Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Tire Review
- Dry 80% 80%
- Wet 80% 80%
- Snow 80% 80%
- Comfort 80% 80%
- Noise 75% 75%
- Treadwear 65% 65%
- Overall 77% 77%
There was a bit of confusion when I was creating this Kenda Klever A/T review. First off, the Klever A/T is not offered in the official US website. The only Kenda Klever tires that are available for light trucks are the Klever S/T, Klever H/P, Klever M/T, and the Klever H/T2.
Based on the features of the Kenda Klever A/T, I found out the Klever A/P is the nearest basis for comparison among the Klever family of tires. Both the Klever A/T and Klever A/P are hybrid tires designed for all-terrain use. However, the Klever A/P is a bit less rugged and subdued compared to the Klever A/T. Since I found it difficult to find a test vehicle fitted with the Klever A/P, this review will be focused on the Kenda Klever A/T all-terrain tire.
The Kenda Klever A/T is an all-terrain performance tire designed for light pickup trucks and rugged sport-utility vehicles. But unlike other all-terrain tires, the Klever A/T is also designed to be a bit more refined on the highway. Where other A/T tires are raucous and stiff on paved roads, the Klever A/T begs to differ since Kenda knows that you won’t be perpetually driving your SUV on challenging off-road terrain.
This all sounds great, right? Wait until you hear the price. You can expect to pay approximately $120 to $130 for each tire if you choose the Kenda Klever A/T. That’s more than half of what you would normally pay for a more expensive all-terrain tire. For all intents and purposes, it is easy to assume the Kenda Klever A/T as the bargain of the century in the all-terrain category, but what’s the catch?
Those were the things running in my mind as I prepared for this Kenda Klever A/T review. I was fortunate enough to acquire a 2011 Honda Pilot Touring SUV. The Pilot is fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Kenda Klever A/T tires. From the looks alone, my test vehicle was transformed from a refined family cruiser to a capable off-road machine courtesy of the rugged design of the Klever A/T tires.
Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Review: Features
The tire is constructed using dual steel belts to promote a quiet ride and longer wear. The sidewall is constructed with a 3-ply design to enhance the toughness of the tire. This feature is also designed to resist punctures and cuts as you crawl over unforgiving terrain. The tire also benefits from a protective rubber covering on the outside layer to improve air retention and prevent significant losses in tire pressure.
Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Review: Test Drive
The tires simply felt relentless as I sped on the highway and made a sharp left towards a rough patch of trail covered with grass and loose gravel.
The feeling of security was obvious as the tires made me feel the Pilot can forge over any type of terrain, barring deep mud and waist-level river crossings.
The tires also felt great on paved roads. Acceleration, braking, and handling was top notch.
Mind you, the tires are not built and designed for performance driving at high speeds, but they are more than capable for the task.
I was able to test the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 on muddy roads with loose dirt and sand and the results were terrific.
Again, the tires gave me a feeling of security which dramatically increased my driving confidence when it comes to driving on varying road terrain.
Of course, you will need to apply light throttle pressure and judicious steering to navigate over deep snow. But again, the tires made me feel safe and secure as I was driving over a blanket of snow-covered roads.
And you know what, I was right! I’m not saying the tires are more comfortable than a proper set of touring tires, but the tires felt smooth and comfortable despite the rugged tread design.