Toyo Open Country AT3 review
Just like the fierce competition in the automotive industry, the tire manufacturing industry also has its competitive moments. Tires are an important part of any vehicle and hence drivers must opt for the perfect tire to fully explore the capabilities of their vehicles.
Toyo tires are speedily becoming a name to be reckoned with as they push forward in delivering tires that provide exceptional performance. The introduction of the Toyo Open Contry AT3 further cements Toyo tire’s place in the league of exceptional tire manufacturers. What is the Toyo Open Country AT3?
The Toyo Open Country AT3 is a high performance all season, all terrain specialist tire designed to deliver impeccable off-road traction with responsive and predictable on-road handling. Its engineering focuses deeply on durability, treadwear and superb wet performance. Its tread design and compounds promote excellent handling and stability in all weather conditions. The Toyo Open Country AT3 is available in LT-Metric, P/Euro-Metric and Flotation sizes which we’ll be looking at as we discover its excellence.
Toyo designed the Open Contry AT3 for drivers of pickup trucks, Jeeps, crossovers and SUVs looking for an exciting off-road experience and impressive on-road handling and responsiveness. Below we discover what the Toyo Open Country AT3 has in store for drivers.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Key Technologies/Features
The Toyo Open Country AT3 is equipped with a lot of high performance features that make it excel in different areas. Toyo engineers held nothing back in ensuring that the tire meets up to every task handed to it without failure. Some technologies/features incorporated in the design of the Toyo Open Country AT3 are;
3D Multi-Wave Sipes: The Toyo Open Country AT3 features 3D Multi-Wave Sipes that increases the tire’s performance in wet and snow conditions. The sipes are also designed to encourage even wear thereby improving the tire’s tread life.
Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) Symbol: Tires branded with the 3PMSF symbol are signified as tires with high performance in severe snow conditions. The Toyo Open Country AT3 is equipped to trample through tough snow.
Stone Ejecting Blocks: The large blocks of the Toyo Open Country AT3 are designed to get rid of stones that get stuck in the tire’s grooves. The stone ejecting blocks guard the tire from sharp rocks and stone that can cause a puncture.
New Tread Compound And Design: The Toyo Open Country AT3 sports a new tread compound and design that are engineered to provide cut-and-chip resistance, deliver superb wet braking and handling and, ensure a comfortable and quiet ride. Also, the new tread compound and design pair with the staggered shoulder lugs to provide confident off-road traction.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Safety Features
Along with its impressive performance, the Toyo Open Country AT3 is equipped with safety features that keep both the tire and driver safe from unforeseen mishaps. The stone ejecting blocks play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the tire and driver. By ejecting stones that get trapped in the tire’s grooves, the tire is safe from sharp rocks that can puncture it and also the driver is safe from crashing due to the puncture.
In addition, the increased lateral grooves and 3D multi-wave sipes aid in delivering improved wet grip. In the absence of these features, the tire is prone to hydroplaning which can lead to deadly crashes.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Speed Ratings
Like all other tires, the Toyo Open Country AT3 has different speed ratings. The speed rating of a tire is the maximum speed at which a tire can safely cruise at. Drivers can find the speed ratings of their tire’s on the sidewall of the tire.
The Toyo Open Country AT3 has Q, R, S, T and H-rated tires. These tires have different speed ratings. The Q-rated tires have a max speed of 99 mph, R-rated tires top 106 mph, S-rated tires achieve speeds of 112 mph, T-rated tires cruise ideally at 118 mph and the H-rated tires reach a top speed of 130 mph.
Drivers should note that exceeding the speed rating of a tire is risky as the tire’s performance on a higher speed is compromised. In a situation where the speed rating of a tire is exceeded, there could be a crash due to the tire malfunctioning.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Treadwear And Durability
A major aspect of a tire’s performance is its treadwear and durability. The treadwear of a tire is the rate at which the tire depreciates in quality while the durability represents how long the tire can last before it is no longer road worthy. The Toyo Open Country AT3 is equipped with a new tread compound and design that provides cut-and-chip resistance thereby increasing the tread life. The 3D multi-wave sipes also contribute in extending tread life by encouraging even wear in the tires.
The Toyo Open Country AT3 has a Uniform Tread Quality Grading (UTQG) rating of 600. The UTQG rating ranges from 100 to 1000 hence the Toyo Open Country AT3 will wear slower than tires with UTQG ratings lower than 600.
In addition, the Toyo Open Country AT3 comes with a 65,000-mile limited warranty meaning drivers can use the tire for a very long time.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Maintenance Indicators
Maintenance indicators are markings or signals that notify the driver of the state of their tires and when they need replacement. While some tires have their company installed maintenance indicator, the Toyo Open Country seems not to have a maintenance indicator. However, it uses the industry-standard Tread Wear Indicator (TWI).
The industry-standard Tread Wear Indicators are evenly spaced through the tire’s main grooves. When the tire wears to the point where the tread is flush with the TWI, it means that they have lost traction performance and need to be replaced immediately. Using a tire that has worn down to the last 2/32 inches of tread depth can lead to hydroplaning-related accidents.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Traction Performance
A tire’s traction performance is a major determinant of its quality. Tires with poor traction performance are road risks and should be replaced immediately. In choosing a tire for quality traction, drivers have to consider the weather and road condition of the places they drive through. The Toyo Open Country AT3 is equipped with features that improve its traction performance in any road or weather condition. We discover further how the Toyo Open Country AT3 handles traction in wet, dry, snow and off-road conditions.
The new tread compounds and unique design of the Toyo Open Country AT3 aid in improving its braking and handling capabilities in wet conditions. In addition, the 3D multi-wave sipes enhances the tire’s grip on wet roads and thus improves hydroplaning resistance.
The increased lateral grooves of the Toyo Open Country AT3 work together with its evenly distributed void area to deliver enhanced grip in dry conditions. The combined also improves handling and cornering.
Branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, the Toyo Open Country AT3 possesses features like the 3D multi-wave sipes that make treading on snow stressless. The Toyo Open Country can breeze through thick layers of snow without hindrances.
Off-roading is unarguably an area where the Toyo Open Country AT3 thrives. Its large and staggered shoulder lugs possess biting edges that deliver sustainable grip in off-road conditions. The stone ejecting blocks ensure that stones and sharp rocks do not last a second on the tire when driving on rough terrains.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Noise And Comfort
The new tread compounds and design of the Toyo Open Country AT3 are designed to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride. They are also great at absorbing vibrations generated when driving through rough terrains. However, they dont match the comfort of a standard touring tire.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Competitors And Alternatives
The Toyo Open Country AT3 is an excellent all terrain tire with high performance in traction, handling and treadwear. Although for driver preferences, the Falken WildPeak AT3W and the Nitto Ridge Grappler are excellent alternatives to the Toyo Open Country AT3. Both the Falken WildPeak AT3W and Nitto Ridge Grappler offer impressive all terrain features with incredible handling and a lengthy tread life.
The Toyo Open Country AT3 excels exceptionally when compared with its competitors.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Price Range
The Toyo Open Country AT3 is available from $162 to $624 depending on the size of the tire. When compared with competitors, the Toyo Open Country AT3 excels as the more preferred option with its lower price range.
Toyo Open Country AT3 Warranty
In addition to the 65,000-mile limited mileage warranty that comes with the Toyo Open Country AT3, Toyo offers other warranties to include;
Workmanship and Material Limited Warranty: Toyo Tires warrants all eligible tires against defects in workmanship and materials. Upon examination of an eligible tire, if Toyo Tires determines that the tire(s) is not serviceable due to a condition covered by this Workmanship and Materials Limited Warranty, it will be replaced with a comparable new Toyo brand tire.
We recommend the Toyo Open Country AT3 as a preferred option over some of its competitors and alternatives because it delivers as much as they do for a lesser price. Also, its superb technologies and features give it an edge over some competitors.