Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 Review
- Dry 90% 90%
- Wet 90% 90%
- Snow 80% 80%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 90% 90%
- Treadwear 80% 80%
- Overall 87% 87%
If you are looking for a rugged and go-anywhere vehicle that still delivers high-levels of comfort and refinement, the Chevrolet Colorado might be the perfect choice for you. I’m not a big fan of SUVs and pickup trucks but my test vehicle made me think otherwise.
I got my hands on a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab. It was equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 motor paired to a slick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. It is true the V6 motor has a healthy appetite for gas compared to larger engines of full-sized pickup trucks (especially if you have a heavy right foot), but direct-injection technology gave the motor a healthy 269 ft.-lbs. of torque, which made it effortless to motivate the pickup even when the bed is laden with cargo.
But the star of the show are the Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 tire. My test vehicle came fitted with stock 17-inch wheels. The owner bought the Hankook tires as a replacement for the old all-season tires. He was very pleased with the performance of the Dynapro HT RH12 because the tires delivered a smooth and comfy ride despite the rugged tread design.
I found this hard to believe. But in this review of the Hankook Dynapro HT RH12, I found out the tires offered more than just excellent all-season capabilities.
Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 Review: Features
The tires is also fitted with button and semi-solid ribs to further enhance wet and snow traction. The interlocking geometry of the rib design and the high stiffness center block are responsible for improving the handling and steering response of your truck or SUV.
It seems Hankook got all the bases covered with the Dynapro HT RH12. But how does it feel when driven on a mixed variety of roads and off-road terrain?
Hankook Dynapro HT RH12 Review: Test Drive
I drove the pickup on a multitude of city roads, highways, and mild off-road terrain but the tires felt surefooted even as I pushed the vehicle to above-average speeds.
Of course, the Colorado is far from being a sports sedan since the tall ride height gave a nervous sense of handling as I turned the wheel to attack a sharp left-handed corner, but I didn’t feel the tires lose traction even as I was working the V6 motor to the upper reaches of the rev limit.
Braking was also admirable given the drenched condition of slippery asphalt roads. I guess this all had something to do with my aggressive driving nature, but I think the Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33 was better when it comes to sporty performance on wet roads.
In most cases, you will feel the steering lighten up a bit as you navigate over light snow, which is a sign the tires were losing grip or hunting traction, but not in these tires. In fact, I also drove on roads with more than 2-inches of snow and the tires still felt great.
The owner of the Colorado was right when he said his pickup felt more comfortable and refined after fitting the Hankook tires, but it’s far from being perfect.
You will still feel the tires humping and thumping their way as you drive over concrete expansion joints and potholes, but this is par for the course in the world of pickup trucks.