11 Best All Terrain Tires in 2021 (All Price Ranges)

Being prepared means being ready for anything that might come your way, whether that’s dressing for the weather, or maybe having the right tools ready and at your disposal, but being fully prepared doesn’t just cover just what’s on your person but also what’s on your vehicle, and nothing screams, “I’m ready for anything!”, more than some All-Terrain tires on a truck or SUV! All-Terrain tires are exactly that, ready to traverse whatever conditions or terrain you drive them into, mud, rocks, sand, snow, hot, cold, I mean whatever!

And choosing the right All-Terrain tire for your truck or SUV is important and that is where we come in with expert advice from real mechanics and tire technicians on what All-Terrain tires will suit you and your vehicle best for the most challenging weather or conditions you might find yourself in. Below I have cataloged the best All-Terrain tires that will keep you and your vehicle in motion and not stuck behind the competitors so let’s get started!

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So today we are going to cover the “Best All-Terrain Tires in 2021” according to an experienced Tire Technician and Mechanic. How I will reach these conclusions will be based on my own experiences with the tires, what the promises the companies make about their products, and the countless in-person customer reviews that I have collected over years of working in the shop. I will also factor in cost of course and what I think would be the best bang for your buck. This post will include a mixture of passenger car tires as well as light truck tires and the accessibility to whether or not you will be able to obtain a certain tire on this list will be determined by the specific tire size of your vehicle(s).

Before I begin there may be some terminology, acronyms and symbols like (DOT, load rating, speed rating, etc.) that might seem confusing but I will do my best to provide clear information and tell you which terms and information you want to look for when picking the right tire for you and your vehicle. Below, in the “Buying Guide” section, I have provided a short explanation of some of the key points of information about tires that you will need to know to go ahead and choose the right tire for you.

***Lastly and also VERY important, although these tires are numbered from 1-11 it does NOT mean that the tire in the #1 spot is better than the last tire on the list. This is because when selecting a tire there are too many variables that come into play when finding the right tire for you (i.e. your vehicle type, what type of driver you are, and what type of climate you drive in). So what I have done is list what each tire does better than the others on the list while also providing information on what tires work best for some vehicles. That being said, these are the 11 best all-terrain tires on the all-terrain tire market and I am confident that you will find the right tire for you and your vehicle on the list below!***

Here Are The Best All-Terrain Tires in 2021

1. Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT

Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 12/32″ of tread depth
  • 55,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 580
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $175 a tire

If you’re looking for some of the highest quality tires on the market Goodyear is always a safe bet. They have been in the tire manufacturing business for over 120 years and counting. Quality goes without question with their tires and that applies to this product as well.

The Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT is Goodyear’s rendition of an on and off-road capable tire designed for SUVs, light trucks, and some crossovers. Although it is considered an all-terrain tire this tires’ tread was also designed with road wear and longevity in mind. The gaps between tread are not as significant compared to the more aggressive tires on this list making for less chance of tread cupping, makes for a smoother ride, and increases tread life of the tire. This three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) is sure to not leave you stranded even when extreme conditions and terrain are below your feet.

My Review: Not only am I a huge advocate for this tire because it is the perfect cross between an aggressive all-season tire and a capable rugged all-terrain tire but also, I have bought and used numerous times over the years. I used it to run it on my 2008 Mazda Tribute and it never failed on rough terrains such as muddy trails while going camping and hunting, and also worked incredibly well in blizzard-like conditions while headed to the mountain resort for a weekend of snowboarding. Additionally, you get a very nice 55,000 mile warranty with this tire, and all for around $175 it’s a huge win-win.

2. Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 16/32″ of tread depth
  • 50,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 500
  • Traction Grade B
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $245 a tire

Moving on we have the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac which is Goodyear’s most aggressive all-terrain tire before looking into its’ mud-terrain selection. The DuraTrac was designed for on and offroad use for light trucks, SUVs, vans, and commercial vehicles. Goodyear aimed to target customers that routinely find themselves on terrain or in conditions that are less than favorable to the average person when designing the DuraTrac, we are talking about extremely inclined rough and muddy terrains for example. Goodyear also incorporated a specially formulated rubber compound that this highly resistant to chipping or tearing even when under heavy load. This three-peak mountain snowflake rated with is also capable on the road as well sporting pretty significant 50,000 mile warranty that is hard to find when looking at other tires that are this aggressive.

My Review: The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is one beast of an all-terrain tire. As far as I am concerned it directly competes with one of the biggest names in this category the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 which has been a crowd favorite for many years and which you’ll find later on this list. I believe there are a few things that let the DuraTrac overstep its’ competitors, one of them being the 50,000 mile warranty. Seeing a mileage warranty on any tire this aggressive isn’t in the norm trust me. Companies do not tend to offer mileage warranties on tires that are this aggressive for the sheer fact that the more aggressive a tire is, the faster the tread tends to wear. Another outstanding fact about this tire is that it is significantly quieter for how aggressive it is compared to the competitors, Goodyear focused on lowering the cabin noise or highway “humming” that customers of these kinds of tires are forced to deal with after purchase. The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac retails for around $245 a tire and is also offered in E ratings.

3. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 12/32″ of tread depth
  • 60,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 640
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $230 a tire

The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear’s absolute do-it-all all-terrain/highway tire designed for light trucks, SUVs, and cargo vans. Featuring a rugged tread this tire is designed to tackle difficult off-road situations and whatever else you throw at it. The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure also includes Goodyear’s patented “DuPont” Kevlar incorporated into the internal layers to provide unrivaled strength and durability when navigating sharp rocks and similar terrain. Even though it has a more aggressive tread than your typical all-season the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar sports a very premium 60,000 mile warranty which is nothing to scoff at. LT sizes are all Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) rated to boot!

My Review: The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, in my opinion, is the perfect tire for construction workers or anyone that routinely travels off-road to a work site. The kevlar interior of the tire makes it the most puncture-resistant tire on this list making it perfect for job sites where nails or other possible sharp objects are strewn about. The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is available in heavy load E range and retails for around $230 a tire.

4. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 15/32″ of tread depth
  • 50,000 Mile Warranty
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $280 a tire

BFGoodrich is no stranger to the spotlight when it comes to the top-ranked tire manufacturers around. They have been in business for 150 years and counting, and with that kind of experience, you can expect nothing less than perfection with the tires this company produces.

The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 has been the king of the all-terrain tire market for many years and for good reason. This tire has repeatedly been featured in and been champion of the world’s longest and toughest off-road desert race, the Baja 1000! Everyone from off-road racers to every day all-terrain enthusiasts have found the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 to be their go-to tire time and time again. In light of recent competition, BFGoodrich has updated the T/A KO2 with a premium 50,000 mile warranty and gone out of their way to make some improvements like a serrated shoulder designed for maximum bite strength when navigating challenging terrain as well as a 20% durability increase to the sidewall for added puncture resistance. The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is also available in heavy load range E sizes and all sizes dawn the severe winter weather Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) badge.

My Review: Without a shadow of a doubt the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 has been the most popular all-terrain tire among all my customers since I stepped foot in my shop. It is impossible to argue that this tire is anything less than a monster on and off-road with its’ aggressive appearance and the way it literally chews up any terrain. It has been the Champion tire of the Baja 1000 many times over and if you have opened anyway off-road enthusiast magazine or website chances are this tire is on the front cover. With recent updates adding a mileage warranty and slight tweaks of improvements I predict that the popularity of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 will not decrease for many years to come. The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is also one of the only tires on this list that is available in a vast array of both metric and inch variable sizes.

5. Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus

Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 13/32″ of tread depth
  • 50,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 640
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $200 a tire

Here we have another exceptionally talented Italian tire manufacturer that must not be forgotten about. Pirelli has been around for nearly 150 years and just like its competitors they should not be mistaken for lesser when it comes to experience in making quality tires.

Moving on we have the Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus which is Pirelli’s most aggressive all-season/ all-terrain tire. The Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus features a bold tread block design and is available for light trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. Pirelli also went out of their way to incorporate a more rugged rubber compound for this tire that is proven to be more cut and chip resistant than the competitors making this tire one of the more durable on the list. The Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus features a very nice 50,000 mile warranty and is three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) rated extreme winter conditions.

My Review: I would say that the Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus is one of the newcomers to the all-terrain tire list but that being said it is worth a second glance. The Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus has an extremely aggressive tread block design with large grooves that make this tire extremely good at crawling over difficult terrains such as loose rocks/slate and large boulders. This year alone I have watched the Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus become more popular amongst customers looking for something different yet capable as an all-terrain tire. The Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus retails for around $200 a tire.

6. Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Pirelli Scorpion ATR

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 13/32″ of tread depth
  • 50,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 520
  • Traction Grade A
  • Around $200 a tire
  • Available in White or Black lettering

The Pirelli Scorpion ATR is an all-season and light all-terrain tire designed for light trucks, SUVs, and crossover SUVs. This perfect combination of highway and off-road performance means that this tire is your do-it-all for any situation whether your commuting to work or heading to a deer stand in the middle of the woods. The symmetrical tread pattern sports large stable shoulders for improved steering response when handling and a repeating center rib designed to reduce cabin noise when on the highway. Additionally, the tread blocks have large gaps to provide an excellent bite onto whatever rough terrain you might navigate. A deep tread design also guarantees you every bit of the 50,000 mile warranty provided with the Pirelli Scorpion ATR.

My Review: This is definitely the most aggressive tire on the list but I felt it necessary to add because I believe this tire is the perfect example of a great all-season highway tire and a notably efficient all-terrain tire wrapped into one. This tire is perfect for a customer that sees equal parts highway and off-road navigation and for around $200 a tire you are basically getting two tires for the price of one!

7. Michelin LTX A/T 2

Michelin LTX A/T 2

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 13/32″ of tread depth
  • 60,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 500
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in Black lettering only
  • Around $255 a tire

The name Michelin without a doubt is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to tire manufactures the world over. They are synonymous with quality tires from the start of the company to 130 years at the present. They nearly dominate tire marketing in the US with billboards, television commercials, and internet ads which makes it hard to not instantly recognize the name when seen. That isn’t a bad thing because when you purchase Michelin tires you always get an exceedingly well-engineered product.

Moving on we have the Michelin LTX A/T2 which can be classified as a more rugged version of the Defender and other all-season LTX series tires. The LTX A/T2 is an all-season tire with a focus on rough terrains like rough roads and gravel. Michelin promises a 35% longer-lasting tread when riding on gravel and other rough terrains over the leading two competitors. Michelin also made sure when designing the LTX A/T2 that with better traction on rough terrain you wouldn’t notice an increase in cabin noise when up to speed on the highway. Additionally, Michelin includes a 60,000 mile warranty with the LTX A/T2.

My Review: The Michelin LTX A/T2 is and has always been my favorite light truck and SUV options from Michelin and that is because this tire offers so much in one package. You get a nice mileage warranty and greatly improved rough road and off-road handling over almost any all-season tire in this market and for those reasons this tire is very popular especially in the northwest region of the United States. For around $255 a tire my customers and I can promise you that you are getting an excellent quality all-season tire that isn’t afraid to tackle a snow-covered gravel road or steer you through a muddy situation.

8. General Grabber AT2

General Grabber AT2

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 13/32″ of tread depth
  • 60,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 640
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in White and Black lettering
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $200 a tire

The General Tire Company has been a big name in the business for more than 100 years and with that kind of experience, there is no mistaking their elite products. The Ohio based company has been producing popular, and more importantly, well-made products from the start to the present, and of course, promises for years to come.

Next, we have the General Grabber AT2 which is General Tire’s most aggressive tire in their line up and is designed for light trucks and SUVs. The General Grabber AT2 is an extremely proven all-terrain tire that features a unique five-row symmetrical tread block pattern that provides uncompromising traction when off-road. Additionally, General Tires incorporated their patterned “Duragen Technology” into the General Grabber AT2 which provides an extremely robust and resilient rubber compound making the tire more difficult to cut or chip while at the same time remain flexible even when temperatures dip below freezing. The General Grabber AT2 is also precision-engineered to reduce cabin noise during highway use.

My Review: The first all-terrain tire I ever had the pleasure to own was the General Grabber AT2 and it did not disappoint. In my personal and professional opinion, I would recommend this tire for anyone that likes to partake in off-road fun even when winter comes knocking. Not only because General Tires expertly designed the rubber compound to remain malleable in extreme cold but also because the General Grabber AT2 is the only tire on this list to feature pre-drilled holes for tire studs! This Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated tire retails for around $175 a tire.

9. Kumho Road Venture AT51

Kumho Road Venture AT51

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 13.1/32″ of tread depth
  • 55,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 540
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in Black lettering only
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $180 a tire

A South Korean based company, Kumho Tire has been in the tire business for 60 years which makes them the youngest company to make my list. That being said Kumho Tire has been making a major splash in the US and European markets in recent years by producing a lineup of tires that can compete with the best of them, and sometimes, for nearly half the price! With performance reviews and prices like that Kumho has without a doubt cemented themselves a place in the tire market.

The Kumho Road Venture AT51 offers reinforced offroad performance by maximizing traction with Kumho’s specially designed 45° chamfer cuts located on its aggressive tread block pattern. With more aggressive tread designs found amongst all-terrain tires picking up and holding onto stones inside the tread is usually something you have to accept, but not with the Kumho Road Venture AT51. Kumho incorporated their patented “stone ejector bars” into this tread pattern of the Kumho Road Venture AT51 to help rid yourself of those pesky drill stones that could possibly cause damage to the tire. Additionally, a reinforced sidewall combined with an aggressive sidewall tread pattern not only looks cool but also functions as extra traction when it’s needed most. The Kumho Road Venture AT51 is also a very capable road tire with a specialized rubber compound to help lower road noise and dampen tread impact to provide a smooth ride that rivals the best touring tires.  The Kumho Road Venture AT51 also features a premium 55,000 mile warranty and confidently holds the coveted Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) badge making it quite capable when winter rolls around.

My Review: At the time of writing this review I actually had the pleasure of mounting a set of Kumho Road Venture AT51 on a Chevy Silverado 1500 today! Being kind of new to the market the Kumho Road Venture AT51 has eluded me until recently and I must say I was very pleased with both the visuals of this tire and the performance with a short test drive. The Kumho Road Venture AT51 looks mean up close but is also surprisingly quite below your seat when driving and left me yearning to test these puppies off-road! The Kumho Road Venture AT51 retails for around $185 and is available in heavy load ranges in some sizes.

10. Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 12.5/32″ of tread depth
  • 65,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 620
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in White letting only
  • Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rated
  • Around $190 a tire

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has been in the tire manufacturing business of over 100 years and with that kind of legacy, you can expect nothing but premium products! This Ohio based American manufacturer produced such high-quality rubber and tires in fact that numerous associated companies such as Mickey Thompson, Mastercraft, and Roadmaster, among others, actually use Cooper Rubber in the manufacturing of their tires!

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is an on and off-road all-terrain tire designed for light trucks, SUVs, and crossovers and features Cooper’s patented “Even Wear Arc” technology which is engineered to provide balanced contact with the road surface which not only aids in providing supreme handling but also adds longevity to the tire. Cooper also paid close attention to cabin noise when designing this tire and incorporated their “Whisper Grooves” technology to expertly reduce road noise when up to speed on the highway. The Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is no slouch in the snow either as it holds the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) badge so you know it won’t leave you in a ditch when mother nature is giving you her worst.

My Review: At my shop, the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S continues to be a crowd favorite among customers so I would remiss to not include it in my list. This tire is both a proven rugged off-road tire and a dedicated all-season highway tire with an outstandingly high 65,000 mile warranty making it tied for the highest mile warranty on this list!

11. Toyo Open Country A/T III

toyo open country at iii

 

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Key Specifications:

  • Comes with 16/32″ of tread depth
  • 65,000 Mile Warranty
  • Treadwear Rating 600
  • Traction Grade A
  • Available in Black lettering only
  • Around $275 a tire

The Toyo Tire & Rubber Company is a Japanese-based tire company that has been in the automotive business for 75 years. In recent years their knowledge and expertise have carried them overseas into the American and Canadian markets with thunderous applause becoming crowd favorites in both the All-Terrain and All-Season tire categories. With that kind of staying power, you can be sure that the Toyo Tires are here and they are here to stay.

Last but certainly not least we have the Toyo Open Country A/T III which is a heavy-duty and versatile all-terrain tire that offers an incredibly long tread life and unrivaled off-road performance. Arguably one of the meanest looking tires on this list the Toyo Open Country A/T III is a monster with a deep tread block designed to provide maximum bite force and traction onto any terrain at any time of the year. Its jagged tread groove pattern is purposed for excellent traction in snow coupled with large tread blocks for a shorter stopping distance compared to the competition means the Toyo Open Country A/T III will always keep you steering in the right direction.

My Review: It’s quite hard for me to pick up and move the Toyo Open Country A/T III’s without saying “look at these big boys!” to my fellow mechanics because make no mistake they are a formidable-looking tire in person. However, it’s not just looks that make the Toyo Open Country A/T III an impressive tire, it’s also what it brings to the All-Terrain tire “table” if you will. For starters, a 65,000 mile warranty makes it tied for the number one spot on my list for the highest mileage warranty of all-terrain tires as well as a variable sidewall tread depth depending on construction and size makes this a very unique competitor in the all-terrain category.

Choosing the Best All Terrain Tire (Buying Guide)

Size: The size of the tire is easy enough. The important part is that you match the size specification of your vehicle. This information can be found on a sticker normally located on the driver side inside door panel below the locking mechanism of the door. The sticker will provide the size appropriate for the front and rear of the vehicle. Additionally, the tire size can also be found in almost every vehicle information manual provided by the dealership.

Load index & Speed rating: This part is VERY important and in my experience, I have seen various companies and garages not pay attention to these values. They are important because each vehicle manufacturer specifies what value of load index and speed rating required for the given vehicle for “Optimal Performance”. These values will be located directly after the size written on the tire. For example (P275/65/17 100T), these values are the “100T” values and can be found in your vehicle manual for what range your vehicle needs to be within for the best performance of the vehicle.

DOT: Finally this piece of information may be small but is still of great importance because the “DOT” of the tire will tell you the age of the tire in question. The US Department of Transportation(DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) requires tire manufacturers to print the “birth date” of the tire if you will, so that the consumer, as well as professionals, know that the tire is still safe for sale and use. This information will be located on every tire on the perimeter of the inner hole of the tire where the rim is mounted. It will always start with DOT followed by a mix of eight to thirteen numbers and letters. The numbers that will give you the production date, or “birth date”, of the tire, however, will be the final four numbers (DOT*********1221). In this example, we see “1221” as the final four numbers in the sequence. The first two numbers “12” refers to the 12th week of the year it was manufactured and the “21” refers to the year 2021 that it was manufactured. This is important because the US Department of Transportation recommends that no tires be sold as new if they are older than 6 years old.

Mileage Warranty: As you search through different tires you might notice that some tires will include a “Mileage Warranty”. Simply explained this warranty is what the manufacturer guarantees their product will reach before it needs to be replaced. For example, if a tire specifies a 50,000 miles warranty this means that the manufacturer guarantees the tire will get at least 50,000 miles before needing replacement. Additionally, this warranty is important because depending on your place of purchase, if the tire does not meet the warranty then usually the provider will offer a replacement tire at a discounted or “pro-rated” price. If the place of purchase does not honor manufacturer warranties then a claim can always be taken to the manufacturer themselves with the appropriate paperwork for compensation. In short, when searching for a tire, if possible, you want to find a tire with a mileage warranty.

Tread Depth: This refers to the amount of tread depth that comes with all new tires. This will always be provided in 32nds of an inch in the United States, for example, 9/32 is a common depth found with new tires. This measurement is subject to change depending on the type of tire one might be searching for with All-Terrain tires having the deepest and thickest tread as deep as 16/32. In my opinion, when looking for all-season tires you want to see at least 10/32 of tread or very close to that. This will guarantee the most amount of use in the form of miles driven for the tire.

Treadwear Rating: This bit of information is usually a bit more confusing for tire buyers and even the most qualified technicians. This value is usually found on the product sticker found on all new tires. In short the higher the value the longer the tire will last over time when driven on its’ intended surface. Unfortunately, these values are not universal between companies which can create confusion. So if you are keeping track of these values when searching for the right tire I urge you to compare the ratings only when looking at tires from the same manufacturer.

Traction Grade: This system of grading refers to how the tire performs under high stress. Specifically, these coefficients refer to how a tire performed when forcefully stopping on wet asphalt and concrete. Simply put there are four different grading coefficients (AA, A, B, and C) with AA providing the best performance and C having the lowest performance. Unfortunately, this universal standard was only applied semi-recently so this will only apply to tires manufactured after the standard was placed. All in all these grades are helpful when weighing out the safety of the tire under sub-optimal weather conditions.

Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF): As you navigate the tires on this list you will notice this phrase or acronym numerous times. In short, this symbol is only branded on the sidewall of tires that meet the severe winter weather performance standards of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RCA). These test standards take place on medium-packed snow only and any tire that holds this badge can be expected to have enhanced snow traction beyond any M+S branded all-season tire.

Pricing: As you read through my reviews you will notice that I will list a given tire as “around” a certain price. This is because when it comes to averaging tire cost it is quite difficult and this is why. More common sizes are priced much cheaper than larger rim sizes and also there are the more uncommon performance tire sizes with inflated pricing for the added difficulty to manufacture and install. I have done my best to average together an all-encompassing price tag but don’t be alarmed if your tire size is $50 or more above my average price.

Tire Ply: The term “ply” refers to the number of layers of material that make up the thickness of the tire from the inner tube to the outer tread. It is not commonly known that tires aren’t just made of rubber, when in fact they are made of quite a few materials layered together chemically and heat-treated and adhered together. These layers or “ply’s” determine the durability and strength of a tire. This is important to understand when purchasing a heavy-duty tire because some heavier duty trucks and vans require a certain tire ply count such as 8 to 10 or even 12 ply while normal passenger car tires only require 4 to 6 ply. Luckily this information is relatively easy to find when looking at a tire itself. First, look around the inside bead of the tire where the tire is closest to the rim you will see a small oval with text inside that lists the ply counts and what each play is made of. You can also determine the ply count of a tire by looking at the load rating the tire was assigned, for example, (D is for 8 ply, E is for 10 ply, F is for 12 ply).

Style: This term more commonly applies to truck tires and it simply refers to whether or not the tire comes with a white lettering option or an all-black sidewall. Some customers prefer white lettering on their tires to easily show off companies and specific tires they have on their vehicle. The list of tires below will include whether or not that specific tire comes with the option of white lettering in the specifications section.

Final Thoughts: It is imperative that you as a consumer take all of this information into account before purchasing any tire. Knowing this key information will not only create the safest driving environment for you but also for your passengers. Regretfully, I have witnessed even trained professionals in the automotive industry lacking knowledge on this type of subject matter so you can never be sure who you can trust, that is why I believe everyone should use the information above to be their own advocate when choosing the right tire for you. Here at Mechanic Approved, I hope that we have helped narrow your search down to the tire that best suits both you and your vehicle!

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