If you had asked, “what is the best all terrain tire for highway driving” just five years ago, the answer would have been very different. Back then we’d give you some advice on which A/T tires were the quietest, the softest-riding or had the longest treadwear.
But because there is such a demand for competent all-terrain tires that also serve as excellent all-season/touring tires, a new sub-segment of All Terrain tires has arisen – the Highway Terrain or H/T tire.
With many of the top all terrain tire manufacturers already seeing serious demand for such a tire, most of them offer excellent options in this segment. Below is a list of our top choices in both the All-Terrain and Highway Terrain segments, with details on pricing, performance and warranty.
The Best All Terrain Tires for Highway Driving
Continental Terrain Contact AT
The Continental Terrain Contact AT never makes it to the top of our all-terrain tires lists because it’s just so civilized. There’s less void space between the tread blocks than you’d usually find on an AT tire, which means there’s a bit less off-road grip. The result, when it comes to on-road performance, is excellent highway stability due to that extra wide center tread section. Handling is also better than you’ll get on almost any all-terrain tire.
As well, the optimized tread design makes for an extremely quiet ride.
We haven’t said much about this tire’s off-road capability and while it’s not class-leading it is capable enough for most drivers. Plus it’s proven to be plenty durable too. And a 60,000 mile tread life warranty offers plenty of assurances for a long life.
Michelin LTX AT2
This Michelin does a surprising job of offering a civilized and long-lasting highway ride, with solid off-road grip. It’s slightly more aggressive off-road than the Continentals above and (depending where you shop) is generally a bit more expensive too.
The serrated edges of the tread blocks and larger void space means it grips better and offers superior grip in loose earth. Surprisingly, for how aggressive it looks, it’s very quiet.
On-road this tire does have one advantage over the Continental and that’s when it comes to wet weather performance. It features an added center channel to help with water evacuation.
Michelin offers plenty of LT options for heavy duty pickups as well, so this is an ideal option for anyone looking for tires for a big truck, where you do plenty of highway driving but still want some true off-road grip.
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
With a similar style to the Contis above, this tire is made for the growing segment of crossover vehicles and owners who need off-road grip every now and then. It’s still a true all-terrain tire and grips quite surprisingly considering the relatively densely packed tread blocks.
It’s designed to grip well on dirt and gravel roads and wear slowly on those surfaces too. What it’s not built for is rock-crawling or mud.
The ride is reasonably quiet and nice and stable, thanks to that center tread section and wider shoulder blocks.
And as an added bonus it’s certified for true winter use.
It also comes with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty, the longest you’ll find on an all-terrain tire.
Nitto Dura Grappler
Nitto has a great history of making all terrain tires, so it’s no surprise their Highway Terrain tire is a top choice. Nitto is unique in that it makes the same tire in different patterns for P-metric and LT fitments. P-metric versions come with 5 rows of treads, delivering both stability and grip, as well as a quiet ride. Meanwhile LT fitments (shown here) come in a 4 row pattern for better durability.
P-metric sizes some with a 60,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.
Consumers rate these tires very highly with many reporting tread life above expectations.
Falken Wildpeak H/T01A
Modest off-road grip, makes way for comfort and dry pavement handling on the Falken Wildpeak H/T tire.
It makes use of a conventional all-season design with 5 rows of treads and four large grooves that run the length of the tire to help evacuate water and limit hydroplaning. The outside and inside shoulder patterns also make use of a design to limit overall road noise.
The connected center rib allows for excellent highway stability and turn-in response. It also helps maximize braking performance. The jagged tread blocks do give some extra grip off-road as well.
A 60,000 mile expected tread life is a bit lower than some of the top highway terrain options, but you’ll save on these compared to some of the more premium options.
Yokohama Geolandar HT
Another brand that’s built a reputation for itself in developing serious off-road capable tires, Yokohama‘s answer to the question of what the best all terrain tire for highway driving is their Geolandar H/T G056.
Making this tire unique is the variable pitch tread design, with sound frequencies that cancel each other out, delivering an incredibly quiet ride. It also makes use of the brand’s Orange Oil compound in the tire to deliver superior wet and even snow traction.
The tread design is decidedly more on-road focused with less void space and more densely packed tread blocks. The shoulder sections are also tightly knit. Overall, this really is designed for longer on-road life and a civilized ride with occasional (and light) off-road use.
Surprisingly affordable for a tire of this quality from a tier-one manufacturer, perhaps its best feature is the 70,000 mile limited treadwear warranty!
Toyo Open Country H/T II
Compared to a true all terrain tire, Toyo‘s Open Country H/T makes some sacrifices in off-road grip but is still more capable than most highway terrain tires. Jagged tread block edges help provide an extra level of traction.
On-road, it is a solid highway tire. The tread pattern has three rows in the middle for excellent stability, bookended by big channels to clear away water while dual-rows on the outside make for a strong shoulder and (as a result) surprisingly good on-road handling dynamics.
It’s more aggressive nature does, however, impact tread life. A 60,000 mile warranty for P-metric sizes is relatively low for an HT tire, LT sizes get a 50,000 mile rating, which is the norm.
On the more aggressive side of the highway terrain segment, they’re close to some of the more refined all-terrain tires from Continental or Michelin, though at a slight discount.
Continental TerrainContact HT
A relatively new tire on the market, the Continental TerrainContact HT looks remarkably like the Michelin Defender LTX MS. It combines light off-road capability with great on-road grip and civility.
Off-road grip is quite light and we recommend this more for occasional use or if you just want some extra grip on dirt or gravel roads.
We are impressed with the 70,000 mile limited tread life warranty.
Michelin Defender T+H
Michelin isn’t getting in on this Highway Terrain trend… at least not yet. So the Defender T+H isn’t really accurate for this list. While there are fitments for many modern crossovers and SUVs, this is not an all terrain tire.
So you definitely miss out on off-road grip, but you certainly make up for it with the longest lasting tire on this list. The Defender T+H comes with an 80,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.
Beyond that it’s an impressive performer on both dry an wet roads and as with most Michelin tires it maintains its grip long into its tread life.
Laufenn X Fit HT
A true budget option for those looking to spend less, the Laufenn X Fit HT will handle some dirt and gravel, but that’s about it. A quick examination of the tread will easily reveal there isn’t much about this tire that’s designed for off-road driving.
Notches on the interior tread blocks provide some added off-road grip, while the majority of this tire’s features are made to deliver a smooth and quiet ride. On-road handling is actually quite good thanks to reinforced exterior tread blocks.
The expected tread life of 60,000 miles is on the lower side for a highway terrain tire, but is actually decent otherwise and for the price it’s hard to ask for much more.
Westlake SU318 HT
Like the Michelin on this list, the Westlake SU318 HT is really a true touring tire with some off-road pretension. Unlike the Michelin, however, it’s a true bargain. If you’re hunting on the lower end of the price scale, we’d recommend giving this tire a try.
With hefty amounts of siping this tire has decent wet weather performance for the price and even offers some passable winter grip.
Westlake doesn’t, however, provide any milage warranty, so expect 50,000 miles or less.
Are all terrain tires good for highway driving?
While all-terrain tires sound like they are built for extreme off-roading (and some are) they are actually designed as a compromise between off-road grip and on-road civility. They aren’t ideally suited to highway driving as the large tread blocks make for more road noise and less stable handling. That said, modern tire design and materials allow manufacturers to make significantly more civilized AT tires than ever before and you’ll find a sliding scale of options that range from offering more off-road capability to more on-road performance.