Before we get into our first impressions of the new BFG Rugged Terrain T/A tire, we have to make sure you know this is not a new version of the Rugged Trail. With the original Rugged Trail and All-Terrain T/A KO still alive, why did BFG launch another new all-terrain tire?
As tough as this may be for most of us to stomach, this tire fits between our needs and our desires. Face it—most of us don’t have specific off-road vehicles. We drive our dirt toys to and from work on a daily basis. Big, aggressive off-road tires look great but they drain our wallets at the gas pump and make it tough to hold a conversation with our passengers due to road noise. This tire is available for those seeking an all-terrain look while still retaining a smooth and quiet highway drive.
After spending a few months with the tire, we have a hard time disagreeing with the pitch BFG gave us at the launch event. The tires are wearing well with more than 5,000 miles on them, and we have seen increased mpg numbers of 2.1 or better on the highway versus our previous BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires (in the same size). Not surprising to see better numbers coming off a mud tire, but seeing a 2.6-mpg improvement over long drives is huge.
In the dirt, the tires have performed good, but not great. In loose over hard-packed terrain, the tires got us where we needed to go with limited slippage. We don’t have the confidence we do driving off-road on the T/A KO, but they grip far better than the Rugged Trail ever did. Aired down to 15 psi as it crawled over rocks, the tires once again fell into the “good” category, not letting us down. Where the tires did perform very well was on wet pavement. They grip the road extremely well and are almost dead silent at 80 mph. We look forward to more time on the tires to see how well they hold up with some serious miles on them. Look for a more in-depth look coming soon. If you’re seeking a solid replacement tire with off-road looks, while still keeping that smooth factory ride, you may want to check these out.
Specifications as tested
Make/Model: BFG Rugged Terrain
Mounted on: 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Size on sidewall: 285/75R16
Load range: E
Max load: 3,750 pounds @ 80psi
Tire hardness: 68
Tread depth: 57/128ths
# Plies in sidewall: two polyester
# Plies in tread: two polyester + two steel + one nylon
Weight of tire: 49.76 pounds
Measured diameter unloaded: 32.80 inches
Measured width unloaded: 11.30 inches
Measured tread width: 8.50 inches
Available sizes: 29 to 37 inches tall
Available for: 15-,16-,17-,18-, and 20-inch wheels