8 of the Best Cheap All Terrain Tires
If you’re hunting for cheap all terrain tires, but want something that offers solid value at a low price (not a low price and terrible performance) then you’ve come to the right place.
See below for our list of cheap all terrain tires that don’t suck.
Good Cheap All Terrain Tires
So what exactly qualifies as a tire that doesn’t suck? Well, we have more than a few criteria. For starters, they should be from a reputable brand. Second, they should come with some sort of a warranty and ideally a treadwear milage warranty. It doesn’t have to be an impressive number of miles either. We just like brands that back their tires with a warranty. Usually the higher mileage warranties come from premium brands that cost a lot.
To be clear, this isn’t a list of the best off-road tires, but ones that are both good and cheap.
1. Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
We hate to give away everything right up front, but let’s face it, that’s what you’re looking for. And that said, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015.
These all-terrain tires offer impressive off-road grip, while also being ideal on-road tires.
Recommended by 97.3 percent of the over 300 customer reviews on Discount Tire, it’s amazingly well-rated with capable grip and really good on-road dynamics as well. In addition, it’s rated for true winter driving and features the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall. But perhaps most impressive is the fact that this Geolandar comes with a 60,000 mile warranty (on some versions, others come wth a 50,000 mile warranty).
Wait, scrap that, the best part about these tires is the price. Starting at just $87 a tire, they’re stupid cheap and you’d be crazy not to pick up a set.
2. Kumho Road Venture A/T 51
At the other end of the price spectrum (but really not that far away) these Kumhos start at just over $100 per tire. They come with a solid 55,000 mile treadwear warranty and have the same attractive winter-climate capability at the Geolandar above. They are certified as true winter tires, so if you want an all-terrain tire that’s not just passable but actually GOOD in winter climates, then spend the extra cash on the Road Venture A/T 51.
As for any critiques: on-road driving dynamics aren’t as good as the Yokohamas and road noise is a bit louder too.
3. Hankook Dynapro AT2
The latest in all-terrain tires from Hankook the Dynapro AT2 pushes the brand’s off-road technology to a new level and you, the consumer, get to reap the rewards. While past Hankook all-terrain tires were extremely on-road focused, this tire puts significantly more attention on off-road grip. There’s plenty of void space to crawl through loose surfaces and no shortage of jagged edges for extra grip. Siping is plentiful and the tire is even certified for true winter use, as is evidenced by the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall.
It’s less civilized on-road and wet weather grip on asphalt isn’t as good as Hankook’s past efforts. These are purposeful decisions the brand made to deliver the big leap forward in off-road grip.
The Dynapro AT2 is, however, quite quiet, a result of a modern computer designed tread pattern that optimized for minimal road noise while still offering serious off-road grip.
4. Milestar Patagonia A/T Review
Simple tires that get the job done. The Milestart Patagonia A/T isn’t amazing off-road or on-road for that matter. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. Far from it. The warranty is decent with a 50,000 mile guarantee. Made by Chinese brand Nankang, as Chinese tires go these are a solid option and a rare one we’d recommend.
Plus, they do cost less than $100 a piece!
5. Falken Wildpeak A/T3W
Here’s another option for a cheap all terrain tire that definitely doesn’t suck. One of the most aggressive off-road tires on this list, it also matches the Kumho tire in that it features the Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake symbol, signifying that it’s a true winter tire, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC).
In fact, while winter capability on all-terrain tires is now the norm, Falken was doing it long before it was cool.
A bit less ideal on-road that some of its rivals, if you’re looking for more off-road use then this is a great option. The 55,000 mile tread life warranty isn’t amazing, but considering the capability and price, it’s fair.
On top of all this it comes with an impressive and aggressive off-road design and looks nothing like a budget tire.
6. Falken Wilpeak AT Trail
Another option from Falken, yes this is another in the Wilpeak family, but it’s quite a different option from the A/T3W.
The Wildpeak AT Trail is designed for modern crossovers and SUVs and is on the less-extreme side of off-roading. Rather than deep mud or rock-crawling, it’s designed for lighter use on trails, dirt and gravel roads. It is, however, still made to perform in those conditions and, perhaps even more importantly, hold up to a lot of off-road use. It’s also rated for true winter grip and it comes the longest tread life warranty you can find in an all-terrain tire: 65,000 miles!
7. Laufenn X FIT AT
More on-road focused, the Laufenn X Fit AT is ideal for those who want an all-terrain tire but who aren’t headed off-road often, or up to anything extreme.
It’s still reasonably capable and does feature built-in stone ejector ledges. These little ribs on the base of the tread are critical for helping to clear our rocks from the tire. Trapped rocks can quickly damage tread, plus they lead to uneven tire wear.
The X Fit AT is more on-road focused than many of the tires on this list – especially those at the top. A warranty of 45,000 miles is low for all-terrain tires in general, but not for this price point.
8. Pathfinder AT
Pathfinder tires is a brand exclusively offered by Discount Tire for tuck owners and manufactured by Kumho Tires. The Pathfinder AT is a reasonably aggressive off-road tire with jagged edges and plenty of void space. The tread blocks are also stepped, which has the dual purpose of creating a more robust tread with lots of void, while the steps also work to flex and pop-out any stones that get caught.
Many of the tread blocks are actually connected to the one next to them, helping improve tread stability and on-road performance. Wet weather on-road grip is mediocre, as is the norm with more aggressive off-road designs that don’t feature circumferential grooves to evacuate standing water.
A 55,000 mile warranty is included, which considering the performance and the price, is quite good.
Where to Buy Cheap All Terrain Tires?
If you’ve perused much of this site you’ll know we’re partial to two online retailers. Generally we don’t love eBay and Amazon. You can get some great deals at both, but it’s hard to know if you’re buying from a trusted source. And we don’t recommend taking a chance on your tires. That said, we’ve had nothing but great experiences with Discount Tire and Priority Tire. Discount Tire stocks pretty much every big name brand, and while Priority Tire is lesser-known we love that they give online access to some of the smaller bargain brands.
Cheapest all Terrain Tire
Provider Entrada AT
If you’re hunting for the absolute cheapest all-terrain tire it’s really going to depend on size, but there’s a solid chance it’ll be the Provider Entrada AT. You won’t be blown-away by its off-road grip, but then you probably didn’t expect to be. Larger tread blocks wth significant void spaces let it grip lose surfaces quite easily, while the five-row tread design makes it reasonably engaging to drive on-road. Tire noise is higher than we’d like it to be and the 40,000 mile tread life warranty won’t win any awards either. Then again, the fact it has a warranty might just be enough at this price point.
Are All-Terrain Tires Good for Everyday Driving?
With continued advancements in tire technology, almost every all-terrain tire on sale today is perfectly suitable for daily driving. Noise level is above what you’ll find on a conventional all-season and it tends get louder on both the premium and budge ends of the price range. While most tier-one tire brands use the latest computer-aided designs to minimize road noise, the most capable tires tend to be some of the noisiest.
While all-terrain tires used to be for more extreme driving, many automakers now equip pickup trucks and some SUVs from the factory with AT tires. This is a testament to just how quiet and comfortable they have gotten.
We will note that some of the more aggressive off-road designs often don’t feature as many circumferential grooves. As a result, they tend to perform less-well during on-road driving in the wet.
If road noise is a major concern for you, we also suggest checking out Highway Terrain tires (often indicated with an HT in their name). These offer sportier performance, longer tread life and a more civilized ride, while still delivering some off-road capability.