Do you need the General Altimax HP or RT?

Founded back in 1915 in the tire capital of the world, Akron, Ohio, General Tire has a long and storied history in the United States. They became a very popular brand in the U.S. in the 1970's and 80's with their famous tag line: "Sooner or later, you'll own Generals." In 1987, Continental Tire acquired the brand and has been supplying some very highly regarded tires that have stood the test of time. In this segment, I want to focus on two of these, the General Altimax RT and HP:

General Altimax RT
General Altimax RT
General Altimax HP
General Altimax HP

Key Features & Benefits for both tires:
  • Visual Alignment Indicators (VAI) - By alerting the driver of possible misalignment, this feature can help extend tread life.
  • Acoustic Modulation Sound Technology (AMST) - This benefits the driver by suppressing sound waves to give you a quieter ride.
  • Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound - Through combining low and high density compounds, you will experience a smoother and more comfortable ride. The high density tread provides long life and vehicle isolation, while the low density helps to absorb vibrations caused by the road.
  • Reactive Contour Technology - Road conditions vary and this feature will give you confidence by reacting to those changes to maximize tire contact with the road. This also helps to maximize the tire's tread life.
  • Both also carry a 45-day buy and try program. The HP has a 55K mile tread life warranty on H-speed rated and 45K mile on V-speed rated versions. The RT carries a 70K mile tread life warranty.
A feature exclusive to the HP tire only is Replacement Tire Monitor Technology. The center rib of the tread has the words: "Replacement Tire Monitor." As the tire wears this changes to read: "Replace Tire."

The General Altimax RT is a top 10 rated tire in our Tire Survey Results. It performs particularly well in the wet and dry categories. While the General Altimax HP is a top 5 rated tire with about three times the reported miles of those rated higher.

Which tire is best for you will depend on your vehicle, driving style and environment. For more information, contact one of Tire Rack's sales specialists.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Mark Glissendorf

Need tires for a 2006 Honda CRV. 215/65R16. Which will perform better in snow and ice? HP or RT?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Hunter

Based on feedback from customers that own the tires, the General Altimax HP performs better in winter conditions. You can review this feedback by referring to our survey results (links in blog article)
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Al

Will the RT fit my equinox 18"tires? I guess first does this tire come in that size?
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Hunter

Hi Al,
If you are using 235/55R18, I am sorry but neither the RT or the HP are made in that size.


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