And the Verdict Is…
Overall, the General Altimax RT43 lives up to its hype. Several features, including the Early Warning Visual Alignment Indicators, Low Abrasion Surface technology, and Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound, contribute to the extended life of this tire, which is backed by the company’s warranty and 45-day trial. The tire provides a quiet and comfortable ride, owing to its symmetrical tread design and innovative sound wave suppression technology. It also features great traction and handling in just about any weather condition, a result of its Peak Anti-Slip Design technology and Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound. All in all, the General Altimax RT43 seems to be one of the best all-season tires on the market, and with its six-year warranty, you may need to trade.
Dry Performance 8.8
Wet Performance 8.5
Comfort Performance 8.6
Treadwear Performance 8.2
General Tire’s flagship line is Altimax. Within this family, the Altimax RT43 is their Grand Touring All-Season offering, replacing the Altimax RT. It is an upgraded model designed to provide quiet comfort, year-round traction, and extended tread life for drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans, and crossovers. Does it deliver on its promises?
The General Altimax RT43 includes patented Early Warning Visual Alignment Indicators. These identify and point out vehicle misalignment, which is meant to extend the life of the tire.
Peak Anti-Slip Design technology increases the number of biting edges for enhanced wet traction, as well as improved dry traction and ride comfort. This is in addition to four circumferential grooves, giving the tire increased grip on even snow-covered surfaces.
Low Surface Abrasion technology extends tread life by promoting even treadwear. It does this by reducing tread distortion throughout the life of the tire.
A patented Integrated Replacement Tire Monitor alerts you when a tire change is needed. It features a stamp which reads “replace tire” based on treadwear.
The Twin Cushion Silica Tread Compound features a high-density all-season compound on top, paired with a low-density foundation compound beneath. The high-density compound provides year-round traction and long wear. The low-density compound underneath absorbs road vibrations.
The symmetrical tread design keeps noise down and increases rotation options. It features a continuous center rib, which adds stability and steering response, and independent tread blocks, which use sound wave suppression technology to reduce road noise.
Twin steel belts are reinforced by two layers of spirally-wrapped polyamide. They stabilize the tread area for enhanced handling. Combined with the polyester cord body, it promotes ride quality and adds strength and durability.
The Altimax RT43 comes with a 75,000-mile limited treadwear warranty for T-rated models, and a 65,000-mile warranty for H- and V-rated models. These numbers are estimated to last about six years. In addition, General Tire offers a 45-day trial. If after 45 days you’re not satisfied, you can exchange them for a different General brand.
The Altimax RT43 Put to the Test
In performance tests, the Altimax RT43 performed very well for ride comfort, steering response, and handling. It remained composed over road imperfections, while maintaining its steering and handling. Its handling was direct and responsive, the tire minimized impacts and noise from potholes and joints. There was some noticeable tread noise, and the tire became slightly jarring over some large bumps. But overall, it provided a relatively quiet and comfortable ride.
When driven on a designated testing track, the Altimax RT43 exhibited stability in dry conditions. On the wet track, the tire came out on top for stability, speed, and handling. It showed the best wet traction out of several competitor tires that were tested. On the dry track, the tire took about 93 feet to stop from 50 miles per hour, and 119 feet on the wet track. Its wet braking was significantly better than any other tires that were tested, in some cases a full 20 feet shorter.
The Altimax RT43 was designed to excel year-round, even in light snow. Reviewers found that it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, traction was excellent even in moderate snow and on light amounts of ice. It showed predictable handling and impressive braking distances.