On-Road Review: Yokohama X-AT

If you need an all-around tire that gets excellent traction on 90% of the surfaces on and off-road you cannot beat an all-terrain tire. One of the latest offerings from Yokohama is the new Geolandar X-AT.

Geolandar X-AT Dry Traction and Road Noise

The X-AT is quiet, comfortable, with excellent traction on dry surfaces. The overall construction of the tire allows it to absorb large road impacts without damage. I did a dB test after the swap from the Yokohama Geolandar X-MT tires and with similar conditions, there was an 8-9 dB drop.

The tires perform just as well under braking. Controlled stops without drama and excellent feedback help give you plenty of confidence.

Geolandar X-AT Wet Traction

Wet weather performance has been good. It’s not the best tire we have ever tested in the wet. The X-AT has a tendency to grab standing water more than our best tire, and the acceleration traction can get a little slippery. If we were giving grades the X-AT would be an A- and the best we have tested is an A+. Definitely not a slouch at all. (Both tires were tested on the same Jeep.)

Braking is similarly excellent. It’s hard to quantify something like the confident feeling I have when driving with these tires. Like anything you do, the more you believe in it the more likely you are to be successful. I know that these tires will stop, and they do exactly that every time.

Geolandar X-AT Overal Quality

My initial thoughts on tire quality always start with balancing. It’s easy to have confidence in a tire when your first experience with it is good. The X-AT balanced easily took less than 4 ounces on any tire and had no blemishes anywhere. Not the least weight we have seen but definitely good for the silver medal.

Priced at $374 at TireRack.com the X-AT comes in a little below the competition price, and if you don’t mind the slight performance drop, you can save around $100 for a set of 4. No matter what you do we rate this a sold buy.

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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