If you're on a tight budget, reviews say the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 is a capable all-terrain tire for light trucks and SUVs. It ranks near the top of owner surveys and expert comparison tests, beating pricier all-terrain tires that can cost upward of $200.
The Kumho all-terrain excels on dry, rainy and snowy roads, delivering a quiet, comfortable ride. The tread wears out more quickly than that of some rivals in one independent test, but many owners posting their own reviews say that tread life isn't a problem. The Kumho carries a long tread-wear warranty for an all-terrain tire at 60,000 miles.
Ice grip varies. Some experts (and owners) say the Kumho slips and slides on ice, while other owners report no problems. It's important to note that ice traction is a common weakness of all-terrain tires in general, although most, including the top-rated Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) , deliver better ice grip than the Kumhos do in tests.
Experts haven't tested the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 off-road, but owner feedback is plentiful, and many praise its prowess on trails, dirt roads and foot-deep mud. However, if you enjoy serious mud bogging or rock crawling, reviews say the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar (*Est. $210) is a better choice.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61, but only on-road. Plenty of owner reviews at TireRack.com comment on the tire's off-road performance, though. Owners at TacomaWorld.com, a website and forum for Toyota Tacoma pickup truck enthusiasts, also post feedback about this tire.
Editors test the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 alongside 12 other all-terrain truck tires. They judge the tires' wet- and dry-road grip, snow and ice performance, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance and tread life before picking the best buys.
Review: All-terrain Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
More than 140 owners rate the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 at this retail website, with more than 130 adding written reviews. It earns "superior" or "excellent" scores in every category -- wet, dry and winter performance, comfort, noise and tread-wear -- and it ranks as customers' third-favorite all-terrain tire.
Review: Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61, Contributors to TireRack.com
Several owners post their experiences with the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 at this website for Toyota Tacoma truck owners and enthusiasts. They add new posts as they get more miles with the tire, describing how it wears, affects gas mileage, goes in the snow, etc. All say they are happy with it.
Review: Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61, Contributors to TacomaWorld.com