Reviewers say the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A tactfully combines a comfortable ride with tread that's aggressive enough for off-road trails. "Aimed at the daily driver and towing market, the Rugged Terrain is a two-ply tire for the everyday guy who still likes to play warrior on the weekends," says Sean P. Holman with the Four Wheeler Network. The tire wears well, with a long tread life backed by an outstanding six-year, 50,000-mile warranty.
Extra grip on wet roads and dirt trails. Similar to other top models of all-terrain tires, a leading consumer organization says the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A has very good stopping power on both dry and wet pavement, but much weaker braking when it's icy. Reviewers say it's stable when towing, but resistance to hydroplaning is only average. In comparison to BFGoodrich's more aggressive off-road tires, testers with the Four Wheeler Network say with the Rugged Terrain T/A "wet traction is noticeably improved and that the tires track much better on the highway, with the previous wandering eliminated altogether."
Quiet for its class. Testers with Four Wheeler Network say they are "impressed by just how quiet and smooth the ride was" with the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A. When on the highway, Josh Burns with Off-Road.com says, "It was quickly apparent the Rugged Terrain T/A is notably quieter than a traditional all-terrain tire." Not all reviews agree: A leading consumer organization rates the BFGoodrich's noise and comfort as only average, similar to the Michelin LTX A/T2 (Est. $190). At TireRack.com, numerous owners list tread noise as the main drawback; one says the sound isn't "bad at all but you will hear them" and it "gradually increased as the tread wore down."
Exceptional tread life. According to Sean Holman with Four Wheeler Network, "The Rugged Terrain uses BFGoodrich's proprietary Equal Tension Containment System (ETEC) ... to help them retain their shape at speed for durability and responsive handling." Reviews say this holds true, praising the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A for holding up for many miles and wearing evenly. At TireRack.com, one owner says that after 70,000 miles there is "enough tread left for another 5,000 to 10,000 miles, with no cupping or loud road noise." BFGoodrich includes an outstanding warranty, covering treadwear on the Rugged Terrain T/A for six years and 50,000 miles.
Editors include the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain, along with a dozen other models, in their comparison of all-terrain truck tires. They evaluate each set of tires on a test track, analyzing braking performance, handling and ride comfort.
Review: All-Terrain Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Josh Burns takes a set of BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A all-terrain tires through the Tonto National Forest, running them on pavement, dirt roads and muddy trails. He says the tires are noticeably quiet on the highway, but have decent performance off-road as well.
Review: Riding Impression: The All-New BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Tire, Josh Burns, March 7, 2011
3. Four Wheeler
Testers with Four Wheeler Network try out the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A, both at the manufacturer's road course in Arizona and in the real world, running them for 2,000 miles on a truck used for towing, commuting and off-roading. They recommend this tire for daily use and occasional off-road adventuring.
Review: BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Tire Test, Sean P. Holman, Sept. 1, 2011
4. Tire Rack
The BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A has a 4.5-star score out of 5 from about 160 owners. It ranks second in TireRack.com's consumer survey on the best on-/off-road all-terrain truck tires. Owner give it high scores for dry traction and steering response, but say its ice traction is only average.
Review: BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2014