General Tire was founded in 1915 in Akron, Ohio. It expanded throughout the U.S., with factories in the Midwest and North Carolina, while diversifying into other industries. However, in 1987 it was acquired by Continental Tire of Germany. As of 2016, tires are still branded under the General Tire name.
General tires represent a good value, and are also very well reviewed by everyday drivers. We chose the Altimax RT43 as one of our Touring/Grand Touring All-Season tire pick, which has the same 4.7/5 score as the Michelin Primacy, but is more affordable. It also carries a 65-75k mile warranty, which is on the high end - and is longer than Michelin's Primacy warranty.
The Altimax RT43 is our top pick for a Touring All-Season tire. It has over 230 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5, with a generous 65-75k mile warranty. It also has the most available sizes (over 80) to fit most cars and cross-over SUVs. Most car tire sizes will run under $100 per tire. It has scored well in 4-way comparison tests at the Tire Rack, with good scores for dry, wet, and light snow traction (General Tire is owned by Continental Tire, which is known for their snow traction performance in All-Season tires). One negative is that there is some minor road noise, though it is quieter than most tires in the category.Read all Altimax RT43 Reviews at TireBuyer Check Prices on the Altimax RT43 at Walmart
The Altimax RT is the predecessor to the RT43. You may still be able to find it in stock in a few sizes. However, we do recommend the RT43 instead as it improves upon the RT in wet and snow traction. In addition, any remaining stock may have degradation issues. It is better to buy fresher rubber for improved safety and longevity.Read all Altimax RT Reviews
The G-MAX AS-03 came in 2nd place in Tire Rack's comparison test of four UHP A/S tires. What we like is that it has over 200 reviews, proving it to be a solid choice. There are also several more sizes available on the G-MAX (20-22 in.) that are not available on other models. Similar to Kumho's Ecsta 4X II, it also has a 40k mile warranty.Read all G-MAX AS-03 Reviews
General provides a class leading 60k mile limited warranty for their All-Terrain tire. We like this tire not only for its warranty, but it has fantastic reviews from over 400 drivers. The tread pattern is very aggressive looking, almost like that of a mud tire. When comparing against other brands of several sizes, such as 31x10.5 and 33x12.5 on Jeeps and other trucks, the General Tires come in much cheaper for a set of 4.Read all Grabber AT2 Reviews at TireBuyer