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
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 quality.
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 100,000 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
Dry and wet traction
75K mile warranty
Winter traction is unknown – we will update in future
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
Traction and handling on dry or wet road surfaces is very good. 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 and it's obvious that General spent a lot of
effort in this area.
Winter traction is the only unknown on the tire at the moment, but we suspect that with the tread design and
added siping that it should do fine in most winter weather conditions. Of course, tread life is another area where
this model excels in. With a 100K mile tread guarantee you may find yourself trading in your vehicle before ever
replacing the tires again. Overall, the Altimax RT43 is among the better 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
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.