The Best Mud Tires

For the off-road enthusiast who frequently has the need to tackle challenging terrain of the slippery and sloppy variety, nothing less than a set of the best mud tires will do. Of course, when it comes time to select a set for your truck, SUV or crossover, the options are nearly limitless. Mud tires are designed primarily to deliver exceptional traction and bite in the sort of conditions where lesser off-road tires will slip, slide and struggle. Most are designed to tackle rock climbing and snow as well.

With uniquely designed construction, special tread patterns and compounds, and targeted reinforcements for long-term durability, a set of the best mud tires should perform and last for years to come.

Below, we’ll highlight some of the best mud tires in the industry that are designed for tackling the most challenging conditions you and your 4×4 will ever face.

1. Editor’s Pick: Falken Wildpeak AT3W

With appealing pricing and numerous innovations, the Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires are geared towards the off-road enthusiast after high performance at an attainable price. Rugged and built to tackle any terrain, virtually every part of this mud tire has been optimized for maximum performance and durability.

For instance, heat diffuser technology in the sidewall helps ensure the inner structure of the tire is protected from excessive wear, even under heavy load. The 3D Canyon sipe design builds additional reinforcement into the actual tire treads. Shoulder blocks and an aggressive upper sidewall help protect your vehicle’s wheels, as well as the tire sidewall, from damage.

Best of all, the AT3W tires are rated for severe winter use, making them ideal for the driver who chooses to run a single tire on their 4×4, all year round. Owner reviews are strongly positive, with most indicating that these tires are nearly impossible to beat for the price.

When it comes to performance and value, these might just be the best mud terrain tires you can buy.

Pros/Numerous innovations add value, Excellent owner reviews, Built-in confidence on all terrain, Winter rated

Cons/Too aggressive for some applications, Relatively pricey

2. Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Radial

Built for tough, strong performance on the road less travelled, these popular truck mud tires combine the confidence of one of the world’s premier tire manufacturers with numerous advanced features and technologies for a premium tire offering that’ll satisfy even the discerning off-roader. This flagship off-road tire features Kevlar-reinforced sidewalls, which boost puncture resistance by 30%, as well as a wrap-around tread pattern designed for a strong bite in deep sand and mud. Engineers specified a silica-enhanced rubber compound for added grip in wet conditions, and the unique asymmetric tread design provides top-line off-road performance and enhanced on-road handling. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar model is among the best mud tires anywhere

Pros/Excellent performance, Brand confidence, Quieter than average

Cons/May be difficult to balance, Some owners report a dramatic increase in fuel consumption, Expensive

3. BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM

One of the most popular, and best truck mud tires tires on the market, these high-performing tires hit the road with various improvements for their latest iteration, including reduced road noise, more even wear, and improved ride smoothness. Rated a 10 Most Influential Product by JP magazine, the Mud Terran T/A KM tires support drivers with special DiggerLugz, built into the treads and sidewall, which allow for superior traction in deep mud, and effective tread clearing to maintain a positive bite on the surface beneath.

The strongly reinforced structure helps fend off punctures and bruising, while advanced rubber compounding and a built-in rim protector add extra confidence and protection. Owner reviews are strongly positive, though some owners report difficulty in having the tires balanced, and report the need to rotate the tires more frequently than expected, for more even wear.

Pros/Strong performance, Numerous improvements, High-value price-point, Positive owner reviews

Cons/May be difficult to balance, Requires frequent rotation to ensure even wear

4. Toyo Open Country M/T

These mud terrain tires are designed with a focus on off-road capability without compromise, these highly rated tires feature among the market’s most aggressive tread designs, some of the highest ratings for off-road grip, and excellent durability. The tread pattern is designed to bite strongly and keep the treads clear of mud, dirt, and snow, delivering consistent traction and predictable performance. Over-the-shoulder treads enhance grip in deep snow and mud, and maintain strong adhesion to the surface beneath at all steering angles. Finally, strong reinforcement ensures that these tires will last for the long haul. Just note that the best mud tires come with an accordingly-hefty price tag, and that some owners wish for a quieter ride and less of a hit to fuel consumption.

Pros/Excellent performance, Brand confidence, Built to last

Cons/Fuel mileage takes a hit, May be too loud for some drivers

5. Milestar Patagonia M/T Mud Terrain

When price is the prime priority in a well-reviewed off-road tire, look no further than the Milestar Patagonia M/T Mud Terrain tire. Designed for strong performance in mud, snow, or over rocks and sand, these tires are popular with explorers from all walks of life. A high-void tread design provides numerous aggressive biting edges that promote self-cleaning and ejection of mud and snow for consistent performance. Off-center tread blocks enhance both on-road and off-road performance, and a 3-ply sidewall resists impact damage and punctures. Owner reviews are mostly positive, with many owners reporting initial apprehension about the price-point, but being subsequently impressed with the performance and noise levels.

Pros/Highly affordable, Relatively quiet on pavement, Strong owner reviews

Cons/Some owners complain of faster-than-expected wear

6. Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

With a careful blend of off-road performance and on-road comfort and refinement, the Trail Grappler M/T tires from Nitto are perfect for the driver after top notch traction on the road less travelled, as well as good on-road manners, from the same tires. This combination makes these some of the best mud tires we could find.

With numerous provisions designed to minimize the compromise between traction and noise, engineers even used advanced sound analysis equipment to reduce the high on-road noise levels commonly associated with off-road tires when used on the road. The result? A ride with 36 percent less tire noise at highway speeds.

Shoppers can pick from two sidewall designs to suit their individual tastes, and special central siping and shoulder grooves between the tread blocks increase traction and reduce hydroplaning, without sacrificing tread block stiffness. Owner reviews are strongly positive and typically reference high levels of traction with appreciably low noise levels. There’s little doubt that the Nitto Trail Grapplers are some of the best mud tires available today.

Pros/Quiet, Plenty of traction, High-tech design for maximum performance

Cons/Relatively expensive, Some owners remain unimpressed with noise level

7. Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Mickey Thompson makes some of the most popular off-road tires on the market, and their Baja Claw TTC tire line is a premium offering designed for competition-ready performance in the mud. Exceptional self-cleaning performance helps keep consistent contact with the surface beneath, and shoulder-mounted treads are installed via a special decoupling grove that allows for high flexibility and increased compatibility with challenging surfaces, even at steep steering angles.

PowerPly sidewalls are fitted to all sizes for added durability and puncture resistance. Finally, special T6 rubber compounding enhances traction on wet and icy surfaces for all-condition confidence. Owner reviews are positive, though typical off-road tire compromises remain.

Pros/Top-line durability, Extreme flexibility for extreme conditions, Brand confidence

Cons/Road noise levels, Fuel consumption

8. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro

From Cooper tires comes this flagship All-Terrain tire. The STT Pro tire line features proprietary reinforcement technologies to resist impacts and damage, while a hybrid tread pattern reduces road noise, increases stability, and dials up off-road traction. Other provisions enable uniform wear and reduce the tendency of the vehicle to drift in its lane at highway speeds.

Deep and aggressive side-biters provide additional traction up the tire sidewall, and a flex-groove in the tire buttress allows strategically deployed flex between the treads and sidewalls for optimal contact, even at extreme angles. Finally, unique scoops and scallops on selected edges of the tire tread lugs generate a shoveling effect that digs through mud and deep snow, scoop by scoop.

A silica tread compound rounds out the package for added grip in wet and slippery conditions. This is a highly-advanced off-road tire that puts everything Cooper knows about off-road tires to work for you. Owner reviews are positive in general, with many reporting a quieter-than-expected ride on the road more travelled—though some owners report faster-than-expected wear.

9. Interco TrXus M/T

From the makers of the legendary Super Swamper tires (among the best mud tires in the world) comes the TrXus M/T Radials—which combine a smooth and quiet ride with tough, thick sidewalls for superior cut and chip resistance. Aggressive siping provides excellent all-surface traction, especially in snow and mud, while also enabling exceptional rock-climbing performance. Finally, special boutique-like production procedures help ensure heavy duty durability is built right in to each and every tire, and ensure’s that they’re far tougher and more effective than factory-supplied tires. Numerous configurations and variants are available, including a 10-ply E-rated tire, and a competition-only ‘sticky’ version. These mud terrain tires are popular and highly rated amongst professionals for a long history of success and a proven brand reputation, but expect to pay a premium when installing them on your truck or 4×4

Pros/Leading performance, Very tough and long-lasting, Proven brand reputation

Cons/Expensive, May degrade on-road comfort considerablySystem

10. Pro Comp Xtreme MT2

Pro Comp is one of the biggest names in off-road wheels, but the company also produces a well-regarded tire lineup – including the Xtreme MT2. More of an all-around all-terrain tire rather than a pure mud-focused design (the name is a bit misleading), these tires are a solid choice for a daily driver that does some double-duty off-road. Pro Comp backs them up with a 40,000-mile tread wear warranty. In researching owner reviews, they get high marks for holding up to lots of paved road use and they excel at rock crawling. There are definitely some mud terrain tires that perform better in the slick stuff, but the Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 is certainly capable in the muck.

Pros/Solid all-around tire, Impressive 40K warranty, Excels on rocks

Cons/Not a pure mud terrain tire

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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