I would say that you can look into the Duratrax Evader line, or, www.ultimatehobbies.com
I believe has the T4 RTR for very close to $200 ( maybe just a tad over ). If the T4 RTR would be in the budget, I would get that.
You still have to get batteries, charger, support stuff, etc but it would get you going.
I have also seen NIB older style Losi XXX-T RTR on ebay go for under $200.