Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Thursday, July 31, 2014 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.

General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

Excellent in all applicable categories, haven't had them long enough to rate them for winter performance. I will append my review next spring, but I expect performance will be extremely good. They are super quite, and have surprisingly good lateral stability for not being a low profile tire.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, July 21, 2014 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.

General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77
 
 

2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Eaton, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I haven't had these tires for too awfully long, and they are do for a rotation-- however, no one could tell by looking at them. They still look great, and are wearing evenly (my truck is properly aligned). We had a harsh winter in Ohio last year, and these tires handled it well on my 2wd truck. Throw some sand in the bed and get moving... these were like winter tires compared to my Goodyear Eagles that came with the truck. They are about perfect for a 4x2 truck that doesn't see much off road action, and are nice and smooth on the highway. I have hit some potholes and haven't noticed any bubbles, or anything that has effected the tires. The only thing I've noticed is that they seem to pick up a lot of fine gravel that gets stuck in the siping. Otherwise, these are great, inexpensive tires that seem like they will last for a long time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

1997 Mercury Tracer Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 6,500
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,500 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

Let me begin by saying I was (and am) a die-hard fan of the Firestone Winterforce for decades. For reasons I won't get into here I ended up with a set of Altimax Arctics instead of Winterforces. Let's just say I am SO GLAD I did. The Altimax's are better in every way! They go through anything, and are super quiet - even more so than the all season tires they replaced! They have extremely deep lugs (Probably 12/32nd's) and are a little squirmy when they're brand new but the tradeoff of being almost invincible during the winter months is worth it.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 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.

General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1997 Mercury Tracer Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

This set of Altimax RT43's are my "summer" set as I run Altimax Arctics in the winter months. The RT43's are a beautiful tire on my mostly highway 100 mile a day commute. They ride VERY quietly, have very quick and crisp handling, and are great in wet conditions. I cannot rate them in the snow as I don't use them then. I especially like the alignment and tread wear indicators molded into the tread, it helps you keep an eye on things... Their low cost is just the icing on the cake. I would (and am) going to buy a set for my other vehicles when the time comes.