Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT Review
In Goodyear’s extensive lineup of tires the TrailRunner AT is their go-to option for the vast majority of truck owners.
- Impressive off-road grip and durability
- Above average on-road manners
- Impressive mileage warranty
- Cold weather traction could be better
Looking off-road capable, it might be superficial to say, but we love this tread pattern. It’s more than just looks though, with well above average off-road grip. Plus the design is built to maximize tread life both on and off-road.
Better yet, this pattern is carefully designed to reduce noise and offer a comfortable ride on-road. Dynamically, it’s decent with less wobble than you might normally get in an all-terrain tire.
Switching back to off-road capability, the tread lugs use “saw-tooth” edges to help deliver maximum grip in loose earth. There’s plenty of siping in the tires as well, running in different directions to help in the wet and mild snow.
Yet another custom feature of this tire is found where the the shoulder lugs connect to the sidewall. Here are numerous “stepped” levels, which help the tire churn through loose soil or mud when it’s in deeper than just the tire’s surface.
Above all this, the TrailRunner AT also comes with a 55,000 mile tread wear warranty, which ranks as one of the best for an all-terrain tire of this caliber.
We also like that LT-sized versions with the five-rib tread pattern come certified by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) for true winter use and feature the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall.
Overall the Wrangler Trailrunner AT is extremely highly recommended by owners, earning a 4.6 out of 5 score on DiscountTire and a 4.7 out of 5 on Goodyear’s own website after hundreds of reviews. And you can add our’s to that list.
Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT Price
Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT Warranty
Goodyear backs the Wangler Trailrunner AT with a 55,000 mile Tread Life Limited Warranty. It’s also backed by the Goodyear Pledge, which means you can swap the tires for a different set within 30 days of ownership if you’re not completely satisfied.
The brand’s limited warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for six years from the data of purchase. Within the first year or first 2/32-inch tread wear, Goodyear will replace defective tires at no cost. Beyond that and down to the final 2/32-inch of tread life, Goodyear will replace the tires on a pro-rated basis.
Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT Sizes
Who Should Consider This Tire?
The Wrangler Trailrunner AT is an all-terrain tire that’s targeted at the mid-level segment, where off-roading is still required, but it’s less extreme. And in those lighter off-road situations it does offer excellent stability due to its very even contact patch.
It’s offers enough off-road grip for the majority of drivers and comes with a mileage warranty of 55,000 miles which is decent, but less than many all-terrain tires. It is, however, more affordable than other offerings from Goodyear or other tier-1 tire manufacturers.
Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT vs Wrangler Adventure with Kevlar
With more than a dozen different Wrangler-branded offerings from Goodyear it’s easy to get confused so we’ll try and give some clarity on two Wrangler tires that complete quite closely with each other. While the Trailrunner AT looks more aggressive than the Wrangler Adventure with Kevlar, it’s actually sightly less aggressive. It’s built for less-extreme off-roading overall, though it’s design does make it quite responsive and very stable on gravel or dirt roads. As for the Adventure, just how the name suggests, it makes use of Kevlar in the tire casing so it’s better at withstanding heavy abuse on the trails.
Not only is the Adventure better off-road, it’s better on-road too with superior ability to clear away standing water, so wet weather traction is definitely one of its strong points.
Better comes at a cost, however, and you’ll pay a premium of about 5-10% more for the Adventure tires. And depending on how you use your truck it might not be worth it.
On the flip side, the Adventure with Kevlar tire does also come with a 60,000 mile warranty vs 55,000 mile warranty so that extra expense is likely to pay off in extra miles.
In many cases your decision will be made by you by Goodyear as the brand offers plenty more Wrangler Trailrunner AT sizes in smaller fitments with lower profile sidewalls, designed more for crossovers and some SUVs, with the Adventure with Kevlar tires focused more on the Jeep and half-ton segment.
Is the Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT Good in Snow?
Depending on what type of Trailrunner AT you buy, winter grip changes significantly. Standard versions of the tire don’t perform great in the snow. They have some siping that helps, but the tread compound hardens up in the cold and their grip diminishes much in the same way as an all-season. LT versions of the tire, however, are much improved and while they aren’t at the same level of grip you’d find in a dedicated winter tire, they will get you through the season. LT versions do come certified with the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall.