Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Albans, VT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

I was unhappy with the performance of my very expensive OEM all-season tires that came with the truck. When I was due for tires it so happened winter was around the corner. I decided to go with a dedicated winter tire and chose these based on reviews and price. After over 1000 miles I can say they are a great tire! I got my tires studded and they handle ice and deep snow very well. Being that I have a pickup with no weights in the bed, the tires still do slip on takeoff when the road surface is slick. However, they do bite in after and provide great traction. Amazing traction at highway speeds on treacherous roads too!

 

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 Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2010 Honda Accord Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Plainfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

The winters in Jersey are hit or miss. And usually I have to commute to work before the plows are out.

These tires have completely removed all anxiety from driving in the snow. A lot of the time I gotta check myself from driving too fast because these tires make you feel invincible. The difference between the Generals and my "all season" tires is night and day.

Nothing better than passing a 4wd SUV or truck spinning their tires, going nowhere.
The only issue I noticed is a lot of road noise when its dry out. But for the few months out of the year they are on the car its really a non-issue.

 

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

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 General AmeriTrac TR

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AmeriTrac TR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.53
 
 

2009 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Princeville, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

First off, they've been an excellent wearing tire, no complaints there. They're a good riding tire especially on bumpy roads. As far as traction goes, they're pretty good. My truck has stability and traction control, plus it's heavy, so it's hard to assess how they are in the real world. My biggest complaint with them is handling. They're kind of mushy and unresponsive. They let the truck sway and fade over way too much for my liking. I can't believe I've driven them this long.

If you have a truck or mid size SUV that needs a decent, long wearing tire, then they are o.k. If you have a heavier vehicle or you tow and haul alot, I wouldn't recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SR-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.8
 
 

2013 Dodge RAM EXPRESS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Mount Washington, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

These tires came stock on my 2013 Dodge Ram Express single cab short bed. And as a general rule of thumb, factory tires 9 times out of 10 are not the optimal tire for the vehicle and the GoodYear Wrangler SR-A is no exception. Although the ride is pretty good, but in light snow they get the job done but nothing to write home about, throw a little ice in the mix and I started thinking about new tires. My truck only has 5000 miles on it and the first upgrade I plan on are new tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2001 Toyota Tacoma 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Guilford, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

I have a Toyota Tacoma 2 wheel drive. I put these tires on because the lightness of the rear of the truck made it slip and slide and break loose on corners when the road was slick. that's all gone now. the unique tread design includes little fish hook like cuts which attracted me to the tread design. My choice was justified. Even with light snow on the roads I have a confident feeling of total control. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I think of these tires. I will buy them for my other vehicle when it becomes necessary.

 

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 Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9
 
 

2003 Ford F150 SupCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Dillsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I Just went through first snowstorm with theses tires and these FREAKING TIRES ARE AWESOME!!! I never even had the need to put my F-150 in 4X4. I tried hard acceleration with virtually no spin. Tried several hard brake applications and truck stopped straight and true with no sliding.
Best tire I ever had !!! You won't go wrong with these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Venture
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Thomasville, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

so far rain and dry roads are all i have tryed these on but for the 1st time in 10 years i have owned this van now i see why tire rack tells you to run all 4 snow tires,i always use 2 on the front and thats it but today on wet roads i was pushing the snow tires around turns on wet roads to see how far i could push them and my back end came around on me 2 times.This has never happened before and i have tryed 2 other snow tires before these and none has held the wet roads like this,i cant beilve it so i just bought 2 more for the rear,now i need snow and when i get some i will update.I had snow and ice yesterday but i hade no reason to go out.When i was younger every winter when it snowed i would find a empty lot and play in it and slid my car around this in turn would show me how far i could go,i never had a wreck that was my faught and i think alot was because i always knew how far i could push myself and my car/truck
P.S. the other snow tires i tryed 1 was cheapper and the other was much more but like i said no snow yet

 

Best Winter Tires 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Colin .

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.  

Bridgestone

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly in ice traction against other leading winter tires and also provides excellent snow traction. Bridgestone also offers a similar tire marketed toward trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers, named the Blizzak DM-V1.

Blizzak DM-V1 tires use Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces. It also incorporates advanced 3D Wash Board Z Sipe technology that increases both block stiffness for handling in the dry and increases the biting edge effect on frozen surfaces.

Michelin

Michelin's leading winter tire is the X-Ice Xi3. This Studless Ice & Snow tire was developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family vans and small crossover vehicles that are looking for ice and snow traction along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wet wintry conditions. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. The X-Ice Xi3 is designed to take on ice and snow while providing lasting winter performance.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Dunlop Winter Maxx


Dunlop

Dunlop is offering a new tire this year with the release of the Winter Maxx. We tested the tire on ice and it performed well. After comparing the tire against the Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, we determined the tire matched with the best tires on ice. 

The Winter Maxx's Digital Rolling Simulation technology helps optimize tread pattern stiffness to enhance footprint pressure distribution for improved grip. Snow platform indicators are molded into the Winter Maxx tread grooves to inform the driver when beneficial ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tread wears away. Winter Maxx tires also are designed to increase confidence in cool and cold driving conditions as they enhance traction in slush, snow and on ice.

General

The AltiMAX Arctic has been around for many years and is still one of our popular sellers. We have tested the tire studded and unstudded and it delivers excellent wintertime traction in the snow and on ice. For its price, it's a great value for many drivers.

To view all winter options available for your car, shop by vehicle.

Incredible Pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Snow Tire

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For a limited time, we're able to offer extremely low pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI in the select size of 225/70R16. Priced at $67 per tire, or $268 plus shipping for a set of four, this tire will move fast as we head into the busy winter months. 

This Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow tire offers a large amount of biting edges, while its symmetric tread pattern features an optimized sip. It was developed for the drivers of crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks looking for the ability to get where they need to go in the worst wintry weather. Winter Slalom KSI tires provide traction that's ready to handle winter's cold, wet, slushy, snowy and icy roads.

Featuring a unique micro-pore rubber compound mix that provides a grip mechanism to generate traction on ice and snow, the tire doesn't compromise much in terms of wet grip. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a polyester casing, while BFGoodrich's ETEC System (Equal Tension Containment) of spirally wrapped nylon provides a consistent footprint and maximizes tread area contact to enhance winter driving control.

When the Winter Slalom KSI is approximately 50 perfect worn, a winter tread depth indicator molded into the tire's design lets you know the remaining tread depth is reaching the end of its ability to provide beneficial snow traction. It's also recommended that drivers install this tire in sets of four only.

Act now before this tire is gone!

Best Studded Winter/Snow Tires

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve Huffman

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the inevitable snow and ice that awaits drivers in Canada and parts of the United States. Tire Rack has several winter / snow tire options for just about any vehicle. Some drivers, however, prefer a studded tire. These tires do particularly well in rural and mountainous areas, as well as places that see their fair share of packed snow and ice. Studs can provide better bite on ice. If you're looking for one of the better studded winter tires, consider the following options.

Our most popular Studdable Winter / Snow tire is the Firestone Winterforce. This tire has been around for several seasons and has a proven track record. It has a very aggressive and deep directional tread design that helps it plow through the elements.

General's AltiMAX Arctic is another great option worth looking at. This tire does so well on its own that many drivers decide to drive on them without using studs. It can accommodate the use of optional metal studs and is designed to offer high levels of traction at low temperatures.

New for the 2013 winter season is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter. Here is another deep, aggressive and directional treaded tire capable of taking on the winter elements. Designed for coupes, sedans, minivans, crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks, the tire allows for alternating rows of optional metals studs that can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard-packed snow and icy roads.

Finally, Pirelli's Winter Carving can be studded to give you the additional traction you're looking for. While designed to accept tire studs, it can also be used without studs if desired. Winter Carving radials are designed to perform in wet and dry conditions, as well as enhance overall traction in snow and on ice.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone
Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic
Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter
Goodyear Ultra Grip
Winter
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge
Pirelli Winter
Carving


Always be sure to install Studdable Winter / Snow tires in sets of four.

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."

Tips for Reducing Shipping Cost

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Everyone wants to minimize their costs and I often receive questions about how to reduce the cost of freight. There's no magic bullet to reduce costs in all situations, but there are some things to be aware of.

Shipping costs will depend on weight, size, number of packages and distance. Anything that reduces any of these parameters will generally lower the cost of freight.

Number of Packages

When ordering car tires, order even numbers. Car tires (and smaller truck tires) can be shipped two tires per package to reduce the cost. When ordering small accessories, order them all at once. For example, the freight for two pairs of light bulbs is usually the same as one pair.

Reduce Distance

Select items that are in stock and make sure they're in the nearest distribution center to you before finalizing the order. Shipping over the shortest distance possible will reduce the cost.

When items are in stock in your nearest distribution center, UPS Ground will often be both the fastest and cheapest. If it quotes one or two days, there is no need to use an express service to receive the items quickly.

Canadian customers near the border can also save on freight cost by shipping to an address on the United States side, or to one of our Recommended Installers if installation is needed.

Size and Weight

There's not much that can be done about the size and weight of the items. The sizes you need are pretty much the sizes you need. However, there is a way to turn the weight of the items you're shipping to your advantage.

For extremely heavy orders over 400 lbs., call (888) 428-8355 x4660 to request a delivery via an LTL carrier. When shipping LTL, delivery to a business address with a loading dock will save you the most money. Only orders of extremely large tires or multiple sets of wheels and/or tires will fall into this category.

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction.

By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in moderate and warm temperatures to provide light snow traction in below freezing temperatures. Winter / snow tires trade a little dry and wet road handling in moderate and warm temperatures to emphasize wet, ice and snow traction in cold to moderate temperatures.

Below are the performance categories of snow tires available for passenger cars, trucks and SUVs.

I would recommend placing an advance order when you are sure of your selection, rather than waiting until you are in the midst of the snow season. This will help assure the product you want will be available for you, and likely get it to you ahead of the snowfall. For items that are not in stock yet, our order process doesn't charge your credit card until the product leaves our distribution center, therefore no advance charges will appear on your monthly statement until your order ships.

Take a look at our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages to help you get to your destinations smoothly in winter's worst conditions. They are the best way to outfit your vehicle for the winter season. You'll have the best tires for the conditions you're driving in this winter!

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.

What are the Quietest Tires?

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Colin .

Are you looking for a quiet tire? Today's tire manufacturers know many drivers want something they can drive, not hear. That's why they spend many resources designing tires that try to minimize it. Take a look at some quiet options from a few popular performance categories.

Generally speaking, if a person stresses they want a tire that is quiet, I would direct them to a Grand Touring, Standard Touring or Passenger all-season tire. In the case of sport utility or truck tires, I would tell drivers to consider options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season or Highway All-Season categories. Tires in these categories tend to prioritize low noise through optimizing their tread design.    

As an example, the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus uses specially designed grooves to reduce acoustic tones. If you compare the Bridgestone to a Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Max Performance Summer) tire, you can see the tread design differences. The Michelin's focus is wet and dry traction, along with handling. It's designed to maximize those qualities at the expense of others, such as tread noise. Pilot Super Sports aren't noisy, but they won't be as quiet as a tire like the Turanza Serenity Plus.  

The same thing would apply to SUV and truck tires. An On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction tire, like the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, with its large tread blocks and open spaces won't be as quiet as something like the Michelin LTX M/S2, which is part of the Highway All-Season category.


Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Pilot Super
Sport

Goodyear Wrangler
DuraTrac


As tire technology improves, so do the products. Most modern tires have good road noise levels, therefore the differences between categories is getting narrower. An easy way to look at how different tires rate in their category is to look at our tire survey results. After selecting a category, you can sort by attributes, such as noise comfort, to help you decide which tire is best for you.