Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, November 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.47

2003 Toyota Tacoma 4wd DoubleCab
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Miles driven on tires: 65,723
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 65,723 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2012

The Firestone Destination AT was a great tire for my 03 Tacoma Doublecab V6 SR5 TRD. I rode them most of the way to the wearbars, which totaled 65,000 miles, 15,000 over the warranty. The tires were champion tires off-road, never any problems in sand, rocks, stream crossings, wet grass. On-road, the tires were louder and louder the more they wore down, they cupped easily, and I lost 2-2.5 MPG in comparison to highway all-season tires. Still, though, the best fuel economy I ever achieved was 21.2 MPG, with the tires at 30 PSI and doing lots of coasting and mostly highway. Not too bad for off-road tires. If I gunned it around town or used 4WD alot, the MPG would drop to 17.5 MPG at the lowest. So, not too bad all around, considering the Tacoma is rated at 16C/19H MPG. In the last 5,000 miles of their lives, the Destination AT tires started slipping in the rain when accelerating and taking corners. The noise for the last 10,000 miles was loud, but still not as loud as muds. After 40,000 miles, the tires started slipping in deep snow even in 4WD. Ironically, because of the good snow grip, the tires weren't so great in very light snow only because I couldn't engage 4WD without axle binding. In light snow, I used 4WD to get going, then took it out of 4WD for downhill, cruising, and turns. In deep snow, the traction was excellent because I was able to keep it in 4WD. If I had a limited slip center differential or an open/lockable center differential, I would have been unstoppable in any snow from light dusting to 16" of wet snow like we got here in Maryland in Snowmageddon 2010. I replaced these tires with the Highway All Season Destination LE2 because I wanted quieter and more fuel-efficient on-road performance. All in all, these are great tires for light trucks, and I definitely recommend them if you drive more offroad than most but still drive on the highway a lot.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
September 13, 2012

I previously had a set of Michelin Lattitude tires on my truck, and loved them. The LE2s, so far, have been as good to drive on with one exception; on-center feel. It does seem like this tire wanders a bit at highway speeds in a straight line. I have since had my alignment checked and have inflated the tires with nitrogen. I believe the alignment may have positively effected this situation slightly. The ride is great. Have not had a chance to get them in any snow or ice conditions as I purchased in July 2012 and since I live in Atlanta it might be a couple years before we even get any snow. Coming off of Michelins into the Firestones, my expectations have been exceeded thus far, as there is a reasonably significant difference in price. The on-center feel issue I mentioned is relatively minor; rating the Michelins on this I would rate a 10, and the Firestones I would rate an 8. On a personal level, I have owned many vehicles in my lifetime including 7 BMWs and have had quite a bit of track experience, so I tend to be quite judgemental on my tires. My expectations and evaluations are based upon the real-life expectations of this specific tire on this specific vehicle. Meaning, I do not expect either to have the characteristics of a performance car. It is what it is. For a reasonably heavy pickup truck and a light truck tire, this is a decent combination for a highway-tread tire, especcially considering the cost. Lastly, I have not noticed any difference in fuel economy, which I consider that to be a good thing.

New Fuzion Tires Offer Exceptional Value

Friday, August 17, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Fuzion tires are part of a division of Bridgestone/Firestone, so you know they're from a name you can trust.

Recently, they introduced their new line-up and so far they have received very positive reviews and feedback. The Fuzion Touring is a very nice Grand Touring All-Season tire that's offered with either a 55,000- or 40,000-mile treadlife warranty, depending on speed rating. There is bound to be one for your vehicle with 25 popular sizes available.

Fuzion's SUV is designed for light truck and SUV applications looking for traction in all seasons. It's offered with a 50,000-mile treadlife warranty. Featuring a fairly aggressive tread design, the tire not only has a good look but offers great traction as well.

Fuzion Touring
Fuzion Touring
Fuzion SUV
Fuzion SUV

If you're looking for a good tire that won't break the bank, look no further than the options available from Fuzion.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73

2005 Dodge Durango SLT V8 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Willows, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 13, 2012

Superb tire...extremely quiet and comfortable to drive with nice turn in characteristics. The tire is very stable and realllllly improved the ride of my truck. I previously had the Destination M/T's on my truck which is an excellent overall mud tire. After 45,000 or so miles, the treadwear was fantastic, but the tires really got loud. I have previously purchased these tires and was reminded how good they really are....GREAT price and service from Tire Rack didn't hurt either !! Highly recommended for general street and light off road duty. They are excellent in snow as well, though ice handling, like any non studded tire, was a little sketch at times...We no longer live in snow country so it is no longer a concern...just ordered a second set for my wife's Expedition...buy them...they are a very good tire at any price !!

Firestone Destination LE Replaced by the New Firestone Destination LE2

Friday, June 29, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Since Bridgestone purchased Firestone back in 1988, much of Bridgestone's cutting-edge technology has been incorporated into Firestone tires. For many years, the Firestone Destination LE has been a popular value-oriented replacement tire for street driven light trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. This all-season tire is smooth and quiet with good wet traction and is offered with a generous 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.


All good things must come to an end, and Firestone has replaced the well-loved Destination LE with a new and improved tire, aptly called the Firestone Destination LE2.

Firestone Destination LE
Firestone Destination LE
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination LE2

How do the two tires compare? The tires are different enough that Firestone doesn't recommend mixing the two designs, so the Destination LE 2 should be installed in a set of four. Firestone has also made some notable improvements :

  • Longer treadwear
  • Quieter ride
  • Better winter traction
  • Improved dry grip
  • Lower rolling resistance

The Firestone Destination LE2 is an even better tire than the Destination LE, which was already a great tire. It's available in sizes to fit many Ford, GM and Chevy full-size pickups, as well as popular SUV and CUVs like the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

The All-New Firestone Destination LE2

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

For years, the Firestone Destination LE has been a favorite in the line-up for SUV and light truck applications. Since 2001 the marketplace has changed from a light duty pickup truck dominated arena to a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) dominated market segment. A corresponding change in tire demands has also occurred. From primarily utility focused for the pickup, to a quiet and comfortable ride with good handling for the CUV owner. Firestone recognizes this change by releasing the second-generation Destination LE2

A bold new sidewall design looks great on everything from the traditional pickup truck to the newer CUVs and premium SUVs. The tread pattern has evolved to utilize the latest in tread design and tire construction. With a primary focus on ride and character of the newer vehicles in the marketplace, the tire's tread pattern has been optimized through noise sequencing to provide noise reduction. The footprint has also been computer optimized, which aids in even contact pressure, a quiet ride and even treadwear. A closed shoulder design also assists in even treadwear and the desired ride. This feature provides stability in cornering, too. Circumferential grooves along with the sweeping slots move water out from under the tire. Additionally, zigzag sipes provide cutting edges for ice, snow and wet traction. Rolling resistance has been improved to provide better fuel economy through the use of silica. It also helps to provide consistent grip in the wet through the life of the tire.

Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE2 (Sidewall)

Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE2 (Tread)


Destination LE2 tires are the first tire line to achieve Firestone's eco-product status for improvements over its predecessor.

  • Improved rolling resistance*
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lower weight - reduces raw material use
  • Longer lasting

View all available sizes to see if the Destination LE2 will fit your light-duty pickup, van, crossover or sport utility vehicle.

*A 15% reduction in rolling resistance compared to first-generation Destination LE for an approximate 2% improvement in vehicle fuel economy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2004 Chevrolet Colorado LS Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Central Indiana, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2012

I have an '04 Colorado Crew Cab 4x4 Z71. I replaced a set of horrendous Goodyear Wrangler RT/S with the Firestone Destination A/T. The Goodyears were downright scary on anything but absolutely dry pavement. The handling was awful as well. The new Firestone's are GREAT! The GY's weren't a loud tire, IMO but the Firestone's are unbelievably quiet considering they are an AT tire. Immediately, I noticed how much better the ride was on the new Firestones. The GY's made my truck a rattle trap because they rode like rocks, however, the sidewalls seemed very soft and the truck was all over the place when it came to turning/handling. Oddly enough, the Firestones feel more firm, but also more forgiving over rough pavement. My truck rattles much less but the ride and handling are much better than the GY's. I've only driven a few times in the rain, but the Firestones are just light years ahead of the GY's. Unfortunately, I won't be able to test them in the snow until next winter but my guess is that they will perform flawlessly. I will update this review over the life of the tire. After the first 1,000 miles though, I absolutely love this tire. I couldn't be happier with it. If you're looking at AT's, do yourself a favor and get some Destination's.

Looking for the Best Value in a Street and Road Tire for Your Truck or SUV?

Monday, March 26, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Most truck owners never intend to take their vehicles off-road. Highway All-Season tires offer the benefits of a quiet, smooth ride. They provide excellent mileage and good grip in water and light snow conditions. These tires are built essentially for crossover and sport utility vehicles, as well as pick-up trucks and full-size vans. The following tires are a few of our top sellers in the Highway All-Season category and provide an excellent value.

Firestone Destination LE
Firestone Destination
General Grabber HTS
General Grabber
Yokohama Geolandar  HT-S
Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experiences with these tires:

"The Destination LEs came O.E. on my 2006 Explorer and I currently have 65,000 miles on them. I'll be replacing them soon with another set of LEs, but could probably squeeze another 3,000-4,000 miles out of them. I've been completely satisfied with these Firestones." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2wd (Firestone Destination LE)

"After 45,000 miles I could not be happier. Still have plenty of tread and the ride is as if the tires were new. I would not hesitate to buy another set based on this experience. By the look of things, I may get 70,000 plus, not bad for a truck tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 2wd (General Grabber HTS)

"I really like these Yokohamas. Good traction in dry weather. Ran into a horrible thunderstorm a couple of days ago and these tires performed like a champ. No hydroplaning." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Ford F-150 XL 2wd Pick-up (Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051)

I equipped one of my vehicles with a set of Firestone Destination LE for a few years and enjoyed the tire's performance. To see which tire is right for your vehicle, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2012

I have a set on my 1998 jeep wrangler, lots of off road driving sand and some mud. Excellent in sand, will due in light mud, excellent on the street. No noise and tread wearing very good. Just bought a set for my 2010 Dodge 1500 2wd pick-up truck, excellent
on dirt roads and street. Good traction at our local landfill which can get very sloppy!
I will purchase again when the tires ware out. Excellent!!!!!!


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera TripleTredReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27

2002 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 46000
Location: frederick, ma
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 46000 Miles on Tires
November 06, 2011

I reviewed several tires when I purchased these for my Expedition. I have had experiece with Michelin, General, and Firestone as welll. These have been the best handling truck/SUV tire I have ever had. I have a 2WD Expedition and I have driven though rain, light snow and even snow over a foot and these tire perfom beautifully every time. There are a bit noisier than other tires, but this is an SUV and traction (at least for me) is more important that a little extra noise. When time comes for replacement I will be buying the same tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce LT

Friday, December 16, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce LTReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

1985 Chevrolet Caprice
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Miles driven on tires: 80000
Location: begining and end of 95, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 80000 Miles on Tires
November 06, 2011

I purchase the LT tire for the old caprice. Yes, it is a LT tire but it did fit and I average 7,000 miles a month. For a rear wheel drive vehicle it performs well. I I can assure you from driving in Maine to PA to Wyoming these tires serve you well.. The tires do have a truck like roar dont exceed 110 or you will get an uneven wear. I have driving 45 to 50mph with confidence on packed snow with these tires also perform well in the mud too surprisingly also finally putting studs is over kill on these tires. I was lazy and didnt have money to put any summer tires and road these for 2 winters as well as year round, these are a great buy if you live above the frost line.narrow tires seem to work well on trucks or cars to dig down to the traction layer... blizzaks seems well on light cars. but that is just my experience. i'm sure all will differ

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination M/T

Friday, December 16, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination M/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 40000
Location: Nine, Mi
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40000 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2011

Here is my honest review.After owning these tires for a couple of years and testing them in all conditions i can honestly say they are an at best average tire.For dry weather there is nothing better.I have a hard time spinning them with 300hp when its warm out,but when the temp drops to the 40's and you add water watch out!I have 4wd its still a challenge.As for the snow anyone that tells you these are good in light snow is lying.These tires have no sipping and its like having no soles on your shoes when its a dusting of snow.As for the deep snow thats where this tire excells.You could pretty well dig a hole from a stand still with 4wd...i've done it.
Over all if you have a spiffed up Jeep/truck that you drive on-road in California where is warm all the time these are the tires for you, if not look at the Goodyear Commercial Duratracs.They are on the Police issued Chevy Tahoes in Northern Ontario Canada for a reason! Thats what will be replacing these on my truck.Happy Trails

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.

Best Value Snow Tires for Your Car, Truck, or SUV

Monday, October 10, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
As the winteFirestone Winterforcer season approaches, we do our best to provide each of our customers with a custom-tailored setup for their vehicle. Whether this means tires are mounted on factory wheels, or a cost-effective Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package using either steel wheels or aluminum alloys, there are a broad range of prices, sizes and options from which to choose.

Drivers looking for a cost-effective and very capable winter / snow tire should take a look at Firestone's Winterforce line-up. Although this tire does not have quite as soft of a compound as the Bridgestone Blizzak, this tire has proven itself to be a steady and dependable dedicated winter / snow tire for years. This slightly firmer compound also allows the Winterforce tire to last slightly longer than others. Available for passenger vehicles, light trucks and SUVs, this tire provides wintertime traction on dry, wet and snow-covered roads.

In addition to the snow compound, aggressive tread design and high number of traction-enhancing sipes, this tire is also available with studs for drivers living in the most extreme climates. Don't be caught out in the cold this winter, be prepared before the snow falls. 

Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that fits your driving needs.

Which Snow Tire: Studless Ice and Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow or Performance Winter / Snow?

Friday, August 26, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and your typical winter weather.  The three major categories are: Studless Ice and Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires.

Studless Ice and Snow tires give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less responsive on dry roads especially if you're a fast driver with a sportier vehicle. To achieve high traction levels on snow and ice they do offer less grip on dry roads and your vehicle will not respond as crisply or quickly to steering inputs, under hard braking or under hard acceleration.

Studdable Winter / Snow can be run studded or unstudded. When studded, they'll give comparable ice and packed snow grip but they will be even less responsive on dry roads. When unstudded, they'll lack ice and packed snow grip but perform well in moderate and deep snow.

Performance Winter / Snow tires will exhibit the above dry-road deficiencies to a much lesser degree. If your vehicle came with summer performance tires, the Performance Winter / Snow tires will be more comparable in steering response, acceleration grip, braking and cornering grip. They'll give up ice and packed snow grip. Performance Winter / Snow tires will wear slightly better compared to Studless Ice and Snow tires, especially during the warmer early and late winter days.  All snow tires will have more tread noise and this will vary from tire to tire, but Performance Winter / Snow tires tend to be quieter.

Specific Tires

Studless Ice and Snow tires tend be available in higher profile tire sizes and include the following:
If you go with Studless Ice and Snow, you should also consider going with a narrower tire as the narrower tire cuts through deeper snow better especially for a lighter car like a MINI Cooper.

Studdable Winter / Snow  options include the following:
The Altimax Arctic is slightly better in ice and packed snow and is quieter than the the Winterforce. The Winterforce is more effective in deeper snow.

The Performance Winter / Snow tires tires tend to be available in lower profile sizes and include the following:Depending on the exact size, your choices may be previous seasons' versions or SUV/light truck versions of the above tires.

So should you get a Studless Ice and Snow, a Studdable Winter / Snow or a Performance Winter / Snow tire?  It depends on your car, where you live, how you drive on dry roads and how you want to balance the above compromises.

For example, my brother lives in Marion, Indiana, about an hour northeast of Indianapolis. He got the Blizzak WS60 Studless Ice and Snow in 235/40-18 on Sport Edition A7 wheels for his 2008 BMW M3. He chose this tire because central Indiana is more apt to get ice storms and there's the potential for heavier snow that wouldn't be quickly cleared from the country roads between offices. He's willing to drive slower on dry roads.

If we look at a hypothetical driver in Louisville with the same car but a heavier foot, he would be better served with  Performance Winter / Snow Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D tires in 235/40-18 front and 255/40-18 rear. Louisville's milder weather allows him to emphasize dry road performance, but still have emergency snow capability.

Let it snow.

A Great Combination

Friday, October 1, 2010 by Porter Pryde
Light trucks and SUVs benefit from aggressive traction and superior foul weather performance.

Firestone Destination A/TFirestone Destination A/T tires combine an all-terrain tread design with a comfortable ride while providing year-round traction, even in snow. It features an enhanced tread compound that blends wet performance and wear on the road with cut, tear and abrasion resistance off the road.

The Destination A/T uses Firestone's UNI-T technology, a comprehensive design method with innovative manufacturing features to enhance tire comfort, performance and wear.

Available in a wide variety of sizes, the tire meets the fitment requirements for most sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans. With 68 popular sizes ranging from 14" to 20", you won't have any trouble finding the right fit for your ride.

Heavy Duty Light Truck Winter Tires

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Winter tires for 2500/3500 series trucks, Sprinter vans and Econoline vans requiring a load range E, 10-ply rated tire are available at Tire Rack. There are a few good options available in sizes designed for these vehicles. 

The first decision to make is whether to go with the Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow or the Light Truck Studdable Winter / Snow Tires. If you see lots of ice or continuous packed snow, the studded tires may be used to give the extra traction to pull a heavy load or to help slow down. The trade-off is that these tires are not be the best option for dry or wet roads.  The Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow tire would be the best all-around tire for winter use on a mix of dry/wet and icy/snowy roads.

Bridgestone Blizzak W965Let's look at some top choices in each category.

Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow

Bridgestone Blizzak W965
  • Tube Multicell tread compound featuring microscopic pores and circumferential microchannels to reduce the layer of thin water generated when driving on snow and ice
  • Deep tread block tread pattern with zigzag sipes to provide maximum bitting edges and enhance winter traction with out the use of winter studs
Firestone Winterforce LT

Light Truck Studdable Winter / Snow

Firestone Winterforce LT

  • An economical option featuring deep tread blocks molded into a directional tread pattern
  • Optional TSMI #15 blue-colored metallic winter studs can be installed for $15 per tire
Two other options to mention are from the Studless Ice and Snow and then the Studdable winter tire categories. The Continental ExtremeWinterContact is also available in some sizes with the Load Range E, 10-ply rating and also the General AltiMAX Arctic which is a Studdable Winter / Snow tire with the Load Range E, 10-ply rating (in some sizes). 

Take a look to see which of these snow tires is available in the correct size for your vehicle.

To Stud or Not to Stud?

Saturday, September 11, 2010 by Steve Huffman
That is the question many drivers will face when it comes time to choose a winter / snow tire. Let's face it; studded snow tires have been around for decades and the technology has not really advanced since then, but they are still a very popular choice. What has advanced is the technology of Studless Ice and Snow tires.

But we do offer Studdable Winter / Snow tires and the metal studs installed in the tire will give you extra bite on packed snow and ice (where allowed by law).

The Studdable Winter / Snow tires we offer include the following:
These tire don't have to be studded and can certainly be used without studs. They make a great entry-level winter tire and an affordable option for drivers considering a Winter Tire & Wheel Package.

Best All-Season Tires in Snow for Light Trucks/SUVs

Saturday, August 21, 2010 by Wes .
The unicorn of the tire world has to be the elusive all-season tire that excels in snow traction. I think it is important to first understand that not even the best all-season tire will come close in winter traction levels to the worst winter tire. They simply can't. They are asked to do too many things in too many temperature levels. However, for many it is simply not practical for a variety of reasons to run two sets of tires on their light trucks or SUVs.  To those people I typically recommend the following:

If traction is the goal and one can accept a slight penalty in ride comfort and road noise generation, I would suggest the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 or the Michelin LTX A/T 2 (shown below right). Both are extremely technologically advanced tires that offer  state-of-the-art tread compounds and designs to take advantage of all the traction the tire has to offer over the entire life of the tire. This is important, as snow and wet traction typically dissipate with age due to the loss of tread depth. Bridgestone uses a dual layer tread compound to expose a focused wet compound as the tire wears, while Michelin employs advanced tread design to maintain siping as the depth of the design goes away.  However, all this technology does come at a price. They are both on the premium edge of the pricing scale.  Well worth it; however, not for everyone.

If you need a good tire at a good price, consider the Firestone Destination A/T (shown at left). They do not have the technology, however they do behave well in the snow and wet. Since the tire was less to develop, and less expensive to manufacture, they are the best value in an On-/Off-Road All Terrain tire for a truck or SUV in the winter.

If you are not into traction at all costs, but are more interested in wear and comfort, there are still some decent options to get you through the white stuff. I would recommend the Michelin LTX M/S2 (shown right) or a General Grabber HTS, which is a surprising value. Both will be more comfortable, quiet and should wear a bit longer than an All-Terrain tire. Again, Michelin uses state-of-the-art construction and design techniques to get you more wear and wet traction. General doesn't have quite the technology thrown at it, however it still achieves good results and is priced far less.

Looking for a new, sporty all-season tire for an SUV?

Friday, June 18, 2010 by Tucker Glenn
Than look no further than the Firestone Destination ST! This new tire from Firestone is a great gripping tire for your light truck or SUV. I recently tested this tire on our test track using our Porsche Cayennes and let me tell you...this thing stuck! It provided great traction around our skid pad and excellent stopping power.

And while you're at it, why not throw a new set of Mamba M-2 rims on your ride!

                               Firestone                        Mamba

              Firestone       Mamba