In a couple of early tests, the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A does a fine job with moderate off-roading. Dirt and gravel roads, rocky slopes and shallow streams don't phase it in these tests. Tough-looking wraparound sidewall treads make the Rugged Terrain T/A look aggressive, but BFGoodrich says it's really intended for people who mostly drive their trucks or SUVs on-road, but who need to hit the dirt now and then. The Rugged Terrain T/A gums up easily in deep mud in tests, but it was never designed to handle that. If you want to go mud bogging, experts say you should buy a dedicated mud tire like the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar (*Est. $210) .
On-road, the Rugged Terrain T/A grips well on dry, wet and snowy pavement in tests, although not so well on ice -- a common problem with all-terrain tires. It wears longer than most all-terrain tires in tests, too, and it's backed by a 50,000-mile tread-wear warranty. Still, the top-rated Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) wears as long, with a slightly longer warranty of 55,000 miles, and experts judge the Cooper slightly more capable on wet and snowy roads, with a more comfortable ride.
ConsumerReports.org thoroughly tests the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A -- but only on-road. Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road and Off-Road.com conduct off-road preview tests arranged by BFGoodrich. TireRack.com customers report on the tire's real-life performance, on- and off-road. SaferCar.gov lists results for government-mandated traction, heat-resistance and tread wear tests. About.com's guide to trucks writes about the Rugged Terrain T/A but doesn't test it. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
ConsumerReports.org includes the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A in its ranking of 13 all-terrain truck tires. Editors test not only wet- and dry-road performance, but also snow and ice grip, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance and tread life.
Review: All-terrain Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road
"You're going to like these tires," Fred Williams concludes after testing the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/As. Photos show the tires handling dry and snowy roads and a shallow stream, and Williams reports that they also do well on wet pavement, gravel roads, dirt hills and slopes. They don't do well in deep mud, but Williams points out that these all-terrain tires aren't designed to be dedicated mudders.
Review: All New BFG Rugged Terrain Tires, Fred Williams, May 2011
Off-Road.com tests the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A and finds it quieter on-road than a traditional all-terrain tire. It's "not intended as a hard-core off-road tire," but it handles dirt roads, muddy ruts and rocky slopes well. Josh Burns concludes that it's a good tire for someone who drives mostly on-road but does a little off-roading.
Review: Riding Impression: The All-New BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Tire, Josh Burns, March 7, 2011
4. Tire Rack
More than 35 customers review the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A here, giving it an average score of 8.69 out of 10. Reviews are mixed: Some say it's great on ice and snow, while others say it's slick. Some say the tire killed their gas mileage, while others report no problems. TireRack.com classifies the Rugged Terrain T/A as an all-season tire, rather than all-terrain. It's not included in the site's master customer-ranking chart of all-season tires, though.
Review: BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A, Contributors to TireRack.com
In this brief write-up, About.com guide to trucks Dale Wickell describes the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A and what kind of driving it's good for, but Wickell does not mention testing the tire. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: New BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Tires, Dale Wickell, April 4, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists government-mandated scores for tread wear, traction and heat resistance. The BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A gets an A for traction on wet pavement (the maximum rating is AA), a B for resistance to heat and a score of 480 for tread wear.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov