Going off-roading is an activity that depends on several aspects, where the main one is the type of car you’ll be driving. Hatchbacks and sedans aren’t a good option mainly because of the ground clearance. The several inches of distance between the ground and the car’s underside means that the best you can do is some dirt road.
Going for something more extreme requires a different type of car. SUVs and trucks are the best options, depending on your needs and what you own. Both can handle off-roading with ease, but there is one crucial aspect that I need to mention – the tires.
Aiming for the most extreme off-road conditions means that you’ll need to have dedicated tires capable of providing performance in those scenarios. Tire manufacturers have two types of off-road capable tires – all-terrain and mud-terrain.
The first one offers a blend between good performance on the road and off it, meaning that you won’t get the maximum in both situations. Mud-terrain ones, on the other hand, are made for maximum off-road capabilities with some compromises on-road performance. They are usable but not on the same level as all-terrain tires.
There are plenty of mud-terrain tires on the market from many manufacturers, and the one I’ll be reviewing today is a mid-range option. Hankook has been known for making excellent tires at a more affordable price, and the same goes for the Dynapro MT2. It’s an all-season mud-terrain tire designed to go up against the premium option in this class.
What are the features of the Hankook Dynapro MT2?
The Dynapro MT2 is an all-season tire, meaning that the rubber compound is designed to deliver performance in summer and winter. On the inside, there are loads of improvements to ensure that the tire is tough enough to handle the off-road conditions. The improvements mainly include belts reinforced with nylon and reinforced under-tread gauges.
While I’m on the topic of tread, the pattern is what gives the tire its properties in various conditions. The tread pattern is designed using a 3D simulation that enabled Hankook to optimize it and provide advantages in two areas. On the one hand, you have improved traction in off-road scenarios, while on the other, you have a tire designed to be quieter on the road.
In off-road scenarios, the main concern is keeping the grooves of the tire clean. Luckily, the Dynapro MT2 is designed with stone ejectors, and in combination with the wide grooves, the tire will ensure that the tread remains clear of rocks and mud. With that, you can be sure that you will get the maximum performance and have even wear across the tire’s lifespan.
The shoulders of the Dynapro MT2 also play a role. The tread and the shoulder blocks of the tire are connected, meaning that the tire can help with traction in muddy situations.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
Despite the “lower class,” the Dynapro MT2 seems to be doing pretty well in dry conditions. Keep in mind that I’m saying this for a mud-terrain tire, which most of them don’t fair well in these conditions.
You shouldn’t expect tons of grip and traction as you won’t get them. Unlike an all-terrain tire, the Dynapro MT2 doesn’t offer a lot in this department. It will be drivable and safe under normal driving conditions but will let go as soon as you push it a bit.
As for the handling, it’s drivable enough for regular use. The responsiveness isn’t impressive but gets the job done. Also, don’t expect plenty of feedback as the Dynapro MT2 isn’t designed for that kind of driving.
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
As for driving in wet conditions, the Dynapro MT2 is again good enough to be considered safe as long as you don’t expect it to do wonders.
Traction is good enough for everyday driving, and that’s as much as it can deliver. Getting a bit too aggressive with the gas pedal will result in a slip. It’s a similar story with the levels of grip. They are decent if you don’t push the Dynapro MT2 too much. In those cases, the tire will be safe and planted.
One area of the tire that deserves high praise is the aquaplaning resistance. Thanks to the wide and deep grooves, the Dynapro MT2 can remain very stable when driving in water patches.
How is it over snow?
The weakest part of the Dynapro MT2 is the snow performance, mainly because it’s M+S rated. Tires with this rating don’t perform as well as the ones with 3PMSF.
For winter driving, the Dynapro MT2 is usable, but not in all conditions. In light snow, the tire will offer a decent amount of traction if you drive it over unpacked snow. In cases of packed snow, the tire will struggle, just as it will on ice.
Is it comfortable and refined?
In the refinement department, the Dynapro MT2 delivers mixed results, which kind of surprised me.
Mud-terrain tires aren’t known for being comfortable, which isn’t the case with this one. I wouldn’t classify the Dynapro MT2 as the worlds’ most comfortable tire, but it’s acceptably good. The vibration levels are minimal, and the tire deals with bumps quite well.
On the other hand, noise levels aren’t the tire’s strongest side. I was disappointed with Hankook’s claims of developing a quiet tire. The noise is there even when you’re driving around town, and it gets a bit louder on the highway. It’s not the worst experience, but I was hoping for lower noise levels.
Is it good for off-roading?
Off-roading is what the Dynapro MT2 does best, and I can easily compare it in some cases with the likes of Goodyear’s Wrangler Territory MT or BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A.
There is hardly any situation where the tire will struggle, which is the most surprising aspect of it. The Dynapro MT2 will have no problem finding traction on dirt roads and will handle in those conditions even if you’re pushing it.
Mud and sand also won’t be a problem. The deep and wide grooves of the Dynapro MT2 enable it to dig in and find traction while keeping itself clean. That way, the tire can provide maximum traction all of the time.
Want to deflate it for some rock crawling? No problem. The internal construction of the Dynapro MT2 enables the tire to handle these conditions like a champ.
Is the Hankook Dynapro MT2 ideal for sporty driving?
No, off-road tires aren’t good for sporty driving, so the same can be said about the Dynapro MT2. On paved roads, the grip and traction levels aren’t particularly good, so you won’t get the experience you want to. In addition to that, the tire doesn’t handle like a sporty tire.
Hankook Dynapro MT2 Warranty
Mud-terrain tires are known for the lack of warranty, and the Dynapro MT2 is no different. Like most of its competitors, the tire doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty, only a uniform one.
Hankook Dynapro MT2 Pricing: Is it worth the money?
As an overall package, the Dynapro MT2 is definitely worth it. With a starting price of around $160, the tire is cheaper than the Cooper Evolution M/T and the General Grabber X3, both in the mid-range section.
Should I buy the Hankook Dynapro MT2?
To be honest, the Dynapro MT2 isn’t a perfect tire, but it has enough advantages for me to recommend it.
Road performance isn’t where the tire shines, and you shouldn’t expect it to deliver miraculously superb performance. You will get enough grip and traction for everyday driving if you don’t push it. Even though the performance in that department is limited, I have to say that the aquaplaning resistance is excellent. Thanks to the tread design and grooves, the Dynapro MT2 will have no problem driving in puddles of water.
Winter performance is another area where the Dynapro MT2 doesn’t shine. It can handle light conditions relatively okay if the snow is unpacked. On ice or packed snow, the tire will struggle for grip, making it a poor performer.
Comfort and noise levels are a mixed bag. The Dynapro MT2 is surprisingly comfortable and can deal with road imperfection and bumps well. Noise, on the other hand, isn’t an aspect that I can praise. The tire produces noise even at lower speeds, which may be an issue for some.
Off-roading is why you’d buy this tire, and I can say that it won’t be a mistake. Regardless of the situation, the Dynapro MT2 can deliver on Hankook’s promises. The tire can handle anything from dirt roads to rock crawling with ease, making it one of the best mud-terrain tires on the market.
Overall, if you are looking for a tire specifically for off-road conditions and don’t mind making a few compromises on the road, the Dynapro MT2 is a winner.
What Vehicles Will the Hankook Dynapro MT2 Fit?
Here’s a sample list of cars that the Hankook Dynapro MT2 will fit:
- Chevrolet Colorado, Silverado
- Ford F-150, Bronco, Ranger
- Honda Ridgeline, Passport
- Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler, Gladiator
- Mercedes G Class
- Mitsubishi L200, Pajero
- Nissan Pathfinder, Titan
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota 4Runner, Hilux, Highlander
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