Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4wd DoubleCab
Miles Driven on Tires: 65,723
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Firestone Destination A/T
Initial Review: 65,723 miles on tires
November 18, 2012

The Firestone Destination AT was a great tire for my 03 Tacoma Doublecab V6 SR5 TRD. I rode them most of the way to the wearbars, which totaled 65,000 miles, 15,000 over the warranty. The tires were champion tires off-road, never any problems in sand, rocks, stream crossings, wet grass. On-road, the tires were louder and louder the more they wore down, they cupped easily, and I lost 2-2.5 MPG in comparison to highway all-season tires. Still, though, the best fuel economy I ever achieved was 21.2 MPG, with the tires at 30 PSI and doing lots of coasting and mostly highway. Not too bad for off-road tires. If I gunned it around town or used 4WD alot, the MPG would drop to 17.5 MPG at the lowest. So, not too bad all around, considering the Tacoma is rated at 16C/19H MPG. In the last 5,000 miles of their lives, the Destination AT tires started slipping in the rain when accelerating and taking corners. The noise for the last 10,000 miles was loud, but still not as loud as muds. After 40,000 miles, the tires started slipping in deep snow even in 4WD. Ironically, because of the good snow grip, the tires weren't so great in very light snow only because I couldn't engage 4WD without axle binding. In light snow, I used 4WD to get going, then took it out of 4WD for downhill, cruising, and turns. In deep snow, the traction was excellent because I was able to keep it in 4WD. If I had a limited slip center differential or an open/lockable center differential, I would have been unstoppable in any snow from light dusting to 16 of wet snow like we got here in Maryland in Snowmageddon 2010. I replaced these tires with the Highway All Season Destination LE2 because I wanted quieter and more fuel-efficient on-road performance. All in all, these are great tires for light trucks, and I definitely recommend them if you drive more offroad than most but still drive on the highway a lot.

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