Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar Review [2022 Updated]

By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen
By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen

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Today I will review the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar; I will go over what this tire excels in and some of the opportunities it could improve on.

Even though it has the word kevlar in it, it is not a bullet-proof tire, I don’t feel like I should have to say that, but I have had someone ask me for “the bullet-proof tires” before.

This Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tire is an all-terrain that is designed for on-road performance and light off-road use; using a ply of DuPont™ Kevlar® in the sidewalls providing more durability in preventing blowouts.

Let’s get to it, so you can see if this is the right choice for your new tire needs.

Feel free to jump to any sections below if you want a specific aspect review of this tire.

Pros
Cons
Ratings
Wet Traction:
3.5/5
3.5
3.5
3.5
2.5
2.5
3.5
3.5
3.0
4.0
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Ride Handling:
3.5/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Hydroplaning:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
2.5/5
Value For $$$:
2.5/5

Traction - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is an excellent tire for traction in wet, dry, and snow conditions. It is built of smaller siped tread blocks that provide maximum water evacuation and allow snow to pack in the tire for improved light snow traction.

Typically with all-terrains, you will have a decrease in dry traction; however, I notice that it provides superior dry traction capability. Since this tire does not have an overly aggressive tread, the tread lugs can grab the road and keep you safe.

Where this tire seems to lack traction is off-road traction; if you’re a weekend warrior who loves camping and going up serious trails, I recommend other all-terrain tire options that would be better suited for rugged terrains.

Goodyear advertises versatile traction in muddy terrains but fails to mention that you can quickly get stuck in deep mud.

When it comes to snow traction, it can go one of two ways because one option comes with a severe winter rating and one does not. The light truck option will come with a three-peak mountain snowflake, which means that it will not have any performance loss in sub-forty-degree weather.

Thanks to this, the light truck option does good in the snow and will keep you from getting into an accident or running into a snow bank.

If you opt for the standard load, it will not come with the three-peak mountain snowflake. Therefore the rubber compound will stiffen up and cause some slippage in the snow.

I always recommend having a winter tire for extreme snow conditions, as these tires are only rated for light snow.

Last but not least, we have wet weather traction. For not being an all-season tire, it can hold its own. When this tire hits the wet roads, it does a great job of kicking out as much water as possible through the shoulder blocks to keep you safe and maintain traction.

Overall I would say wet weather traction is higher than most of the other tire manufacturers’ all-terrains, except for the Cooper Discover AT3 XLT/4S.

Traction Rating: 3.5/5
3.5/5

Ride Comfort - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

From my experience with Goodyear tires, they have very soft sidewalls, which are ideal for a comfortable ride.

In the P-metric sizing, it comes with only one ply of kevlar in the sidewall, providing a much smoother ride and decreasing the possibility of sidewall punctures.

If your vehicle requires a load range E light truck tire, which is the case for three-quarter and one-ton trucks, it will come with a thicker sidewall with more plies to provide more weight-carrying capacity. It will make the ride slightly rougher because of the higher air pressure they are run at to maintain proper tire wear.

Speaking of proper wear, this tire is less prone to irregular wear patterns that can cause awful vibrations due to using smaller-sized tread blocks; however, that does not mean you can skip out on your tire maintenance.

When I compared the Goodyear Wrangler AT to the Nitto Terra Grappler G2, I found the Goodyear to be more comfortable, and that’s saying a lot since the Nitto is such a smooth-riding tire.

There’s a reason that manufacturers put this tire on specific models like the Jeep Grand Cherokees, Ford F-150s, and Ford Rangers. That’s because it offers some of the smoothest rides you will find on the all-terrain market, whether for your Truck, CUV, or SUV.

Ride Comfort Rating: 3.5/5
3.5/5

Ride Handling - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

The increased sidewall structure, made possible by their Durawall technology and a ply of Dupont Kevlar, gives this tire more rigidity when behind the wheel.

Typically with most all-terrain tire options, you will get decreased handling; I found that not to be the case with these Goodyears. Especially if you opt for the light truck option in your tire size, it will feel much more stable on the road.

Body roll is usually an effect that all-terrains have on a vehicle due to its round sidewalls. Body roll is when you make a turn, and it feels like the car is starting to roll over/tilt.

The light truck option will come with two plies of Dupont Kevlar in the sidewall, and they sure make a difference. It will give you the confidence to point your vehicle in the direction you want and not suffer from severe body roll.

Some complaints in ride handling I have heard from Goodyear tires is that when you tow, it will feel like the truck is swaying side to side as if it were on a teeter-totter.

I would attribute that to the notoriously soft sidewalls on most Goodyears tires, and a soft sidewall provides flex in the rubber when extra weight is applied.

I have not heard that about this specific tire or the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac. This should not be a reason to stay away from these tires, but if towing is a concern you have, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry.

An all-terrain tire I would recommend for good ride handling while towing heavy loads would be the Toyo Open Country AT III.

Ride Handling Rating: 3.5/5
3.5/5

Ride Noise - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

I can’t stand anything more than when I drive in my car and have to hear every little bump in the road, so why should you?

While Goodyear possibly manufactures one of the loudest tires on the market in the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac, they redeem themselves with this tire.

If you’re going for a light truck tire, you will get more road noise because they have a higher air pressure rating, and road noise will travel through the rubber and vibrate the air molecules in the tire, which generates noise.

I am happy to report these tires are not prone to one of the worst possible irregular wear patterns out there, cupping, thanks to their symmetric tread pattern and small tread blocks.

Tire cupping is when half or whole individual tread blocks wear down at a different rate than another, it will cause the tire to generate a humming sound in the vehicle’s cabin and a slew of other ride quality issues.

Compared to your typical all-terrain tire, I gave it a slightly higher ride noise grade because these tires don’t sing when new or worn but generate a slight amount of noise.

It is a tire I would recommend for someone looking for a quieter riding off-road tire.

Ride Noise Rating: 3.5/5
3.5/5

Hydroplaning - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

It can be a terrifying ride for anyone who has ever been in a car that has hydroplaned. The scariest part of hydroplaning is that it could happen at any time while it’s heavily raining, you could be driving straight down the highway, and suddenly your vehicle starts to go sideways.

When it comes to hydroplaning resistance, this tire can get you through those rainy days and keep you safe; until they wear down, your wet weather traction will really start to decrease.

It offers siping in each tread block, with the issue occurring when half of those sipes slowly start to diminish. Due to not all of them being full tread depth sipes, as your tire starts to wear, the siping will go with the tread.

Thanks to Goodyear’s tread compound in this tire, it will still offer safe wet weather traction, just not nearly as good when it’s brand new.

I have yet to see or hear any complaints regarding hydroplaning on this Goodyear tire.

I recommend this tire to anyone who gets light to moderate rainfall yearly, like in California, as this tire will keep you and your vehicle safe on those rainy days. 

Hydroplaning Rating: 3.5/5
3.5/5

Tread Life - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

Okay, it’s time to get to what I found was the worst tire quality, and it’s the fact that these tires won’t last long.

The Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure comes with a sixty-thousand-mile treadwear warranty. On average, I see this tire getting forty thousand miles. I have sent many of these back to the manufacturer for a treadwear warranty.

There’s a reason nobody puts these back on their vehicle when they come as original equipment, simply because they don’t last. Nobody wants to repurchase a tire that comes up way short of what they should get.

I will say that this is one of the best tires when it comes to aging, I have seen countless customers come in with these tires, and the rubber compound held up so well that there are no signs of cracking or dry rot. Sometimes they’re as old as ten years!

Manufacturers’ standard is to replace your tires every six years, and this is because while they may look good from the outside, the steel belts on the inside of the tire corrode.

I could not give this tire a good tread life rating because you could be replacing them twenty thousand miles or more sooner than Goodyear says it should last.

Tread Life Rating: 2.5/5
2.5/5

Value For Money - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

While the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is a good tire, I struggle to say it’s a good value because it is an expensive tire with poor mileage expectancy. The overall construction quality is some of the highest, comparable to a BF-Goodrich KO2.

The performance of this tire could be worth the money, but it gets knocked down by its inability to come close to its treadwear warranty. While Goodyear consistently runs rebates on their tires to help offset the cost, it doesn’t help with getting more miles.

If you drive only five thousand miles a year and are okay with overpaying, this would be a good tire for you because the on-road performance is excellent.

I wouldn’t recommend this tire to anyone looking for value when you could get similar performing tires with better mileage for less money like the Pathfinder AT.

Value For Money Rating: 2.5/5
2.5/5

Final Verdict - Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar

In this review, I compared this tire to the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT/4S, BF-Goodrich KO2, and the Nitto Terra Grappler G2. With pulling price comparisons from Amazon, TireRack, Simpletire, and other tire retailers, I found that prices were very competitive. Still, you could find better overall performance and longevity in different tires.

While this tire offers excellent dry traction and ride comfort, I can’t justify recommending this tire to anyone based on those two factors, especially with how low the tread life is on this tire.

Goodyear has been manufacturing tires for a long time, and I have seen their quality decline over the years. They rarely release new products with updated technology, putting them behind the ball with typical manufacturers releasing new products every four to six years.

I think Goodyear needs to start coming up with new ideas and stop holding on to what used to work for them because it won’t last long.

Meet Your Tire Expert

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar
OVERALL rating:
77%
3.0/5
Updated December 2, 2022
Quick Facts
  • Warranty 60000 Miles
  • Typical Price $167.00 - $444.00
  • Treadwear Rating 640

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, while Kevlar is used to make bulletproof armor, how it is used in tires is very different. Tires that have Kevlar in them use one to two plies in the sidewall, and while it will help prevent punctures from road hazards, it will not stop a bullet.

The only passenger tires made with Kevlar are the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure and the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R.

Yes, the fact that it has Kevlar in the tire does not change the safe and recommended tire repair processes.

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