With pickup trucks and SUVs dominating roadways nowadays, all-terrain tyres are certainly in demand. Choosing a replacement set can be a daunting task, as this segment is absolutely packed with choices. Jonathan Benson at Tyre Reviews knows a thing or two about testing tyres, and he accepted the herculean task of evaluating nine all-terrain brands in nearly every situation imaginable.
In this instance, it really is a massive effort because proper testing requires equal conditions for accurate results. That's not a problem on pavement, but dirt and gravel courses change after every pass. To eliminate the variables, the dirt course Benson used was resurfaced after each individual tyre session, giving each brand a fair shot on a smooth road. And to make sure the tyres were exercised properly, his test vehicle was an older V8-powered Ford F-150 Raptor.
As for the testing, Benson explains his tyre choices are on the milder side of all-terrain, as those are most common on passenger vehicles that often see more use on asphalt than off. The tests include wet and dry performance, wet and dry braking, gravel performance, dirt performance, noise and comfort, and rolling resistance.
All tyres in the test are the same size, 275/65 R18. The specific brands include:
- BFGoodrich Trail Terrain TA
- Continental Terrain Contact AT
- Firestone Destination A/T2
- Goodyear Wrangler A/T Adventure
- Nitto Terra Grappler G2
- Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain plus
- Toyo Open Country A/T III
- Travelstar Ecopath AT All Terrain
- Yokohama Geolander ATG015
The video at the top of this article features the results of the testing sessions, but with something as subjective as tyres, simple numbers don't tell the whole story. A quick summary finds Continental and Firestone performing best in the wet, with Goodyear and Pirelli best on dry asphalt. Off-road, BFGoodrich has no rival, though Firestone is also good. Continental scores well for noise, and is also runner-up for comfort behind Yokohama. As overall winners, the video singles out Goodyear, Continental, and Firestone.
However, Benson stresses that tyre performance is quite subjective. Drivers spending more time off road would likely prefer the BFGoodrich or Pirelli. The video does a fantastic job of explaining everything from subtle nuances during driving to overall tyre character, and an article at Tyre-reviews even allows people to adjust metrics to find the best all-terrain tyres for their situation.
We've talked up tyres with Benson a few times on the Rambling About Cars podcast. Check out his most recent visit in the episode below.