The General Grabber HTS is a former favorite all-season tire of critics, now surpassed by the top-rated all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks -- the Michelin LTX M/S2 (*Est. $225) and Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus (*Est. $165) . Experts say the Grabber HTS' braking and handling characteristics are excellent on dry and wet roads, and the tires offer a quiet, comfortable ride. They carry a 45,000- to 60,000-mile tread-life warranty, depending on size and speed rating.
The General Grabber HTS gets good marks for snow traction in reviews, and owners say it grips well on ice, too. Experts, however, find its ice-braking ability only fair. Note that this tire is not designed for off-road use. If you plan to hit the gravel and dirt, critics recommend the all-terrain Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) or Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (*Est. $145) .
ConsumerReports.org and TireRack.com compare the General Grabber HTS with other all-season tires, but ConsumerReports.org includes more tires and performs more extensive testing than other sources. TireRack.com also collects owner ratings on dozens of tires, including the General Grabber HTS. The Grabber HTS is one of the few non-off-road tires reviewed at Four Wheeler magazine, but the review says little about how the tire actually performs.
ConsumerReports.org compares the General Grabber HTS with 22 other all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks, thoroughly testing every aspect of the tires and ranking them accordingly. Editors recommend the best tires for performance, long tread life and fuel economy.
Review: All-Season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
The General Grabber HTS wins this head-to-head comparison conducted by staffers at TireRack.com, a well-known online retailer. The Grabber HTS beats the Pirelli Scorpion STR and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza in tests on wet and dry pavement.
Review: Sooner or Later You'll Own Generals -- Maybe Now Is the Time, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 15, 2008
3. Tire Rack
The General Grabber HTS earns excellent or superior ratings on every measure from owners posting ratings at TireRack.com. More than 800 owners rate the Grabber HTS on its wet, dry and winter-road performance, as well as its overall comfort and tread life.
Review: General Grabber HTS, Contributors to TireRack.com
4. Four Wheeler
Four Wheeler's Robin Stover attends General Tire's exhibition of the new Grabber HTS at the company's snow-and-ice test track near Montreal. This article agrees with General's explanation of why the Grabber grips well in snow, but Stover says little about how the tire actually performs on the track.
Review: General Grabber HTS Tire Test, Robin Stover, Feb. 2009