Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

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Vehicle: 2005 Buick Rainier CXL AWD
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,500
Location: Zeeland, MI
Driving Condition: Combined Off Road/Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A
Initial Review: 2,500 miles on tires
January 21, 2013

I bought these tires for my 05 Buick Rainier when I found out BFG no longer made the tires I wanted. I was a little hesitant because these things look meaty and was afraid how the car would look, well it looks a little more aggressive now. We replaced a set of Goodyear Fortera tires with these, the Goodyear tires are junk, ok wet traction and IMO horrible snow/winter traction. When we first bought the Buick it had the Goodyear tires on it and I was almost fearful to drive it in the snow even with AWD. When we got the BFG's I noticed an immediate difference when leaving the tire place on a rainy day, they just hooked up, mat the gas and go, no slippage. Samething on dry pavement. Now onto winter driving, before the Buick was as a straight line machine, meaning it was great in a straight line at constant or slowly changing speeding, anything else required a prayer and your first born to get out of without requiring a change of drawers. It was often more preferable to drive the old beat up pickup with no heat on snowy days then take the Buick. Now its a dream, like all winter driving it still requires care but its solid on the road, hooks up in slush, light snow and deep snow without issue, it sheds snow and slush nicely too. These tires give a great deal of confidence in the snow, ice and winter driving. Now onto mud and off road, I have had it out deer hunting a few times through mud, clay, sand and over logs and rocks; again a measure of common sense and its good to go, not issues. My only complaint is that they gouged my gas mileage a hair and they are noisy between 30 and 40 miles an hour; not so noisy that passengers notice but I do. They also stiffened up the ride a little, which depending on what you want may be a positive, I don't mind it and I still get comments to the tone of ...this thing rides nice... Short and sweet, short of horrible tread life we will be buying these again.

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