Dry Conditions – 80%
Wet Conditions – 80%
Snow – 80%
Comfort – 80%
Noise Reduction – 70%
Durability – 80%
The Firestone Destination M/T 2 ticks several boxes for serious off-roaders. The first of which is having a tread compound that is almost impenetrable to rocks, minerals, and other off-road debris. This makes it a worthy option for the harshest trails.
Equally impressive is the ease with which this tire self-cleans. Multiple stone ejectors go beyond their mandate by evacuating mud from within the tread area. As a result, the risk of mud caking into the tire and hurting performance is pretty slim.
Next comes the ability to maintain a consistent grip no matter how rough the obstacles become. Even in sections where one thinks it could do nothing but give up and bog down, the M/T 2 emerges victorious, giving its reputation a well-deserved fillip.
Yet there are areas where it could do better. For example, after years of leading the category, its once class-topping wet traction has fallen behind that of newer models. Also, unlike some other premium mud-terrain tires, it is not quiet on the highway.
Read on for more information about the Firestone Destination M/T 2:
- Can withstand lots of off-road abuse
- Excellent traction on mud, gravel, and rocks
- Superb ride quality over broken pavement
- Noise levels are high on the highway
The Features of the Firestone Destination M/T 2
Several features make the Destination M/T 2 one of the market’s leading mud-terrain tires.
The first of which is a cut- and chip-resistant tread compound. Hailed by Firestone as one of the toughest in the business, the compound is the main reason why you can cover long distances on some very challenging tracks without damaging the tire’s tread.
Additionally, an aggressive, high-void tread pattern helps it work well on loose terrains. The tread blocks boost a 23-degree attack angle, which, accompanied by sidewall lugs (raised rubber elements on the sidewall), boost this model’s traction on loose surfaces.
To further boost its off-road performance, Firestone has equipped it with mud and stone ejectors. Strategically placed between the tread blocks, they expel mud and rocks as the tire rotates, improving traction and reducing the risk of tire imbalance.
Another thing I like about this tire is that it’s studdable. That means you can insert metal studs for enhanced performance on packed snow. Also, a uniformity warranty on the first 1/32 inches of wear is also on offer, though that’s common with most M/T tires.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 in Dry Conditions
The Firestone Destination M/T 2 delights with its dry performance.
Which is something that doesn’t come with the territory. Many mud-terrain tires I have tested over the years struggle to replicate their excellent off-road performance on the highway.
Fortunately, the Destination M/T 2 is an exception.
Not only is this tire useful on the highway (a requirement most mud-terrain tires are unable to trick), but it will also keep your vehicle stable on it. What does that mean? Shorter braking distances, even tread wear, and better grip and control.
That is not to say that the M/T 2 can be a replacement for your regular all-season tire. An increased rolling resistance (which, in turn, means low fuel efficiency) and high tread growl (more noise in the cabin) are still big enough cons to prevent you from putting this tire to daily use.
Yet the fact that I’m comparing this tire with regular all-season tires – a comparison I won’t make for nine out of ten mud-terrain tires on the market – should tell you how much I’m impressed with its dry performance.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 on Wet or Slippery Roads
The Firestone Destination M/T 2 replicates its dry performance on wet roads.
Thanks to all those wide and deep grooves in its tread area, it boasts an excellent ability to evacuate water from within the treads, even when you are driving through very deep puddles of water. The result? Class-leading hydroplaning/aquaplaning resistance.
Additionally, the M/T2s are pretty good when driven at leisurely speed in deep puddles of water. Sure, the traction at the edges could be better. But it’s still decent enough to avoid dangerous scenarios, especially if you drive them well below highway speeds. All in all, the Destination M/T 2 is a reliable performer on wet roads.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 in Snow
Given the fact that it’s studdable, it should surprise no one that the Destination M/T 2 performs much better than any non-studdable mud-terrain tire in the snow.
Guidelines issued by Firestone state that TSMI #16 or 17 studs can be used with this tire, where permitted, for enhanced traction in severe snow and ice. I’d suggest that you stick to these tips if you live in an area that receives more than its fair share of snow.
However, that is not to say that only studs are responsible for this tire’s decent snow performance. A tread compound that stays flexible in lower temperatures and sipes that offer additional biting edges for added grip on snowy surfaces also deserve mention.
Moreover, its attack angles help it plow through snow the same way it does with off-road dirt, regardless of whether it’s dealing with dry or wet snow. As a result, the snow traction on offer is good enough for light-hearted driving at 40 to 60 MPH.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 for Off-Roading
Since most of its features are designed to boost off-road performance, it isn’t surprising that the M/T 2 excels on dirt roads, loose terrains, and rock-strewn tracks.
Here’s how the M/T 2 performs in different off-roading conditions:
Thanks to the 23-degree attack angles (which help it dig into the sand and establish contact with the hard surface underneath), the M/T2 delights with its performance on dirty tracks.
Even when you’re starting at above-average speeds, it will not get stuck altogether. Or, if the sand is sticky enough to pull in the tire, it won’t need more than 3 seconds to get out, or even less, provided you’re driving at faster speeds.
True, some parts of its sidewall are a bit too stiff and may pose an issue in cornering situations where extra flexibility is more welcome. But that problem has an easy solution: staying in the 3rd or 4th gear.
If you’re a rock crawling enthusiast, the way the MT2 handles itself on rocky terrains would please you very much.
The stone ejectors within the tread are capable enough to throw small pebbles out and help it maintain adequate traction. At the same time, the extra biting edges offered by the serrated lugs enable it to tackle rough, massive rocks with as little drama as possible.
Also, thanks to a contact patch that stays glued to the road, come what may, even constant speed changes won’t hurt its performance on rocky terrains. However, if you press too hard on the accelerator, the loud thudding noises may unnerve you.
All the things that gave me very little to complain about its performance on dirt tracks also help the M/T 2 maintain its equilibrium on sand terrains.
For instance, the 23-degree attack angles, with the aid of serrated side lugs, boost this model’s self-cleaning abilities. Their joint partnership is the main reason why the chances of soft sand particles getting inside the grooves and hurting traction are slim.
Yet there are areas where its sand performance could be better. On wet sand, the moisture-laden particles have a habit of sticking to the larger grooves rather than falling off. However, that isn’t too big an issue and won’t hurt the sand performance by much.
After putting the M/T2s through a heavy dose of stubborn mud, I can report with confidence that it’s one of the best mud-terrain tires out there.
There is no slip and no sliding on muddy terrains, and the M/T2s also do a phenomenal job of clawing their way out of muddy ruts. Furthermore, with both mud and stone ejectors helping with mud, there is minimal risk of mud caking into the tire and hurting performance.
Even post-rain mud – the undoing of many a mud-terrain tire over the years – cannot get the better of the M/T 2s. True, the slipperiness may increase in the immediate aftermath of the rain, but that is something that the intricate tread blocks and sturdy sidewalls could easily take care of.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 for Sporty Driving
The Firestone Destination MT 2 isn’t ideal for sporty driving on paved roads.
The primary reason for this is an aggressive and deep tread pattern. Containing large, widely-spaced lugs, it can wear unevenly and quickly due to high-speed driving. As you might guess, this will hurt tread life and eventually necessitate earlier-than-expected tire replacement.
Also, its soft sidewall may be useful for enhanced traction on loose terrains. But it will also reduce this tire’s handling characteristics, especially compared to summer tires. As a result, this model’s cornering performance and stability on the road will be lackluster.
Although it should go without saying, here’s a suggestion for everyone who needs it: If you regularly engage in sporty driving on paved roads, summer tires will be a much better bet.
Does the Firestone Destination M/T 2 Ride Comfortably?
Given the fact that it’s developed for extreme off-roading exploits, you should expect stiff rolls as it moves through larger road imperfections and cracks.
Other than that, the ride is fairly tolerable. That is especially the case when it’s tackling peak off-road terrain, on which you’d feel minimal bumps, even at speeds reaching 70 MPH.
Having said that, its noise control is poor, though I was expecting that given the aggressive tread.
Its noise levels only die down when the tire is rolling on thick yet well-plowed snow. Other than that, there will always be an audible tread growl inside the cabin. Which grows louder as you press the accelerator and/or when this tire is rolling on the highway.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 Warranty
The M/T 2 doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty.
However, a uniformity warranty for the first 1/32 inches is on offer, considered par for tires in this category.
Firestone Destination M/T 2 Pricing: Is It Worth the Price?
At the time of writing, this model’s asking price begins from around $228.
This makes it a pricier option than some of its rivals. Examples of which include the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 (starting price $198), Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 ($188.97), Cooper STT Pro ($215), and BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 ($189).
Luckily, this tire has several features to justify the added asking price. Think of exceptional stability across multiple off-road scenarios, superb traction on snow and ice, and a fairly comfortable ride. So, the extra $$$s are worth paying given the features you’re getting.
Should I Buy the Firestone Destination M/T 2?
The Destination MT2 is one of the most capable off-road max traction tires on the market, offering excellent performance on mud, dirt, snow, and even rocks.
Sure, it has its fair share of shortcomings. The most notable of which is below-par noise control, which may hurt ride quality on paved roads.
However, if you already have one set of tires for everyday use and are searching for another that can keep your vehicle stable off the beaten path, the Destination MT2 can prove to be a good choice. Just don’t expect it to offer a whisper-quiet and fuel-efficient ride.
What Vehicles Will the Firestone Destination M/T 2 Fit?
Here is a sample list of vehicles the MT2 is compatible with:
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 HD, 3500 HD
- Dodge RAM 1500, 2500, 3500
- Ford F-150, F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty
- GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 HD, 3500 HD
- Nissan Frontier, Titan
- Toyota Tacoma, Tundra
Not sure whether the Firestone Destination MT2 will fit your vehicle? Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or get in touch with a tire dealer.
Tire Sizes of the Firestone Destination M/T 2