What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For All-Terrain?
Here are a few things you want to look for when buying all-terrain tires:
Do they offer a three-peak mountain snowflake?
This is important to ensure they have a rubber compound that can withstand cold temperatures and provide you with safe snow traction.
Do they have a deep tread depth?
All terrains are more capable than all-season tires because their deep thick tread blocks allow more water, dirt, and snow to evacuate the tire quickly.
Is there siping in the tread blocks?
When you see an all-terrain with next to no siping in the tread blocks, this means it will not be efficient at evacuating water from the road and cause you to lose traction more likely.
How Much Do All-Terrain Tires Typically Cost?
I went ahead and compared prices from various tire retailers like SimpleTire, TireRack, Amazon, and Discount Tire. These are ballpark estimates from what I found:
Four New Tires
While it will heavily depend on your size and load index needed to fit the vehicle safely, I found that you can get a set of four all-terrain tires from anywhere between $500 and $2500.
Two New Tires
While it is always recommended to replace all four of your tires at the same time, you can get a pair of new all-terrain tires anywhere between $300 and $1400.
When only replacing a single tire you can find options between $150 and $300.
Are All-Terrain Tires Worth It?
I firmly believe all-terrain tires are worth it not only because they provide more traction capability than typical all-season tires but also because they can elevate the look of your vehicle. I put all terrains on all my cars; even my 2011 Cadillac CTS has a set of Falken Wildpeak AT trails on it.
How Long Should Your All-Terrain Tires Last?
While how many miles you receive out of any tire will heavily depend on well you can maintain your tire, i.e., rotating them every five to eight thousand miles. You can reasonably expect to get between thirty and sixty thousand miles out of your all terrains.
Does the Year of Your Vehicle Matter When Buying New All-Terrain Tires?
No! As long as the vehicle runs and they make all-terrain tires for your vehicle’s size and weight carrying capacity, you can put all terrains on any year vehicle.
Anything Else Worth Knowing When Buying All-Terrain Tires?
When buying all-terrain tires, you should remember that they are louder than typical all-season tire options. I can’t begin to tell you how often a customer would come in after buying all terrains and complain that they are loud. All-terrain tires have a much different standard of ride noise when compared to all-season tires.
Something else to note about all terrains is they are more prone to irregular wear, I can’t stress enough how important it will be to make sure you take care of all-terrain tires.