What's the Best Mud-Terrain Tire for Your Vehicle?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Looking for an aggressive tire? Do your off-road challenges include deep mud, loose soil, slippery rocks and tough trails? If so, take a look at the options available in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category. These tires are super aggressive, with deep and open lug patterns. They are designed primarily for extreme off-road use, capable of ripping through the mud and dirt with total confidence.

These days the leader of the pack is the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2. This off-road option is very popular with rock climbers. It's the second generation KM tire and features BFGoodrich's Krawler TEK sidewall and carcass. Krawler TEK consists of three components that include aggressive sidewall lugs, cut- and chip-resistant sidewall compounds and BFGoodrich's TriGard carcass (three-ply polyester construction) with sidewall cords that are up to 33 percent stronger than the previous Mud-Terrain T/A KM tire. BFGoodrich's Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires are branded with the M+S symbol and are able to churn through deep snow, their typical oversize applications and absence of snow-biting sipes in their large smooth lugs can challenge their on-road wintertime traction on packed snow and icy surfaces.

Another great tire to consider is the Firestone Destination M/T. This proven tire has been around for many years and simply gets the job done. The Destination M/T features a Long Link Carbon (a special form of molecular re-engineered carbon black) enhanced tread compound for improved wet performance and wear on the road while maintaining cut, tear and abrasion resistance off the road. Currently ranked second in our Tire Survey Results, the Firestone Destination M/T receives high marks for its dry, light snow and wet traction capabilities.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
Firestone Destination M/T
Firestone Destination M/T
Dunlop Mud Rover
Dunlop Radial Mud Rover


Rounding out this group is the Dunlop Radial Mud Rover. This tire has been very popular with the off-road crowd for many years and features a serviceable and self-cleaning lug pattern that handles most off-road elements. The tire's internal structure includes six full plies under the tread (2 nylon, 2 steel and 2 polyester) to improve overall durability. Then the two-ply polyester sidewalls feature high ply turn-ups to enhance lower sidewall toughness and handling.

All three tires have been well received by consumers and evidence is in the comments they've made about their experience with them:

"These tires are amazing off-road and will take anything I throw at them. They are really good on the road as well. Overall, I am very pleased with the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and will be buying five more when these wear out." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2)

"I have driven in some of the most difficult conditions with these tires and they have never let me down! I can't say enough good things about these tires. Well worth the money and I have no reluctance to buy another set. If you drive in the mud or on the highway, these tires are just the ticket. Two big thumbs up from me." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1996 Ford F150 4wd Pick-up (Firestone Destination M/T)

"I have driven these tires everywhere - through mud, snow, deep water and on ice. Best bang for my buck! I will definitely buy these tires again." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1992 GMC Sonoma 4x4 (Dunlop Radial Mud Rover)

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