Dry Conditions – 90%
Wet Conditions – 85%
Snow – 70%
Comfort – 90%
Noise Reduction – 80%
Durability – 85%
All-season highway tires provide you with various benefits. They perform reliably across different weather conditions, provide a comfortable ride on paved roads, and consume less fuel than summer performance or winter tires. Best of all, they don’t weigh heavily on your pocket.
Need proof? Then you must check out the General Grabber HTS 60. This A/S highway tire doesn’t settle with the qualities outlined above. Instead, its superior aquaplaning resistance, extended treadwear warranty, and dynamic handling help it belie its mid-range asking price.
That isn’t to say that this model doesn’t have any flaws. Unlike highway tires from premium brands, the Grabber HTS 60 lacks the siping detail needed to tackle thick snow. As such, it shouldn’t be relied upon in harsh wintry conditions. Read on to learn more about this A/S highway tire.
- Superb dry and wet performance
- Excellent handling and steering responsiveness
- Offers a super-comfortable ride
- May get loud at higher speeds
The Features of the General Grabber HTS 60
To help drivers forget about its predecessor, General equipped the Grabber HTS 60 with several features that the Grabber HTS didn’t have.
A cut- and chip-resistant tread compound is one such feature. This compound keeps sharp objects commonplace off the road from penetrating this model’s rubber. In doing so, it enables this highway terrain tire to come good for light off-roading.
Next comes the Comfort Balance Technology, which isolates the car cabin from road disturbances for a comfortable ride. The StabiliEdge Technology, meanwhile, increases this tire’s footprint on the road. The result is even tread wear for a long road life.
To help this model navigate wet and slippery roads, circumferential grooves and sipes come to the fore. While the former help with quick water evacuation, the biting edges enhance this tire’s traction to help it handle mild-to-moderate wintry conditions.
Depending on the size you purchase (LT or Metric), a different tread pattern will welcome you. For example, Metric sizes feature a symmetric tread pattern for enhanced ride comfort. LT sizes, on the other hand, are optimized to deliver added stability.
General Grabber HTS 60 in Dry Conditions
Having experienced its dry performance from the front passenger seat, I can say with confidence that the Grabber HTS 60 performs exceptionally on dry tarmac. Here are the features that help this tire beat its rivals in terms of dry performance:
- A symmetric tread pattern enhances this tire’s grip on dry roads. It does that by expanding the contact patch every time the rubber meets the asphalt. The result is even wear and a comfortable drive.
- Its large shoulder blocks make this tire more stable during cornering. The blocks ensure that the HTS 60 doesn’t flex too much when cornering, reducing the risk of oversteering or slipping.
- A continuous center rib enhances feedback for higher steering responsiveness. If you’re the sort of driver who likes getting a feel of what is going down on the road, the HTS 60’s drive will surely delight you.
General Grabber HTS 60 on Wet or Slippery Roads
Multiple design elements increase this model’s effectiveness on wet and slippery roads:
- A silica-enhanced tread compound keeps the rubber flexible in inclement weather. This contributes massively to this tire’s wet performance, as pliable rubber is a must for any tire to perform dependably in slippery conditions.
- Wide circumferential grooves help with quick water evacuation for a reduced risk of aquaplaning. This, in turn, keeps the contact patch dry, keeping this tire firmly glued to the road in harsh weather conditions.
- Stabilink Bars ensure proper connection between this tire’s tread blocks. Their action lends the tread blocks the support they need to avoid flexing on wet surfaces, improving this tire’s handling in the rain.
General Grabber HTS 60 in Snow
Is the Grabber HTS 60 one of the best snow tires on the market? Nope.
Would I count on it to keep me safe during light wintry conditions? Absolutely.
An elaborate siping detail (biting edges dotting its tread area) helps this tire plow through light snowy roads without slipping too much. Similarly, the circumferential grooves which evacuate water also do a good job of clearing its tread of snow, improving its grip.
So, unless the area where you live/drive receives more than its fair share of snow, the HTS 60 would be a reliable candidate for year-round driving.
General Grabber HTS 60 Off-Roading
You can count on the HTS 60 to come good for light off-roading.
This highway terrain tire has multiple features – two-ply polyester casing, interlocking tread blocks, multiple biting edges – that are crucial for dependable off-road performance, as long as you aren’t pushing it to its limits in deep mud or rocky terrains.
That is because this tire doesn’t have massive voids that help mud-terrain tires roll effortlessly through the squishy substance. Neither does it has the tough sidewall you see on rock-terrain tires. So, as stated above, the HTS 60 isn’t meant for heavy-duty off-road exploits.
General Grabber HTS 60 for Sporty Driving
The Grabber HTS 60 lacks the features needed for sporty driving.
Think of a softer rubber compound that helps performance tires offer added grip. Or an aggressive tread pattern with massive tread blocks for better grip and handling. Or stiffer sidewalls (vis-à-vis standard tires) for improved handling. The HTS 60 has neither of these features.
If you’re interested in high-speed driving, highway terrain tires shouldn’t be on your list. Instead, you’d be better off with summer performance tires.
Does the Grabber HTS 60 Ride Comfortably?
Yes, but it has the annoying habit of getting loud at higher speeds.
General has equipped this tire with a shock absorbent layer (pieces of rubber placed inside the tread) to isolate road vibrations from the cabin. So, whether rolling over minor or major road imperfections, this tire would provide a smooth driving experience.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about its noise.
While it’s quieter than similar-priced tires at lower speeds, the HTS 60 does get audible when you press down the accelerator. I’m not saying that the noise will be unbearable. Yet, compared with premium A/S highway tires, the HTS 60 is loud.
General Grabber HTS 60 Warranty
Depending on the tire size, you’d get one of two warranties on the HTS 60.
The T and S speed-rated sizes come with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is superb for a mid-range highway tire. However, the 50,000-mile warranty on the H and R speed-rated sizes is lackluster, especially compared to this tire’s premium rivals.
General Grabber HTS 60 Pricing: Is it worth the money?
One of the best things I can say about this tire is that its mid-range asking price doesn’t reflect its true qualities.
After all, which other pocket-friendly tire offers superb dry and wet performance, an up to 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, and dependable traction on the snow? That, too, while providing such a lush ride that it can put all your fellow passengers to sleep.
Therefore, the Grabber HTS 60 provides solid value for the money.
Should I buy the General Grabber HTS 60?
All the above features have made it clear that the Grabber HTS 60 is one of the best highway terrain all-season tires on the market.
True, this model could have done better on some counts. But on the whole, I have no complaints, simply because it offers above-average performance at a pocket-friendly price. For this reason, I’d always recommend this tire to budget-minded shoppers.
What Vehicles Will the General Grabber HTS 60 Fit?
Here’s a sample list of cars that the General Grabber HTS 60 will fit:
- Toyota Tundra, Highlander, Cruiser, Tacoma, 4Runner
- Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche
- Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Ranger, Edge, F350 Super Duty
- Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee
- GMC Sierra, Yukon, Canyon
Tire Sizes of the General Grabber HTS 60
- 265/75R15 112S OWL
- 255/70R15 108S OWL
- 31X10.50R15LT 109R C OWL
- LT235/85R16 120/116R E OWL
- 225/75R16 104S SL OWL
- 235/75R16 108S SL OWL
- 245/75R16 111S SL BSW
- 245/75R16 111S SL OWL
- LT245/75R16 120/116S E BSW
- LT245/75R16 120/116S E OWL
- 265/75R16 116T SL OWL
- LT265/75R16 123/120R E OWL
- 215/70R16 100T SL OWL
- 225/70R16 103T SL OWL
- 235/70R16 106T SL BSW
- 235/70R16 106T SL OWL
- 245/70R16 107T SL BSW
- 245/70R16 107T SL OWL
- 255/70R16 111S SL OWL
- 265/70R16 112T SL BSW
- 265/70R16 112T SL OWL
- 255/65R16 109S SL OWL
- 255/65R16 109H SL BSW
- LT235/80R17 120/117R E OWL
- LT245/75R17 121/118S E BSW
- LT245/75R17 121/118S E OWL
- 235/70R17 111T XL OWL
- 245/70R17 110T SL BSW
- LT245/70R17 119/116S E OWL
- 265/70R17 115S SL BSW
- 265/70R17 115S SL OWL
- LT265/70R17 121/118S E OWL
- 235/65R17 108T XL OWL
- 235/65R17 108H XL BSW
- 245/65R17 107T SL OWL
- 245/65R17 107T SL BSW
- 255/65R17 110T SL OWL
- 265/65R17 112T SL OWL
- 275/60R17 110T SL OWL
- 255/70R18 113T SL OWL
- 265/70R18 116T SL OWL
- LT275/70R18 125/122S E OWL
- 235/65R18 106T SL OWL
- 255/65R18 111S SL BSW
- 265/65R18 114T SL OWL
- 275/65R18 116T SL OWL
- LT275/65R18 123/120S E OWL
- 235/60R18 103H SL BSW
- 245/60R18 105H SL BSW
- 265/60R18 110T SL OWL
- 255/55R18 109H XL BSW
- 255/60R19 109H SL BSW
- 255/60R19 109S SL BSW
- 235/55R19 101H SL BSW
- 245/55R19 103T SL BSW
- 275/60R20 119T XL BSW
- 255/55R20 107H SL BSW
- 275/55R20 117T XL BSW
- 275/55R20 117H XL BSW
- 245/50R20 102H SL BSW
- 265/50R20 107T SL BSW
- 285/45R22 114H XL BSW