Get the most out of your SUV with the right tires

Get the most out of your SUV with the right tires

One type of tire will not satisfy every SUV driver. But a full complement of long-lasting tires—from quiet highway comfort to ultimate off-road traction—can take any SUV further. The five models in the Hankook Dynapro family offer a wide range of performance, all backed by world-class engineering and premium approval from major automakers.

The Dynapro lineup is designed for SUVs, crossovers, and light trucks. These vehicles carry more weight and have a higher center of gravity than cars. At the same time, automakers promise car-like handling and comfort, even in the most capable trucks and SUVs. This poses a unique challenge for tire engineers. In all driving situations, the Dynapro performs well.

Consider the new Dynapro HPX, an all-season touring tire that lasts 12 percent longer than competing tires with the same mileage warranty (70,000 miles). Touring tires are fitted to luxury SUVs, where quiet, controlled driving on the street is of the utmost importance. The strongly packed tubes, called 3D GripKontrol, maintain their shape when cornering. On some tires, the weeds flex and cause unpredictable handling at the limit. On the HPX, 3D GripKontrol helps improve ice braking by four percent, wet handling by seven percent, and wet braking by 15 percent versus the previous HP2. The grooves feature a knurled structure that reduces tread noise by narrowing the path of air through them. This, combined with a tread pattern designed by acoustic engineers to create a series of tones associated with specific speeds, also ensures a quieter ride.

Frame sizes ranging from 16 to 22 inches in diameter and 215 to 285 mm in width make the HPX a versatile choice. As a more highway-oriented option in the off-road segment, the Dynapro HT, which, with its improved footprint, blends a potent combination of incredible durability, high mileage and all-season performance, so that both full-size SUVs and lightweight truck counterparts can cut the distance easily and comfortably.

For riders who occasionally play in the dirt, the Dynapro AT2 The multi-directional canyons and ledges of the boulders look like a dry, cracked desert landscape. It’s a tough look, and with a 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake rating for extreme winter conditions, the AT2 Xtreme performs as well in snow as it does in sand. On pavement, the AT2 This helps reduce noise and vibration.

As drivers and their vehicles venture deeper into the off-road range, they will find the Dynapro XT, Hankook’s off-road tire, designed with a stiffer block pattern with deeper tread grooves. This is the perfect tire for riders who deal with high altitudes, off-camber trails, and rock crawling but still want a forgiving ride while returning to civilization.

Hankook understands that some SUV drivers want to push their limits. To this end, the company developed its most extreme off-road tire, the Dynapro MT2. The high-strength steel belt, additional reinforced nylon belts, and linkless bead cord help resist punctures and keep the tire firmly on the wheel when the sidewall is under high pressure. The three-ply sidewall also has hollow shoulder blocks molded smoothly out of the tread for added traction in mud and rocky trails. The special bars along the shoulders, also known as mud and stone ejectors, work as the name suggests by preventing stone pitting and mud caking so your vehicle’s “terrain strike” tread can continue firing off its proverbial pistons while on the road. And in true Dynapro fashion, even the MT2 keeps its sound low on pavement.

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