Can an all-terrain tire roll as smoothly and quietly as a tire with highway treads? That was the big question I was looking to answer in this Toyo Open Country A/T II Review.
I am not particularly favorable of large trucks and sport-utility vehicles. I find them too big and too complicated for my city-based lifestyle. I have nothing against these behemoths. In fact, I appreciate the macho and rugged appeal of pickup trucks, and I admire the space and cargo carrying capabilities of large SUVs.
If I were to have a truck, I would most certainly choose all-terrain over highway-terrain tires. Chunkier tires will enhance the go-anywhere capabilities of your Silverado, RAM, or F-150 while making them look more aggressive on all sides.
My test vehicle for this Toyo Open Country A/T II review is a 2014 Ford F-150 STX 4-door SuperCab. The rig is equipped with a lift kit, aftermarket off-road suspension, and the 302-horsepower 3.7-liter EcoBoost V6. The truck is also fitted with 20-inch wheels and Toyo Open Country A/T tires. In short, the truck means business.
The owner of the badass F-150 is an off-road enthusiast who does a lot of highway driving on a daily basis. He particularly chose the Toyo Open Country A/T because of two main factors: cost and on-road capabilities. The looks alone will leave no doubts about the off-road capabilities of the tire, but is it also capable to silently and comfortably cruise on the highway? Not all tires designed for all-terrain driving can boast that claim, and that’s what I’m here to find out.
Mind you, the Toyo Open Country A/T tires fitted on my test vehicle were not exactly cheap, but they cost less than variants from Michelin or Bridgestone. A 20-inch Open Country A/T II from Toyo will set you back about $340 a piece. Of course, you will pay less if your truck or SUV is fitted with smaller diameter stock OEM wheels.
Toyo Open Country A/T II Review: Features
The tire is engineered with tie bars between the tread blocks that improves wet and dry braking while helping to reduce irregular tire wear. If this sounds like the features of a highway tire then you’re right. The Toyo Open Country A/T II is a highway tire in disguise since it rolls silently while offering impressive off-road capabilities.
The Toyo Open Country A/T II is available in three shoulder designs. You can choose P-Metric, LT-Metric, and Xtreme sizes in 15” to 22” diameters for a wide array of applications.
Toyo Open Country A/T II Review: Test Drive
Yes, the Toyo Open Country A/T II commands a higher price but it delivers on all fronts. It now belongs in my shortlist as one of the best all-terrain tires for trucks and SUVs.