Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Review & Rating
- On and off road traction
- Winter handling
- Tread life
- Road noise at higher speeds
Designed for jeeps, SUV’s, trucks and commercial vehicles, the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires are solidly built and are marketed as being one of the best off road tires around. They are claimed to provide good performance in less than ideal driving conditions and for mainly heavy duty vehicles.
How do they live up to these claims and are they one of the better off road tires on the market at the minute?
It goes without saying that the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs will have good traction and grip – after all, it is one of the main elements to a good off road tire. The tire’s larger shoulders and angled center blocks provide better than we expected traction on both dry and wet pavement.
Off road, Goodyear’s exclusive TractiveGroove technology adds biting edges that help navigate deeper mud and other terrain. While not a mud terrain tire, the DuraTrac self-cleans itself pretty well. We were not disappointed in its performance through sand, gravel and dirt.
Cornering – Steering
The high performance nature of the tires makes them a joy to drive with and the steering is responsive, giving us complete control the whole time. We tested the DuraTrac with some aggressive cornering and they performed as well as any set we have used in recent times. Certainly a thumbs up on both accounts here and we could find no faults.
While having good off road capabilities on rocky or muddy ground, among other terrain, how about its winter handling capabilities? All too often high performance on/off road tires fail when faced with snow or ice so how did the DuraTrac’s do?
Basically they outperformed most tires that are designed for year-round use. They display the mountain/snowflake emblem which means they meet the criteria for severe snow service standards… and they perform like it as well. We had no problems on light or deep snow, and driving on ice was not a terrifying experience as it can be on some tires.
Again, the TractiveGroove technology with all of its biting edges has given this tire an advantage in the snow, allowing it to have fantastic snow and ice traction. On another note, if you need a little extra traction, the tire is pinned for #16 metal studs if you need them.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Road noise is not bad on the DuraTrac, but it is slightly above some other tires in this class that we have tested. This is down to the design of the tread and, to be honest, we expected it somewhat as it is difficult to have such a tire with a deeper tread design without a bit of noise. Aside from that they are comfortable to drive with and, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t a big deal.
We found the ride to be comfortable on road without the bone-jarring jolts you can often feel when hitting bigger bumps and potholes. No, the ride is not as smooth as passenger touring tire by any means, but it isn’t as rough as we have found with some models in its class.
High performance and off-road capability does not always transfer over into tread life. You can get great performance with some tires but after 20,000 miles you start noticing the tread is about shot. So, is this the case with the Goodyear DuraTrac’s?
In a word, no. They have a longer lasting tread life for a tire of their capability and we’ve found that most drivers are seeing around 45-55,000 miles from the tread without any issues. Tread wear tends to be even and they are one of the better tires around for longevity and performance.
The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac comes with a limited tread warranty. Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for up to 6 years.
Put simply, it is difficult to go wrong with these tires. They are designed to be excellent performers, long lasting and capable of handling themselves in all types of conditions and that is exactly what they do.