Experts say that the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R offers exceptional off-roading abilities without sacrificing much in the way of 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. The Kevlar-reinforced sidewalls help the Goodyear shrug off hazards that could leave other tires flat. These tires are probably overkill for those that only go off the beaten trail on occasion, but for those who need a tire that can keep up with their off-road adventures, this one deserves a look.
Meaty off-road tread. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar features an 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." TruckTrend.com reports that "the highway ride remains surprisingly quiet, with none of the drone of some of the more aggressive off-road tires on the market." However, not all owners agree: On a TireRack.com survey, the Goodyear has the lowest tread noise scores among otherwise top-rated 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/R's. 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 Network
Editors with the Four Wheeler Network extensively test tons of 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 its "on-road manners are pleasant and relatively quiet."
Review: Massive 4x4 Tire Guide, Robin Stover, June 18, 2015
2. Four Wheeler Network
In this article, originally part of a 10-tire test, Robin Stover says that performance is impressive on a variety of terrains. "It's like having both an aggressive mud-terrain and a mild-mannered all terrain wrapped up in one attractive package," Stover says.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Robin Stover, April 1, 2011
3. Truck Trend
TruckTrend.com tests out the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar on the road and off, and over a variety of terrains. "After a day of putting these tires through their paces, we note they're not just made for suburban posers, but really made for true off-road enthusiasts," Edward A. Sanchez says.
Review: Product Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Edward A. Sanchez, Mar. 25, 2009
4. 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 Preview, Editors of TireRack.com, Feb. 2, 2009
5. Tire Rack
Nearly 150 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 fifth place. It gets top scores for dry traction and deep snow traction; poor ice traction, road noise and treadwear are its biggest drawbacks. Still, a good number of users (92 percent) rate it as the best choice in the category.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2016