The General Altimax RT43 is a Grand Touring All-season tire built with a strong dual silica compound for uninterrupted driving throughout the year. Coming in 84 different sizes and sporting an anti-slip design, this tire demonstrates it’s capabilities as a complete tire for almost any driving environment.
Review Highlights: The General Altimax RT43 provides ample traction and handling in rain and light snow environments, offering exceptional hydroplaning resistance. There are very few downsides other than the some consumers complaining of a minor noise issue on some sizes of this tire.
Design And Technology
Featured technology include the StabiliTREAD footprint. Specifically, this is a wider tire that reduces pressure on individual sections to extend tread life.
The increased amount of biting edges improve grip on slippery roads and provide more surface area for better performance in wet weather.
Now let’s go over each category to see the positives and negatives.
General Handling Performance
Due to the increased traction, this tire has a tendency to be a little bit noisy at higher speeds.
This above-average amount of grip also gives it a smooth, comfortable ride.
The wide tread design makes for an increased surface area to connect to the road and improve steering and handling in all kinds of conditions.
In any kind of wet or icy terrain, the relatively small amount of added noise might be a good trade off for the superior traction.
Wet Traction And Rain
Wet conditions are where this tire’s features come the most in handy.
General’s StabiliTREAD technology promotes even treadwear across all four tires, increasing the life of the tire by up to 20%.
Even though the StabiliTREAD technology is designed to increase tread life, the large footprint also improves traction and performance in the rain and snow.
The peak anti-slip design has only one function that it does perfectly, and that is keeping your car safe on a wet or icy road.
Snow And Winter Performance
All of the technologies that come into play for this tire’s high performance in the rain also apply to the snow.
The traction in snowy weather is second to none due to its flat, wide tread and strong center rib that sharpens the steering response.
Even in icy conditions, this tire can hold its own and hold its grip on the road.
Rocky Conditions And Rough Terrain
Rocky conditions might be one place where this tire doesn’t have any kind of performance edge.
The flat and wide design doesn’t offer much in the way of grip when it comes to uneven terrain and unstable ground.
This isn’t to say that it won’t be acceptable for a gravel driveway, but anything more hazardous than that will not be ideal.
If you are trying to find a tire for use in the mountains, this might not be a very good option.
Tread Design And Sipes
The Altimax RT43 features a symmetrical tread design and circumferential grooves that are flat and wide.
Thetwin cushion silica tread compound provides better stability than its predecessor the “Altimax RT”.
The low surface abrasion technology extends the life of the tread and helps facilitate even treadwear.
The Tire Replacement Monitor is a nice feature that alerts you when it is time to change the tire with a revealed notation.
Many consumers who have outfitted this tire, have reported a longevity of upwards of 90,000 miles when they are cared for properly.
Ratings And Score
Overall the General Altimax RT43 scored in the 86 percentile out of 100. A complete breakdown of ratings by category can be found in the chart below.
What Are The Pros?
- Great handling in wet conditions.
- Good steering response in light snow.
- Modestly comfortable on long drives.
What Are The Cons?
- Very mild noise at various speeds.
General Tire offers a Mileage Warranty for the Altimax RT43 covering replacement products up to 75,000 miles.
On top of that, all General tires include a Limited Warranty that allows for replacement of the tires within the first 12 months or first 2/32nds of wear, whichever comes first.
General Tire also offers a “Satisfaction Trial” of up to 45 days on this tire.
Additional Spec Information
- Countries of origin include USA, Mexico, Slovakia, Brazil, Germany, France, Romania and Portugal.
- Max load range is from 1,047 to 2,149 pounds.
- Tread depth changes between the tire sizes and is either 10/32” or 11/32”.
- Uniform Tire Quality Grade is 600AB
Should You Buy the Altimax RT43?
When trying to determine if this tire is going to work for you in the long run, there are some questions that you have to ask yourself about the terrain and weather where you are doing your daily driving.
- Are you driving somewhere where it rains a lot? Then this will be a very good option.
- Are you in need of a comfortable ride that is smooth at both high and low speeds? This would be a decent choice for you.
- Is it important that your car is quiet no matter what speed you are driving and where you are driving it? This might not be a good choice.
- Is safety a number one concern for you when looking for anything related to your car, truck, or van? This will be a great option.
Popular Vehicles Using This Tire
- Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
- Buick Encore
- Toyota Yaris
- Honda Odyssey
- Ford Crown Victoria
- Lincoln MKS EcoBoost
- Toyota Avalon
- Honda CRV
This tire is overall well balanced in all categories, and while slight road noise has been reported by some consumers, we believe the Altimax RT43 is on par or slightly better than tires like the Dunlop Signature HP based on price point.
If you are on a budget and needing something that is reliable with decent treadwear, this is a solid choice.