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I was wondering regarding tyres are any people running off road tyres on there RAV4s such as:

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I think I’m at least going to run winter or all season tyres all year round as opposed to summer tyres to try and reap the benefits in the winter.  I wondered if anyone had any experience with with off road tyres and what the negatives are?  Do they provide poor grip on road or affect handling?  

I was was looking at the Michelin Cross Climates which apparently are all season tyres, but think if I go down this route I might as well just go for a winter tyre...

whats the general consensus?  Appreciate your opinions.  Apologies if this something similars been asked before

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Your choice of tyre should really depend on how you intend to use the car. If 80% of your use will be off road then AT tyres might be a good choice. But they won't give particularly good traction in winter - OK on soft snow, pretty useless on ice or wet roads for that matter. While I have never run AT tyres, I understand from those that have that they are noisier and less comfortable than more road oriented tyres when on road.

For most of us, at least 80% of our motoring is on road so an all season, SUV, tyre is probably the best bet - especially now that there is such a wide choice to choose from. Michelin Cross Climates are a good choice and are certified for winter use (they have the 3 peak mountain and snow flake symbol) but there are others (such as the Nokian Weatherproof) that are equally well suited to winter use and have a perhaps more aggressive looking tread pattern if that is what you are looking for ...

I run Cross Climates but other tyres are available as they say!

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12 hours ago, philip42h said:

Your choice of tyre should really depend on how you intend to use the car. If 80% of your use will be off road then AT tyres might be a good choice. But they won't give particularly good traction in winter - OK on soft snow, pretty useless on ice or wet roads for that matter. While I have never run AT tyres, I understand from those that have that they are noisier and less comfortable than more road oriented tyres when on road.

For most of us, at least 80% of our motoring is on road so an all season, SUV, tyre is probably the best bet - especially now that there is such a wide choice to choose from. Michelin Cross Climates are a good choice and are certified for winter use (they have the 3 peak mountain and snow flake symbol) but there are others (such as the Nokian Weatherproof) that are equally well suited to winter use and have a perhaps more aggressive looking tread pattern if that is what you are looking for ...

I run Cross Climates but other tyres are available as they say!

Thanks that’s really helpful and answers what I wanted to know.  Yeah to be honest I just like the aggressive look of the AT tyres, I won’t be going off road all that much so it sounds like they would be a waste of time for me.  Think I’m gonna go for the Michelin Cross Climates, they look sweet with the white lettering on the sidewall too imo 👍

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I run winters all year round (Nexen Winguard SnowG WH2) they are a fairly cheap tyre but do a decent job. I've done 17k mostly motorway miles on them and they have 7mm remaining so wear rate is very good and road noise is low.

If the Rav4 was a sports car I'd rotate summer and winter tyres but it's built with as different purpose. So for ease I have gone with tyres that gives me the best traction in the winter when it's more likely you can come unstuck.

 

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