Summer is here, and camping season is at its peak.
As someone that has been going on off-road trips every year for over two decades, I’ve come to realize that a good set of all-terrain tires are probably the most critical factor when it comes to safety while driving in adverse conditions.
I’ve been on a few off-road trips in the past year on my Jeep Grand Cherokee, and I’ve used the opportunity to test out a few of the top all-terrain tires in the market.
While most of the tires from the top-rated brands performed pretty well, the one that stood out the most was the Toyo Open Country AT2 Radial Tires.
These things were simply a class apart from all its competitors. In fact, these tires were so good, I decided to keep them on for the next few trips and not even bother with some of the other models I’ve been planning on reviewing!
Toyo AT2 Review 2019: Why should you buy this product?
Toyo has done a tremendous job with the Open Country AT2 Radial Tires. In the mid-price segment, there’s not a single model that performs as exceptionally well as this one does. While these tires do have a few minor shortcomings, the overall experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
Here are a few things I liked about these tires:
Improves Off-Road Handling Drastically
Having tested out a bunch of other tires before finally trying out the Toyo Open Country AT2, the spike in handling performance that these tires gave really came as a surprise!
Toyo has managed to maintain a very stable balance between handling on and off the pavement, and you’re unlikely to face any difficulties when making the switch. Moreover, if you’re planning on hitting some sharp turns on the dirt tracks, these tires are a perfect choice as the tread design tends to improve handling precision dramatically.
However, it is highly recommended that you get your vehicle properly aligned after you install these tires. Without proper alignment, I noticed a lot of random vibrations which can be avoided by fixing the alignment.
Excellent Traction on both Wet and Dry Surfaces
I’ve tested out the Toyo Open Country AT2 on a few different occasions, and the weather conditions were different every single time. I’ve driven on the hottest of tarmacs in the country with these tires, and have also been through some pretty icy winter roads in Michigan. These tires sailed through every test I threw at it!
The wet traction is quite decent, especially at above average speeds. These tires also perform extremely well on damp and loose soil with lots of scattered rocks and wet sand. Driving through dirt tracks becomes surprisingly satisfying with these tires equipped to your car.
When it comes to dry traction, there’s no flaw that I could manage to pick up on in the thousands of miles I’ve done on these tires.
Fantastic Tread Wear and Durability
After putting the Toyo Open Country AT2 through some pretty rough tests, I’ve not really noticed anything in the form of wear and tear. This speaks volumes about the superior quality of the material used for the construction of these tires.
Toyo claims to have used a new wear-resistant Tread Compound for manufacturing these tires which significantly enhances durability, and increases tread life by nearly 40%. These tires also come with an Optimized Bead Design which not only increases durability but also improves handling performance.
On top of all that, Toyo offers a 65,000 miles treadwear warranty, and a 45-day, 500-mile trial offer for all of you who are interested in testing these tires out!
Low on Noise
When it comes to all-terrain radial tires, noise is something you can’t do a lot about since the very design of the tread makes them pretty loud. However, with the Open Country AT2 by Toyo, the noise levels were surprisingly low when compared to other tires of the same class.
My guess is that the combination of the spiral patterns and polygonal blocks on the tread makeup of these tires help to keep the noise levels in control.
However, these tires fell short of its competition when it came to the overall comfort levels. In terms of comfort, there’s plenty of better choices out there.
What Could Have Been Better?
While my experience of riding on these tires have been mostly positive, I did notice a few negative aspects.
Tends to get a little shaky at very high speeds
While these tires are quite stable even at above average speeds, I noticed they tend to get a lot of vibrations when approaching the top speed. I couldn’t accurately pinpoint why this happened, but it wasn’t an issue when testing out other tires.
Properly aligning the car seemed to fix most of the problem, but minor vibrations still seemed to persist.
Not the best when it comes to comfort
These tires are just not satisfactory when it comes to comfort. I’ve tested out much cheaper tires that do better in terms of comfort than these do. They don’t do as great a job at neutralizing jerks and bumps as other all-terrain tires in this price range do.
However, this is something that can be overlooked, considering the overall value for money these tires provide and its top-notch performance in other fields.
- Excellent wet and dry traction
- Handling is flawless in all kinds of off-road conditions
- Highly durable
- Comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Minimal levels of noise for an all-terrain tire
- Lacks comfort
- Minor vibrations persist at high speeds
You cannot get a decent off-road driving experience unless you invest in a set of good-quality, all-terrain radial tires. These things make your ride a lot smoother, and drastically reduces the chances of accidents when riding through bad road conditions.
The Toyo Open Country AT2 Tires are undoubtedly one of the best in the market, and for the price they come at, there’s simply no other model that comes close in terms of value.
So If you’re an LT or SUV owner looking forward to a lot of off-road driving in the upcoming months, go right ahead and grab these tires!