Are All-Terrain Tires Right for Me?

There are different ways that truck and SUV owners like to drive their vehicles. Many owners strictly stay on paved roads and look for quiet, smooth tires that offer great ride quality, while some owners prefer the more aggressive profile of off-road tires. And when some owners take their rides off the pavement and onto gravel roads and muddy fields, we learn that one tire is not suited to meet every driver's needs. Take a look at the characteristics of the following performance categories to see which category is right for you:

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season: This category of tires features sporty looking tread patterns combined with all-weather capability. Offering a blend between performance, ride quality and all-season versatility, these tires are designed for upscale crossovers, SUVs and luxury pickups. 

Highway All-Season: These tires tend to deliver low noise along with a comfortable and smooth ride. Often times you can achieve excellent mileage and durability with Highway All-Season tires. Designed to combine good on-road (including gravel and dirt roads) poise with foul-weather traction, tires in this category provide all-season capability even in light snow.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain: These are the more rugged and tough looking tires. They excel in off-road conditions like deep mud, loose soil and slippery rocks. The trade off for the more aggressive tread pattern is more tread noise. Many all-terrain tires are made in heavy duty light truck load ranges. The tires in the category tend to have stiffer sidewalls which allows the tire to accept more air and carry more weight.

With a better understanding of certain performance categories, view the top-rated tires in each category: the Michelin Latitude Tour (Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season), Michelin LTX M/S2 (Highway All-Season) and Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (On-/Off-Road All Terrain).

Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin Latitude
Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX
Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61
Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

After comparing categories, are On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires the best choice for your vehicle? Regardless of your decision, shop by vehicle to find the tires that work best for your car.

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