15 Top-Rated All-Terrain Tires for 2021

All-terrain tires have an aggressive-looking tread pattern, offering great traction in off-road conditions. Here are the top 15 all-terrain tires on the market.

Who said driving has to be boring?

Between running errands and commuting to work, the day-to-day grind can grow stale for many drivers. Some of them like to get off the highway and into some adventure.

But for those drivers seeking a thrill every now and then, they may still need an option that offers that ability while still maintaining practicality. So instead of searching for the most extreme mud tires on the market, it’s common to opt for all-terrain tires.

What Are the Benefits of All-Terrain Tires?

All-terrain tires offer a tread design and rubber compound that combines many of the best attributes of both touring and mud tires.

Simply put, all-terrain tires could be looked at as the best of both worlds.

Touring tires are perfectly fine for the everyday driver who just needs a safe, secure drive on streets and highways. Off-road enthusiasts likely need mud tires specifically designed for adventurous driving through the muck, but then struggle with comfort and noise issues when they get back to normal driving.

Naturally, there are some compromises when combining the qualities of two extremely different types of tires. However, all-terrain tires are often the perfect option for those who want the ability to off-road without losing comfort on the pavement and don’t want to buy separate tires for either situation.

What Are the Best All-Terrain Tires Out There?

As all-terrain tires have grown in popularity, there is now a wealth of options for drivers who want the attributes they provide. Though they range in price point and range in their capacity to fit a certain driving type or a certain vehicle, here are 15 of the most popular and best-rated all-terrain tires you can find today!

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 – Less a mud-specific tire than a general off-roading option, the KO2 is built with a tread compound and sidewall design to not only handle mud but also boost durability around sharp edges like rocks. It can also handle wet and snowy conditions on the road.

Michelin LTX A/T 2 – Handling is at a premium with the LTX A/T 2. Both on- and off-road, in summer or winter, this tire is built to provide quality comfort and performance. One drawback may be performance on rocks.

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 – One of the most comfortable street rides in this category, the Geolandar G015 impresses in dry and wet conditions. It allows for good off-road adventure, though performance tends to be better in hardpacked conditions rather than deep mud or rocks.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar – The ideal balance of highway comfort and off-road durability, the All-Terrain Adventure is capable of providing traction in all weather and road conditions at a fairly affordable price.

Falken WildPeak A/T3W – A great option for drivers in colder climates. This tire offers increased stability on wet and snowy roads as well as impressive performance on rough terrain. While that’s all thanks to the tread pattern and sidewalls, those attributes do cause some noise on pavement.

Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus – One of the more expensive options listed here, there is still plenty of value to justify the price point for many drivers. The best attribute is its performance in wet conditions, offering impressive handling on the streets while maintaining the ability to go off-road.

Toyo Open Country A/T II – Emphasizing durability and traction, this tire features a tread design that extends around to the sidewall. That allows for better grip and performance in rough terrain, while the tread pattern still allows for a quiet ride.

Firestone Destination A/T – Combining the durability of mud tires with comfort on the road, this tire boasts a quality rubber compound with a tread design that emphasizes grip in various conditions.

Cooper Discoverer AT3 Tires – Exactly what you imagine an all-terrain tire should be, the Discoverer drives smooth on dry and wet roads while the tread pattern and puncture resistance offers some real adventure when you leave the pavement.

Hankook Dynapro AT-M – Another great value pick that offers impressive grip and traction on wet and snowy roads, though performance in deep mud won’t match some of the more expensive tires on this list.

Kumho Road Venture AT51 – An affordable and serviceable option, the Road Venture AT51 provides a good value due to its performance in various conditions, including snow. A solid low-price alternative to some of the more extreme on this list.

General Grabber AT2 – Another top option for snowy and wet conditions, the AT2 boasts a five-row tread design for increased grip in a variety of conditions, including mud.

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac – One of the most popular all-terrain tires, thanks to performance both on and off the road. With a very thick tread pattern, this tire is popular for many pickup drivers; and even comes standard on a few trucks.

Nitto Ridge Grappler – Known for its quality tires for extreme conditions, the Ridge Grappler is Nitto’s top all-terrain option. While maintaining much of the off-road performance thanks to the tread pattern and sidewall design, the Ridge Grappler is still plenty capable for pavement performance.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697 – Maybe not one of the newest models on this list, but still an impressive option given its ability on both rough terrain and on the pavement. The tire’s design and tread pattern allows for some real adventure with the quiet comfort you hope for on the roads. 

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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