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

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Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 4WD
Miles Driven on Tires: 12,000
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A
Follow-Up Review: 14,000 miles on tires
January 09, 2014
I wanted to post an update after the arctic blast of sub-zero temps here in the Northeast... I still stand by my first assessment that these tires a very disappointing in wet/snow/ice... and now super cold.<br><br>Granted, it is an anomaly that we experience such cold weather, but that I experience tire spin when gently pulling away from a stop on a flat surface (main roads and back roads) simply covered in salt (whatever the liquid stuff is that treats the road) is simply unacceptable. The last time I experienced winter driving like this was when I was in my teens and drove a Camaro all-year round with drag radials!<br><br>I truly hate to be so negative on a product, and after reading other reviews, it certainly seems as though I'm in the minority with my dislike of their winter performance. Nonetheless, this is an honest-to---- (Allah, Buda, whom/whatever one believes in), non-exaggeration of my experience with these tires.<br><br>I will, however, reiterate my praise of their dry performance. If one drives in dry, warm environments, then you might just have found the perfect blend of mean looks and great highway ride/handling.
Initial Review: 12,000 miles on tires
November 22, 2013

While the Rugged Terrain's aren't bad, they certainly do not hold a candle to the Michelin AT2's that they replaced. I knew that I would be making a compromise going from an all-terrain to a highway tread, but I truly expected better from a BFG -- especially in the wet. While they're just fine in the dry (really, they're great), it is a rare occasion that I can accelerate from a stop without some wheel slip. This is worsened with any amount of a grade or turn.

The same performance (disappointment?) is also experienced in snow and ice -- they simply don't have the bite that I prefer (in comparison, the Michelin AT2's were better in 2wd than these BFG's are in 4wd). While I'm not a tire engineer, I believe some of this might have been remedied if they had tread siping. Further, in no way does their performance in the rain/snow/ice back up their aggressive look.

As mentioned, they are great in the dry, but not great enough to make up for their shortcomings when the moisture hits the pavement. As such, I will not likely purchase these again (and I'll likely be going back to an all-terrain tread).

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