Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, March 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14

1993 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,820
Location: Milford, DE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,820 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2012

I needed a new set of tires for my Suburban, and I wanted something with excellent on road manners, low rolling resistance, and a comfortable ride. I was especially interested in the effect on fuel economy, because I converted this Suburban to diesel for improved efficiency. My running records for this car since I converted it two years ago(and running a set of Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tires that came with the car) is 26.8 MPG highway, 21.4 MPG around town, and 23.9 total MPG. The ride was reasonable (it is after all a truck) but it was noisy and "jittery" despite having the tires balanced repeatedly.

After 4,820 miles (I just filled it up today and updated my calculations) here are the results: The ride and handling are much better, it rides glass smooth on the highway, and it rides much more smoothly. I drove it recently during a torrential downpour, and the tires stuck like the ground was dry. Also, when I first installed these tires, I drove it in light snow (about 2") and they offered decent grip (not as much as the All Terrain T/A tires on my F-150) and were very predictable and I felt in control at all times. Now here is the stunner: what happened to my MPGs? In the 4820 miles I drove since the tires were put on, I am now getting 28.1 MPG highway, 22.1 MPG around town, and 24.4 total MPG.

I remember when Generals were also-rans, mediocre tires at a mediocre price. Not anymore! These tires are fantastic, and they are very reasonably priced. Plus, they will save me a lot of fuel! I recommend these to anyone who doesn't need a dedicated off road tire for their truck or SUV. For family car duty (like my Suburban sees) these tires are awesome!

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