When I first purchased my 2015 Toyota Tacoma I was super-excited, like all new truck owners. I wanted to take it camping, haul stuff, and even do a bit of off-roading. You know, put it through its paces doing all the stuff a truck does. Now that it has been a few years since purchasing the truck my excitement hasn’t worn off, however the factory tires have. It’s ok as I was not terribly impressed with the stock tires that my new baby came with, anyway. Something was missing; I needed some rubber with a little more grab and lot more durability. I needed a good off-road tire that would not only get me deep into the muddy hills, but one that would provide civilized highway manors as well.
The Nexen Roadian MTX (Mud Terrain Xtreme) fit the bill nicely. Besides having a cool, aggressive, off-road aesthetic (with two unique sidewall designs, Machine and Beast), the MTX handled all the different terrains I could throw at it with ease. In addition to how they performed, the thick treaded mud tire made me feel a little safer on, and off, the road. And, most importantly and for lack of a better word, the Nexen MTX made me feel happy.
When I first drove into my trusty local tire shop with four new black, bulging mud tires in the bed of the Tacoma, the service writer quickly asked if they would even fit in the wheel wells. The 265/70R17 size that I selected was a touch larger than the factory size that was about to come off. I said, “Well, they should, but we’re about to find out.” After the four Roadian MTX tires were installed and I pulled out of the shop I knew things were different.
Handling was better then I expected, after all I just swapped from near slick like all-terrains to a burly mudder, with no discernably tread squirm. There is a slight hum while rolling down the road, but nothing that isn’t easily drowned out by the radio. Confidence in the truck certainly increased, as I began driving over bumps and through dips at faster speeds and with more comfort. Be it a true improvement or merely psychological in nature the Roadian MTX tires transformed the Tacoma into something that any 16-year-old would enjoy romping around in, making me feel younger in the process. Overall the MTX rides very nicely on pavement. Braking is confident, steering feels as if the truck were still rocking factory rubber, and ride quality is slightly improved thanks to better sidewalls. I almost forgot what it was like to have traction in the rain, and these tires have it in spades.
While the majority of my daily drive is pavement, like most other Americans, the Roadian MTX really shines when the highway gives way to dust. With three-ply sidewalls, aggressive lugs, and wide voids the MTX is built with the toughest terrain in mind. Rock crawling isn’t my thing, but judging by the tread design these tires would easily conform to rocky ledges and climb with ease. Thick, sticky mud is no match for the large tread voids, and the MTX self clears easily. Traction is superb on loose dirt, graded roads, and rutted trails. And when aired down they float fantastically on sand. I haven’t had a chance to test them in snow or on ice yet (which can prove tricky in sunny Southern California) but we’re confident they will perform well. It’s not difficult to tell that Nexen’s goal with the MTX was to build the best off-road tire possible, and they nailed it.
As of writing I have about 5,000 miles on our test set of Roadian MTX tires. I wanted to make sure to give them a fair shake before rendering a verdict. Simply put, the Roadian MTX wickedly aggressive look that will make any truck owner jealous, they offer a great highway ride without many of the negatives typically associated with mud tires, and when asphalt gives way to the wilds they shine like diamonds in the mud.
I’m going to keep logging miles on the Roadian MTX tires and will report back on how they wear and perform as the odometer creeps higher. Check back soon and pray for snow!
| TTR 1808 003 Nexen Roadian MTX Tire Test
Tire: Nexen Roadian MTX
Size Tested: 265/70R17
Load Range: E
Maximum Load: 3,195 pounds at 80 psi
Sidewall Plies: 3-ply polyester
Section Width: 10.7 inches
Overall Diameter: 31.9 inches
Tread Depth: 19/32
Weight: 45 pounds (est.)
Test Vehicle: Toyota Tacoma