Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Review
A significant improvement over the original, the Terra Grappler G2 maintains the off-road capability while improving on-road civility and overall tread life.
Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Review
The Terra Grappler G2 is Nitto’s next generation all-terrain tire, from a brand that’s built quite a reputation for off-road capability and durability.
- Improved mileage life
- Improved on-road performance
- Great warranty
- On-road wet weather traction could be better
- Limited winter capability
A true all-terrain tire, the Terra Grappler G2 improves upon the original, in particular, when it comes to on-road manners.
Designed for true off-road use, and plenty capable when called upon to do so, it’s also built for daily drivability. In part that means long life – something the Terra Grappler has thanks to an all-new tread compound that allows the tire to keep its aggressive all-terrain tread characteristics.
And to back up that claim, the Terra Grappler G2 is the first Nitto off-road tire to come equipped with a limited milage warranty, promising 50,000 miles on LT tires and 65,000 miles on P-metric tires.
Adding to the tire’s on-road manners, it’s now also quieter than ever thanks to a tread block arrangement that was carefully tuned to limit noise.
Turning to off-road performance, there are improvements here too. The sipes in the tire (which help it grip in off-road conditions) are now full depth, meaning the tire will maintain its grip over the full length of the tread (and also look good longer as well).
Looking near the outside of the tire, you’ll notice the tread blocks next to the tire’s shoulder are now a staggered size and design, further increasing the biting edges of the tire in loose earth, dirt and gravel. These blocks are also better integrated into the sidewall of the tire.
Unlike an increasing number of all-terrain tires, the Terra Grappler G2 is not certified for true winter use. As an AT tire it’s more capable in winter than a conventional all-season, but we’d recommend anyone living in a northern climate opt for some true winter tires.
In essence, the Terra Grappler G2 is a really impressive improvement over the original. Taking that tire’s excellent off-road capabilities and vastly improving its daily driving features (and backing it up with a warranty) we’d rank this as one of our favorite new all-terrain tires.
Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Price
With a vast array of sizes, the Nitto Terra Grappler G2 also spans the gamut when it comes to pricing, with smaller sizes staring at a very reasonable $150, while the larger 22-inch sizes can stretch north of $450 per tire. Retailers may sell for less.
Terra Grappler G2 Warranty
The Terra Grappler comes with an impressive 65,000 mile limited treadwear warranty on P-metric sizes and 50,000 miles on LT sizes.
A standard limited warranty applies to all Nitto tires. This covers a full replacement for tires that are determined to be defective within the first 25 percent of tread life. After that point, defective tires that are within 60 months from their original purchase date will be replaced on a pro-rated basis.
Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Sizes
285/45R22 114H XL
LT285/50R22 E 121/118R
LT285/55R22 E 124/121R
305/45R22 118S XL
LT325/50R22 E 122S
How Many Miles do the Nitto Terra Grappler 2 Last?
Nitto rates these tires to last up to 65,000 miles with average driving. That number will drop significantly if you’re hard on tires or go off-road a lot. To reach this number you also need to follow proper tire rotation procedure and keep the tires properly inflated.
Nitto Terra Grappler vs Terra Grappler G2
With very similar tread designs there isn’t much that distinguishes the newer Terra Grappler G2 from the original Terra Grappler, but looks don’t tell the full story. The original tire came with no tread life warranty and in the real world 55,000 miles is about what you’d get. The new G2’s are rated to last up to 65,000 miles (50,000 on LT sizes) thanks in part to a new tread compound.
In addition, the new tire makes use of thicker coupling joints that link the exterior tread blocks with the inboard ones. This helps with on-road handling by reinforcing the exterior tread. It also helps prolong tread life by having the tire better withstand the forces of high-torque engines in larger vehicles.
Full depth siping is another addition on the G2. This doesn’t just maintain the tread’s look over time, but it’s performance, particularly in the wet.
And finally, the G2 makes use of a computer optimized design with features that cancel out road noise, so it rides much quieter.