Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Review

Hello and welcome to my Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S review.

At first glance, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S looks like it would be aggressive enough for an all-terrain tire and one that would appear to be an ideal fit for jeep, truck and SUV owners who like to venture out for a little off-roading or need a tire that will take them through rough winter weather conditions. But what can you really expect from this all-terrain tire?

Yokohama Geolandar AT-S review

Tread Toughness

The tread compound on the Yokohama ATS is designed to be tough enough to handle light off-road terrain without getting any nasty punctures, chips or cuts. Sidewall protectors near the shoulders also help in protecting the tire from damage. For light duty use it does hold up well, but if you are needing a tire to withstand a lot of jagged rocks or other rough obstacles like stumps on a regular basis, you may be disappointed. Then again, that’s not who this tire was really designed for.

Rating Verdict – Good

Dry Traction

On dry streets and highways the ATS feels right at home. Grip on pavement is excellent due in part to the larger tread blocks and multi-stepped grooves, which further increase stability and handling. Dry braking is outstanding as well.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Yokohama has designed the ATS to handle wet roads much easier and more confidently than many other AT tires. The silica enhanced tread compound along with dual interlocking pyramid sipes help this tire deliver very good traction and exceptional hydroplane resistance. Even at higher speeds you’ll find this tire performs quite well and gives you a confident feeling behind the wheel. When it comes to braking, this tire is about average among others in its class.

Rating Verdict – Good

Off-Road Traction

The Yokohama Geolandar ATS is a solid performer on the highway, and when it comes to taking things off-road it performs well in most cases. There’s no denying that it’s an AT tire that has been built more for on-road driving than in the backwoods, which in all fairness is where the overwhelming majority of drivers spend most of their time, so it makes sense.

That said, it does handle modest off-roading through dirt, sand and gravel as well as most other models. But if you plan to do a lot of driving in deeper mud or over jagged rocks, you’ll likely be disappointed. The ATS is simply not designed to be that aggressive off the beaten path.

Rating Verdict – Average

Winter Traction

Driving through snow and ice on the ATS is a mixed bag of sorts. The tires feature dual interlocking pyramid sipes and multi-stepped grooves to help it navigate lighter amounts of snow quite well, but traction through deep snow and ice has room for improvement. Expect to find slipping on hard-packed snow and especially on ice.

In addition, braking on ice is poor and takes longer to come to a stop than tires like the General Grabber AT2, BFG T/A KO2 or Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure among others.

Rating Verdict – Average

Cornering/Steering Response

Larger tread blocks help make steering more responsive on the ATS than you might think at first glance. It handles well and provides good feel for an all-terrain tire.

Rating Verdict – Good

Ride/Noise Comfort

The ATS’s rounded edge tread blocks are added to give this tire a more quiet ride quality and overall, they do a pretty good job. It’s not the quietest AT tire in this category, but it’s certainly not the noisiest. I would say it is quieter than the older BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO.

Ride comfort is excellent when driving on this tire. You’ll find it takes uneven pavement and smaller obstacles more smoothly and without the bone-jarring feeling you can often find on some all-terrain tires. It’s obvious that Yokohama spent time on refining the road manners here.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

Treadlife is an area where the ATS falls a bit short of its top-ranked competitors. We’ve heard other drivers mention in reviews that they have seen as few as 30,000 miles from the tread. Naturally, the way you use the tire and driving habits are going to play a big factor with treadwear, but that being the case it would be nice to see a little more life out of the tread.

Yokohama does warrant the tires for 5 years or 40,000 miles for all sizes below 20 inches. For load range E sizes and ones 20 inches and above, the warranty is reduced to 40,000 miles.

Rating Verdict – Average

Price/Value

Yokohama ATS tires run from around $108 and up and are priced on the lower end of the scale compared to many other models in their class.

For example, on an LT265/75R 16 123R E, the A/T-S comes in at approximately $184. The same size in the Michelin LTX AT2 is $210, the Bridgestone Dueler Revo2 is $202, and the all-new BFG T/A KO2 is $205. I would rate overall performance for the money to be about average for this tire.

Rating Verdict – Average

Final Verdict

After having a closer look at the Yokohama A/T-S, I would say it ranks in the middle of the all-terrain class. On-road traction and handling is impressive for this tire, but off-road performance, winter handling and treadlife is only average.

If you spend most all of your time driving on pavement and want an attractive looking tire the ATS is a good option, especially considering the lower price point. However, if you drive off-road on a more regular basis or need a tire for extended periods of driving in rough winter road conditions, you may want to consider a different model.

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Chevrolet Silverado, Blazer, Tahoe, Colorado, Suburban, Avalanche, S-10, TrailBlazer
  • Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota, Nitro
  • Ford F-150, Ranger, Explorer, F-250, Excursion, Expedition, F-350, Escape, Bronco
  • GMC Sierra, Yukon, Terrain
  • Honda Ridgeline, Element, CR-V, Pilot
  • Hyundai Veracruz, Tucson, Santa Fe
  • Jeep Liberty, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot
  • Kia Sportage, Sorento
  • Land Rover Freelander, Discovery
  • Mercury Mountaineer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander, Montero
  • Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, Frontier, Titan
  • Subaru Outback, XV CrossTrek, Forester
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara, XL-7, Samurai
  • Toyota Tacoma, Sequoia, RAV4, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tundra, T100, Highlander
  • Volkswagen Vanagon
  • Volvo XC90, XC70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 5 years or 50,000 miles on 19 inch and below sizes excluding E load range. 5 years or 40,000 miles on all 20 inch sizes and above, as well as all E load range models.

Tire Uniformity – First 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials & Workmanship – 5 years. Free replacement during first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Other – Yokohama provides a 30 day test drive guarantee.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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