General Grabber HTS60 Review
General Tire is perhaps best known for its serious off-road tires for trucks and SUVs, but the Grabber HTS60 is built for on-road performance. So how does it do?
- Lots of sizes
- Quiet, comfortable ride
- Long life and warranty
- Surprising off-road capability
- Could be quieter
- Tread life not as long as some rivals
A quick look at the tread pattern of this tire will tell you its designed for some impressive grip, and isn’t just a conventional all-season. As a highway terrain tire it’s built to deliver the comfort low ride noise of an all-season, while at the same time offer up the capability for true off-road use for occasional outings.
While General is more of a budget-focused brand you might not have high expectations for a tire like this. But rest assured that for a brand that prides itself on building some impressive off-road performance tires, they have maintained their reputation. All the extra biting edges, as well as small tread block curves, add together to deliver light off-roading when you need it.
As for on-road performance, the tread design itself is unique in that it allows for more rubber to touch the road at any given time, allowing for a larger footprint and great grip. The large circumferential grooves help evacuate water, while the strong center line and reinforced shoulders make for a ride that’s both very stable and one that responds well to inputs – without wobbling or showing any reluctance to turn.
Despite the busy-looking tread pattern, noise levels are extremely low and really no different than what you’d experience on an all-season – which is to say, nothing.
Designed for light trucks, SUVs and crossovers, it’s quiet and comfortable, as well as being reasonably long lasting with a 65,000 mile limited tread wear warranty. That’s a bit shorter than the top tires in the segment which boast around 70,000 miles of tread life, however, with Generals you’re paying less up front.
Snow performance is above-average due to the heavy tread divisions which help give some added grip in winter, however, we do recommend a proper set of true winter tires.
Of note, it also makes use of a unique tread compound designed to withstand the torture of off-roading. A surprising feature for an all-season tire, as already mentioned, it’s not that surprising from a brand like General.
Are General Grabber HTS60 Tires Good?
Apart from some of the more premium offerings on the market, the Grabber HTS is one of the best highway terrain tires available. It combines an impressive level of civility, a touch of sport and some mild off-road grip. Plus, it’ll endure off-roading without wearing prematurely. Factor in the price, and this is yet another General Tire that makes an incredibly convincing case for your hard-earned dollars.
General Grabber HTS60 Price
The Grabber HTS60 retails for roughly $115 per tire for a 15-inch size, up to just over $200 for larger 22-inch tires. That’s quite a bargain at the high-end. Retailers may sell for less.
General Grabber HTS60 Warranty
The HTS60 comes with a 6-year/65,000 mile warranty, while LT-rated versions come with a or 6-year 50,000 mile tread warranty. It’s also backed by a limited warranty that covers replacement for the first year or first 2/32nds of an inch in regards to materials and workmanship. After that period, General offers a pro-rated replacement cost until 6 years or the final 2/32nds of tread depth.
There’s even a 45 day policy, to return the tire if you’re not completely satisfied with the tire.
General Grabber HTS60 Sizes
Is the General Grabber HTS60 Good in Snow?
We rate the Grabber HTS60 as above average in snow for an all-season tire. The highway-terrain features that give it some off-road capability also work to trap snow against the tread and use it as a traction surface for snow on the ground. In particular, zig-zag sipes on the outer treadblocks go a long way to helping this tire claw itself above the pack. However, this is not a three peak mountain snowflake certified tire and will freeze up in colder temperatures and lose grip.
While better than average, we would still recommend a proper set of winter tires if you live somewhere with snow.
General Grabber HTS60 vs HTS
The Grabber HTS60 replaces the original Grabber HTS in General Tire’s lineup. Both are highway terrain tires designed to deliver all-season civility and on-road grip with mild off-roading capability in a pinch. With notable differences in the tread design, the biggest difference is actually in the tread compound used with the HTS60 making use of a newly designed rubber formula that offers 25 percent more tread life.
Is the General Grabber HTS60 available in 10-ply / Load Range E sizes?
Of the Grabber HTS60’s extensive assortment of sizes, a total of 11 are available in Load Range E / 10-ply construction, giving an excellent option for HD truck owners.