We run a lot of different tires here at TFL on the many different test trucks and SUVs. Which all-terrain tire is the best and quietest on pavement?
All of the off-road experience over the years is going to help answer today’s AskTFL question, although we’re also looking to you (our readers) for some help. Here’s the question:
I just purchased a 2018 Toyota Tacoma Trd sport. I was looking at getting some all-terrain tires for it. However I do not know which ones I should get. I want ones with lower noise on the highways. I figure you guys have tried a lot of different options. What do you guys think?
First, we will address the question ourselves, and we’ll start with a list of different popular all-terrain tires. Which tires did we choose? You can chime in below in the poll and the comments section and let us know.
[Editor’s Note: none of the tire companies listed below are sponsoring this post or TFLtruck.com.]
- BFGoodrich T/A K02
- Bridgestone Dueler AT
- Cooper Discoverer AT/3
- Falken Wildpeak AT
- General Grabber AT2
- Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
- Goodyear Wrangler with Kevlar
- Hankook DynaPro AT
- Michelin LTX AT2
- Nitto Ridge Grappler
- Yokohama Geolander AT
As for our opinion: each one of these tires will offer different levels of noise while running on pavement, and the best way to predict how loud they will be without actually testing them is to note the tread pattern. The further apart the large tread blocks are, the more noise the tire will produce.
We don’t have experience with every tire on the list above, but here’s what we know. The Nitto Ridge Grapplers, BFGoodrich T/A K02s, Michelin AT2s, Goodyear Wranglers with Kevlar and the General Grabbers are all fairly quiet tires on road, while still delivering good off-road performance. All would still be slightly louder than road-going tires, but none are so loud as to get annoying.
Another thing to note is that most of the tires mentioned have improved snow, ice, and wet tractions as well. When we say improved, we mean the previous generation tires of just several years ago.
The Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs are slightly louder than the rest of the bunch in our experience, as are the Cooper STT Pros (though those are on the aggressive end of the scale for ATs).
Now is when you can chime in. Below is a poll, asking for your help on which all-terrain (A/T) tire is quietest in your experience.
Here is us playing with different A/T tires in the snow.