Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2005 Volvo XC90 2.5T FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: McAllen, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2013

Well after trying to figure out which tires tonget for my XC90 ended on this General tire. Before i used muchelin, continental, not cheap tires but honestly i WILL not spend money on those brands, this General tire is simple amazing in all the areas. I use them also on my S80 AWD V8 which is the general g-max. I used PS2 michelin on that car, to fragile for my taste, the general gave me much more mpg and resist bad roads much better.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2001 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

I bought four of these tires in November 2010. At the time, I didn't know how many more times our Escape would be able to pass inspection. I'd had great results with Michelin Cross Terrains, but didn't want to spend the extra money that Michelins would cost.
The Generals worked very well for us. We drive on the "spirited" side, with a pretty even mix of interstates, back roads and city streets, and occasional gravel roads and farm fields. Traction, steering, handling, braking, noise, everything has always been excellent. The tires always responded predictably, with no significant decrease in performance as they aged.
Three years later, the Generals are almost done, but they still have some useful life left, maybe another 5,000 miles. I had them out twice recently in significant snowstorms, and felt safer and more secure with them than with the newer all-seasons on my rental car. Part of that is the nature of the two vehicles (Escape 4WD vs. Toyota Camry FWD), but even with traction control and the other 2012 technology the Camry has, the Escape (and its older tires) still felt safer.
I would probably buy another set if we were keeping the Escape. For the money, I don't know of a comparable tire that would work better for this vehicle than the Generals. If money were no object, I might consider the Michelin LTX M/S 2. I had an older generation of this tire on my pickup years ago; they were tremendous, and I understand the newer generation is even better. But they are pricey, about $180 each for the Michelins in the Escape size, vs. $100 or so for the Generals.
Tire Rack is my number one source for tire information, and my number one choice when it's time to buy. Their prices are competitive, I love their test reports, and the surveys and reviews are the most comprehensive I've ever seen. When I have questions, their representatives always come through. I don't even consider any other online tire suppliers, there's no need when Tire Rack does such a nice job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2000 Ford Ranger 2wd XLT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wauconda, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 03, 2014

13 year old truck and these are the best tires I've ever had. With or without sandbags in the back, traction ----ed until I got these tires! I can power through snow like I had chains on. Recently we had 13 inches of snowfall and I had no problems. With my previous tires, anything more than light snow and I would be stuck--literally. If my truck lasts that long, I DEFINITELY will be buying these again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber UHP

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber UHP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Melbourne Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2013

In the past I have run Goodyear, BF Goodrich and Michelin Tires on my SUVs. This tire is far superior to the others with respect to wet traction and hydroplaning in standing water, which living in Florida during the rainy season one encounters on sometimes a daily basis. I got approximately 42000 miles off my last set, never rotated them because they all wore perfectly, and they probably had another 5000 miles left on them when I replaced them. This is a reasonably priced tire, and I am very satisfied with its looks and performance. I would definitely buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.54
 
 

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Walkerton, IN
Driving Condition:

Average


Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

Excellent tire, very solid feel, but has tremendous handling capabilities, waited to write review till I had some winter driving. Great ice traction, and very good snow tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.85
 
 

1999 Mazda B3000 SE Cab Plus 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

I've got 8000 miles on these tires and just got through 3x back to back winter storms in New Jersey (avg. 6 - 10 inches snow) and these tires are AMAZING! I've got a 2wd truck without a locking differential so this should be the worse in the snow. With these tires I don't even realize I'm in slippery snow! I can get moving without any issues, stopping is pretty good (still have to be cautious as it is still snow...) and I never got stuck even on 30 degree inclines with 4+ inches of snow. Road noise is minimal on the highway and so far tread wear is great. Love these tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.92
 
 

2010 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 19,000
Location: New Berlin, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 19,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

These tires are almost gone after only 19,000 miles that's terrible can't they make a tire that last longer that cost almost $200 each wet traction is lousy and also not to good in deep snow even with 4 wheel drive.

 

Best All-Terrain Tires for Winter

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Do you own a pickup truck or large SUV and need an aggressive tire? Or possibly you're getting ready for hunting season or snow plowing and need new tires. If you're looking for an aggressive tire that can also go off-road while still performing on the streets, then look at options in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category. Some options are branded with the severe winter mountain/snowflake symbol and can even be studded to provide added traction.

New for 2013 is the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Just one look at this tire and you can see how well it will churn through the snow. It's heavily siped which will certainly help with the grip on ice. The sidewall rubber compound features Goodyear’s Durawall Technology to protect the polyester cord body by resisting cuts, punctures, scuffing and abrasion.

Another great option is the General Grabber AT 2. This tire consistently rates well by our customers and is very aggressive. It has tremendously deep tread depth and can plow through deep snow. The tread blocks feature multiple traction edges and sipes, and are molded to accept optional metallic studs to increase wintry weather traction.

Finally, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is worth a look. This tire has been around for quite some time, but more importantly, it's a solid performer and does very well in the snow. Its aggressive tread design easily goes through deep snow and will keep you trucking along to your destination.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
T/A KO


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Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

General Gives Your Truck Off-Road Capability and Great Looks with the Grabber

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Based on their experiences in the Baja 1000 and other races in the Team GT Trophy, General has introduced the Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire in many popular sizes. The aggressive all-terrain tread pattern is complemented with the distinct red "GRABBER" lettering on the sidewalls, just like you see on the Trophy trucks!

Red Letter Information and Care Instructions:

  • Do not use gas, alcohol or petroleum based solvents.
  • Do not use direct high-pressure water.
  • Avoid rough brushes or any other abrasive materials.

Grabber's vertical-edge shoulder blocks (which alternate between being stepped in or out) and multi-angled sidewall protectors provide excellent side bite and puncture protection for the three-ply reinforced casing. Its tread design is refined with General's Acoustic Modulation Sound Technology (AMST), a sound wave suppression technology that helps lower tire noise on the road and avoid the "howl" that many off-road tires produce on pavement.  

Take a look at what our customers are saying about their experience with the General Grabber.

"The level of grip on dry pavement and dry dirt road is unparalleled to anything else on the M/T tire market. The traction is like a 200 treadwear, max performance summer tire on dry pavement. But they really come alive on dry dusty dirt roads. These tires can dig down through loose rock and sand to find traction where there is none. I blasted through many back country dirt roads with these tires at speeds I wouldn't feel comfortable with any other tires. While other M/Ts leave tracks, these tires leaves ruts of disturbed dirt at the same speed." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd

"I have these tires on a 2013 Jeep Rubicon with a 2.5" lift. They are quieter than the Original Equipment. Ride is good and they are surprisingly quiet and the traction off-road is amazing! These are great tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

1996 Chevrolet Lumina
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2013

I bought these tires for my winter vehicle because I needed a tire that was good in the snow along with good mileage warranty. I have been very impressed with these tires. Great tread wear, very little road noise and have a very comfortable ride. They do fantastic in the snow. My other vehicle is a 1995 Grand Cherokee and it has new tires but not these and I seem to get better braking traction with these than my General Grabbers on the Jeep. Acceleration traction is awesome in the snow. Little slip in the ice but that is with any tires. Would definitely recommend these tires to anyone looking for new tires and is maybe considering snow tires. These will do the job of both snow and touring tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2011 Ford F250 Lariat 4X4
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2013

These came stock with my truck. I tow a 27' toy hauler or car trailer with my truck every once and while. These tires were a little over half gone at 20,000 miles with most of that freeway miles. I agree that these are a decent tire, but not for a diesel pickup. The General grabbers that I had on my old Super Duty lasted much longer with the same type of use.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25
 
 

2010 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 34,000
Location: Medina, OH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 34,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2013

These tires were on a 2010 Honda Odyssey. Tire pressure was checked regularly and tires were rotated religiously at 5,000 miles. I really expected better traction and wear from these tires. I would not purchase these tires again. Wet weather traction was fair at best and light snow traction was again only fair at best.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.18
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Fairmont, WV
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

I'm going on 3 years with these tires and getting ready to rotate for the second time. With just over 12,000 miles on them, I am halfway to the wear bars, so I expect less than 25K miles out of these tires. I am really dissappointed with the life of these tires.

I think these tires might have a too weak of a sidewall for in-town driving that requres a lot of sharp turns in a Suburban as I find the outside edges of the tread are really chewed up after extended driving that doesn't involve highway miles. Any hard cornering feels like the tire is going to roll off the rim.

Straight line/highway driving is where these tires excel. These tires are really quiet and have great traction in all conditions, including snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd X-Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Stowe, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2013

A good tire for the price, a little noisier than expected, but if I wanted a quiet tire I would have gone with michelins. Previously had pirelli scorpion atr's, they were the best tires I ever had on my truck, did everything far beyond my expectations, but the price jumped up $300 for the set so I started looking at other options. Decided to try these out, I liked the all terrain tread for the snow and driving on the beach. So far holding up well, probably get 35 to 40,000 out of them, not bad for the way I drive. A lot of tread squirm for the first 2-3,000 miles but settled in after that, had to slow down a lot for the on/off ramp almost felt like I was going to lose it, but never lost traction though. But, after 2-3000 miles the uneasiness went away and the back end didn't fell like it was going to pass me anymore. They definitely don't handle like the pirelli's they replaced, it helps to remind me I'm driving a full size truck and not a sports cars. I'm sure I added about 10,000 miles to the life of the tires because of it. Not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2008 GMC Sierra K1500
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Miles driven on tires: 5,700
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,700 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2013

unbeliveably quiet tires. i cannot judge treadwear, but these were one of the lower price tires in my size from a major tire company in southeastern Michigan. Traction appears very good.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, March 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.08
 
 

2004 Lincoln Aviator
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Racine, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 05, 2013

I was looking for a quiet and long lasting tire. These are very quiet and are wearing well. I take monthly road trips to a cabin in the woods with a 500-ft driveway. I've been able to make it thru in 12-15" of snow. So far, I'm impressed and would buy these again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Huntington, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
November 21, 2009

Best SUV tire I have ever purchased. Stable, excellent in the wet (no snow yet), comfortable ride and almost eerily quiet. Gas mileage has improved app. 1 mpg - around 18 mpg overall - up from 17 with previous Bridgestones. GREAT TIRE!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2004 Ford F150 STX Sup Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2013

Replaced General Grabber HT's. They were a decent tire on the highway but that is about it. After 30k they were useless. I picked these up prior to winter and they have preformed very well so far. Great in rain and snow. Decent in mud as well. The ride quality is not the best but the price was right and the warranty is there. Tire looks good on the truck too. Looking forward to seeing how they hold up.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.86

2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS
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Miles driven on tires: 34,000
Location: Cerritos, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 34,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2013

Got these based on TR reviews to replace OEM Bridgestones Duellers which were harsh and noisy. They were a vast improvement in comfort and handling, and noise. Now we have 34,000 miles on them and the noise is unbearable. It started getting gradually noisy at 25,000 miles, now it almost sounds like a mechanical problem but the tire dealer said it was the tires and it will get worse over time. Tried different inflation pressures with no luck. Tread wear is OK, it looks like about half worn out at this mileage, and ride is good. Still, we have to dump them soon because of the tire noise. Would not recommend them to any one. I was a General fan at first and even put Generals on my other car, but now those tires are starting to get noisy also. Disappointing..