Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 Tire Test
45,000-Mile Treadwear Warranty
The increasing demand for tires that ride quietly and smoothly on-road while also performing exceptionally off-road has resulted in a newish category of hybrid tires designed to be more aggressive than all-terrains, yet tamer and more comfortable than mud-terrains. Most trucks don’t live completely on paved pathways or completely off-road, so the plea for a “tweener” tire makes sense. One notable entry into this space comes from Mickey Thompson, the reputable company out of Stow, Ohio, known for 50-plus years of off-road experience and decades of tire manufacturing.
The Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 hybrid all-terrain tire has lots going for it that frankly make it a no-brainer: PowerPly 3-ply sidewall construction; scalloped shoulder lugs for great off-road traction; larger tread voids, beefy tread blocks for an extra wide footprint, and a flatter tread face; deep, aggressive sidebiters for off-road protection and traction; and a silica-reinforced tread compound for enhanced chip resistance and longevity. Speaking of longevity, Mickey Thompson is so confident in the design and construction of the ATZ P3 that it is now offering a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty. Although some standard limitations apply, the warranty provides the original purchaser with a pro-rated credit toward the purchase of a new Mickey Thompson tire, should the tire wear down to the thread wear indicators before 45,000 miles.
Reflects Ken Warner, vice president of marketing for Mickey Thompson: “Our customers are purchasing more than just tires for their light trucks and SUVs. They are purchasing the confidence and assurance that the Baja ATZ P3 will perform reliably both off-road and on the highway, and this new warranty is our way of validating their trust and confidence.” With much of the Baja ATZ P3 product line carrying an E-range load rating, this tire is aptly suited for ¾- and 1-ton trucks. Expertly mated to Mickey Thompson M/T Metal Series MM-366 wheels by our friends at Discount Tire, the rolling combo looks killer (but not overkill) and gives the confidence needed to attack both trails and tarmac in our ’02 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.
We don’t flinch at each rock that jumps out onto the trail, and our heads don’t hurt from that during-the-week on-road tire drone many know all too well. And for that, we thank Mickey Thompson.
SpecificationsTire: Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3
Wheel: Mickey Thompson M/T Metal Series MM-366
Sizes Tested: 275/70R18 (33x11.5R18) tire; 18x9 wheel
Load Range: E
Maximum Load: 3,640 pounds at 80 psi
Sidewall Plies: 3-ply polyester
Tread Plies: 1 nylon, 2 steel, 3 polyester
Tread Depth: 18.5/32 inches
Overall Diameter: 33.1 inches
Weight: 60 pounds
Test Vehicle: ’02 Chevy Silverado 2500HD