Backstory: I am reviewing the newly designed Kumho AT51 All Terrain tires (Example: ONE
). I specifically have the Light Truck (LT) 285/75-16 size. For a general overview of the tires, I choose them for one main reason, that is that even in the LT trim, the tires come with a 55,000 mile warranty. In all the research that I have done with deciding new tires for my Xterra, a millage warranty was very important to me. I had not come across ANY tire brand that offered the LT tire with a millage warranty, until, I came across the Kumho AT51’s. I put the AT51’s aside as the top spot and searched for a cheaper tire. Always being a thrifty shopper, I am never pleased with the first “Good Deal” that I fine. While the AT51’s were a great price at ≈160$ I was still not pleased. I searched online, found some other brands that were cheaper, but at what cost? The more and more I looked that more and more I kept thinking about the AT51’s with the great price and warranty. So for the warranty and the price alone. As I said before, the tires are a new design and there were NO reviews that I could find online that worth anything. So I decided to get them and write a review of the tires.
On Road: I have had the tires for ≈2,000miles now, and am so far pleased with the tires. First I will tell you my impressions of the the tires one the road. Being that I choose a LT trim tire that has 10ply rating, I was expecting a much rougher ride. I once owned a Land Rover Discovery that I put 10ply Maxxis Bighorns on. That dramatically changed the quality of the ride. Even with the Discovery’s super soft ride, I could tell the difference with the Bighorns. That being said, I did not have high hopes with the AT51’s for my daily driving. Yes, my Xterra spends 90% of its life on the pavement, and for that reason I choose a All Terrain tire. At the end of the day, I still needed it to be able to dive “well” on the road. The stock BFG Radial Long Trails were smooth and only produced and average of 72db on concrete highway. When I did the same test on the AT51’s on the same two mile section of highway, the AT51’s produced only 74db. The tires do not have a very noticeable drone. There is a drone but I can only hear it when the radio is not on and the windows are closed, yes closed. If there is any sort of exterior noise, the tire drone is drowned out. Within that 2,000 miles, I have taken two trips up to Asheville, NC. One when it was raining the whole time and once when it was dry as a bone. Both times the Xterra felt secure and attached to the road, I will attribute this to the large number of sipes. There is a noticeable increase in spray that comes off the tires in the rain. The tires are asymmetrical so there is no need to install them in a certain direction and a traditional X pattern rotating of the tires will be fine. If you are OCD like me, you may not like that the side wall pattern favors a direction and one side will always be rotation the wrong way (Example: TWO
Off Road: Coming from Maxxis Bighorns, I had a good sense of what great traction feel like. The Kumho AT51’s surprised me a lot off road. Even though they are not the most aggressive all terrain, they perform great in a lot of conditions. The only issue that I personally found with the tires is that they don't bite quite as well on rocky conditions. Even with the tires down to 18psi, there were some times with the tires didn't make great contact in muddy or rocky conditions. Also after doing some heavy wheeling, I found that there was small, very small chipping on some of the hard edges of the nubs (Example: THREE
). Not a lot, maybe four or five places.
Overall I would definitely recommend the tires to anyone looking for a 50/50 tire for both on road and off. Great price, great performance and great warranty.