Kumho Road Venture AT51 Review
An off-road capable tire with plenty of on-road life, the Kumho Road Venture AT51 is available in a vast array of sizes and for a very reasonable price.
NOTE: The Road Venture AT51 has been replaced by the Road Venture AT52. See our review for that tire here.
- Fantastic price
- Great look
- Impressive off-road AND on-road
- True all-weather capability
- Could be quieter
A relative newcomer to the US market, Kumho has actually been a reputable brand now for decades and the Road Venture AT51 is one of the brand’s most popular models – for good reason.
From almost any angle, the Road Venture AT51 looks to be almost entirely tread. The unique pattern is mirrors on the sidewall, giving the tire an aggressive look. While superficial, you can’t blame us for wanting a proper off-road tire to look as capable as it is.
And it lives up the hype as well, with big tread blocks and plenty of void to dig in and toss-away rocks and dirt. That sidewall pattern we mentioned earlier also works to help give additional grip when in deeper mud or other surfaces.
Often all-terrain tires talk about not just performance on rocks and dirt, but also mud and snow. The Road Venture AT51’s unique patter does make it particularly mud-capable, while its compound and siping mean it gets the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, certifying it as a true snow tire as well.
This is important, because while there are some more capable all-terrain tires, and ones with longer warranties, it’s hard to find this combination if you live in a colder climate.
As for that warranty, Kumho backs the tire with a 55,000 mile treadwear warranty thanks to a dual silicone compound that cools quickly to avoid heat buildup that can wear tires. Plus, the tire’s ability to discard rocks and mud means it won’t wear unevenly as a result of residue stuck in the tread. As mentioned, it might not be the longest in the industry, but it’s close. And this tire has proven its worth.
As for on-road performance, the two outer circumferential strips of rubber help with tire stability on highway and in cornering as well, making it surprisingly dynamic. The large central tread area also helps this tire track nicely when at speed. The pattern itself is also custom designed to limit noise.
Out of 155 owner reviews on Discount Tire, this tire is rated a 4.5 out of 5.
What Vehicles Does the Kumho Road Venture AT51 Fit On?
Ford F-150, Ranger
Hummer H2, H3
Jeep Wrangler Gladiator
Toyota Tundra, Tacoma
Kumho Road Venture AT51 Price
The Kumho Road Venture AT51 retails starting from approximately $110 per tire for a 15-inch size and goes up to roughly $275 per tire for a 20-inch fitment.
Kumho Road Venture AT51 Warranty
The Road Venture AT51 is backed by a 55,000 mile limited treadwear warranty. In addition, it comes with Kumho’s 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied.
All Kumho passenger and light-truck tires come with the brands limited warranty. If a defect in materials or workmanship is detected within the first 2/32nd of treadwear, Kumho will replace the tire for free. After that wear rating and down to the final 2/32nd of useable tread (within 6 years from the date of manufacture), Kumho will replace defective tires on a pro-rated basis. Consumers are responsible for any additional fees, such as mounting and balancing of the tires.
Kumho Road Venture AT51 Sizes
Is the Kumho Road Venture AT51 Good in Snow?
While not as capable as a true winter tire, the Road Venture AT51 does come with the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall indicating it has been certified for extreme winter use by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC). With a compound that resists freezing, some siping and plenty of tread to give added grip in snow, this tire is suitable for use in every season in all climates.
Who should consider this tire?
The Kumho Road Venture AT51 is an ideal option for anyone who owns a truck or SUV and spends as much time off-road as on it. It’s not quite as capable as some but offers excellent value. If you’re comfortable sacrificing some higher noise levels and don’t mind the shorter tread life, this tire really is a bargain. We also recommend this for anyone who lives in the snow belt or in higher altitudes, due tot he tire’s certification for true winter driving.