Falken Wildpeak H/T Review
- Dry 85% 85%
- Wet 90% 90%
- Snow 75% 75%
- Comfort 85% 85%
- Noise 85% 85%
- Treadwear 85% 85%
- Overall 84% 84%
The Falken Wildpeak H/T is designed for light pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and sporty crossovers. In this test drive and review, I was able to acquire a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser equipped with 17-inch aftermarket wheels and Falken Wildpeak H/T tires.
The owner of the Fj Cruiser decided to update the look of his SUV from a dedicated off-road machine to a swift highway cruiser. This was the reason for him to use the highway-terrain tires. I am familiar with the characteristics of the FJ Cruiser so I am excited to find out if the tires were enough to tone down the rugged manners of this SUV.
My test car used to be fitted with all-terrain tires that, in my mind, seemed better suited to the go-anywhere capabilities of the FJ Cruiser. The owner decided to buy a set of Falken Wildpeak H/T tires after her daughter went to college across two neighboring states. Since the SUV will now be cruising on seemingly endless amounts of open roads, I think the owner made a wise choice in changing his tires.
While I’m not a big fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, I know this SUV has the handling characteristics of a boat, although it feels more settled when exposed to the rudiments of extreme off-roading. Let’s see if the FJ Cruiser can really transform itself into a proper highway cruiser by simply changing from all-terrain to highway-terrain tires.
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Falken Wildpeak H/T review: Features
This tire is equipped with a variable-pitch shoulder design for better handling and cornering while reducing tire roar at high speeds. There is a barrage of multi-wave lateral sipes on the tread that enhances traction on wet or snowy roads.
The Falken Wildpeak H/T was constructed utilizing an all-season M+S rated tread compound and wider steel belts to enhance the strength and durability of the tire. It comes with a 60,000-mile limited tread wear warranty and is available in 15” to 20” diameters.
The best part? You can order these tires with outlined white sidewall letters!
Falken Wildpeak H/T review: Test Drive
I was thoroughly impressed with the traction and grip on dry roads considering the roads were still a bit moist from the rains.
I would have wanted to extend the test drive so I can speed up on the dry and hot pavement, but the owner of my test car only gave me the entire day to complete my review.
Overall, I was impressed with the damp and wet capabilities of the Wildtrack H/T tires. I didn’t feel the tires lose grip even as I stepped hard on the gas pedal to coax a bit of wheel spin.
In this regard, I will give the tires an average score, but they can handle up to 6-inches of snow before traction became an issue.
If you live in a cold climate with inches upon inches of snow-covered roads you are better off with a set of chunkier all-terrain tires.
Tire roar was virtually nonexistent at slow to average speeds and there were only minor tidbits of noise at higher speeds. The FJ Cruiser did feel like a certified ‘cruiser’ since it can now conquer the highways without bothering the driver and occupants with unnecessary road noise.
I talked to the guys at the tire store and they told me the wear characteristics of the Falken Wildpeak H/T was slightly better than those offered by Michelin or Bridgestone.
Perhaps the biggest consideration for choosing the Falken Wildpeak H/T over other brands is the low base price, but this would seem unfair since the tire is worth more than the actual numerical value.