Posted: February 14, 2013
Toyo Open Country AT-II Tire Review
Our ride and drive review of Toyo's new all-terrain tire that's perfect for work trucksBy Dan Sanchez
For many fleet, work, and daily driven trucks, an all-terrain tire remains as a great choice to contend with off highway use and winter driving. But in order to get better traction in these conditions, all-terrain truck tires sacrifice some street and highway capabilities; such as load rating, tread life, and a quiet ride. But Toyo’s newest truck tire, the Open Country A/T II has improved characteristics that truck owners can appreciate.
First, this new all-terrain tire offers forty percent more tread life over leading competitive tires. The tread design has also been improved to provide exceptional all-season performance, but with a quieter ride. These new characteristics definitely add to the tire’s ability to save money over the long haul, and be capable in more types of road situations. While these new characteristics are great, the new tire can do all this without taking away any of is expected off-road capabilities.
Taking It To The Dirt
Compared to the previous Open Country A/T, the A/T II performed the same or better on hard-packed dirt trails, soft sand, and dry creek crossings with baseball sized rocks underfoot. Traction in the mud is still excellent as the tire retains its open shoulder tread that flings away mud, and promotes excellent water evacuation for wet handling. For work trucks that need to get in and out of construction zones, the A/T II is a great choice.
Towing The Toy Hauler
The Open Country A/T II tires are available in P-Metric, Metric, LT, and Flotation sizes. The LT sizes provide and optimum load rating for most work truck applications. When we attached a 24-foot enclosed toy hauler, our test truck with a set of 265/70R17 A/T II’s carried the load with ease, and never felt unstable when taking corners or when abruptly changing lanes. Compared to the standard P-Metric tires the truck had on it before hand, the Open Country A/T II tires actually reduced the amount of the truck’s rear droop with the trailer attached.
Taking It On The Highway
On long highway treks with and without the trailer, the Open Country A/T II tires proved to provide a noticeably quiet ride. The aggressive tread pattern did track a little on some roads with deep water grooves, but overall the truck rode in complete comfort. Dry road handling was predictable and steady. Wet handling and braking was much improved over the previous street tires the truck was equipped with. The large water channels on the A/T II definitely allow for better wet highway traction. Even though we replaced the tires with the exact same size, the tread on the A/T II tires offer a wider footprint and gave us noticeably greater traction and stability.
The Open Country A/T II is still primarily a tire intended for improved off-road and winter traction in snow and mud. But for those truck owners and fleet vehicles that see these types of conditions day in and out, it’s great to know that this tire can provide the tread-life and reliability to keep it on the vehicle year-round.
Q (99-mph maximum), R (106-mph maximum) , S (112-mph maximum), T (118-mph maximum), H (130-mph maximum)
99 (1,709 lbs.) to 129 (4,079 lbs.) and up to load range E
P-Metric & Metric: 600 A B
Toyo Tires’ No Regrets® 45-day, 500-mile trial offer, 65,000-mile warranty for P-Metric and Metric sizes, 50,000-mile warranty for LT and flotation sizes
15-20-inch rim diameters. Metric widths range from 215 to 325mm with 85 down to 50-series profiles. X-Treme sizes include 30X9.5R15 up to 35X12.5R20