Nitto Terra Grappler AT Review & Rating
- On road traction
- Off road light terrain
- Quiet and comfortable
- Snow and deep mud
Rated as the market’s number one all-terrain tire by a top consumer magazine, the Nitto Terra Grappler AT is designed to provide balanced year-round performance regardless of weather or terrain. It’s a heady claim to make, so we put it to the test in order to discover whether or not this tire performs as well as it claims.
As promised, the tires handled well in dry, clear conditions. Though some off-road tires might sacrifice on-road performance for better handling off-road, the Terra Grappler AT isn’t one of them. The design of the tire tread ensures that it runs just as well on pavement as it does on gravel or dirt.
On wet roads, we didn’t notice much of a change. Thanks to its shape, the Terra Grappler offers solid traction, coupled with a great deal of hydroplaning resistance. This held true even at high speeds, where we were able to drive with confidence in the rain.
Off-road performance is excellent on most terrains, but not all. The tire’s staggered shoulder lugs allow the tire to take on dirt, sand, grass and gravel with ease. Light mud and clay aren’t much of a hindrance for the tires either, though deeper mud is another story. The tires tend to pack up easily and do not clean out sticky mud all that well and once you start the wheels spinning, it’s all over. To be fair, this is an AT tire and not a mud tire though.
Cornering – Steering
All-terrain tires aren’t always terribly effective on roads, but this is one area in which the Terra Grappler shines. Control while cornering on roads was easily maintained, with the Grappler retaining traction even at extreme speeds. When pushed to its limits, the tire also held strong and fast, and clearly signaled when a problem arose. We like the responsive steering and the fact that we always felt in control when driving on a variety of road surfaces.
Though it offers solid performance in light snow and slush, anything deeper than 4-6 inches is somewhat an issue for this model. The tire’s more shallow tread depth packs up and begins to spin when the snow gets deep. Just as the Terra Grappler encounters problems in deep mud, it isn’t equipped to handle extreme winter conditions.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Ride comfort and low road noise is where the Terra Grappler stands out among the best in its class. This may be one of the quietest tires we’ve tested, in spite of the aggressively-designed tread. Road comfort while driving was also excellent, and the ride on even terrain was smooth and quiet for the most part.
The Terra Grappler AT is pretty durable even with a 2-ply construction. Depending on the weight of your vehicle and the size of your tires, you might get anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000 miles before it’s time to seek a replacement.
Nitto offers limited tread warranty on Terra Grappler which includes a tire uniformity guarantee and 5-years on materials and workmanship.
After spending some time with this tire, we can say that the Nitto Terra Grappler AT is a pretty good choice in all-terrain tires. It does a lot of things very well, and a few not so well. Overall though, for the money it delivers good value.