General Tire has just launched its new Altimax RT43 in July 2013 as a planned
replacement for the current Altimax RT and it looks like they have done a solid job with this upgraded model. This
new tire is designed to deliver increased all-season traction and handling with a more comfortable ride and
extended tread life for drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers.
A high-tech twin cushion silica tread compound and symmetric tread pattern
combines with what General calls peak anti-slip sipe design technology that increases dry and wet traction as well
as enhanced ride comfort.
We really like what General has done to increase wet performance with this new
technology in addition to the four circumferential grooves. The addition of sipes around the tread further increase
grip on light snow covered road surfaces.
The tire's continuous center rib adds to stability and steering response, while
unique acoustic modulation sound technology suppress sound waves for lower road noise and better ride
Inside the tread you'll find two steel belts with a polyester cord body for added
strength and durability, as well as additional ride comfort. Treadlife on this tire is among the longest of any
tire in this class, and General backs it with a 75,000 mile warranty.
A nice added touch is the Replacement Tire Monitor that features a stamp that
visually indicates "replace tire" based on the amount of treadwear. They have also provided Visual Alignment
Indicators that extend tread life by letting you see if your vehicle is misaligned. Sizes are available from 13 to
18 inches and speed ratings up to an H.
Dry and wet traction
75K mile warranty
None that would disappoint
General has a nice tire in this new RT43. They've designed it to compete with
competitors such as the Cooper CS4 Touring, Hankook Optimo H727 and BFG Advantage T/A among others, and in that
regard this tire doesn't disappoint.
Traction and handling on dry or wet road surfaces is among the best in class. The
steering is crisp and responsive and gives you a more confident feeling behind the wheel. Tire stability is
excellent throughout the speed range, and the ride is comfortable on all but the worst of road surfaces. Noise is
minimal on this tire due in part to the twin cushion tread compound.
Winter traction is very good in light to moderate snow, as well as on lighter
amounts of ice. Of course, tread life is another area where this model excels in. With a 75,000 mile tread
guarantee you may find yourself trading in your vehicle before ever replacing the tires again. Overall, the Altimax
RT43 is among the best all-season tires on the market today.
General Tire warrants the RT43 for 6-years or 75,000 miles. Mileage for rear tires
is reduced by half if sized differently than the fronts. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first
2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement
during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down
to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
General also provides a 45-day customer satisfaction trial where you can exchange
the tire for another General brand if you are not completely satisfied.