Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Review: Improved Off-Road and Highway Performance

Price has always been an important factor when we are choosing a good tire. However, we also constantly compare it against with the features and benefits offered by that certain model. The bottom line, quality and benefits always outweigh the price.

Nitto has always been known to produce quality tires. In there Grappler units, two new models have been introduced and we are going to talk about one of them – the Nitto Terra Grappler G2. What is unique about this tire? This unit is a re-engineered version of the Terra Grappler wherein the main highlights include the all terrain features and mileage warranty. Based on its specs, this tire is suitable for all-time SUVs and light trucks. It offers a great deal of balance and comfort for off-road and highway driving at a reasonable price.

If you are still doubtful, that is good because together we are going to evaluate its features, benefits, pros and cons so there will be no biases. Sit back, relax and just read through the whole section of this review to get a better judgement of this tire unit.

About Nitto Tire Company

Aside from learning the features of the tire, it is always great to also know the background of the company manufacturing it. The manufacturer of this tire unit is Nitto Tire Company and they have been in the business for 70 years. Like other tire companies, they place great emphasis on research and development to cater to the needs and demands of their customers. All their tire models are a combination of both comfort and efficiency for the better driving experience.

Features

Now it is time for us to scrutinize the features to offer from this tire unit. Let us evaluate if these things meet your requirements for an all-terrain and longer tread wear tire.

Tire Compound

This tire model is made from a new compound which is more durable compared to the older Nitto Terra Grappler tire model. This compound contributed greatly to the all-terrain capacity and longer tread wear of the new tire unit. Likewise, this unit has coupling joints which gives a strong reinforcement by connecting the center and outer tread blocks. Thus, there is extra rigidity in its block sections.

Tread Design

For its tread design, there are four components: sipe depths, shoulder lugs, tire pitch, and sidewall patterns. The tread design of any tire contributes greatly to the overall traction, cornering, handling, and noise reduction of the tire. Each improvement in the tread design has its respective benefits. Below are the major improvements on its tread design:

  • Full depth sipes
  • Staggered shoulder lugs
  • Variations in tire pitch
  • Bolder sidewalls on both sides of the tire

Warranty

Aside from the new compound incorporated from producing this tire, Nitto also backs this up with a mileage warranty of 50,000 miles for light trucks and 65,000 miles for hard metric sizes.

Performance

We are done with the features of the tire and hopefully, that was clear enough for you. Now, let us go over the various aspects of its performance. This section will give you a vivid picture of its overall benefit and value.

Dry Traction

In comparison to the older version, this one has greater dry traction skills for both off-road and highway driving, thanks to its enhanced features. The features which contribute to its better dry traction performance include staggered shoulder lugs, stiffer compound, varying tire pitch, and bolder sidewalls. The stiffer compound of the tire is great for off-road rides considering there are sharp stones and rougher surfaces. Its staggered shoulder lugs and grooves help in providing better cornering and steering performance.

Wet Traction

The wet traction of this tire unit is equally great as its dry traction. The features which contribute to its enhanced wet traction include full-depth sipes, multiple lateral grooves, and circumferential grooves. These features provide an efficient means of removing water from the tire surface, maintaining a greater surface area in contact with the road. Moreover, the full depth sipes greatly helps in the wet braking system.

Snow Traction

For the record, there will always be lapses for tire performance. This tire unit is definitely not suitable for medium and heavy winter conditions. Its current features only support light snow traction. At a city driving speed, this tire can perform effective braking in light snow conditions. Likewise, it also provides decent steering and cornering in light snow conditions.

Noise Level

This tire model is not really a super quiet one but it does have a reduced noise level which is not that disturbing for you. The reduced noise level is attributed to the variation in pitch blocks. Nitto Tire Company has invested in a computer-based technology for analyzing pitch variations for reducing noise creation. It is slightly noisy compared to its predecessor but that is also because of the off-road features incorporated for this tire.

In terms of comfortable driving, this one definitely gives you a smooth and better handling performance. The effective grip for both dry and wet surfaces assures you of safe driving experience.

Tread Life

Reality check, the tread wear of any tire greatly depends on how often and where do you mostly drive. Moreover, proper maintenance such as keeping an eye for balance and rotation also improves tread wear. Keeping everything balance, the average tread wear of this tire is between 65,000 to 80,000 miles. For those horrible stories of having 30,000 miles, it is better to also check the conditions on where and how they have used this tire.

Winter or Snow Traction

This tire model is best for highway and all year round conditions. However, for winter traction, it can only effectively tract on light snow conditions. The compound of this tire is hard and durable which is not suitable for extremely cold conditions. Likewise, the grooves in it are not enough to tract effectively on a heavy snow surface.

Pros And Cons

In here, we are going to show you simple and straightforward pros and cons of this tire unit. We find this necessary so that you can have a better view of things and it is not biased for you.

The Pros:

  • Stronger compound and coupling joints for better tread wear and off-road performance
  • Full depth sipes, multiple lateral grooves, and circumferential grooves for better wet traction
  • Rougher shoulder lugs, bolder sidewalls, and grooves for increased dry traction cornering, and steering action
  • Decent noise reduction with its varying pitch blocks

The Cons

  • Not that suitable for medium to heavy snow conditions
  • Slightly pricey

Let Us Wrap Up

Now we have come to the last part of our review for this tire unit. Hopefully, we have given you clear and unbiased details and discussion about its features, performance, and setbacks. This tire model might come a little bit pricey but you must check out its features and performance first before rejecting. True, we are oftentimes dictated by our budget but would you compromise quality and later ending up buying two tires which gives you much higher cash-out?

There are things to love and gripe about this new tire model. For us, it gives a good tradeoff for its off-road and highway performance against its upfront cost. However, the final decision all rests upon you. Better take a step back and think about the things you have read in here. Afterwards, you can do some market research about other tire models. Then decide if this tire is a good option which meets both quality requirements and price.

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