Goodyear Wrangler HP Review

Factory-fitted equipment on numerous SUVs and trucks, owners aren’t thrilled with the performance of their¬†Goodyear Wrangler HP tires. So think twice about picking up a set and see our recommendations instead.

PROS

  • Great grip in the dry
  • Quiet and comfortable ride

CONS

  • Poor performance in the wet
  • Poor performance in wintry conditions
  • No tread life warranty
  • Expensive for what you get
  • Limited selection

Goodyear is known for making some of the best tires in the business so it’s rather surprising to see that they missed the mark on this tire. And it’s not just us either. Even a quick examination of online user reviews and the disappointment expressed by owners of these tires is a strong warning sign.

The Wrangler HP comes fitted to many¬†Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Land Rover Discovery models. And on the whole owners don’t report great things.

The tread features an uninterrupted center rib that provides highway stability and good turn-in response. Large channels between the tread blocks help evacuate water to help in preventing hydroplaning and improve overall wet weather traction, while siping and extra edges on the other tread blocks deliver more area to help grip in inclement weather.

Despite all that, users generally report below average grip on slick roads and there are plenty of complaints about grip in winter. (To be fair, most all-season tires are terrible in winter, so we’re not all that surprised here).

The tire is smooth riding and quiet, plus it’s deigned to help improve fuel economy on larger vehicles. Our guess is that in working with the OEMs, Goodyear pushed too far towards making this a fuel efficient tire (something that’s incredibly hard to measure for an owner) and sacrificed too much when in came to overall grip.

At the same time, as a street/sport truck tire it should deliver heightened driving dynamics. And while it does decently in the dry, the focus on also meeting those fuel efficiency goals shows through with disappointing results.

We see similar performance and complaints out of some budget tires and usually only recommend them if you live in a warmer climate with infrequent rain. Unfortunately these tires aren’t cheap.

How Long do Goodyear Wrangler HP Tires last?

With no tread life warranty from the factory Goodyear doesn’t give an estimate on tread life. Some owners report up to 70,000 miles on a set but that is unusual. Based on real user reviews, we’d anticipate roughly 40,000 to 50,000 miles on a set if properly maintained and not abused.

Are Goodyear Wrangler HP Tires Any Good?

The Goodyear Wrangler HP has a few great qualities but many drawbacks, and for the performance is quite expensive.

With so many other great tires on the market, we’d recommend you look at either the Wrangler Fortitude HT as a great highway terrain option and better for trucks or the Assurance Max Life as a sportier SUV/crossover tire.

If a street/sport truck tire is what you’re really after, then we’d recommend the Toyo Proxes ST III, or for a more budget-focused alternative the Kumho Ecsta STX KL12.

Goodyear Wrangler HP Price

Pricing for these tires starts at roughly $200 a set and goes up from there.

Goodyear Wrangler HP Warranty

There is no tread wear warranty on these tires. The do come with Goodyear’s standard limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship for the first year or first 2/32-inch of tread wear, whichever comes first. If any defects are found during that time Goodyear will replace the tires for free. After that period and up until six years from the date of purchase, Goodyear will replace defective tires on a pro rated basis.

Goodyear Wrangler HP Sizes

17-inch sizes
265/70/R17

19-inch sizes
255/55/R19

Is the Goodyear Wrangler HP good in snow?

Despite a busy tread pattern, actual siping is minimal on these tires and winter grip is below average, even for an all-season. And when you consider the premium you’ll pay for a set of Goodyears, it’s even more disappointing.