Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Radial Rover RVXT

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd Standard Model
Miles Driven on Tires: 22,500
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop Radial Rover RVXT
Initial Review: 22,500 miles on tires
May 12, 2010

Excellent tire for the price, a great value buy. I bought these new to replace the horrid Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tires that I was rolling on at the time and got the LT version.

I was looking for a year-round AT/M+S tire with some street composure, good winter performance and decent looks at an affordable price. The Rovers seemed to fit the bill with nicely designed independent tread blocks, deep grooves and some siping to handle the hard-packed snow we get up here.

They performed well during their first winter season in Canada. They plowed through moderate to deep snow with confidence. Super deep snow sometimes required 4x4 to get out of parking spaces from a standstill. Hard-pack and ice traction was decent for a non-dedicated winter tire. The siping seems to work but it's still fairly easy to break the rear end loose. However, spinning the wheels felt predictable and consistent which made it fun to drive in winter ;)

Dry weather traction is excellent. Felt a little squirmy for the first few miles but eventually broke in. I often drive my X like a sports car and the tires have never let me down.

Only took it off road once on a mild trail. They performed well in the dirt and shallow mud but got saturated in deeper mud puddles. I started to cross a mud pit that I quickly realized was too much for my tires and had difficulty reversing out. But I got out without assistance.

Wet weather traction is pretty good. There is some hydroplaning but not enough to make acceleration from a standstill a chore. The rear wheels have broken loose once or twice while taking a turn a little on the fast side but they seem to have been isolated incidents.

Although these tires are RAC/RMA certified (mountain-snowflake symbol) the rubber compound is fairly hard. This would explain the 500 tread rating. Tread depth has worn maybe 10% since I purchased it and has now been through two winters and 1.5 summers. Some of the tread blocks seem to be wearing unevenly but

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