Pickup and SUV owners who live in warm climates -- or who switch to snow tires in the winter -- wholeheartedly recommend the General Grabber UHP as a good-quality, three-season highway tire. It gets good traction on wet and dry roads, and owners say the Grabber UHP is long wearing. Its government tread-wear rating is less than half that of the top all-season truck tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2 (*Est. $225) , however, and the three-season Grabber UHP carries no tread-wear warranty. The all-season HTS is covered for 70,000 miles. Meanwhile, the all-season Michelin LTX M/S2 gets better owner ratings for wet and dry traction. Experts used to recommend three-season tires for their better grip, but now that all-season tires offer at least equally good traction, they're the top choice.
Few experts test the General Grabber UHP, but we did find it in a head-to-head sport tire test by TireRack.com staffers. Owners also post reviews at TireRack.com and at TiresTest.com. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's SaferCar.gov posts official tread wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings for most tires, including the Grabber UHP.
1. Tire Rack
The General Grabber UHP wins this now-dated comparison test, besting the Avon Tech ST and Kumho Ecsta STX in both road and track tests. The Grabber UHP is especially good on the wet track.
Review: General Tire's Grabber UHP Street/Sport Light Truck Tire Combines Good Looks, Performance and Value, Editors of TireRack.com, June 16, 2005
2. Tire Rack
TireRack.com customers' favorite summer truck tire is the General Grabber UHP, which gets superior ratings on wet and dry roads. More than 400 owners review the Grabber UHP. A link leads to a chart that rates it alongside five other popular summer truck tires based on customer feedback.
Review: General Grabber UHP, Contributors to TireRack.com
Owner ratings place the General Grabber UHP among the top five 4x4 tires here. It averages 4 stars out of 5 in about 100 reviews, with especially high marks for traction and braking on dry roads.
Review: Reviews General Grabber UHP, Contributors to TiresTest.com
Tires' official tread wear, traction and heat-resistance ratings are listed at this government website. The General Grabber UHP gets the highest rating of A for heat resistance and an A for traction (the highest rating for traction is AA), but its tread-wear rating is lower than the best all-season tires'.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov