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MT, XT, AT. WHICH ONE IS BEST?

March 26, 2021

How do we know what tire suits us and our vehicles best? Do we want mud terrain, a hybrid tire, or an all-terrain tire? There are many categories out there and even more tires within each category. We know that deciding which aftermarket tire is best for you can be difficult, so we’ve come up with a short, basic breakdown of the main three types of tires. 


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Table of Contents

1. Mud Tires (MT)

2. All Terrain (AT)

3. Hybrid Tires (XT)

4. Final Thoughts


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1. Mud Tires


Before you make a purchase, you should first consider what you’re going to use your vehicle for. It is important to consider:

  1. Will it be for your daily commutes with the occasional weekend off-road adventure?
  2. Are you going to ride up mountains?
  3. Is your schedule all over the place, and you never know whether you’ll be in your office or out in mud puddles?

You should have a good idea of what type of riding you’ll be doing. Next, you can determine what will be the best tire for your preferred use.


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If you’re going to be a lot more off-roading than road travel, you should consider a mud terrain tire. They’re equipped for the most intense terrain—mud pools, deep snow, and sand.

Unfortunately, they don’t perform too well on-road. They can be loud and the tires will degrade quicker. Regardless, some people love showing off their mud tires, no matter how much noise they create.


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If you prioritize off-road driving, you should consider buying a mud tire. The BFGoodrich KM3 is an excellent example of a mud tire. It has large tread lugs and treads voids between the tread lugs, assisting with mud, snow, dirt, and rock evacuation.


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2. All-Terrain Tires


If you want a tire with great on-road performance and the ability to ride on trails every so often, you should consider an all-terrain tire. The Toyo Open Country AT II, for example, allows you to do a little bit of everything. You can charge through gravel trails by morning and pick up your kids from the YMCA by night.


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With all-terrain tires, everything is an option, but they do perform worse than hybrid and mud tires on the trail. The Toyo Open Country AT II tires has a 65,000-mile warranty, which is almost unmatched. With all-terrain tires, you won’t have tread voids as large as mud tires. Additionally, you’ll have more tread lugs, which help reduce road noise.


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3. Hybrid Tires


Hybrid tires, also known as X/T or crossover tires, have larger tread voids than all-terrain tires, especially on the shoulder lugs. They also have pretty aggressive side-biters. They are a perfect blend of AT and MT tires, with on and off-road capabilities.


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Hybrid tires don’t last as long as all-terrain tires, but they will last significantly longer than a mud tire. Hybrid tires have a medium tread compound—not as soft as mud terrain or as hard as all-terrain. The Atturo Trail Blade XT is an excellent hybrid tire


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Final Thoughts

  • Mud tires are the best off-road and worst on-road option, although some people love mud tires wherever they are
  • All-terrain tires are best for on-road travel, though you can occasionally take them on trail
  • Hybrid tires are good for on and off-road applications.

Now, you can decide what type of tire is best for you. If you’re looking for any more information, shop our jeep and truck tires online.


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