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General AltiMax RT43 Review

By: Carl Laron on September 21, 2017

Bottom Line

The General AltiMax RT43 is more than just a cheap tire -- experts say that it's a great performer, too. It's available in H-speed and V-speed rated versions, as well, but the T-speed version offers a longer (75,000 mile tread warranty) and is a terrific performer on light to moderate snow.


  • Great value
  • Excellent tire warranty
  • Long tread life
  • Good overall performance
  • T-speed version is an exceptional performer on snow


  • Tire is "louder" than most
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


An all-season radial that's actually good on snow? Don't fool yourself into thinking that the General AltiMax RT43 is a good winter choice in areas where Jack Frost doesn't fool around. But if you live in an area typical snowfall accumulations are measured in inches rather than feet, the T-rated version of the RT43 could be a rare four-season choice. In testing at ConsumerReports.org, performance across the typical criteria of handling, traction, breaking and comfort under both dry and wet conditions score respectable grades of Good to Very Good. However, when it comes to snow traction, the grade jumps to Excellent, leading the editors to call snow performance "impressive." Those findings are buttressed by the editors at TireRack.com, who after testing say that "The General AltiMAX RT43 provided impressive grip in snow and on the wet track, paired with a pleasant ride and satisfying handling." The grand touring versions (H- and V-speed rated) of this tire aren't nearly as good a winter performer, and have a shorter treadwear warranty, but also review well, especially at TireRack.com, where, after testing, the editors say that the RT43 is "More than just a good value, a good tire." User reviews put versions of the tire in fourth place in both the standard touring and grand touring categories at TireRack.com -- a terrific finish for tires in this price range.


A little noisy. Road comfort isn't a highlight, but it's not really much of a shortcoming either. The editors at TireRack.com note that the grand touring version "Creates some tread growl and has the firmest ride" among similar tires in a four tire test, yet still say that the tire "provides a quiet and comfortable ride." In testing the T-speed rated (standard touring) version, they detect "a faint rumble from the tread," and note "very large impacts" deliver some harshness, but still consider the ride to be "pleasant." In the site's large user surveys, all versions score well in comfort performance, with the T-speed version having the slightest of edges.


Excellent tread warranty. The T-speed version of the General AltiMax RT43 includes a six-year, 75,000-mile warranty on tread life, which is excellent for this category and price point. ConsumerReports.org rates treadlife a little lower, at 65,000 miles (still very good), but calls the warranty "plausible." The grand touring versions do have a shorter mileage warranty, however, but it's still above average at 65,000 miles. 

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

The T-speed version of the General AltiMax RT43 is rated alongside other all-season tires, and does well enough to earn a recommendation. The editors find "no shortcomings" in calling the tire "an all-season tire with impressive snow traction." Elsewhere on the site, the H-speed and V-speed version are also reviewed, but don't score quite as well.

Editors of TireRack.com, Feb. 10, 2017

TireRack.com editors test four standard touring all-season radials, including the AltiMax RT43 (H-speed rated). They would like to see the tread rumble go away, but the top takeaway is that the RT43 is "Composed on the road and continues to impress with its wet and snow traction."

Editors of TireRack.com, July 14, 2017

Here, TireRack.com editors look at value-priced all season grand touring tires. Four tires are tested, and while a top choice among these H- and V-speed rated tires is not explicitly named, it's clear that the General AltiMax RT43 has a leg up on the pack. "More than just a good value, a good tire," they say.

Contributors to TireRack.com, As of September 2017

Around 350 owners rate the General AltiMax RT43 (T-Speed Rated) here, with feedback compiled in owner reviews and an ongoing customer survey. The Altimax RT43 finishes fourth out of 19 tires based on more than 3.5 million driving miles. Elsewhere on the site, the grand touring version of this tire is also rated, and does similarly, finishing fourth out of 43 in its category.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2017

We found more than 330 reviews of the T-speed version of the General AltiMax RT43 at Walmart.com, and good overall happiness among drivers. The tire earns a rating of 4.7 stars. Other sizes and speed versions of the tire are also carried by Walmart, and feedback is largely similar.

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