What good is having an SUV or truck if you only drive it on the road? For Tire America customers that like or need to drive off-road in the mud, there are many factors to consider before purchasing mud tires.
How does this tire handle in wet, muddy conditions? How about driving on sharp rocks or loose gravel? Can I drive this tire on the road without making a ton of noise? Name recognition and reputation of the manufacturer also comes in to consideration.
To help you make the best choice for your vehicle and needs, let’s take a brief look at a few of our favorite mud tires.
This aggressive tire provides extreme off-road performance in mud, as well as dirt and rocky terrain.
Designed for SUVs and light trucks, the Grabber uses an open tread design to provide excellent traction in mud and other soft surfaces like sand and gravel. Self-cleaning channels allow the tire to continuously grip and provide traction even in severe conditions, while the chip-resistant sidewall prevents trip-ending punctures. This tire is as dependable as it gets.
The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is designed for extreme off-road enthusiasts. The asymmetric tread design grabs on-road—wet or dry—and off-road—mud or sand or rocks—aggressively, yet also provides great handling. The wraparound tread powers you out of tough spots when your adventures or jobs involve rough terrain.
From twin steel belts on the inside, to DuPont Kevlar on the exposed sidewall, this tire provides extra protection against punctures and cuts. Made for getting immersed in mud, while also delivering on blacktop, this tire will take your truck or SUV through it all.
Getting even muddier is BFGoodrich’s next generation of Mud-Terrain tires. New in 2018, this tire was designed to have 5% better mud traction and 8% better rock traction than the KM2, due to an improved tread compound. Large tread blocks are positioned to grip into the ground at all angles and eject debris, so getting stuck won’t be a concern.
The sidewalls are 27% tougher than the KM2, helping prevent punctures and tears from hazards you’ll brush up against. Add in a three-ply polyester casing, and this tire is tough inside and out.
This aggressive-looking, off-road tire runs smoothly and relatively quiet on the road. But these tires were made for snow, rugged terrain and especially mud. An aggressive tread design helps you get through mud, while voids in the tread pattern remove mud and dirt from the contact patch, so you don’t lose traction. Additional tread blocks on the sidewall help increase traction in wet and muddy conditions, while the 3-ply sidewall is designed to protect from damage and punctures caused by rocks and other debris.
This is an excellent mud-terrain tire that stands up well against the bigger-name, higher-priced mud tires on the market.
In the mud and snow, deep tread blocks and an aggressive pattern give this tire excellent grip. The tread design also expels mud, water and debris and is made of a chip-resistant compound. The sidewall, meanwhile, has a reinforced casing that offers welcome protection from rocks and other sharp hazards when driving off-road.
If you’re having fun in the mud or going off-road for a tough job, the last thing you want is your tires spinning in the mud. This is not a comprehensive list of mud tires, but hopefully this provides a good starting point to shop for mud tires.