General Altimax RT43 Review & Rating
- Dry, wet and winter traction
- Comfortable ride
- Lower noise just a touch
With their latest addition to their tire lineup, the General Altimax RT43 is arguably their best yet. Featuring new technology that is designed to increase all-season performance as well as extending tread life, the RT43 provides drivers of all types of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers a lower cost option over many competitor tires. So with that in mind, we were anxious to see just how well this tire performed on the road.
Traction on dry pavement is exactly as you would expect, sure and confident. It provides good stability at highway speeds, and braking performance is equally as impressive.
Grip on wet road surfaces gets high marks in our testing. The traction, responsiveness and braking is simply the best in the standard touring all-season category. Yes, it’s that good, and based on reviews from other drivers of this tire they say some of the exact same things.
Overall cornering grip and handling is another big plus for the General RT43 over other tires like the Hankook Optimo H727. It gives you added confidence when pushed harder through the corners than on similar models. Steering is quick and responsive for a standard all-season tire. Overall, we found it to deliver some of the best handling in this class.
Traction on snow and ice is what often separates all-season tires from being excellent to only being fair. Most do not handle the snow well at all. That can’t be said for the RT43. It takes on light snow, slush and ice as good as we’ve found in an all-season tire.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
While the ride on the RT43 is quiet and pretty comfortable overall, it is an area that could be improved on. It’s hard to complain here due to the solid performance in every other area, but even with General’s twin cushion tread compound, the ride could be softened just a bit. That said, the extra cushion does make those ugly potholes and road bumps a little easier to take than other tires we’ve driven on.
General offers up to a 75,000 mile tread warranty depending on the tire’s speed rating, which is good for the performance it provides. Low Surface Abrasion technology promotes more even treadwear and helps extend treadlife.
The company has also added features like RTM (replacement tire monitor) technology that lets you know exactly when your tire needs to replaced, thus ensuring your safety on the roads. Then, there’s the added VAI (visual alignment technology) which helps alert you to any potential alignment issues that may be occurring with the tire. Based on initial results, it appears you’ll get plenty of miles out of the tread.
After driving on the General RT43 it’s hard not to like this tire. It delivers impressive all-around performance, and is priced much lower than some other premium touring all-season models that can’t match it on the road. The value you receive is excellent.