Continental CrossContact LX20 Review

Continental CrossContact LX20 Review

  • Dry 95%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 90%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 87.5%

This review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 is very timely. Did you notice the family sedan is slowly fading into obscurity to give way to crossover vehicles and larger SUVs? Our roads are literally filled with car-based crossovers that it’s hard to keep count. Ever carmaker is entering the SUV bandwagon. Even Rolls-Royce and Maserati are joining the fray with the Cullinan and Levante, respectively.

My test vehicle for this review is not a full-on SUV. I managed to spend some time driving a 2015 Subaru Forester with the 2.5-liter Boxer engine, CVT transmission, and Subaru’s famed symmetrical all-wheel drive system. It was fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Continental CrossContact LX20 tires. You might be asking why my test vehicle was fitted with such a tire, and I’ll tell you why: the owner of the Forester is a hardcore off-roader. He also owns a modified Jeep Wrangler to play with the big boys. He wanted a set of tires that are refined on the highway yet capable in light off-road driving scenarios. It seems he found the answer with the Continental CrossContact LX20.

Continental CrossContact LX20 review: Features

The Continental CrossContact LX20 is a premium all-season tire designed for light trucks, SUVs, and crossover vehicles. EcoPlus Technology enables the CrossContact LX20 to offer excellent all-season performance, better fuel economy, and reduced wear without sacrificing traction and grip in the dry.

The tire was constructed using Continental’s eco-friendly tread compound enhanced with +Silane additives and Tg-F polymers. The formula is optimized to improve traction while lowering the rolling resistance of the rubber. It is equipped with a continuous center rib with independent tread blocks to offer a solid steering feel and enhanced traction on dry tarmac. The tire also comes with four wide circumferential grooves and additional traction grooves to improve grip on wet, snowy, or loose pavement.

What makes the Continental CrossContact LX20 stand out is the aggressive symmetrical tread design. This is a sporty tire that can handle rough pavement with nary a complaint. But it can also give your SUV or crossover a comfortable and silent highway ride, which is hard to believe unless you try for yourself. I learned this early on as I drove my test vehicle over smooth highways.

Continental CrossContact LX20 review: Test Drive

I don’t mean to biased, but the Subaru Forester was always a favorite of mine even before crossovers became popular. It didn’t have to do with the Subaru name or the unique Boxer engine layout. The Forester feels more than just an Impreza on stilts. Newer generations are much larger than the early models, but they didn’t lose the secured driving feeling that made the Forester so popular in the first place.

Dry Traction

The Continental CrossContact LX20 tires felt magnificent over dry tarmac. The steering was precise and braking was strong, dependable, and spot on. You will need to drive like a loon to coax the tires to spin and lose traction but the symmetrical all-wheel drive system kept everything in check. Mind you, if you have a high-performance SUV designed for speed, this is not the tire for your vehicle. But for the everyday and mundane sort of driving, you won’t have reason to complain.

Wet Traction

Is right for me to say the Continental CrossContact LX20 tires felt better in the wet than on dry land? Maybe. Whatever the case, the tires felt awesome in the wet. Even if you apply judicious throttle pressure, you will never get a feeling the tires are ‘floating’ or ‘skimming’ over wet roads. The symmetrical tread design and wider circumferential grooves gave me the impression that the tires were actually ‘slicing’ over the wet tarmac to always maintain steady traction and grip. But what really impressed me was the steering feel. It doesn’t matter is you’re driving over wet or dry roads. The Continental CrossContact LX20 tires simply gave my Forester a more direct and crisp steering feel.

Snow Traction

The Continental CrossContact LX20 tires also felt at home when the roads turned from wet to slush. They were even capable of driving over more than 2 inches of snow! Anything deeper might require snow chains or a better set of aggressive all-terrain tires. I also drove over moderately rough terrain and the tires were more than up for the task. Of course, credit also goes to my Subaru Forester for allowing me to traverse over rough patches of loose terrain without nary missing a beat. Like I said, the Continental CrossContact LX20 tires were a perfect match to the all-terrain capabilities of my test vehicle.

Comfort

The ‘premium’ part about the Continental CrossContact LX20 is the excellent ride comfort and extremely silent ride. Let’s start with the ride comfort. The tires felt smooth and stable on the highway and remained undisturbed even when hassled by potholes and road undulations. This is high praise for an all-season tire that can also handle a bit of mud, snow, and dirt roads.

Noise

You can’t call a tire ‘premium’ if it roars like an African lion on the highway. As it turns out, the Continental CrossContact LX20 were eerily silent at high speeds. Now this is what you call a true premium tire! The tires were hushed in the city and remained calm even as I sped up. The tires also remained quiet over rough patches of concrete road. This is the tire to buy if you are looking to enhance the on-road refinement of your crossover or SUV.

Treadwear

The Continental CrossContact LX20 tires on my test vehicle were fitted approximately six months ago and have traveled a distance of 4,500 miles. The tires had minor signs of wear but nothing too drastic to merit a poor score. It even boggled me upon learning the tires were not brand new because it felt like my test vehicle was riding on a new set of rubber.

Conclusion

The Continental CrossContact LX20 is a wiser and more economical choice. If you demand a rugged all-season tire that offers better refinement for your crossover or SUV, it is hard to beat the Continental CrossContact LX20.

This tire is available in:

Pickup trucks/crossovers/SUVs, 16” to 20”, Touring, All-season

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 84%

The word ‘verde’ in Italian means ‘green’. The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is an eco-friendly tire for small to midsize crossovers and sport utility vehicles. This tire is primarily designated as an all-season touring tire but the ‘Scorpion’ moniker means it can also handle light off-road duty. Come to think about it, when was the last time you came across a touring tire with the rugged DNA of an all-terrain tire? But the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not just about on-road and off-road performance. This green tire also incorporates low rolling resistance and reduced weight to enhance the fuel economy while reducing the CO2 emissions of your SUV. It all sounds unbelievable, right? Well, you better believe it. The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus offers all of that and much more. In reality, it has to be good since each tire will start upwards of $130 to $150 each. This is not the right tire to choose if you are short on cash, but very few SUV tires can offer the capabilities of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. In this review, I was fortunate to acquire a 2012 Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with stock 20-inch wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Tires. My test vehicle is the R-Design model with the 3.2-liter V6 gasoline motor and 6-speed automatic transmission.

I am entirely familiar with the merits of the Volvo XC90. It offers the refinement of a sedan and the off-road capabilities of a true-blue sport-utility vehicle. The owner told me he used to have highway-terrain tires on his ride. He decided to upgrade to a more rugged set of tires when he bought a piece of land that he turned into a chicken farm. That’s right, a chicken farm. How will the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires fare on a variety of smooth roads and rugged trails? That’s what I’m here to find out.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review: Features

I previously mentioned the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not the most economical choice for an SUV tire, but the tire is actually way cheaper than a comparable set of Michelin or Goodyear tires. The Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is built with Pirelli’s PNCS or Pirelli Noise Cancelling System. This technology utilizes a sound absorbing device applied to the inside circumferential wall of the tire top significantly reduce road noise. The tire is also equipped with optimized pitch sequence and phasing on the treads to further lower the internal noise. The tire also has a larger contact patch with four wide longitudinal grooves to offer better traction on wet and snow-covered roads. The tire is also equipped with a large number of longitudinal siping with high-lateral sipe density to offer excellent all-season performance even on light snow. The Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is manufactured by using a silica-enhanced tread compound to deliver exceptional all-season performance.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Review: Test Drive

There is a reason why some car buyers still prefer the old Volvo XC90 over the new model. This is the type of SUV that you can really drive every single day. It is not as big and wide as the Ford Expedition yet it is more refined and spacious than a comparable Acura MDX or Ford Flex.

Dry Traction

This might sound like an overstatement, but the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus tires were able to stick like super glue on dry pavement. The steering felt responsive and braking was superb given the size and weight of my test vehicle. Handling was also excellent as long as you remain judicious with your steering and throttle inputs. It really felt like my test vehicle was riding on summer tires in the dry. It was that good. Planning to do some off-road driving? No sweat. The tires are equipped to handle light off-road trails without a hitch.

Wet Traction

It’s sort of a mixed bag when you’re driving in the wet. At slow to moderate speeds, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires felt confident in the wet. But if you like driving at higher speeds on a wet highway, you better keep a firm grip on the wheel as the tires have a tendency to temporarily break traction as you drive on rain-soaked pavement.

Snow Traction

Traction and grip in the snow was quite admirable. However, if you are planning to take your SUV to a skiing holiday, it is better to upgrade to a proper set of snow tires since the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is not designed to tackle heavy snow.

Comfort

The suspension tuning of my test vehicle was the perfect match for the comfortable nature of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus tires. Make no mistake about it since the Volvo XC90 is renowned for its ride comfort, but the tires were able to elevate the comfort levels to another notch. Considering the fact my test vehicle was riding on 20-inch wheels, this is high praise indeed.

Noise

Since the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is basically a touring tire at the very core, it comes as no surprise that it rolled quietly even as I was breaching the speed limit on the highway. The tires were whisper-quiet at slow speeds and they remained muffled even at higher speeds. If you demand a comfortable and silent tire for your SUV, you don’t need to look further than this.

Treadwear

The Pirelli Scropion Verde All Season Plus tires in my test vehicle were purchased more than five months ago but the tires showed no signs of accelerated wear. I gave the tires a closer look and found minimal signs of wear on all four corners of the vehicle.

Conclusion

If you can afford it, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus is one of the best tires for sport-utility vehicles and luxury pickup trucks. This is the type of tire that can perform exceptionally well in all types of weather and road conditions without sacrificing comfort and a silent ride.

OHTSU ST5000 Review

OHTSU ST5000 Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 85%
  • Comfort 75%
  • Noise 70%
  • Treadwear 70%
  • Overall 79%
The OHTSU ST5000 is yet another budget-friendly alternative for your pickup truck or SUV. The OHTSU ST5000 looks erringly similar to the Falken Ziex S/TZ05. Both tires are equipped with an all-season non-directional and symmetrical tread design so you can rotate the tires in various configurations to enhance even wear.

Both tires have an M+S rating, and both tires are equipped with a grooved center rib design. But the similarities end there. I’m not surprised that the OHTSU and the Falken are somewhat similar since they are basically made by the same parent brand, but the OHTSU starts at a lower price compared to the Falken.

In this review of the OHTSU ST5000, I got behind the wheel of a 2013 GMC Acadia fitted with stock 20-inch wheels and OHTSU ST5000 tires.

My test vehicle was equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 motor paired to a slick shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

I’m not the biggest fan of the GMC Acadia even though it has one of the best rides in midsize SUV category.

I simply found the vehicle too big and cumbersome for the daily drive, but it does fit up to 8 passengers while still retaining a massive cargo area.

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OHTSU ST5000 Review: Features

The OHTSU ST5000 is built and engineered for all season highway performance. This is an affordable tire that will enhance the on-road refinement of your pickup truck or sport-utility vehicle.

What makes this tire stand out is the extremely low price tag. My test vehicle was fitted with larger 20-inch tires and the owner paid less than $500 for a complete set.

The OHTSU ST5000 is constructed using an all-season tread compound to deliver better traction and grip on wet and dry roads.

The symmetrical tread pattern is also enhanced with a continuous center rib to improve the handling and stability of your SUV.

The tire is also equipped with high-angled lateral grooves with offset tread blocks to increase the level of traction on all types of road surfaces. This feature is also designed for a smoother and quieter ride.

The OHTSU ST5000 has four circumferential grooves to improve resistance to hydroplaning.

There are multiple sipes on the face of the tread which serve as biting edges on slippery or snowy roads.

The tire is constructed using a joint-less nylon cap to improve the strength and durability of the carcass.

OHTSU ST5000 Review: Test Drive

I hopped aboard the Acadia with high expectations. Cheap tires are supposed to be good in wet and dry road conditions, but you can expect a bit more road noise with faster wear. That’s how it is with cheap tires!

But is the OHTSU ST5000 any different, or should you settle for the Falken tires instead? Those were the questions I was willing to answer in this ST5000 review.

Dry Traction

In all honesty, I have nothing bad to say about the OHTSU ST5000 when it comes to performance on dry roads.

Traction and grip were plentiful and lateral grip was top notch given the bulk and weight of my test vehicle.

I was able to travel at faster speeds without losing steering responsiveness and road grip.

Handling and cornering is on the average side of things, while braking was also admirable given the low price point of the tires.

However, I have to reiterate that the OHTSU ST5000 tires are not designed for sporty driving and equally sporting SUVs.

Like a proper set of performance touring rubber, the tires felt more at home when you’re driving at average to high speeds on a smooth highway.

Wet Traction

Traction on wet roads was also admirable. I was able to drive a bit more aggressively in the wet without forcing the tires to break traction.

Don’t get me wrong, though. The tires felt good in the wet, but you will feel the tires hunting for some much needed grip if you apply abrupt changes to the steering and throttle pedal.

Like I said, if sporty wet handling is your cup of tea, the OHTSU ST5000 tires might not be the most suitable for your palette.

Snow Traction

The OHTSU ST5000 tires were average in the snow and they are basically useless if you are traversing over sleet, ice, or deep snow.

I think this is acceptable given the low price. You would think the tires can handle a bit more snow given the aggressive sipes on the treads, but you will need a proper set of winter tires when the snow begins to pile up in the winter.

Comfort

There is no question the GMC Acadia is a comfortable highway cruiser. I was able to drive at higher speeds without feeling tired or consumed after a long and tiresome journey.

The OHTSU ST5000 felt like a more expensive set of touring tires on a smooth highway. The tires delivered large dollops of comfort on tight city roads as well.

Noise

The noise levels and tire roar are not as bad as you think. Cheap tires have a tendency to be raucous at higher speeds, but the OHTSU ST5000 is a bit more scaled down in terms of road noise.

Mind you, the tire roar is still there at higher than average speeds, but it’s not enough to upset the overall refinement of my test vehicle.

Treadwear

The OHTSU ST5000 on my test vehicle were purchased six months ago but the treads were still relatively fresh despite the age of the tires.

Yes, there were noticeable signs of fading and wear on the sipes but this is above average for the price.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a capable and affordable set of all-season touring tires for your pickup truck or SUV, you should definitely consider the OHTSU ST5000 if your primary concern is to save money.

Kenda Klever M/T KR29 Tire Review

Kenda Klever M/T KR29 Tire Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 85%
  • Comfort 75%
  • Noise 70%
  • Treadwear 70%
  • Overall 80%
Mud tires are expected to perform admirably on the most challenging off-road terrain, including deep snow. Few people will expect a mud tire to behave like a touring tire when driven on paved roads. It’s a compromise that all people are willing to expect when they buy a set of mud tires for their pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and hardcore off-road machines.

But the Kenda Klever M/T KR29 wants to be different. Similar to the capabilities of the Kenda A/T, the M/T is supposed to retain all the ruggedness and go-anywhere capabilities of a mud tire with a mild sprinkling of on-road refinement. Considering the price point of the Kenda Klever A/T, all of this sounds too good to be true, or is it?

In this review of the Kenda Klever M/T KR29, I wanted to find out if the bold and ambitious claims of on-road refinement are really true. I was expecting the tires to perform flawlessly on muddy and challenging terrain, but how can the tires cope in terms of high-speed driving, comfort, noise, and wear?

Kenda Klever M/T KR29 Review: Features

The Kenda Klever M/T KR29 is a heavy-duty mud tire designed to cope with the demands of off-road pickup trucks and SUVs. The tire is constructed using an improved and more durable tread compound to promote toughness and outstanding durability in all types of off-road driving applications.

The most apparent feature of the Kenda Klever M/T KR29 are the radiated shoulder lugs. This feature will serve to increase traction on sand, mud, or snow, even of the tires are deflated to a lower tire pressure. The shoulder lugs are also designed to be self-cleaning to constantly maintain traction even on wet and thick mud.

The aggressive and chunky treads are equipped with sipes to increase the biting edges on the tread surface. The tire is constructed with a double-steel belted design to promote durability with lasting and even tire wear.

Kenda Klever M/T KR29 Review: Test Drive

My test vehicle for this Kenda Klever M/T KR29 review is a 2012 RAM 1500 SLT Quad Cab equipped with the 4.7-liter V8 gasoline motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. My test vehicle is bone stock except for the aftermarket 17-inch wheels and Kenda Klever M/T KR29 tires. I was excited to get cracking since this is my first time behind the wheel of a RAM pickup truck.

Dry Traction

The tires felt confident in the dry. Acceleration and braking were strong even as I hauled the heavy truck to a full stop from average speeds. The steering also felt precise and communicative despite the size of my test vehicle. I never imagined the steering of the RAM to be similar to a sporty SUV, but it seems the tires had a lot to do with how the steering feels when driven on dry, paved roads.

Wet Traction

It would be foolish to pilot the RAM at high speeds on a wet road, but the tires felt relentless as I sped on an empty patch of slippery tarmac peppered with water puddles and loose dirt. The tires felt they can take more than just a slight drizzle. I didn’t feel the tires were breaking traction even as I drove over muddy and rocky terrain, either. When it comes to wet and dry traction, the Klever M/T KR29 is one of the best I have tested considering the lower price point of the tires.

Snow Traction

Traction in the snow is highly impressive, too. The Kenda Klever M/T KR29 tires gave me the assurance that I can safely navigate over deep snow. I was able to test the tires on roads covered with more than 3 to 4 inches of snow and I never felt the tires were hunting for traction even as I was a bit too aggressive with the throttle and steering. Overall, the tires felt good on snow and ice.

Comfort

The Kenda Klever M/T KR29 tires are not the epitome of highway comfort. The ride actually felt a bit stiffer than I was expecting but it wasn’t too bad to give me backaches during my test drive. The suspension felt unsettled when you’re driving at high speed, but the ride will settle down once you traverse over a rough patch of road. If this sounds like the tires are more comfortable on the off-road than on smooth roads, you are correct.

Noise

Kenda claims the Klever M/T KR29 will roll quietly on paved roads, and they weren’t kidding. However, don’t expect the tires to be as silent as a mausoleum. The tires were a bit more subdued than the other mud tires that I tested, but the road noise and tire roar will intensify as you pile on the speed. In all fairness, the tires were indeed muffled at slow speeds, and that’s impressive.

Treadwear

This is where the problem starts. The Kenda Klever M/T KR29 tires fitted to my test vehicle were only about 4 months old (average of 2,500 or so miles) but there were already signs of accelerated wear on the chunky treads. Even though the wear pattern wear pattern was evenly distributed across the face of the treads, I find it hard to believe that the tires are capable of lasting 60,000 miles, which also happens to be the tread wear warranty offered on the tires.

Conclusion

The Kenda Klever M/T KR29 comes highly recommended despite the short tread life. If you are really bothered by this, you should consider the price of the Klever A/T and compare it with the top name brands. Prices start at around $140 to $150 each, which is less than half of what you can expect to pay from a similar set of mud tires from other famous brands.

Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Tire Review

Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Tire Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 80%
  • Comfort 80%
  • Noise 75%
  • Treadwear 65%
  • Overall 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 Kenda Klever A/T KR28 is built for toughness and subdued refinement. It is equipped with a chunky symmetrical tread design with deep sipes to improve traction, grip, and cornering on all types of roads, whether dry, wet, or snowy. The tire is also equipped with four wide circumferential grooves and a staggered tread design to avoid hydroplaning, aquaplaning, or a general loss of grip on slippery or muddy surfaces.

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

My test vehicle is equipped with a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 gasoline motor with Honda’s proprietary cylinder deactivation system. With 250 horsepower and 253 pounds foot of torque on tap, I was looking forward to bit of minor off-roading with tons of highway driving in between.

Dry Traction

I have nothing bad to say about the capabilities of the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 on dry conditions.

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.

Wet Traction

I never felt the tires skipped a beat as I sped on a wet patch of highway. Although braking distances were significantly longer on wet roads, the tires felt they can handle more than just a slight drizzle.

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.

Snow Traction

The Kenda Klever A/T KR28 tires also felt marvelous on snowy roads. The tires can handle up to 3 or 4 inches of deep snow without missing a beat.

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.

Comfort

Since the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 is a cross between a mud tire and a touring tire, I was expecting the tires to be a bit more comfortable on the highway.

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.

Noise

Surprisingly enough, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 tires had low levels of noise and roar on smooth pavement, even at higher than average speeds. The tires were not whisper quiet, but they weren’t aggravating either. Road noise is relative to your speed. The faster you go, the louder the tire roar.

Treadwear

I knew that Kenda had to make some sacrifices to come up with a highly competent hybrid all-terrain tire. The tires fitted to my test vehicle were approximately 7 months old and have traveled a course of 4,000 or so miles since then. There were traces of wear on all four tires and some of the sipes were shallower than they used to be.

Conclusion

In a surprising turn of events, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 performed flawlessly in the entire duration of my test drive and review. If your SUV needs a refined set of affordable all-terrain tires, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 should be on top of your list.