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General Grabber HTS Review

 
General Grabber HTS Review

General Grabber HTS

Not everyone has the budget for a high-end, all-season tire, and thankfully General Tire is known for its affordable range of both auto and truck tires. The General Grabber HTS is an extremely inexpensive, all-season tire that is designed for light trucks, SUVs and sport utility vehicles. They can also be used on full-size vans and crossovers. They are great for year-round weather and light snow.

If you live in an area with severely harsh winter conditions, then you will need more than the General Grabber HTS has to offer, but for people who rarely experience weather below freezing or get just a light dusting of snow, this is more than enough tire to get you through. In particular, though, it is great for areas that get a fair amount of precipitation, since its Hydro Channels manage to get water out of your way, increasing the tread and improving overall safety.

This tire’s structure is made from two ultra-high tensile steel belts that help to cushion your ride, even on the bumpiest conditions. There is an enlarged contact area which will help prevent hydroplaning, as well as symmetric tread design that makes braking, accelerating and cornering a lot easier and safer, too.

If you remember the old slogan of General Tire, “Sooner or later, you’ll own Generals,” then you shouldn’t be surprised by how many people actually own the General Grabber HTS. In fact, General Tire is an American company that has been around for over 65 years and is one of the largest manufacturers of tires in the world.

This is an extremely popular model of tire, especially among SUV and small pick-up truck owners who are looking for a basic, all-season tire that is within their budget. This does not provide you with the secure grip of a snow tire or a studded tire in winter weather, nor does it provide you with high-performance handling, but it seems to hit that middle ground of reliability, comfort and stability all at the same time.

General Tire is well known for manufacturing quality tires at an affordable price, and the General Grabber HTS is a prime example of that. As the owner of an SUV or small truck, you know that tires can get pretty expensive, and it is good to know that you have a more affordable option available to you. These are quality tires that will last, and will provide you with years’ worth of noise-free driving and plenty of grip in almost all weather conditions.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

For an affordable, all-season, light-truck tire, the General Grabber HTS is a good tire. There are some people who will tell you that they won’t last nearly as long as the warranty suggests, but that tends to be for people who use them severely or live in extremely harsh weather conditions. The primary benefit of these tires is that they are extremely economical both in terms of initial price and improved mileage, so this is a good buy for an affordable tire.

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth Riggs says:

    I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra 4×2 Crewmax with 18″ tires. Which is better tires for my truck. I’m on the road a lot. Hankook or General? Please advise??

  2. The Author says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    The General’s are known to have short tread life and irregular wear issues. I personally wouldn’t put them on my truck. So I’d go with the Hankooks.

  3. I have infinite qx4 1999. looking all season tire which one you recommend; General Grabber HTS, Firestone destination le or le2, or continental crosscontract Lx20 etc. Live in Phila and occasional we have light snow. also don’t drive that much only on weekend… Since my car is 12 yers old so I am not looking for expensive as I might keep my car for 2 more yrs before i sell or trade. Thanks for response

  4. Hi Tenzin,

    I would go with the Firestone Destination first, then the Continental Crosscontact Lx20 second.

  5. I current have the Gerneral Grabber HTS on my 2003 Highlander limited. I got about 42000 miles on them and they need to be replaced. The tire store is charging the same price for the Grabber HTS and thd Firestone Destination LE2′s. Which one would you recommend and why? Thank you.

  6. Hi Mark,
    The Firestone is the #1 rated tire in the highway all-season class survey at Tirerack. The General’s are #9. This would be enough for me to go with the LE2′s.

  7. Hello , I have a 2013 Kia Sorento LX AWD my OEM tires need to be replaced 2/32 thread life left with 23,000 miles , I spoke with Continental tires and they spoke to my local tire dealer and Continental is covering 50% of my cost , which is great ,now here is the big question , i need to choose between General Grabber HTS or any Continental tire I want , I live in upstate NY and and yes when it is winter here it is winter , SNOW !! , I also do alot of driving , Highway and Parkway , the OEM tire is Continental LX which was great in the snow & rain , but I am alittle worried about getting them again because the are warned down 2/32 at 23,000 miles , so I started to look into the Continental LX 20 So what do you think I should go with General Grabber HTS OR Continental LX 20, also I want to have a T rating…. Thank you

  8. Joe Trent says:

    Hi Freddy,

    Personally I wouldn’t run either one. I’d go with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 instead. It’s more money up front, but will be cheaper in the long run.

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