The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is just one of the many types in the Geolandar family. Yokohama has designed and engineered an immense variety of truck and SUV tires to cope up with the ever changing road conditions. In this review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015, I wanted to find out if the hybrid between a mud tire and highway-terrain tire is something that people should consider given the relatively high price.
Yes, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is an expensive tire. But when you think about it, the tire is designed to offer superior traction and grip on both wet and dry roads while still remaining capable enough to handle mild off-road terrain, even in severe winter and snow conditions. While the tire may look ultimately rugged upon first glance, Yokohama claims the tire is capable of a smooth and silent ride on paved roads.
I find that hard to believe since all the A/T tires I’ve tested in the past were chatty and noisy when driven on smooth concrete and tarmac. I mean, if you really want a silent and smooth ride, you can always choose a set of highway-terrain tires, but what if you like the best of both worlds? Is there such a tire than can meet both demands?
In order to find out, I got myself a 2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 equipped with stock 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. I took it out for a test drive so I can come up with a comprehensive review. The owner was thinking about selling the SUV so he can have room in the garage for a newer pickup truck. He bought the Geolandar A/T G015 during the last quarter of 2017, so the tire has seen a lot of action since then.
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review: Features
Like I said before, I think the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a cross between a mud tire and highway terrain tire. Want proof? Yokohama claims every size of the Geolandar A/T G015 received the Severe Snow designation. When you think about it, there isn’t a lot of A/T tires that can fulfill that claim.
In order to provide excellent all-season traction, the Geolandar A/T G015 was manufactured using the Enduro compound with Orange Oil for strength and durability. The Orange Oil was also utilized to resist wear and lower the rolling resistance of the tire. There are a plethora of Triple 3D sipes on the face of the tread. The sipes are designed to change their shape to maintain sufficient biting edges even as the treads wear down.
The Geolandar A/T G015 is equipped with four circumferential grooves to prevent hydroplaning on severely wet road conditions. The EdgeTec grooves between the treads are shaped to create even more biting edges to provide excellent traction on deep snow.
The tire received a full nylon cover for added protection against cuts and punctures. The built-in sidewall protectors will also protect the tire from sidewall cuts and surface abrasions.
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review: Test Drive
It was not my first time to drive the Toyota Sequoia so I was already familiar with the quirks and nuances of the SUV. I particularly enjoyed the power and torque delivery of the 4.6-liter V8 motor and 6-speed automatic transmission, but I despised the bland and cumbersome steering feel. Let’s see if the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires are any good.
On smooth roads, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires exhibited high levels of traction and grip. I drove over a coarse patch of isolated backroad and the tires never skipped a beat. It felt it can do more than just roll over a couple of sandy soil and loose rocks. The grooves on the tire are deep enough to handle some mud, too. I got back on smooth tarmac and drove my way to the nearest diner. I never felt the tires were lacking in terms of traction in the dry, and that’s a good thing.
It’s the same story when you’re driving in the wet. I actually think the tires were a smidge better in the wet than on smooth and dry roads. It’s as if you can feel the multiple 3D sipes and EDGETEC groves working their magic on slippery tarmac. I wish I had the chance to test the tires on a wet off-road trail, but I think the results will be the same.
The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 gave me the confidence to maintain my composure on icy and snow-covered roads. The tires were in their natural element as I sloshed my way on roads covered with slush and 3 or 4-inches of snow. There were times that I felt the steering became loose over thick icy roads, but the tires will regroup themselves quick enough so you can maintain control.
The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires were surprisingly comfortable on the highway. The stiff carcass of the tires were not enough to upset the ride quality of my test vehicle, but I did feel the ride was a bit taut compared to a proper set of highway-terrain tires. Comfort is not the strongest suit of the Geolandar A/T G015, but I’m glad to know the tires were not as harsh as other A/T tires.
In terms of road noise, it’s a mixed bag. The tires were not as talkative on city roads as they were on the highway. Tire roar is more evident as you add speed, but it’s not as annoying as other A/T tires. But if you’re the type of driver who gets annoyed easily by tire roar, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is not for you.
The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires are made to last. In fact, it comes with an impressive 60,000-mile warranty. The tires fitted to my test vehicle have traveled at least 2,000 or so miles but they still look new.
The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a brilliant choice for an all-season and all-terrain tire. It may demand a higher price tag over lesser known brands, but it is hard to find a tire that can deliver the same level of performance as the Geolandar A/T G015.