Falken Wildpeak AT3W Tire Review
- Dry 95% 95%
- Wet 90% 90%
- Snow 85% 85%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 80% 80%
- Treadwear 85% 85%
- Overall 91% 91%
In this test drive and review of the Falken Wildpeak AT3W, I got the chance to test drive a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited AWD with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor paired with a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Falken Wildpeak AT3W has a solid following in the off-road community. Many will say that this is an excellent all-terrain tire that can handle deep snow, while others say the tire turns civilized when you are driving on the open road.
All-terrain tires from previous generations were stellar in the off-road, but they were harsh and crude on the highway. Falken utilized all the tricks in the book to produce an all-terrain and all-season tire that will behave smoothly on civilized roads. The result of this is the go-anywhere Wildpeak AT3W.
Falken Wildpeak AT3W Review: Features
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This tire is also equipped with an aggressive upper sidewall found just below the offset shoulder blocks. This design will protect the tire from cuts, scratches, and punctures when traversing over rocky terrain. It will also provide more traction at low tire pressures as it will serve to extend the biting surface of the tire on soft sand or off-camber surfaces.
The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is also touted to have the deepest treads in the all-terrain category. Deeper treads will improve the wear characteristics of the tire while providing deeper channels to quickly channel water or snow away from the tread surface. The reinforced tread blocks are equipped with support ramps and step-down features to prevent stones and other debris from being trapped inside the grooves.
Finally, this all-terrain tire is constructed using a silica-enriched polymer compound that provides impressive tread life and better performance in the wet.
Falken Wildpeak AT3W Review: Test Drive
This is not my first time to drive the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, but it is my first time to test the vehicle in the wilderness. I also got the chance to test the Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires in the snow.
I only felt the tires spin to hunt for traction as the rear wheels plunged deep in themuddy soil as I tried to avoid a large rock formation in front of the Cherokee, but the tires soon regained their composure and got back on track with a slight prod of the throttle pedal.
The tires simply glided over wet concrete and I never felt them break traction as I splashed over a deep puddle at highway speeds. The steering remained dead straight even when the tires over slippery wet asphalt.
Overall, I was impressed with the dry and wet performance of the Falken Wilkdpeak AT3W.
In this regard, I am proud to report that the tires felt magnificent on snowy or icy pavement. I never felt the tires lose control of the surface as I drove other inches of snow. Credit also goes to the Cherokee since the AWD system performed flawlessly when I needed it most.
Of course, highway terrain tires might deliver more in terms of overall comfort but it will seriously affect the go-anywhere capabilities of your truck or SUV.
The softer tread compound paid off in this regard as the tires remained comfy even when the vehicle was crawling over rugged terrain.
The owner of the Jeep Cherokee even said the Falken tires were quieter than his old Bridgestone all-terrain tires on all types of road surfaces. This is high praise for a tire that costs less than the aforementioned brand.
I also bring good news in terms of tread wear. The Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires on my Cherokee had minimal signs of wear even after 6,000 miles of mixed off-road and on-road driving. This is atestament to the engineering and design of the tires in providing maximum all-season traction with the wear characteristics of a touring tire. This also gives the tires terrific value since you are basically paying less money for a set of Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires.
The Falken Wildpeak AT3W should be at the top of your shopping list if you want new tires for your rugged truck or SUV.