BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A Review
While the popular KO2s are known for extreme off-road grip with some definite on-road drawbacks, the Trail-Terrain T/A offers a more attractive performance mix for the majority of drivers with less extreme off-road capability mixed with superior on-road performance, longer tread life and excellent winter grip.
BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A Review
On-road manners with light off-road capability, the BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A finds a unique balance between an all-season and an all-terrain tire and is an exciting new option for anyone with an adventurous lifestyle.
- Durable off-road
- Excellent snow traction
- Great looks
- Tread life warranty not as long as some competitors
- Limited sizes at launch
With some pretty wicked looking off-road styling, this tire has all the flare of a true all-terrain tire and even looks better than a few of them.
A center mesh of tread blocks is tight enough to offer solid on road-stability and handling, while also allowing for solid off-road grip. Similarly, the exterior tread blocks do double duty. The jagged design gives some extra grip off-road, while the fact that the entire section is attached makes it handle surprisingly well. By connecting all the tread blocks, there’s actually a lot of contact patch that hits the round on the outside of the tire, allowing for much better responsiveness in corners than you’d anticipate.
The noise level of these tires is also very low, which is quite a surprise, because you certainly wouldn’t expect that by looking at them.
While certainly capable off-road, we’ll say that these tires aren’t as capable as they look – which really is a testament to their design. There is solid void space to grip loose surfaces. Designed really for light off-roading, where these tires really shine is in their ability to tackle trails or gravel roads without deteriorating. The tread used is specifically designed not to cut or chip.
While BFG’s messaging for this tire focuses a lot around active lifestyle crossover owners, they actually make a lot of sense for pickup trucks that don’t do a lot of off-roading, but do spend a lot of time on gravel or dirt.
Noise for the Trail-Terrain T/A is extremely low, again, despite its aggressive look.
An added benefit of these tires is that they come certified with the three-peak mountain snowflake logo, meaning they can handle true winter weather and real snow.
One of the few drawbacks is the tread life warranty, which at 60,000 miles is about 5,000 miles less than some rival tires like the Cooper AT3 4S and Falken Wildpeak AT Trail. That said, real world results may differ, as BFG says it actually did a controlled comparison of the Trail-Terrain T/A and the Cooper AT3 4S and found that their tire actually lasted 4,500 miles longer. (This testing also included a snow test where BFG determined their tires offered 11% more grip on snow).
Who Should buy This Tire?
Overall, the Trail-Terrain T/A is an excellent choice for crossover, SUV or pickup truck buyers who want a predominantly street-focused tire but who occasionally do light off-roading. It holds up extremely well under these conditions, allowing you to explore when you want to, without having to put up with the drawbacks of a true all-terrain tire.
BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A Price
Pricing varies significantly based on fitment size, but roughly ranges from $150 on the low end for a 15-inch tire compared to just under $300 on the high end for a 22-inch size.
BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A Warranty
BFGoodrich backs the Trail-Terrain T/A with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty. In addition, the standard limited warranty covers replacement tires if a defect is found in the first 2/32-inch of tread life of within the first year (whichever comes first). After that point, BFG will replace defective tires on a pro-rated basis down to the final 2/32-inch of tread life.
A 60-day satisfaction guarantee is also included.
BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A Sizes