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Toyo Open Country H/T Tire Road Test

Comfortable, Quiet Performance and Clean Looks

Mar 3, 2014
The Open Country H/T is the understated younger sibling of the Open Country A/T and M/T, whose aggressive yet highly street-friendly off-road designs helped change the way we look at tires. According to Toyo, the all-season H/T balances optimal comfort, quiet performance, and sure handling in city and open-road driving. It is designed specifically for light trucks, SUVs, and crossover vehicles, and is available in a wide range of OE sizes.
Open Country H/T features include a stability rib in the shoulder area and a symmetric, non-directional tread design. The latter enables cross rotation and both reduce irregular wear. There are also two deep grooves to evacuate water, and full-depth, multi-wave sipes that continue to increase all-season performance even when the tire is well-worn. Variable pitch tread blocks reduce noise generated between the road and tire.
Photo 2/6   |   1: In our search for a mild-mannered, slightly oversized tire for our 1997 Ford F-150 fleet vehicle, we came across the Open Country H/T from Toyo. The size we chose was P275/65R18.
The mild-treaded H/T and its improved siping should look intriguing to anybody who spends most of his or her time on the highway, yet wants a tire that is fairly competent in the dirt. We were intrigued, so we headed over to New Century Tire in Westminster, California, and mounted up a set of P275/65R18s on our well-worn but still easily balanced 18x9 OZ Wheels and installed them on our equally well-worn 1997 Ford F-150. The looks of our truck were instantly improved, as the H/T is aesthetically pleasing, foregoing the bells and whistles offered by most tires as of late for clean, simple sidewalls.
The funny thing about testing tires is that the better they work, the faster you forget you're testing. With the Open Country H/T, we forgot nearly instantaneously. This extremely well-mannered tire was like night and day compared with the old tire. There was no noise. There was zero tracking. The ride was extremely soft, yet the tires were extremely stable under hard cornering, especially considering their 32-inch height.
Luckily for us, we had some extremely rainy days during our test. Because we knew about the siping technique, we pushed the H/T a little harder than we normally would. Again, the tires exceeded our expectations, over and over again.
Next, we tried our luck off-road. A few sandy trails and hills later, we were still impressed, almost to the point of boredom. It took a series of bowling ball-size rocks and later some extremely wet sand to lose traction and finally set the limits on the H/Ts.
After plenty of drive time with more than favorable results, combined with all the technology that goes into making the Open Country H/T a long-lasting tire, we would recommend this tire to anyone looking for something on the OE range of sizes.
Photo 3/6   |   2. This fairly simple-looking tread pattern is loaded with technology, such as the two deep evacuation grooves to move water and full-depth, multi-wave sipes that work wonders in rain and snow and continue to do so for the life of the tire.
Photo 4/6   |   3. Our friends at new Century Tire in Westminster, California, mounted and balanced out new H/T Toyos on some not so gently used OZ Wheels. Luckily, they balanced out quite easily.
Photo 5/6   |   4. As soon as we hit the road, we stared reaping the benefits of the H/T. The tires are extremely stable when cornering, yet nice and cushy when cruising down highway. In the rain, these tires really impressed us, thanks to the siping.
Photo 6/6   |   5. Our Toyos performed so well, we continued our test in the dirt. The H/Ts further impressed us and are definitely a good candidate for someone who gets off the highway from time to time.


Toyo Tires
New Century Tire
Westminster, CA 92683



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