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.

 

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: 9.21
 
 

2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5I
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Carrollton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

I have these tires on my all wheel drive Subaru Outback. I absolutely LOVE these tires. I live in Ohio and commute 65 miles daily on dirt and country roads. These tire are amazing in the snow and ice and give you much confidence in the wintery conditions. I would recommend these tires to anyone!

 

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: 8.15
 
 

2007 Honda Pilot EX 2WD
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2013

So great, I'd just bought my second set. After spending several hours searching reviews for a better set, I decided to go back with the tires I was 100% satisfied with. Very responsive to braking and accelerating. Okay for side stability/cornering... in part due to worn suspension (shocks, bushings and sway bar links) and the high center of gravity for Honda Pilots. Road noise was hardly noticeable compared to the original Goodyear Integrity. Compared to them, tread lasted much longer on the HTS. One advice: do not let their price tag disguise you.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Ford Ranger Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

Great traction - wet, ice, and snow. Huge boost in confidence in my truck's ability to handle the elements over OEM tires. While they are very quiet, you can definitely feel the tread when driving over 70 mph on a smooth highway. But, that is to be expected with such an aggressive tread and I personally don't consider it a negative. They handle the torn up roads of Denver very well with less bounce than the OEM tires. I used to lose the back-end if the roads were just slightly wet, while in 4 wheel drive, with the OEM set. With these, in 2 wheel drive, I can corner in the rain instead of pray I don't hit someone or something. Overall, these tires exceed my expectations, they are priced right, look right, and handle great.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler HP

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Jeep Liberty
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Miles driven on tires: 3,100
Location: Long Beach, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,100 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

These tires came stock on my 2012 Jeep Liberty Latitude. I purchased vehicle new in November 2012 and only have 3100 miles thus far so tires still look new. I don't see why these tires get such bad reviews. I have been very satisfied with the performance of these tires in all weather conditions. Yesterday we got a foot of snow combined with very cold temperatures and after reading all the negative reviews about this tire I was not expecting them to perform as well as they did: I was able to drive out through a foot of snow in 2WD without getting stuck, needing to rock the vehicle or using 4WD, I have the video to prove it but cannot include a link. 2012 Jeep Liberty drives out of foot of snow in 2WD on youtube will let you see for yourself that the reviews stating 4WD was needed in even small snow amounts are exaggerated. My previous vehicle had General Grabber AT2 tires and I wish they came in my size 235-65-17 as the Grabbers are my favorite tire so far. So far I cannot find one reason to replace these tires. If General decides to make the Grabbers in my size I would switch over only because I know how great they are off road but for normal everyday driving in all weather conditions these Wrangler HP's perform very well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2013

Nice all-around tire for my 4x4 Tacoma. Great traction in nasty winter weather and mild off-road conditions. Great value for the $$$. I have very little tread wear at 11,000.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2011

I have now driven the Grabbers through all the eliments. Compared with the OEM tires these are in a different league. There is no weak characteristic. I measured treadwear at 7500 miles and it was about 1/32. At that rate they should go well beyond 80k miles. With low initial cost I can't see any reason to spend the extra money for Michelin or Goodyear. The Grabbers are likley better than the available Goodyears and as good, possibly better, then Michelin. In the past I have always chosen the big brand name tires, I was very reluctant to look at General. Just did not figure it could play with the big boys. Now I am getting ready to buy the wife tires for her mini-van and General is high on my list. Price aside these are hard to beat, take price into consideration and they may be unbeatable.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

1997 Dodge Dakota 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 26, 2007

While Maryland isnt exactly the snowbelt, Im actually from NY, and my girlfriend (its her truck) is from Idaho. Were driving out to her hometown this fall and Ill be staying there probably through November, then driving back East. Since I do heavy construction, and construction sites are often muddy and difficult, combined with the snow in upstate NY, we wanted good AT tires on the truck. So far these are performing excellent, with phenomenal dry traction and good mud traction. I drove ambulances for a living, for fourteen years in NYC, so I have a great appreciation for tires that grip the road. These AT2s are doing a great job so far and I expect them to handle the coming Northern Idaho winter travel with ease.



About the only negative Ive found with these tires, so far, is that my gas mileage dropped quite a bit. I had been getting about 18 mpg highway and I now seem to be getting about 15.5, even with inflation pressures on the hard side. Well see if that changes any as the tires get broken in.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.8
 
 

2005 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 32,500
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

Worst tire I have ever owned. Noise level was terrible. Tires Shake when speed goes over 40. I thought I had an alignment problem, but was not the case. I have 32500 on these tires and they are a 2/32. Tires do not perform well in snow or ice, but the performance and tread wear are what really bothered me. Buyer beware of this tire! PS I usually do not write reviews, but this tire needs to change.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 26,500
Location: Bothell, WA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 26,500 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

This is an update after two seasons of summer to winter driving. These tires are still performing great in the snow and mild ice road conditions. I had confidence driving across HYWY 2 to and from Seattle to Yakama over the Cascade Mountains in zero degree down to -10 weather. The conditions changing from wet ice in Seattle, light snow, to slightly icy roads at night, over the pass, and the vehicle never felt like it was losing traction or sliding in any way. I know it was icy, because leaving Leavenworth Washington, several cars driving slow in-front, spun their tires and slid sidewards before gaining control. I had no traction issues and without using my chains. The weather got so cold I had to add air in the tire because of contraction. The tires had lost 7 to 10 psi. I should have taken up the offer from my Ford Dealer to put nitrogen in the tire for extra cost and it would not have been effected by the cold. Once pumped up to 38-40 psi, they road smooth, quiet and returned 21 highway mpg. The wear on the tires are very even. I have not hit the half way wear markers on the tires with 26,500 miles.

 

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

View all sizes available for the General Grabber and see if one is right for your vehicle.

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.