The Best All Terrain Tire for Highway Driving

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 too civilized. But in this case, that’s ideal. There’s less void space between the tread blocks than you’d usually find on an AT tire, which means there’s less off-road grip, although it does keep noise down and on-road handling high. Highway stability is excellent thanks to an extra wide center tread section.

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.

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.

 

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, but not regularly. 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 ad gravel roads and wear slowly on those surfaces too. What it’s not built for is rock-crawling or mud.

The ride is 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.

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 come in a 4 row pattern for better durability.

P-petric 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. Plus, these come with a solid 60,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.

Starting at $126 per tire.

 

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 brands Orange Oil compound in the tire to deliver superior wet and even snow traction.

Stating at just $113 per tire, 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 definitely makes some sacrifices in off-road grip. It is, however, 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. These tires start a roughly $118 a piece and come with either  50,000 mile treadwear warranty (LT sizes) or a 60,000 mile warranty (P-metric sizes).

Continental TerrainContact HT

Introduced just this year the Continental TerrainContact HT is available in 24 P-metric sizes and 10 LT-metric sizes. More options should be available soon.

We are very impressed with the 70,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.

Starting at $149 per tire.

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.

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.

Corsa Highway Terrain

Corsa isn’t a big or well known brand so you probably haven’t heard of them before, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them either. The simply-named Corsa Highway Terrain isn’t overly fancy and its 40,000 mile treadwear warranty is the lowest of any on this list.

It makes use of a softer rubber compound to maintain a sportier grip, though wt weather traction is somewhat lacking and the most common complaint amongst owners.

Starting at under $100 a tire they are a bargain though and consumer reviews continually come back positive.

 

 

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.

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