The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar solves both of the original MT/R's major problems, experts say. It's tougher on sharp rocks, thanks to a layer of Kevlar -- the bulletproof vest material -- in its sidewalls, and it does a better job flinging mud out of its new tread design. The result is an exceptional mud-bogging, rock-crawling and sand-floating tire that experts say is surprisingly quiet on the highway.
Although some owners find the MT/R with Kevlar noisy, they otherwise agree with experts that the MT/R works great both on- and off-road. Experts haven't tested this tire in snow, but owners report good results even on ice and in deep snow, as well as on wet and dry roads. Overall, reviews find the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar more aggressive off-road than the top-rated roadworthy all-terrain tire, the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) , but the MT/R with Kevlar also costs more and carries no tread-wear warranty. The Pirelli is covered for 55,000 miles.
Three off-road enthusiast magazines -- Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road, Four Wheeler and Motor Trend's Truck Trend -- test the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar on- and off-road, on rocks, mud and sand. Petersen's and Truck Trend compare it to the original MT/R, while Four Wheeler tests it head-to-head against nine other mud tires. TireRack.com experts also test the MT/R with Kevlar on various types of terrain, and an Off-Road.com tester takes it rock-climbing. This tire has collected owner reviews at TireRack.com and Offroaders.com.
1. Four Wheeler
The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar is "truly a tire for everyone," finishing second in this 10-tire shootout. The Kevlar tire can handle deep mud and sand and still stay quiet and mannerly on the highway, Robin Stover says.
Review: Mud Tire Shootout Second Place: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Robin Stover, April 2011
2. Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road
After testing the new Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar on tough rocks, deep mud and soft sand, Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road concludes it is an exceptional all-around off-road tire and is quieter on the highway than expected.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MTR Tires with Kevlar, Kevin McNulty, July 2009
3. Tire Rack
In a Goodyear-sponsored test, TireRack.com editors try the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar on an off-road course with mud pits, log crossings and rock beds. The Goodyear doesn't disappoint even when testers steer the still-aired-down tires onto the highway.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar Preview, Editors of TireRack.com, Feb. 2, 2009
After climbing the steep rocks of Moab Rim Trail "flawlessly," Jim Brightly says the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar "is one heck of an improvement" over the original Wrangler MT/R. This review includes plenty of photos of the tires at work on Brightly's Jeep.
Review: Real World Ride on the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Jim Brightly, April 21, 2009
5. Truck Trend
This tire is for serious off-roaders, not posers, Motor Trend's Truck Trend concludes after testing the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. Like other reviews, this one finds it capable and tough off-road and surprisingly quiet on the highway.
Review: Product Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Edward A. Sanchez, March 2009
6. Tire Rack
The Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar ranks sixth out of seven in the off-road, max-traction tire category here, based on more than 70 customer reviews. The rankings chart considers on-road performance only. Although the Goodyear earns excellent or superior scores on wet, dry and winter roads, owners find it noisier and quicker-wearing than other tires in its class, and they rate some tires higher. Off-road prowess is addressed in individual reviews, where owners praise the Goodyear's grip in mud, rocks, sand and deep snow.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, Contributors to TireRack.com
Users here review only off-road and mud tires, and the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar ranks as one of their favorites. It earns an average score of 9.1 out of 10 with 11 reviews posted.
Review: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar Sidewall, Contributors to Offroaders.com