Experts say Goodyear's design gives the Wrangler MT/R exceptional off-roading abilities without losing too much street performance. "If you want a mud tire that shines both on- and off-road, the MT/R with Kevlar is hard to beat," says Four Wheeler Network. At $220 for the LT245/70R17, this tire is the most expensive tire in our report and is best for users wanting serious traction on mud and rock along with a relatively smooth ride on the highway.
Meaty off-road tread. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar features ultimate off-road grip, according to reviews. "In the mud, the tread cleans well, and when aired down, the three-ply sidewall is flexible enough to envelope rocks the size of tennis balls," says Four Wheeler Network. They say the Goodyear excels on rock and mud -- with very good traction on pavement, sand and snow -- but is only average on ice. Editors of TireRack.com say these "felt at home on the off-road course, showing they could corner on dirt, steer out of ruts in the mud, ascend a moderate blue-sky climb and competently track across a bed of large rocks."
Rougher ride than all-terrain tires. Unlike some knobby mud tires, experts say the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is smooth enough for daily drivers. "The on-road manners are pleasant and relatively quiet, with none of the vibration or harshness we expect from tires with high void ratios," says Four Wheeler Network. In a separate road test, Robin Stover with Four Wheeler Network says, "The MT/R hooked up in every area of our test loop at Hollister Hills, yet returned one of the smoothest ride qualities of the group." Not all owners agree: On a TireRack.com survey, the Goodyear has the lowest ride comfort and tread noise scores out of the best maximum-traction tires.
Solid construction. Reviewers say the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is a durable tire, capable of crawling through tough off-road courses without fail. "Goodyear included Kevlar fibers (in) the MT/R's sidewalls to add puncture resistance," says Four Wheeler Network. "An independent test showed that the Kevlar-reinforced version of the MT/R was 35 percent stronger than the previous version without Kevlar." This durability doesn't extend to treadwear, say owners. Many report getting 40,000 to 60,000 miles out of a set of Wrangler MT/Rs. Unlike General and Falken, Goodyear doesn't include a treadwear warranty for these mud tires: Their six-year warranty protects only against defects in the workmanship or materials.
1. Four Wheeler
Editors with the Four Wheeler Network extensively test 33 serious off-road tires, including the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. They give the Goodyear the maximum 4 stars for performance on heavy rock and mud, adding that it also excels on pavement, sand and snow.
Review: Massive 4x4 Tire Guide, Robin Stover, April 1, 2012
2. Four Wheeler
In this separate review, Four Wheeler Network extensively tests 10 different types of mud tires. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar takes second place, behind Hankook's Dynapro MT. Editors praise the Goodyear's innovative tread pattern, saying it expertly tracks through sand and mud, while still delivering a smooth ride.
Review: Mud Tire Shootout Second Place: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Robin Stover, April 1, 2011
3. Tire Rack
Editors evaluate the Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar by driving a 2008 Jeep Wrangler at Goodyear's off-road course. The tires handled themselves well on corners, through mud ruts and up rocky inclines while four-wheeling but were still smooth on the pavement.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Editors of TireRack.com, Feb. 2, 2009
4. Tire Rack
More than 100 owners rate the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R on this retail website. On a consumer survey of the best maximum-traction tires, the Goodyear ranks in sixth place. It gets top scores for dry traction and deep snow traction; poor ice traction, road noise and treadwear are its biggest drawbacks.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2014