Toyo Open Country R/T Long Term Review

Chris from Tyre Review has tested the new Toyo Open Country R/T over 15,000km, and gives us the run down on what he thinks of them.

The Open Country R/T is a “tyre first” for Toyo. Described as a hybrid between an A/T (All Terrain) and a M/T (Mud Terrain), Toyo says that this tyre boasts a combination of the best attributes of the Toyo Open Country A/T II and the Toyo Open Country M/T. Toyo describe it as a next-generation 4WD tyre that combines off-road performance with on-road comfort. Built for rugged terrain, it has the ability to handle mud, dirt, sand and rocks, just like the Open Country M/T, while still offering passenger comfort and and a quiet ride, similar to the Open Country A/T II

The Open Country R/T has tight centre blocks similar to an A/T, which put more rubber in contact with the ground for improved handling and braking. This is combined with the self-cleaning shoulders like that of the M/T tyre that provide traction on any terrain. They are constructed from a 3-ply polyester carcass with high turn-up ply, which is like that of the Open Country M/T and should give the tyre more puncture resistance and sharpen the steering response. Deep sipes and stepped block borders give a biting edge that should offer wet traction on both sealed and unsealed roads. The staggered shoulder blocks also have a varied tread pattern, which aims to minimise road noise and give the Open Country R/T an aggressive look , which is what many people are drawn to when buying tyres for their 4WD these days.

You could argue that these tyres have the potential to let you ‘have your cake and eat it too’ as they claim to be a compromise on the handling capabilities of the full mud terrain tyre as well as providing the quieter, more comfortable ride of an all-terrain tyre. The Toyo Open Country R/T is a tyre that promises to deliver on that fantasy formula: A tyre that offers wet and dry handling, tread life, off-road traction and winter handling.

The Experience

Day-to-day on my Landcruiser these tyres get a lot of highway use - to and from work mostly but then on the weekends, it’s a whole other story and I’ve been able to give these tyres a heck of a work out experiencing a lot of heavy off-roading. Basically, these Toyo Open Country R/Ts are considered a hybrid designed for use both on-road and off-road and that’s just how I put them to the test.

Not long after getting these tyres, I did a big off-road trip, about 9,000 kilometers, in South Australia for an event for the Variety Children’s Charity, where they got a real hammering! It wasn’t long after the tyres had been released in Australia either, so this was a bit of an unknown adventure. During the event, mine was one of only two vehicles to tackle and conquer Big Red - the notorious ridge of sand (about 30 to 40 metres high) and considered the highest and most difficult dune in the Simpson desert. It took lots of momentum and lots of revs but with my V8, I was able to do it easily.

During the Variety event, it turned out that I’d actually left the lock nut key about 5,000 kilometers away in a tyre shop, and I was really nervous that I’d experience a puncture or sidewall damage. I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t the case, and in fact, both the tyres, and myself, survived!

Toyo Open Country R/T Long Term Review

The Opinion

I’ve used these Toyo Open Country R/T tyres for around 15,000 kilometres now. They’re the first Toyo tyres that I’ve used off-road and I have to say, I was really impressed. I gave these tyres a real hammering, particularly during the Variety Children’s Charity event.

It’s the first time that I’ve seen this kind of tyre tread pattern and I believe that it’s a good mix between an A/T and a M/T tyre. In mud, it’s fantastic. The bigger sipes provide good grip to dig into the mud. On the sand, as I mentioned with Big Red, they didn’t hold me back, and on the outback tracks they sucked up the rough love and came back for more.
Toyo Open Country R/T Long Term Review

Toyo Open Country R/T Long Term Review

I also like that this tyre maintains the chunky, aggressive profile of a mud terrain tyre. You could say that the Open Country R/T is a jack of all trades kind of tyre. I’d happily recommend these tyres to anyone who likes to go off-road. 

Looking at tread wear, these tyres started out with 12.4mm of tread by my measurement, and ended up with about 9.4mm after 15,000km of hard, hard driving, including a serious trip through the outback. Using our patented (not really) beer coaster maths, that means I should get another 39,500km out of these tyres, for a total distance of 54,500km.

In terms of highway use, I didn’t really have any issues. I definitely wouldn’t describe the Open Country R/T as a noisy tyre, that’s for sure. Obviously, it’s a little noisier than an A/T, but that’s to be expected, given the sipes, which are deeper than an A/T tyre and the stepped block borders, which are needed to give that wet traction on all-terrains. The rubber compound is the same as the Open Country A/T II - which means that the tyre has enhanced durability on the road compared to a M/T tyre, a definite bonus for those who really are using their 4WD fairly equally on and off-road.

Approximate prices (3 stores mystery shopped) :

Range (smallest to largest tyres available): $299 - $565
Size tested retail price: $375 - $399 (285/70R17)


Toyo Open Country R/T Long Term Review

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