Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2012
These tires replaced a set of Destination AT's.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with them. I'd been running AT's, and bought these in an effort to save a little cash on the purchase and a little gas.
The LE's give a very comfortable ride, good fuel economy, and a stable on pavement ride. If you drive a small to mid sized SUV, and live in town, stop here and go order a set. You won't regret it. These are by far the best wearing and most civilized SUV tires I've seen. The tread pattern is similar to the Transforce HT's we use on the ambulance at work, which was also a selling point for me. Generally, traction was excellent on wet and dry, but if you live in heavy snow country, go with the AT. The LE is a decent snow driver when new, but after 20K or so miles, it's REALLY squirrelly in slick conditions. It'll resist hydroplaning throughout it's life, so wet isn't a problem. Road noise is very low when new, increasing slightly to "noticeable" as the tire wears. Mine are now down to the wear bars, and the noise is just getting to the point I find it annoying.
Wear is fantastic, with the tires showing little tread wear for the first 40K miles. The last 25K seem to really grind the tread depth down. If you rotate them, the 60K warranty is right on, and I can see how someone that takes it relatively easy on their vehicle could get 75K or more out of Destination LE's.
They're tough tires, too. Mine have been patched repeatedly, and just keep going. My wife had a set of Hankook Dynapro ATM's on her truck, and it seemed like she had to patch a tire about twice as often as I did, even though we make the same drive to work daily.
I said before that I won't use anything but Destinations on my Explorer, and I stand by that. I'm going back to AT's, just for the gravel road traction, but if I still lived in town, I would absolutely buy another set of LE's.