Well I have a rustler and a XXX-T MF2. I love my Rustler for bashing and after playing around with a lot of upgrades (not expensive ones) and some dremel work it actually races pretty well. It is darn near indestructable. So if you need to stay under the $200 range for an RTR I'd go Rustler. If you can save up a little so you can start out with brushless I'd go with the XXX-T Sport brushless. Brushless, better handling truck, good basher, decent racer, and better radio.
Tamiya TRF417X (Lion's Automotive GTR)
Tamiya F104W MP6/4 converted to F104X1 (Renault R30)