be confused with Kart.
In the original version, every character's vehicle has their own unique color, including cars, though each one's tires are always red. In Diddy Kong Racing DS, every character's vehicles are yellow by default. The player can access Taj's Wishes Menu to purchase upgrades for a car's speed, handling, and acceleration. They can also customize a car's paint color from a slider or put an emblem on it, much like in Mario Kart DS.
While ithe cars are modeled in-game in the original Diddy Kong Racing, their wheels are prerendered sprites set to always face the camera (a rendering technique called "billboarding").
Cars are usable in every level except Hot Top Volcano, Whale Bay, Pirate Lagoon, and Boulder Canyon, where the player must use a hovercraft or plane instead. Cars are usable in Everfrost Peak in the original Nintendo 64 version, but since the course's icy pond is thawed in the DS release, cars cannot be used in the stage. They are most often the default vehicle for each course that they are ridable in.
|Hot Top Volcano|
|Boss level: Tricky the Triceratops|
|Challenge Level: Fire Mountain|
|Everfrost Peak|| (N64)
|Boss level: Bluey the Walrus|
|Challenge Level: Icicle Pyramid|
|Boss level: Bubbler the Octopus|
|Challenge Level: Darkwater Beach|
|Boss level: Smokey the Dragon|
|Challenge Level: Smokey Castle|
|Future Fun Land|
|Space Dust Alley|
- Diddy Kong - Blue
- Pipsy - Pink
- Bumper - Yellow
- Tiptup - Sky blue
- Timber - Green
- Banjo - Spring green
- Conker - White
- Krunch - Orange
- Drumstick - Red
- T.T. - Silver