Toyo Open Country A/T II Review – 45,000km in

We’ve had the Toyo Open Country A/T II in an LT configuration on our Ford Everest for over 45,000km of driving now, and the vehicle has done a reasonable amount off-road, as well as on the Highway. In fact, we’ve done trips to Outback NSW, Northern NSW, Barrington Tops, Forster, The Wattagans, Queensland, Victoria, Lithgow, Newnes, and many many more places, often also towing the Tvan.

I’d say 15,000km would have to be off sealed roads, with about 20,000km highway driving and about 10,000km city style driving. To provide the right context, the Everest from factory weighs 2400KG, but on most trips would have been loaded up, meaning most of the km driven the vehicle (with me in it) would weigh between 2700KG and 3000KG.  During this time, I have run tyre pressures at 36PSI cold.  I found these increase to about 40PSI when they warm up, and the rear increase slightly more when towing. 

I need to preface this by clarifying that my driving style is a considered one.  What does this mean?  It means I’m not a slow driver (I always drive as fast as I legally can), but I’m not a lead foot – I get a feel for the sweet spot for a car and its acceleration and deceleration and I don’t push the car unnecessarily.  I don’t brake unnecessarily, I aim for a smooth driving experience, anticipating slowing down and speeding up.  I plan and manage speed through corners, losing speed before a turn, but managing speed through corners (this often sees me move through a corner faster than most despite entering it slower).  I’m sharing this to provide context for what comes next.

I thought I’d provide my view on the tyres and how they have worn, before I share the data from Toyo’s Quality Assurance team.

Overall

Overall, I have to say that I have been well impressed with the tyres.  They have performed very well in pretty much all conditions, without a single puncture despite the off-roading.  They have also worn very evenly, despite the fact that I have not rotated them as much as I should have.  There is a little feathering on some of the tread, but it is minimal, and even more impressive when I admit that when I was on my first outback trip I didn’t even reduce pressures on the corrugations when I should have (about 2,000km on corrugated dirt roads).  I suspect that the Tough Dog upper control arms we installed with our suspension lift have also contributed to the ability to keep the wheel alignment and therefore the even wear.

Out in the NSW Outback…

On-Road

I can’t fault the Toyo Open Country A/T II’s on-road.  They are quiet performers, and do their thing very well.  In the few times I’ve had to brake hard, they’ve been very compliant, and grip has been first rate.  They also excel in the wet, providing a very very good experience all round.  Toyo did recommend I run 40PSI cold for the tyres, but I did find that a little hard, so I’ve run them at 36PSI personally.  A very good tyre on-road (and lets face it, most of us do 80%+ of our total km’s on-road).

Nothing but good things to say on-road…

Off-road

Despite their appearance not being quite as aggressive as some others in the market, I’ve found the Toyos very good off-road.  Their grip has been good in most conditions.  On Gravely roads they have felt quite planted, they have gripped well on rocky ledges, and even been pretty good on Sand (although the sidewalls don’t bag out as much as I thought they might when you reduce pressures).  They definitely don’t perform as strongly in Mud, but they have still managed to grip well enough in muddy conditions for me to conquer local powerline tracks with slippery climbs as long as I have had some momentum going.

Extra momentum is needed in very slippery muddy or clay like conditions, but it didn’t stop us.
On the beach…

Fuel Economy

Putting the Toyo Open Country A/T II’s on the Everest also coincided with a change of wheels to Method Race Wheels Con 6 in black, and changing from a P55 to P35 off-set.  This combination added about 6Kg per wheel to the vehicle, and also increased the contact patch as we moved from a 265 to a 285.  We also increased the rolling diameter as a result, which again would have influenced changes in fuel economy.

Overall, this change alone resulted in the vehicle using about 1L/100km more than the factory wheel/tyre combination.  I think that is pretty impressive given the increase in capability over the factory rubber.

Toyo QA Results

Being a part of the Toyo Tires Australia QA program means that a team of tyre experts regularly reviews the tyres on the car, capturing feedback on where we have been and what driving we have been doing, as well as measuring and inspecting the tyres for the wear rate.

I recently had the wear measured, and the following are the results.  These guys measure the tread depth in 4 places across each tyre. 

If you are wondering, Toyo measure the tread depth across they tyre in multiple places as part of their QA program

Based on the current wear, Toyo estimate that the tyres will wear out at over 160,000km.  This is one of the highest estimates that Toyo have ever recorded on a set of their Open Country A/T II tyres.  They put it down to a combination of the highway kms, but also my driving style being very kind to the tyres.  I must stress that the biggest factor affecting tyre wear, regardless of brand is driving style.  Most wear happens when accelerating, decelerating, and cornering, and we all drive differently.  Regardless of when the tyres do actually wear out, they are not even close to half worn at 45,000km which suggests they will do 80,000km + pretty easily and that is a great result for a tyre that performs so well in almost all conditions.

Verdict

I really can’t fault these tyres in any way.  In my experience, they have performed to an excellent standard in pretty much all conditions except really wet muddy ones, and even then, I was still able to get through using a little more momentum.

I would go as far as to say they are the perfect tyre for the tourer because they offer rock solid on-road performance with very strong off-road performance.  This means you benefit from great performance when on-road, without compromising off-road performance too much, and at least in my experience they wear very very well.

If mud is your off-road happy place, perhaps consider the Rugged Terrain or Mud Terrain variant, but if it isn’t your thing, then I wouldn’t waste your time on an M/T because the sacrifice in on-road and general performance and additional noise doesn’t justify the additional capability.

I hop you’ve found this useful.  If you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll respond as best I can!

Aiden

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    2. Yes I have them on my 2019 XLT and they get very loose in the rear in the wet and that was from new, it’s no better or worse even as they get more klms on them 63,400 to be precise

    3. I’m still on Toyo Open Country A/T I’s and while they have been generally great tyres for mixed road condition, I find they are too noisy on the black top for me.

      I heard it claimed (by tyre dealer) that the Toyo Open Country A/T II’s are quieter – can anyone confirm that, as I don’t want to have to buy a set just to find out.

      If there’s not much difference, then I’d be better looking at other versions.

  1. I run a Dmax with a 500kg Norweld canopy. I have completed 34000 km and I am disappointed at the tread wear. I run 40psi on the fronts with 46psi on the rears {cold). The rears seem to be wearing down quicker than the fronts, hence the regular rotation every 10000km. I will be lucky to get 70000km out of this set. I do not drive the vehicle hard. Other than the wear factor, these tyres are excellent in all conditions.

    1. I have them on a 2008 SR5 dual cab Hilux that is unladen 99% of the time, they have just over 40,000km on them and I am disappointed with the wear too. They would be just past 50% worn and although they perform alright I don’t think I’ll buy them again. I’m especially disappointed with the stiff sidewalls and the couple of punctures I’ve had.
      Back to BF Goodrich when these are done.

  2. I have a set on a 2016 MUX with plenty of western Qld hot driving, caravan towing and torrential rain and have not had a problem in the 70 000 kms they’ve been on. I run them at 38 psi. Will be replacing with the same in a few months

  3. I’ve been running Toyo AT2 on my VX LC200 since I bought it new in 2018. I only just changed to my second full set February 2021, the original set still had easily another 6mths of available wear left in them.

    I’ve towed our 19ft caravan, been off-road, on road, long trips interstate etc.

    Best tyres for my money…. Especially when you can get just short of 3yrs out of a set.

  4. I have a set on our FJ Cruiser. It is configured to be light most of the time. Certainly below GVM. After a couple of years, the Toyos had chunks missing from the edge of the thread.

    Now, we use the car mostly as a city runabout, driving it very little. So the Toyo is kept on, because it is quiet. It will get replaced before the next long offroad trip.

    1. My 17 hilux auto dual cab work car in CQ average 80k a set yes it had 400k before it was swapped out good puncture resistance but do not grip on gravel like the BFG do or in the wet. The RT is a better all rounder for the price.

  5. I’ve a set which have done 63,400 to date and a good mix of off-road, gravel roads and black top, cannot really fault them. They do however get a little loose at the rear in the wet which is at times a little disconcerting, particularly accelerating up an on ramp to merge!

    I hear the version 3 are out in the states now but nothing currently in Aust.

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  6. I ran my first set on a Chev Silverado GVM 5 Ton towing a 4 Ton Caravan with plenty of off road and could not fault them in all conditions. Religiously rotated them every 10,000 and changed them at 80,000 klms. Probably had around another 10,000 but was heading out on another big lap.

  7. Your driving style as described should be mandated for every driver.!
    Lovely to see.
    As for the Tyres, I reckon mine are half worn at 20k km.
    They also go flat when sharp objects go through the tread. Ha ha.

  8. I put them on my Narava with 17 inch rims & they are good dry or wet
    asked the tyre shop to do the PX2 Ranger in 18 inch he told me that they are made in China with different material & are shit
    Toyo made another one in Japan for 18 inch that are good thinking of putting them on

  9. I got the old style and I’m expecting to get 100k on prado.
    Even they tyre shop thought they were new when I got my regular wheel alignment. I said they done nearly 45,000ks already.
    Great tyres.

  10. I have a set of these on my Mazda BT50. Had them changed in Darwin whilst on holiday ( pre covid ) and was towing a caravan 3 tonne and full tub in the truck. Did about 15000 km before getting home to Perth. Maily bitumen but also some gravel, rocky and corrugated roads with a little off road thrown in.
    Can’t fault them. now done 83000km with maybe another 10000 before replacement. Tyres are all running dead square, no feathering and even across the tread wear.
    These have got to be the best tyres in my 62 years (correct ) of driving in every type of road imaginable.
    Will I be replacing with Toyo again….you betcha.

  11. I had a set on a 75 series landcruiser and got 95,000km from the tyres. I was doing a lot of highway driving and towing a loaded horse float almost every weekend.
    I now have a ford ranger tray back with tool boxes and equipment total weight now 2900kg with me in it, and the toyo tyres have done 45,000km and not even half worn.
    Fully endorse the toyo tyres.

  12. Have just bought my second set of Toyo Open Country A/T 11 after 120,000 KMS for my VW Amarok. Extremely quiet on the blacktop, and approx 70% was towing a van approx 2800KG, no punctures, many, many kms on gravel roads with limited off road driving. City driving cold pressures at 32psi, while towing cold pressures at 48psi. Did not rotate at every 10,000 kms but wear was distributed evenly over all tyres. Sometimes driving style will affect tyre wear. Could not fault these tyres.

  13. I have a set on my Landcruiser79 series. Early days yet with 20,000k on them and most of that is outback touring. I travel heavy with a slide on camper, and so far cant fault the tyre. Work well on rocks and sand if you factor tyre pressures in these situations. As for wet roads i think driving style and over inflation are the cause of any tyre letting go. Great tyre for an AT.

  14. Hi, I thought I’d try to achieve record mileage on my tyres but after 5 years I was caught out by tyre age. So with remaining good tread, it was the age related tyre deterioration that caused replacement.

    Moral is to do the mileage in a shorter time. 😀

  15. I had a set on my prado that got 110K with regular rotation that I couldn’t fault but have gone for the cheaper cousin Nitto due to availability. I hear they (Toyo) are now made in China so we’ll see how this affects their reputation.

  16. Have these on my ute, second set and have gotten about 55’000+kms out of eachset and i am no way easy on them. Its offroad every other second day on the fire roads (need 4wd) and generally alot of wheel spin and cannot fault them. They cop the abuse and handle on road well. Far better then the tires from 5 other brands ive tried

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