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Hello and welcome to my review of Kumho Road Venture AT51 tire.
Pairing excellent off-road capability and snow performance with a decent comfort on the road has always been hard to achieve for tire companies. The solutions were always half-baked – either the tires had great performance out of the road and they were very loud and uncomfortable on it, or they were very quiet, but were disappointing in almost every slippery condition.
Enter the Kumho Road Venture AT51 – a tire that can solve all the problems at once, according to the company. Kumho goes as far to say that this tire is not only great for off-roading, but it’s great for snowy conditions in the winter, as well as being very quiet on the road. For some this may sound like a fairy tale, and to be honest, we’ve all heard this before. And even though it’s not perfect – no tire is for that matter, the Road Venture AT51 is one of the best in its class, achieving most of what Kumho promised.
Who is this tire for?
The Kumho Road Venture AT51 is an all-terrain tire, which is meant to be driven all-season long. It’s best suited for big Trucks and SUV’s, especially those that have great all-terrain capabilities. Cars like Toyota Land Cruiser and Tundra, Nissan Pajero and Titan, Ford F150, Dodge Ram and Chevrolet Silverado are great examples, but in all honesty, this tire will be a great choice for anyone that lives in harsh winter conditions and drives an SUV. That said, these are not tires that you’ll put on your city car, but that’s to be expected.
What terrain is it mostly suited for?
Being a tire that is intended to be used on SUV’s and Trucks, the Kumho Road Venture AT51 is a tire that gives higher-than-average performance off-road. While you shouldn’t expect true off-road capability like from Kumho’s Road Venture MT KL51, the AT51 is good enough for most people. It has enough grip on almost all surfaces and can be used for light off-roading, being great for those who do not seek competitive off-road performance.
Unlike other off-road tires, the Kumho Road Venture AT51 is great in snow too. Actually, snow performance was one of the key points when the company independently tested and then designed it, the proof being in the mountain snowflake symbol. Even though it’s not a specialty winter tire, it provides the driver with enough grip for braking and accelerating, thanks to the angled chamfer and deep central grooves that channel the snow away from the tire quickly. This design also helps in rainy conditions, where the Kumho Road Venture AT51 is above average in its class.
Apart from serious off-road tires or even winter tires, the Kumho Road Venture AT51 is good enough on dry roadtoo. While you shouldn’t expect it to be as good as some all-season tires in the SUV class, the Road Venture AT51 is at least predictable at the limit, providing the driver with safe driving experience. And in our view, most of the SUV or Truck drivers hardly ever drive in a manner that can test the limits of the AT51’s.
Kumho Road Venture AT51 Review: What about comfort?
It’s always expected for an off-road tire like the Kumho Road Venture AT51 to be loud on the road and especially at higher motorway speeds, but we are happy to confirm that this is not the case here. While it’s not as good as a normal road tire – far from it, the AT51 is quieter and more comfortable than almost any other off-road based tire. Kumho’s model is very good at minimizing road noise and soaking up bumps, giving passengers a comfortable ride on long journeys. Great news for adventure-seekers who want to experience off-road driving, but also drive many miles on-road to get to those locations in the first place.
It certainly hits a lot of spots, but is it expensive?
The Kumho Road Venture AT51 is available in a lot of sizes, 43 to be exact, ranging from 205/65 R15, 215/70 R16 and 245/70 R17 to ginormous LT35X12.50R20 examples. Kumho really tried to make this tire available for any medium and big sized SUV, as well as medium and full sized trucks, so you shouldn’t have problems finding the right one for your vehicle. Prices are starting from 130$ for the smallest one, to around 340$ for the biggest examples, so it is very competitive in its class. Ask your nearest dealer or tire shop for possible discounts.
Longevity is also a strong point for the Road Venture AT51. Kumho provides Treadlife warranty of 55,000 miles, or half mileage for staggered tire setups. The uniformity warranty is 1 year, which is usual in this class. Users over the internet are also very satisfied with the longevity, declaring years of carefree driving and very little tread wear over the years, which is very important for tires that will be used for off-roading.
Should I buy it?
We certainly didn’t hide our satisfaction with the Road Venture AT51. It’s a tire that is good in almost all categories – it may not be a champion in any of them, but it’s a combination that is hard to beat in this class. We especially liked its snow performance as well as its very good off-road performance, which makes it a great choice for drivers that live in mountain areas and places that have harsh winters. For that combination of skills, this tire is really a no-brainer.
And while we are very happy with the on-road performance and comfort, if you don’t drive off-road exclusively and you drive your SUV or Truck mostly on the motorway and in the city, you’d be better off with normal all-season tires. That said, the Road Venture AT51 still excels in this area when compared to the closest competitors, being very comfortable for an off-road tire. Talking about the competitors, check the General Tire Grabber AT 2 and the Firestone Destination A/T for great value, or try the ubiquitous BFGoodrich T/A K02 if you are into a lots of serious off-road driving.