General, Pirelli, Michelin Top LT/SUV Tests
Consumer Reports tapped the General Grabber HTS and Pirelli Scorpion ATR as highest rated all-season and all-terrain light truck/SUV tires in its latest tyre tests. In addition, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice received the top rating among the four winter tyres CR tested. The new test results will be published in the magazine’s November issue.
CR tested 34 all-season and all-terrain light truck/SUV radials, all in size P265/70R17, considering all-season performance, tread life, fuel economy, braking, wet/dry traction, handling, and price, among other attributes. The General Grabber HTS earned the top spot among all-season tyres and the Pirelli Scorpion ATR rated highest among all-terrain tires. Tests were performed on a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, CR said.
“Most of the all-season tyres CR tested performed very well in braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance,” the magazine said. “The tyres produced a wide range of tread life and rolling-resistance ratings. But the fact that a number of all-season models with very good tread-life ratings ranked near the bottom in overall performance, shows that it’s necessary to look at the big picture when choosing tyres.” (Tire Review/Akron)