HT vs AT vs MT vs Winter Tires on Snow

Can off-road tires really out perform a full winter tire, or even an all season tire on snow?
 
To find out I've once again got the generous support of General Tire, and we're testing five different types of SUV tires in the snow.
 
On test is a traditional H/T all terrain tire, the General Grabber HTS80, a mild A/T tire, the General Grabber APT, an aggressive A/T tire, the General Grabber AT/x, a M/T tire, the General Grabber X3, and a full winter tire, the excellent General Grabber Arctic.
 
Can a blocky off-road all terrain tire out perform a dedicated winter tire on snow? Watch the video, or scroll down for the full data to find out.
 

Snow

The winter tire had a clear advantage during snow braking testing, with the all season, mild all terrain and aggressive all terrain tire all finishing in a tight group, ahead of the mud terrain off-road tire.

This pattern of grip was broadly replicated during the snow traction testing, with the A/T tires performing slightly better than the all season.

Snow handling kept the large advantage in favour of the winter tire, with the mud terrain tire again struggling to perform.

The subjective scoring matched the grip levels of the tires, with the grippier tires offering a better balance, and more control of the vehicle.

Ice

Sipes were king on ice, with the winter tire holding its advantage. This time, the Grabber APT outperformed the rest of the tires on test.

Environment

Subjectively the winter tire was also the most comfortable on test, with the all season matching the mild all terrain.

The all season tire had the lowest levels of noise on test, and while the MT off-road tire was impressively quiet for its category, it was still noticeably the loudest tire on test.

Results

1st: General Grabber Arctic

General Grabber Arctic
  • 265/70 R17
Test#Difference%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Subj. Snow Handling1st
Ice Braking1st100%
Subj. Comfort1st
Subj. Noise2nd-1 Points
Unsurprisingly, the winter tire ruled the snow testing. It won every objective test conducted, and gave you lots of confidence during the snow handling lap with balanced traction, braking and cornering forces.

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2nd: General Grabber HTS60

General Grabber HTS60
  • 265/70 R17
Test#Difference%
Snow Braking2nd+1.6 M91.92%
Snow Traction4th+1.5 s81.25%
Snow Handling2nd+4.52 s94.95%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1.5 Points
Ice Braking3rd+2.6 M84.71%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Subj. Noise1st
The Grabber HTS60 has once again proven itself as a well rounded all season tire, with impressive snow performance. You had less confidence than the full winter tire, and a little less grip everywhere, but the tire was still balanced and useable.

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2nd: General Grabber APT

General Grabber APT
  • 265/70 R17
Test#Difference%
Snow Braking4th+1.9 M90.55%
Snow Traction2nd+1.1 s85.53%
Snow Handling3rd+4.56 s94.91%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-2 Points
Ice Braking2nd+0.9 M94.12%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Subj. Noise3rd-2 Points
The Grabber APT had good traction levels, but during the snow handling test the braking and turning was limited when compared to the HTS60 and the full winter tire.

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3rd: General Grabber ATx

General Grabber ATx
  • 265/70 R17
Test#Difference%
Snow Braking3rd+1.8 M91%
Snow Traction2nd+1.1 s85.53%
Snow Handling4th+5.88 s93.53%
Subj. Snow Handling4th-3 Points
Ice Braking5th+3.7 M79.56%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
Subj. Noise4th-3 Points
The Grabber AT/x had a slightly lower level of performance than the APT.

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4th: General Grabber X3

General Grabber X3
  • 265/70 R17
Test#Difference%
Snow Braking5th+4.8 M79.13%
Snow Traction5th+4.2 s60.75%
Snow Handling5th+10.47 s89.03%
Subj. Snow Handling5th-4 Points
Ice Braking4th+3.3 M81.36%
Subj. Comfort5th-3 Points
Subj. Noise5th-4 Points
This test has proven that mud terrain M/T tires are specialist off-road tires, which have limited ability in the snow. Driving the X3 on snow was a totally different experience to any of the other tires on test.

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