General Altimax RT43 Tire Review & Rating

The General Altimax RT43, released in July 2013, is built to replace 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.

General Tire Altimax RT43 Tire Reviews

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 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 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 
  • Ride comfort 
  • Tread life 
  • 75K mile warranty 


  • None that would disappoint 

Overall Thoughts

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.

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What Vehicles Will The RT43 Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura RSX 
  • Chrysler 300, Sebring, PT Cruiser 
  • Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze, Cavalier, Astro, Impala, Equinox 
  • Dodge Challenger, Charger, Magnum, Avenger, Caliber 
  • Ford Focus, Mustang, Escort, Ranger, Taurus, Escape 
  • Honda Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V 
  • Jeep Patriot, Liberty, Grand Cherokee 
  • Kia Optima, Soul, Spectra 
  • Lexus LS400 
  • Mazda 3,5,6 
  • Nissan Altima, Sentra, Versa, Frontier 
  • Pontiac Grand Prix, G6 
  • Saturn Aura, SC2, L200 
  • Scion xA 
  • Toyota Camry, Corolla, Supra, Sienna 
  • Volkswagen Passat, Golf, Jetta 

Tire Sizes


175/70R13 82T BSW


175/70R14 84T BSW
185/70R14 88T BSW
195/70R14 91T BSW
205/70R14 95T BSW
215/70R14 96T BSW
225/70R14 99T OWL
175/65R14 82T BSW
185/65R14 86T BSW
185/65R14 86H BSW
185/60R14 82H BSW
195/60R14 86H BSW


205/70R15 96T BSW
215/70R15 98T BSW
225/70R15 100T OWL
235/70R15 103T OWL
175/65R15 84H BSW
185/65R15 88T BSW
185/65R15 88H BSW
195/65R15 91T BSW
195/65R15 91H BSW
205/65R15 94T BSW
205/65R15 94H BSW
215/65R15 96T BSW
185/60R15 84T BSW
185/60R15 84H BSW
195/60R15 88T BSW
195/60R15 88H BSW
205/60R15 91H BSW
205/60R15 91T BSW
215/60R15 94T BSW
225/60R15 96H BSW
185/55R15 82H BSW
195/55R15 85V BSW


205/70R16 97T BSW
215/70R16 100H BSW
225/70R16 103T BSW
205/65R16 95T BSW
205/65R16 95H BSW
215/65R16 98T BSW
215/65R16 98H BSW
225/65R16 100H BSW
225/65R16 100T BSW
235/65R16 103T BSW
205/60R16 92T BSW
205/60R16 92H BSW
205/60R16 92V BSW
215/60R16 95T BSW
215/60R16 95H BSW
215/60R16 95V BSW
225/60R16 98T BSW
225/60R16 98H BSW
235/60R16 100T BSW
235/60R16 100H BSW
185/55R16 87H XL BSW
195/55R16 87V BSW
205/55R16 91T BSW
205/55R16 91H BSW
215/55R16 97H XL BSW
225/55R16 95H BSW
195/50R16 84H BSW
205/50R16 87H BSW


215/65R17 99T BSW
225/65R17 102T BSW
225/65R17 102H BSW
235/65R17 104T BSW
215/60R17 96T BSW
225/60R17 99T BSW
225/60R17 99H BSW
235/60R17 102T BSW
215/55R17 94T BSW
215/55R17 94V BSW
225/55R17 97T BSW
225/55R17 97H BSW
225/55R17 97V BSW
235/55R17 99T BSW
235/55R17 99H BSW
205/50R17 93V XL BSW
215/50R17 95V XL BSW
225/50R17 94T BSW
225/50R17 98V XL BSW
205/45R17 88V XL BSW
215/45R17 87V BSW
225/45R17 91H BSW
225/45R17 94V XL BSW
235/45R17 97H XL BSW
245/45R17 99H XL BSW


235/65R18 106T BSW
225/60R18 100H BSW
235/60R18 107T XL BSW
215/55R18 95T BSW
225/55R18 98H BSW
235/55R18 100H BSW
225/50R18 95T BSW
235/50R18 97V BSW
225/45R18 95V XL BSW
235/45R18 98V XL BSW
245/45R18 100V XL BSW
245/40R18 97V XL BSW


225/55R19 99H BSW
255/45R19 104V XL BSW
245/40R19 98V XL BSW


245/50R20 105H XL BSW

Price Range

General Altimax RT43 prices range from approximately $56 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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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 first2/32 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.

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5 Comments on "General Altimax RT43 Tire Review & Rating"


can I get this tire for my 2008 Lincoln mkz?


Hello, can someone tell me the difference between the General Altimax RT43 Tire 205/55R16 91H and the 205/55R16SL 91T. What is the SL mean and difference between 91H and 91T?
Thanks for the help.

Tire Team - David

Hi Ben

The SL stands for standard load. The letters after the 91 are the tires’ speed rating. The T-speed rating means the tire can be driven at speeds up to 118 mph, while the H-speed rating increases the limit to 130 mph.

Robert C.

I just put a set of these in 225/70-16 on my wife’s Lexus RX300. They replaced a set of Cooper Discoverer HTPs that had 75,000 miles and were excellent tires. With less than 2000 miles on them so far, it’s hard to say how they will be for the long haul, but first impressions are excellent. Light, responsive steering coupled with a smooth, quiet ride and EXCELLENT wet traction. They really inspire confidence.


I have these on our Dodge Caravan in 215-65-16 98t. Have had them for just over a year and put just over 20,000 miles on them. I’ve been very happy with how well they have done through the year. Really good in the rain and through the rough winter weve had. Tires never let me down. Not much noise on the highway and can’t complain about the ride. Plenty of tread life still left. Looks like I’ll get another 40000 miles out of them at least.
Good quality tire and I was surprised at the low price. Got these through Discount tire and spent a little over $300 for the set of 4. At this point I would definitely buy them again.