Reviews say the Firestone Destination M/T can take your SUV or pickup mud bogging or rock crawling -- and it handles better on pavement than some competitors. Experts and owners say the Destination M/T effectively throws mud from its treads, allowing it to dig through deep muck to grab traction. Its chunky, over-the-sidewall lugs give the Destination M/T good grip in one rock-crawling test, and they make this tire look tough, reviewers say. However, the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar (*Est. $210) has supplanted the Firestone Destination M/T as the favorite on/off-road maximum-traction tire in reviews.
Owners say they appreciate that this tire can be studded for extra winter grip. Some find the Destination M/T noisy and washboard-like on the highway, but they point out that most drivers who want a great mud tire probably won't care about that. Like most mud tires, however, the Destination M/T carries no tread-wear warranty. Unless off-roading is your main priority, reviews say you'll get a smoother, quieter ride on pavement with the all-terrain Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) .
Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road reviews the Firestone Destination M/T based on lengthy, real-life testing. Other professional reviewers largely ignore the Destination M/T. Website 4x4Review.com reviews the tire, but the write-up reads like a news release, and every tire at that site gets a glowing review. Owner reviews at TireRack.com are more helpful. More than 500 owners post detailed ratings for the Destination M/T, and editors use those reviews to rank the tire against its peers. Offroaders.com and 1010Tires.com have each attracted more than 100 owner ratings for the Destination M/T.
1. Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road
This reviewer has logged more than 10,000 miles on the Firestone Destination M/Ts on his own Dodge Ram 2500. He's very happy with their dependability on dirt, gravel, mud, snow and wet roads, although "as with all mud tires -- they suck on ice."
Review: Firestone Destination Mud Terrain Tire Test, David Freiburger, Nov. 2005
2. Tire Rack
The Firestone Destination M/T places second among off-road, maximum-traction tires in this website's ranking, based on owner feedback about on-road performance. Owners give it excellent or superior scores on all measures of wet, dry and winter performance, as well as noise, ride comfort and tread wear. Individual reviews address off-road performance.
Review: Firestone Destination M/T, Contributors to TireRack.com
More than 100 owners review the Firestone Destination M/T at Offroaders.com, showering compliments on its aggressive appearance. Owners say it runs great in mud, rain and snow.
Review: Firestone Destination MT Mud Tire, Contributors to Offroaders.com
The 4x4Review.com's Jody Campbell tests the Firestone Destination M/T by driving a souped-up Jeep CJ-7 through some Arizona rocks. The tires' aggressive over-the-sidewall tread pattern allows the sidewalls to grip rocks without getting punctured. Campbell finds the Destination M/T a good self-cleaner in mud, while it remains quiet and well mannered on the road.
Review: Firestone Destination MT Tire Review, Jody Campbell
About 130 owners review the Firestone Destination M/T at retail site 1010Tires.com, and the tire gets 4 stars out of 5 overall. Owners like the way the tire performs on dry roads, but its scores dip to average on wet roads and go lower for snow performance, comfort and noise.
Review: Firestone Destination M-T, Contributors to 1010Tires.com